Google is promising a multitude of uses for the 
Android Wear.

(Credit: Google) 

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 is designed to be applied
 to wearables, with the initial push with 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. 



Roger Cheng is an executive editor for CNET News. Prior to this, 
he was on the telecommunications beat and wrote 
for Dow Jones Newswires and The Wall Street Journal
 for nearly a decade. He’s a devoted Trojan alum and 
 Los Angeles Lakers fan.