Google is officially bringing Android to smartwatches. The project is called “Android Wear,” at it will offer developers a free, open-source OS to develop in, just like Android smartphones and tablets. Anticipated features are fitness tracking, social media, messages, shopping notifications, and news.

Unlike other smartwatches out there today, in addition to being an extension of the smartphone, Google is aiming for much greater interaction. For starters, Google hints at a Chromecast integration. Android Wear is also expected to fully support voice-enabled search, a feature that would come in very handy for wearers.

Google has already partnered with Fossil Group and the big mobile devices manufactures – HTC, LG, Motorola, and Samsung – to begin making Android Wear smartwatches. Look for devices in the coming months.

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