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21 Wearable Operating System Innovations

From Mobile Banking Apps to Group Communication Devices

— October 30, 2015 — Tech
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.
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Real World VR Headsets
Real World VR Headsets
These Glasses by Magic Leap Project Images Onto the Real World
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Upgraded Connected Smartwatches
Upgraded Connected Smartwatches
The LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition Has a Higher Resolution Display
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Improved Smartwatch Interfaces
Improved Smartwatch Interfaces
The Google Android Wear Provides a Passive Approach to Data Display
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Contemporary Smartphone Watches
Contemporary Smartphone Watches
Motorola's Smartwatch the Moto360 Combines Past with the Future
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Digital Coaching Smartwatches
Digital Coaching Smartwatches
Onyx Motion is Building Android Wear-Based Coaching Solutions
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Car-Controlled Smartwatches
Car-Controlled Smartwatches
The Hyundai Android Wear App is Demonstrated at CES 2015
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Gesture-Controlled Smartwatches
Gesture-Controlled Smartwatches
The Deus Ex Aria Enables Hands-Free Interaction With Your Watch
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Battery-Preserving Smartwatches
Battery-Preserving Smartwatches
'Vector' Released a New Smartwatch with Extended Battery Life
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Android-Powered Smartwatches
Android-Powered Smartwatches
The LG 'G Watch' Can Be Linked to Android Smartphones and Apps
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Holistic Health Trackers
Holistic Health Trackers
This Smartband is Designed to Measure Wearers' Well-Being at All Times
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Camera-Packing Smartwatches
Camera-Packing Smartwatches
The Epic Signature Edition Smartwatch Can Take High-Quality Photos
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Stylish Round Smartwatches
Stylish Round Smartwatches
The Samsung Gear S2 is a Sleek Take on Wearable Technology
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Trailblazing Smartwatches
Trailblazing Smartwatches
The Samsung Gear Live is Samsung's First Android Wear-Based Smartwatch
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Dark Luxurious Smartwatches
Dark Luxurious Smartwatches
Tag Heuer Continues to Tease its Upcoming Android Wear Smartwatch
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Group Communication Devices
Group Communication Devices
This Walkie-Talkie Replacement Keeps You Connected
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Low-Cost Compatible Smartwatches
Low-Cost Compatible Smartwatches
The Alcatel OneTouch Watch Works With Both iOS and Android
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Round-Faced Smartwatches
Round-Faced Smartwatches
The Huawei Watch Android Wear Device Features a Classy Round Dial
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4
Sophisticated Smart Watches
Sophisticated Smart Watches
The LG Watch Urbane Blends Classic Aesthetics With Modern Technology
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Stylish Versatile Smartwatches
Stylish Versatile Smartwatches
The Apple Watch Comes in Three Models with Six Different Straps
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2
Luxury Swiss Smartwatches
Luxury Swiss Smartwatches
Android Wear is Now Available for Tag Heuer Watches
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Elegant Handcrafted Smartwatches
Elegant Handcrafted Smartwatches
The Asus ZenWatch Blends Classic Watch Design & Modern Technology
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