Google turns attention to Android-powered wearables

Google is preparing to release a software development kit for wearable technology, enabling developers to build wearable technology for Android devices.

googleglass_artThe company already has a presence in the wearable tech market with the launch of Google Glass. The eyeglass device that enables users to access the Web, take photos and video and share them on social media, is still in the hands of brand ambassadors and is expected to be released to the general public later this year.

The reports that the company’s senior vice president of product management, Sundar Pichai, made the announcement over the weekend at the South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas. The development kit is expected to come out in the next few weeks, according to Computerworld.

This opens the field for developers looking to enter the wearable technology market by building devices like smartwatches — which Google is reportedly exploring — that can run on a platform with an extensive user base.