Google’s plans to release free Android-based software tools for wearable technology will accelerate the delivery of smart watches and similar devices into the mass market within the next year, according to tech analysts.
Jeffrey Hammond, an analyst in Forrester’s application development and delivery group, counts four Fitbit activity trackers among his family, along with a Pebble smart watch that his son wears at MIT.
So Hammond believes the rush to wearable technology “is already moving pretty fast.”
But Google’s announcement, he said, has the potential to “push wearable technology into mainstream acceptance. It can’t do anything but accelerate an already fast-moving space.”