Apple Watch

Apple Watch

Apple iWatch also titled as Apple Watch is not just a time piece. Its success can be slated as there are numerous Apple fans and tech-savvy folks who are eagerly waiting for its launch in 2015.

This amazing gadget will be available in two sizes – 42 mm and 38 mm, multiple colors and offers endless options to support both men and women styles. You will also be able to switch over six different strap options and colors which add to its versatility thus complementing your apparel and personality. The square shape and curved edges give an elegant and sophisticated.

These incredible features of the Watch have gathered the lime light from both developers and individuals. It modestly boasts the class and value of Apple craze. The attractive and advanced design, superior functionality and a host of options make it stand apart from the others.

Provide its users with an Enhanced User Interface

Apple Watch has redefined the trend of watches by saying goodbye to the grid of icons. Apple Watch may not look dissimilar from its opponents in physical view, but the embedded iOS and UI will definitely add to its credibility. It features a galaxy of icons that can be rearranged as per user desires. You can expediently scroll the list of icons via touchscreen of the Watch and zoom in the screen via the Digital Crown incorporated on the side, as it was impractical to use pinch-to-zoom feature on such a small screen thus, for added ease the Digital Crown is used. Moreover while designing, it has also considered both the right-handed and left-handed users. Therefore without adding to the manufacturing complexity it allows users to simply invert the UI by connecting the straps accordingly.

Unlike the Android devices and wearable’s that enable the long press recognition, the Apple Watch will also be able to measure the pressure applied on the Watch screen along with the time duration. Developers can use this feature for developing more functional and impressive applications for the Apple Watch.

Designed to make sure you stay fit and healthy

Apple Watch is intuitively designed to make you stay healthy. On the back of the watch, a ceramic cover with sapphire lenses protects a specially designed sensor that uses infrared and visible-light LEDs and photo diodes to detect your heart rate.

Apple Watch uses this sensor, along with an accelerometer, GPS and Wi‑Fi of the iPhone, to measure all kinds of physical movement, from just standing up to actively working out. This allows Apple Watch to provide a broad picture of your daily activity, suggests customized goals, and rewards you for achieving personal fitness milestones.

Offers Advanced Functionalities for developers

The superior features and function of Apple Watch will open a gigantic door of opportunities for the third party developers. Apple’s development kit will offer developers with advanced tools that will enable them to create apps. Thus they can offer apps equivalent to the phone and tablet apps. As technology excels at swaying opinions, you never know if the distinct approach of Apple makes its gadget stand ahead in the race.

The integrated Siri support will facilitate users to perform actions promptly, it can be instigated by pressing the Digital Crown.

Make your payments in a fast and secure way

Apple Watch supports Apple Pay, thus facilitating its users to pay bills. Apple Watch creates a Device Account Number for each card when the user makes a purchase this number is used to process your payment, along with a transaction-specific security code. If you wish to pay using the Apple Watch, double-click the button next to the Digital Crown and hold your wrist up to the contact less reader. You will hear and feel a confirmation from Apple Watch once your payment details are sent.

Not just to watch but displays Time Intelligently

Unlike traditional watches Apple Watch is not just going to display us time but it is going to be context sensitive intelligent time display. Supposing, if you are moving from one time zone to another it will change your clock timings accordingly by tracking your location using GPS.

It will also get synced with your calendar to show you the significant alerts. For example, if you have a lunch scheduled for 5 PM Wednesday on October 1 it will alert you accordingly.

Conclusion

Though Apple has launched four products this year with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus. It is the Apple watch that will transform our life like never before.

Natural Language Processing Watson API

Natural Language Processing Watson API

Natural Language Processing is the field of Computer science which deals with the study of interactions between computers and humans (users). Watson computing system is one such example which helped users to retrieve specific amount of information which they require. Watson API is built by a team of IBM. It processes large volumes of data, help users in decision making and moreover this system learns automatically from the feedback.

IBM has now announced API (Watson API) so that users can make use of this powerful system and programmers who are well versed with Restful APIs can use these services. Watson has made use of Natural Language Processing (NLP) technology to interpret the question and extract key elements such as the answer type and relationships between entities. IBM calls this API service as “Watson Ecosystem”.

How normal search is different from Watson search?

According to Schmidt, Google is “nowhere near close” to solving Internet search, as the company still can’t answer complex queries.

“Try a query like ‘show me flights under €300 for places where it’s hot in December and I can snorkel,’” Schmidt said. “That’s kind of complicated: Google needs to know about flights under €300; hot destinations in winter; and what places are near the water, with cool fish to see. That’s basically three separate searches that have to be cross-referenced to get to the right answer.”

The major difference between normal search and Watson search is that normal search searches for the specific keywords and returns a list of data which have may or may not have relevance to the query which the user has asked for but in the Watson search, the search is taken in the normal language as that of normal search but the system comprehends the query in detail and tries to make decisions and returns a precise answer to the question.

Brief overview of How Watson API works?

Watson API has access to over 200 million pages (including full data of Wikipedia). When user searches for a particular query, then it will search from the database (just like normal Google search).

  • Normally, the best search results are kept.
  • Then the searched results and the query are used to fetch support evidence from the database.
  • Each searched result now forms hypothesis.
  • These hypotheses are then evaluated on the fetched support evidence. Every answer is given some ranking on the bases of some merge algorithms.
  • Highest ranked answer would be shown as a search result to the user.

There can be many applications in which the Watson API can come into play ranging from small to large business applications. Watson API can prove to be useful personal assistant in many domains namely health, travel, finance, customer service and more.

Here is the brief scenario explaining you How Watson API can help us?

For instance, let’s say user want to prescribe a medical solution for particular disease. Then user could tell Watson about all of the symptoms of the disease, and Watson would search from the existing database and would return most accurate medical solutions. Also physicians can use Watson in order to assist patients in diagnosing and recommend them by analyzing amounts of unstructured text.

The advantages can be numerous to this new era of technology and also many big companies are trying to work with this API.

Android and IOS Market Share

Android and IOS Market Share

The mobile industry remains the two-horse race and the race still continues. Market share is just a number game. Watching Apple’s iOS 8 to be one of the flattest and most successful operating system in their mobile history, we have Apple with their new iOS 8 that is available on over 72% devices. The number is over nine percent higher if compared to the last statistics from December.

Despite Apple sold a record number of iPhones over the holiday season, Android still standing high and continues to be a dominant player in global smartphone operating system market share. Obviously it is due to the combined efforts of all other smart phone manufacturers in the market as they still choose to adapt the Android OS.

Android provides low cost services and the user interface still remains attractive to not only the hardware and mobile manufacturing companies but operators, mobile outsourcing companies and above all our worldwide consumers. But then not all consumers want cheap or reasonable phone.

There is fair percentage of consumers out there who wants higher-quality products and Apple offers that. Apple has healthy market share in a few rich countries. To the iPhone developing company, declining market share is merely superficial as long as the profits keep flowing. With iPhone 6 we have Apple that competes the market where the consumer demands the bigger screen phone. Hence Apple’s sales were boosted that helped give it a leg up in China.

With a platform like Android which is getting crowded day by day with hundreds of hardware brands and falling prices of the Android smartphone devices, it has started emerging as a challenge for Google and its dominance might not continue. It results in very few vendors making a profit out of it that too for a very short period of time.

As Android is distributed over various measures like OS versions across the devices, number of competing brands and varied number of user experiences, it ends up competing against one another. Whereas Apple being unified platform and a single distinct brand, stands against many others.

Combining the share it is revealed that Android and iOS captured 96% global market share in the last quarter. Where Android accounted 83.6%, iOS reached out till 12.3% of the global market share. Apple is doing a profitable business across Europe and the United States where Android shows a decline in the share. Apple also got some more good news in China where its share increased from 19 percent to 21.5 percent.

Apple doesn’t need to “rattle” Android to win. Despite the melodramatic need to put them against each other – we have to understand that in reality they are targeted at different type of people. The highest-selling device does not make it the best device in the world. Both platforms have room for improvement. Though Android is winning the download race of its app or selling its devices but Apple is the one making money.

Lets welcome The Internet of Things

Lets welcome The Internet of Things

Let’s move from Internet of People to Internet of Things. Let’s not just shrink the world in order to connect distant people, let’s just connect the devices as well. Let’s not have the processors process the data captured by humans or some data source, let’s have the devices to see, calculate, think and collect the data from their own and then process it. Let’s remove the slightest possibility of human errors and approximations and bring down the accuracy. Let’s have the computers that know everything there is to know about anything around us. Let’s enter the world where advanced connectivity of systems, devices and services going beyond our traditional machine to machine communications that too following all the security protocols.

Let’s welcome the Internet of Things (IoT) and go back to the future of the embedded intelligence where the machines not just communicate, they rather talk to machines. It is a place where the device not just shares the information; they instead take action based on the communication. And by ‘Things’ we mean literally anything and everything.  The things we encounter in our daily life. Any embedded computing systems like automobiles with built-in sensors, real time heart monitoring, operational devices helping the fire fighters by assisting them in search and rescue operations, Wi-Fi enabled dryers and washers, location-based services and the humans as well.

So if we narrow down the vast world of IoT, it is all about smart objects. We have applications used in media, environmental monitoring, medical and health care systems, manufacturing, energy management, transportation, building and home automations, cloud computing and large scale deployments. Our embedded systems, control systems, wireless sensor networks, automation, all have their contribution in enabling the Internet of Things. It is like existing innovations driving a completely connected world.
IoT is meant to refer to a vision of internet in which not only can anyone be connected at anytime but so to anything. From the tyres of your car to your toothbrush! IoT is enabled by four key technologies underlying it and functioning as the backbone of IoT revolution.

  • The tagging of things through auto-ID technologies for example RFIDs to provide a unique identity.
  • Sensing things through sensors and actuators.
  • Shrinking things through developments in miniaturization and nanotechnology
  •  And finally things that think through increasingly embedded processing power.

The experts also say that the success of the Internet of Things will depend on open data such as various cloud networks. It also involves the conventional dualisms of “security versus freedom” and “comfort versus data privacy”. And when we talk about cloud- a digital universe of information freely available to us, privacy is the biggest challenge. With the people around us where the data only is felt secure if it is present physically, it has become a real challenge in convincing them the concept of their data being secured on cloud. Remotely managed data could also cause them to become dependent and lose their supremacy on a personal level. I think we still have some distance to go there.

Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality

Augmented reality (AR) is the technology that integrates the components of the digital information around us to give enriched vision of the world. In simple language AR blends new information on an existing picture and represents the same content in more meaningful way.

AR superimposes digital information like videos, photos, sounds and other sensory enhancements on top of real word objects around us. The new age smart phones or tablets with integrated cameras and sensors provide the technical ground for this integration.

Smartphone AR applications include global positioning system (GPS) to pinpoint the user’s location and its compass to detect orientation of the device.  Most of the modern militarizes around the world use sophisticated AR programs for training including machine vision, object recognition and gesture recognition technologies.

3D augmented reality programs such as D’Fusion, Unifye Viewer or FLARToolKit are used for writing augmented reality programs. These programs allow joining animations or contextual digital information in the computer program to an augmented reality “marker” in the real world. AR is now widely used in various fields affecting or daily lives and thus has become an essential:

  • Education
  • Construction
  • Gaming
  • Tourism and sightseeing
  • Television
  • Sports and entertainment
  • Military
  • Medical
  • Gaming
  • Architecture

On numerous occasions we will find ourselves stuck in a discussion that when is an augmented reality approach appropriate?

For the answer we begin by analyzing how users are using the objects in the real world. Then we identify the functionality computer can add. If the off-line version has significant characteristics that cannot easily be replicated with a standard mouse/keyboard/monitor, then it is advisable to explore an augmented reality approach. Assimilation of physical and virtual objects is not always easy. Augmented reality can create as well as solve problems for the user. A very simple example is the act of erasing information. Erasing pencil marks on paper is simple and straightforward.

Similarly, in most on-line text editing applications, erasing is a simple task that is easy for users to learn. Yet what does it mean to erase when the two are linked? What happens if marks are erased on paper and the computer version does not detect the change? Or similarly, what happens if the computer erases information, but it remains physically on the paper? Augmented reality applications merge electronic and physical objects; when the methods of interacting with each are not in sync, the result can be confusing.

The most innovative aspect of augmented reality is not the technology: it is the objective. Instead of replacing physical objects with a computer, we create systems that allow people to interact with the real world in natural ways and at the same time, benefit from enhanced capabilities from the computer. The future we envision is not a strange world in which we are immersed in “virtual reality”.  Instead, we see our familiar world, enhanced in numerous, often invisible ways.

Firefox OS

Firefox OS

The mobile market may still essentially be a two horse race, with Android and iOS enjoying a significant lead, but there are lots of upstarts trying to make inroads too. One of those is Firefox OS, Mozilla’s attempt to bring a web-first focus on smartphones. One has to respect a company or organization that tries to reinvent itself. So when an organization such as Mozilla, makers of the once uber-popular Firefox browser, decides to move step up way beyond its comfort zone and try to make a full-fledged mobile operating system, they know people will pay attention. This article is not a review but just presents information on and about Firefox.

Mozilla claims to transform the future with Firefox OS with the mission;

“We’re out to make a difference, not a profit. When you choose Firefox OS, You’re helping build a brighter future for the web and users everywhere.”

Let’s check out what this Firefox OS is and what it offers, please note this is not a rev. Firefox OS is open source and therefore free from proprietary technology and is the result of this long-term bet for Mozilla and, even though it’s still in its dormancy, it has its fair share of fans and enthusiasts. Mozilla is using very similar talking points that Google used when Android was launched: Open, customizable, free for the Man! Except that carriers will be able to bend Firefox OS to their will.

In a nutshell, Firefox OS is a Linux-based OS that boots up into a Gecko-based environment that looks like the lovechild of iOS and Android. Every user-facing element of Firefox OS, from the UI (Gaia), to the dialer, to the apps, is programmed using open web technologies like HTML, JavaScript, and CSS — and rendered using Gecko, the exact same rendering engine used by desktop and mobile versions of the Firefox web browser.

Firefox OS aims at putting the power of the Web in people’s hand. The advantage of Firefox OS is that it is built to completely open Web standards. With this it has garnered significant industry support since it was introduced at MWC 2013. Devices have quickly commanded market share in Latin America and gone on sale in 14 markets including nine in Europe, with four operators and three handset manufacturers. Its flexibility allows for easy customization to meet the unique needs of a localized consumer base that are ready to move from feature phones to smartphones. But 2013 was just the beginning. In 2014, Mozilla has announced the launch of Firefox 2.0 and plans to differentiate the user experience and the Partners are growing the portfolio of devices.

Firefox OS is also expanding to additional form factors, as partners and contributors work to optimize the software for TVs, tablets and other devices. Panasonic has announced a partnership with Mozilla to release next-generation smart TVs powered by Firefox OS. Geeksphone has been an early Firefox OS hardware supporter, and now it has launched a higher-end device with the ability to dual-boot to both Android and Firefox OS out of the box.

Firefox OS, the mobile operating system Mozilla hopes will loosen the grasp Google and Apple hold over the mobile market, whether you define it as a free OS, a low-end OS, a developing market OS, there’s already something out there and already selling handsets. Android fills all those roles mentioned above, and it does it well especially at the higher-end. Firefox OS has a big task to achieve.

Future of Wearable devices and at what extent can they help users

Future of Wearable devices and at what extent can they help users

Wearable technology is wholly the indignation, but the vogue goes beyond Google Glass and smart watches such as Apple’s whispered iWatch. And Wearable devices are going to revolute our world in an instant, engendering biggest thrill in the tech industry.

A constricted bond with the Internet of Things, wearable devices are chosen as the next giant for future business by numerous insiders. More than two-thirds of business decision-makers surveyed for the study, or 68%, said developing a wearable’s approach for their business was now a priority. It is expected that use of wearable computers will triple in 2015.

“The wearable market will take off as brands, retailers, sports stadiums, healthcare companies, and others develop new business models to take advantage of wearables,” JP Gownder, the author of the report, wrote.

At the forefront of wearables, ‘Make it Wearable’ prepared by Intel is ranked the best wearable technologies in rewarding. Wearable electronics are the next evolution of mobile technology. One don’t have to generate his own headset or application tomorrow, nevertheless the earlier he jumps strategizing around wearable tech, the additional competitive his business can be in the ensuing stage of mobile business.

To grow with an enhanced future of wearable smart tech, one needs to gaze at its predecessor. Mobile smart devices, specifically smartphones, have had a grander control on the business world than anyone could have ever foreseen. Important calls are now made on the go, teams separated by thousands of miles are capable to conduct even meetings, also, apps have made handling small and medium businesses tasks from sending emails to allocating documents has become easier, quicker, and more effective.

With all heads turned toward wearable technology as the next giant, businesses need to have a proactive approach in place to perform at the competitive prospect, while putting challenges on the forefront. Wearables devices for apparels, accessories and fitness wear have been imbibed with a technology to such an extent that can monitor the heart rate to charge your smartphone.

  • Envisage How Wearables Can Generate New Business Opportunities: The upsurge of wearable devices will create new resources for marketing, comprising smarter, more vigorous customer data pool, and stronger perceptions hooked on user interaction.
  • Possess Human-Centered Design at the Forefront of Your Approach: To effectively hold wearable technology, businesses must situate the user at the center of the action, remodeling an intact enterprise and its capabilities system all over the place the customer or user familiarity.
  • Instill Trust: As trust is a key unease with consumers in the wearables space, initiatives will need to be reliably transparent with what they grasp with data and in what way they use it.
  • Identify that the Wearables Will Continue to Grow: As using any digital strategy, adopting wearable technology requires captivating the long vision.

As the wearable technology fashion continues to segregate, new opportunities aimed at marketing, development, and labor will come into the economy.
From pollution to the weather all over the places, the environment you reside in can affect your health each minute as much as your own habits. Here’s a glimpse of whatever the future holds.

  • Blocks are a hardware and software platform for wearable technology. One can choose the different blocks that one need based on the functions and the appearances, and snap them unruffled to make a wearable band that is exclusive.
  • Nixie is the first wearable camera that can fly. It reveals and takes flight. Nixie comprises the perfect shot from an awesome outlook, capturing the moment deprived of interrupting it.
  • ProGlove is a professional wearable invention tool that permits the user to work faster and easier and releases a new level in business intelligence for production board.
  • BabyBe is an automatic mattress that holds mothers and their babies connected through the manner of artificial development in a NICU. It brings haptic information from the mother to the baby in real stretch.
  • OpenBionics is low-cost robotic prosthetic hand targets to imitate advanced functionality for less than $1000.
  • ArcPendant is a discreet smart pendant that escorts using directional haptic or traces feedback, understands voice guidelines and monitors the body.
  • FirstVision is a new broadcast structure permitting the player’s point of view to be revealed in sports, such as basketball, football, tennis, etc.
  • SnowCookie is a wearable device, which styles you a better, safer and connected skier. It monitors and routes skiing dynamics and environment circumstances in real time to provide you actionable direction and maximize the mountain excitement.
  • Wristify, is an individual, smart bracelet that can cool when you’re warm, heat when you’re cool, and edge with our growing world of connected devices.
  • Baby Guard is a wearable device that supports to monitor the health eminence of eager mothers and their babies. Through endless interaction and customized childcare advice, Baby Guard endorses a healthier, further informed and more linked pregnancy for mother and child.

Technological innovation plays a conspicuous role in serving brands set themselves spaced out in their respective industries and wearable technology is offering brands an opportunity to launch themselves, in the industries such as entertainment, media and communications (EMC), health, retail and technology.

Near Field Communication

Near Field Communication

NFC (Near Field Communication) is a new mobile phone technology which allows users to share information with a simple tap of a device. NFC builds upon RFID (Radio-frequency identification) which is the non-contact use of radio-frequency electromagnetic fields to transfer data

How does it work?

NFC allows establishing peer-to-peer radio communications by passing data from one device to another by touching them or putting them very close together. Earlier systems such as contactless smart cards were one-way only. Earlier we used QR or Barcodes but they were not dynamic and once information stored could not be re-written .NFC was first introduced in Android with Google Nexus, running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, named with a feature called “Android Beam. It uses the power of NFC (to share MAC Address and IP addresses) and then uses Wi-Fi Direct to share files and documents. The advantage of using Wi-Fi Direct over Bluetooth is that it is much faster than Bluetooth, having a speed of 300Mbit/s for sharing large files. Since unpowered NFC “tags” can also be read by NFC devices, it is also capable of replacing earlier one-way applications.

It operates in two modes:-

  • Active Mode: In this mode, both devices are generating their own RF fields. This would be in the case that two mobile devices are being used to exchange data.
  • Passive Mode: In this mode, one of the devices generates the RF field and the other device uses the field to power itself and communicate. The active device is usually the “reader” and the passive device is the “tag”.

NFC devices can be used in place of credit /debit cards .Users would be able to pay bills, ticket fares and even use it for food vending machines. Google Wallet allows consumers to store credit card and store loyalty card information in a virtual wallet. This process would become contact less and fast.

Future Possibilities :-

  • NFC tags can be placed around the museum or shopping malls that allow visitors to instantly ‘follow’, ‘like’, or ‘check-in’ on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare simply by taping their phone to the tag. This is a fantastic way to create inexpensive high quality advertising.
  • Imagine a museum with no tour guides, imagine a museum where you don’t need to ask questions or wonder what it is you are looking at
  • NFC tags can be used to pay for parking with your phone.
  • They can be used to connect your devices to network hassle-free.
  • Can be used in window shopping to check information like price without entering the shop
  • NFC tags can be placed in your car to activate driving profiles with only one tap.

Limitations:-

  • The system has the limitation it can be operated only with devices under a short range ie around 10 cm.
  • The data transfer rate is very less from 106 kbps to 424 kbps.

But the awesomeness of NFC doesn’t stop here, for more live a day in the life of NFC

 

 

 

For applications using NFC, sky is the limit, in the coming few years we would see a revolution around us. From car to our kitchen everything would be inter-connected, NFC would be playing important role in this.

Lets welcome Android Wear!

Lets welcome Android Wear!

Two companies launched smart watches back to back; it started with Sony’s Smart watch which was followed by the hyped Samsung galaxy Gear.

It is announced that a lot more are in pipeline from various companies like Motorola, LG, ASUS, Fossil, HTC, Intel, Qualcomm to name a few.

Android Wear preview SDK launched recently, will let developers start playing with the Android Wear watch emulator which can be hooked up live to their devices and get the feel for how everything will work.

Right now the focus is on handling notifications from various apps running on the device paired with the watch which makes Android Wear more of an accessory rather than a full-fledged standalone device. This also makes sense, I mean why would someone have all the phone features embedded in a watch. It’s a different story with notifications though. If you have a phone in your pocket while you are driving, with Wear, you will get all your notifications on your watch! All Facebook updates, Tweets, Mails, Hangouts, Noom steps and updates like these will be reflected on your watch.

Current Status

The current Android Wear Developer Preview is intended for development and testing purposes only, not for production apps. There are chances that in near future Google may officially release Android Wear SDK.

The applications developed thru current Developer Preview SDK are not meant to be distributed publically, as this Developer Preview will no longer be supported after the official SDK is released (which will cause applications based only on the Developer Preview to break).

UI Guidelines

Android just keeps on growing and growing each day. We welcome the new watch specific UI and I bet developers must be very excited about this.

As the smart watches are new form factor (different resolution/different screen size) hence deserves a new UI model so as to make most out of its dimensions constraints.

At a high level, the Android Wear UI consists of two main spaces centered on the core functions Suggest and Demand.

Suggest: The Context Stream

We first saw something like this in the Sony’s Smart watch. We installed plugins from Play store and these little cards showed up on the watch. These cards show all the updates/notifications from different apps installed on your device. Each of these cards shows a useful piece of information. Navigation is done vertically and only one card is displayed at a time. Swiping horizontally gives more information about that update, so its quite different from the usual status bar notifications in Android.

Cards can also be dismissed by swiping left to right, removing them from the stream until the next time they have useful information to display.

Demand: The Cue Card

For cases where the context stream can’t anticipate what the user would like to do, the cue card allows users to speak to their device.

There are two ways to wake it up: –

  • By saying, “Ok Google”
  • By tapping on the “g” icon on the home screen.

Swiping up on the cue card shows a list of actions,

The list of actions includes Android intents for voice actions. The upcoming official Android Wear SDK will enable developers to match their applications to these intents so users can perform actions using these voice commands.

Now the question arises what if multiple apps register for same voice command. In such scenario, all matching applications will be listed for that particular single voice intent, and users will have the opportunity to choose which application they prefer to use.

Building Blocks of Notifications:-

Actions: Actions appear to the right of your notification when you swipe the card to the right. Only three actions at most are allowed using Wear SDK. Let’s take Gmail for an example. If we get a mail, the card will show that a new email is received. When we will slide card from right to left it will show action that can be performed on that mail like, Reply, forward and delete (as compared to phones where there can be many other options to choose).

Images: Images appear behind cards in the stream. Image should support message of notification For example, a card about a sports team could include the team color and logo; a message from a contact should display that person’s profile photo.

Pages: Pages are additional cards that appear on right side of main card, if message is longer, use pages for additional content. No limit on number of pages you add. However, if notifications consist of actions, then there can be no more than 3 pages.

Notification Stacks: Stacks are basically used when an application has multiple notifications. Each notification (a unique card) can have its own pages and actions. User can click more to see all these notifications.

Voice Replies: Voice replies can be used by messaging applications to provide a hands free way of sending a message. There are also some messages which we can save for later sending and are named “Canned messages”.

Creating notifications: Android wear notifications can be created using NotificationCompat APIs combined with the new NotificationManagerCompat API:

  int notificationId = 001;  // Build intent for notification content  Intent viewIntent = new Intent(this, ViewEventActivity.class);  viewIntent.putExtra(EXTRA_EVENT_ID, eventId);  PendingIntent viewPendingIntent =          PendingIntent.getActivity(this, 0, viewIntent, 0);    NotificationCompat.Builder notificationBuilder =          new NotificationCompat.Builder(this)          .setSmallIcon(R.drawable.ic_event)          .setContentTitle(eventTitle)          .setContentText(eventLocation)          .setContentIntent(viewPendingIntent);    // Get an instance of the NotificationManager service  NotificationManagerCompat notificationManager =          NotificationManagerCompat.from(this);    // Build the notification and issues it with notification manager.  notificationManager.notify(notificationId, notificationBuilder.build());      

When this notification appears on a handheld device, the user can invoke the PendingIntent specified by the setContentIntent() method by touching the notification. When this notification appears on an Android wearable, the user can swipe the notification to the left to reveal the Open action, which invokes the intent on the handheld device.

Similar such code snippets such as for Adding buttons, adding pages, adding bigview, and new features for Wearables can be found and used for further development from Android developer website.

With this new feature Google has yet again proved that they will keep on coming up with more and more exciting technologies and never stop and further give developers what they need, something new to work on and keeping them interested!

Awesome Google APIs, Android, Google TV, Google Glass, Android, now Android Wear…question is, what next? PS: Excited about the new Motorola smartwatch! What say you?