Google shows off Android Wear integration for Nest, Google Calendar, more

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The world is still eagerly anticipating the debut of Android Wear devices such as the Moto 360 and LG's G Watch. But for now we'll have to satisfy our curiosity with Google+ posts discussing the upcoming wearables platform.


Pocket Casts on Android Wear.

Late Wednesday, Google staff developer advocate Timothy Jordan posted some sparse information and images about Android Wear notifications.

Jordan highlighted what notifications from several apps currently look like on Android Wear, including Nest, Google Calendar, Pocket Casts, and games. All of the notifications were examples Jordan had come across using an Android Wear device.


A Google Calendar notification on Android Wear.

Each notification was pretty basic and similar to what we've seen before.The alerts feature a card showing a few lines of information plus the app's icon in the upper right area of the notification card.

In the case of Pocket Casts—the best podcast app on Android, if you ask me—the app icon was replaced by a background image similar to what you see on your Android phone's lock screen when Pocket Casts is running.

The Nest notification was particularly interesting as smart home products are finally starting to become the next great frontier for technology companies. "Emergency: There's smoke—Office," one Nest notice said.


Where there's smoke there's incense.

Jordan says he got the notification after lighting some incense a little too close to the smoke alarm in his office.

To take full advantage of the Android Wear platform developers will have to add some extra code to their existing apps. But Jordan said that most apps that have notifications already enabled should work out-of-the-box with an Android Wear smartwatch.

Add a few extra lines of code, however, and developers can stack multiple notifications, add extra cards to a notification that you access by swiping to the side, and voice replies to notifications.

The first Android Wear devices are expected to debut this summer.

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