From Mobile Banking Apps to Group Communication Devices

By: Katherine Pendrill - Oct 30, 2015
These wearable operating system innovations are changing the face of smartwatches and other forms of wearable tech. While mobile technology continues to advance, wearable tech manages to squeeze cutting-edge features into devices that are small enough to fit the human body. However, it is not the hardware that makes these devices so impressive, but the operating systems that they run on.

One of the most popular operating systems for wearable devices is Android Wear. Android Wear enables smartwatches to perform a variety of cutting-edge tasks that help consumers stay connected throughout the day. For example, smartwatches that run on Android Wear are equipped with everything from voice activation to accelerometer integration.

While Android Wear mainly allows wearable devices to perform the same kinds of tasks as Android devices, there are other wearable operating systems that feature more proprietary software. For example, the latest software update for the Apple Watch features custom complications that allow developers to display the most important features of a given app directly on the face of the device. The Watch OS 2 system also allows users to carry out tasks such answering emails or accessing transit directions.

As the consumer demand for wearable tech continues to grow, developers are increasingly turning their attention to the operating systems that power these devices.