What about having WhatsApp on your wrist?

You can already have an encyclopedia on your wrist, so why not a messaging service?

That’s at least the thinking behind the makers of WhatsApp, who have released their app for Android Wear.

Beginning today, WhatsApp has now been made available for Android Wear devices. You’ll be able to read your messages and even reply to them from your smartwatch.

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Now don’t think you’ll be typing away on a tiny screen; you’ll need to talk into your wrist Dick Tracy style to dictate the messages. What’s interesting is that WhatsApp hasn’t made the update public. There isn’t any mention of it on the Google Play Store, nor have they made any official announcements regarding the latest update.

You’ll need to manually install the update to get the feature as well; it won’t be pushed to your device. It should be headed to the Google Play Store very soon, but if you want to start talking into your wrist, then you can click the source link below and go to town.

LG teases upcoming Android Wear-based ‘G Watch’

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LG has posted a teaser clip this weekend for its upcoming G Watch, which is an Android Wear-based smartwatch. The video doesn’t offer up much in the way of specs or feature details, but it gives you a good look at its design and function.

The G Watch will apparently be the first watch powered by Android’s new wearables platform it introduced back in March. It has a metal body, which is both dust and water resistant, and is compatible with a stout number of Android devices…

Here’s the promotional teaser:

And from the March press release:

“The opportunity to work with Google on LG G Watch was the perfect chance for LG to really pull out all stops in both design and engineering,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “With the LG G Watch, LG is continuing the milestones we’ve set in wearables following in the footsteps of the world’s first 3G Touch Watch Phone in 2009 and the Prada Link in 2008. We’re confident that a well-designed device has the potential to take the smart wearable market by storm.”

LG certainly seems confident that the G Watch will be a hit, but I don’t see how this will be much better than Samsung’s Gear smartwatches. Sure, LG’s watch is running on Android Wear, but give it a few months and I bet a new Gear will too.

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But perhaps more significant than the G Watch itself is the fact that LG is making a smartwatch at all. It’s becoming very clear that wearables is the next big market in mobile electronics, and it seems like every major tech firm is working on one.

Apple, for its part, is rumored to be working on a so-called ‘iWatch‘—a wearable accessory with various sensors capable of tracking health and fitness activities. We’ve heard a few potential release dates, but the consensus is it’ll be this year.

There’s no word yet on when the G Watch will be available, but LG has a big event coming up in London on May 27.

Google extends Android to wearables: introducing Android Wear for Smartwatches!

Google is dipping its toes into the wearables world with Android Wear.

In a blog post on Tuesday, the Internet titan unwrapped the details of a modified version of its mobile Android operating system. The OS will be heavily based on its Google Now voice-recognition technology, and it’s designed to be applied to wearables, with the initial push being smartwatches.

Google also introduced LG, Asus, HTC, Motorola, and Samsung as hardware partners to utilize Android Wear, and Broadcom, Imagination, Intel, MediaTek, and Qualcomm as chip partners. The Fossil Group will bring Android Wear-powered watches later this year.

CNET previously reported that Google would release the details of its smartwatch-centric OS in March. The report also noted LG and Google would unveil a smartwatch at the Google I/O developer conference, and a person briefed on the matter confirmed that LG would indeed be the first partner to have its smartwatch go on sale.

Google’s entry marks an attempt to provide a little stability and order in the wild, wild wearables world. Samsung and Sony have already created their own Android-based smartwatches (although Samsung has recently switched to Tizen), and Google is looking to set up a foundation with a more consistent experience, just as it has attempted to do over the last few iterations of Android in smartphones.

Android Wear, like Google Glass, will rely on Google Now and the voice command, “Ok Google” to ask questions or fire off a text message. The post said that Android Wear is designed to provide relevant information, as well as notifications from social apps, alerts from your messaging apps, and notifications from shopping, news, and photography apps.

The modified OS will also focus on health and fitness tracking, a trend made popular by the likes of Fitbit Force and the Nike FuelBand.

Google also wants Android Wear to serve as a link between you and other devices, including your television or computer.

Hopefully, Google’s input will help with the aesthetic appeal of smartwatches. While wearables is considered a “hot” area, sales have been anything but. Samsung’s original Galaxy Gear and Sony’s SmartWatch remain niche products, and they are seen as too bulky and cumbersome to be considered fashionable. Other complaints include weak battery life and the lack of certain functions.

Still, there are a number of startups that have sprung up in hopes of meeting this new demand for fashionable technology. Pebble, for instance, has grown from virtually nothing to making headlines at a big conference such as the Consumer Electronics Show.

Google has opened up a section on wearables, and developers can download a developer preview to create app notifications for watches through Android Wear. The company teased more developer resources and APIs to come.