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Google I/O to showcase new smartwatches: CNET Update
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At Google's annual conference, expect to learn about new Android Wear smartwatches, Google Glass' future, and a Google Fit health app. Meanwhile, Google added Dropcam to its smart-home family of products.
Get ready for an avalanche of Android news, I'm Bridget Carey and this is your cnet update. [MUSIC] This will be a big week for google news, the Google IO developer's conference kicks off Wednesday morning in San Fransisco. And Google is expected to show off new software and some new gadgets. Smart watches will be a big focus of the presentation. CNET has learned that Samsung is gonna show off it's first Android Wear smart watch. Android Wear is the operating system that Google made especially for small, wearable screens. Motorola and LG, are both coming out with smart watches that use Android Wear, and both of those models could also will be shown off at the conference. And speaking of wearable tech, you can bet we'll hear more about Google Glass and when a more affordable version will be available to consumers. The head gear accessory is now available to buy outside of the US for the first time. But it's still in it's early Explorer phase so the price remains high. It's 1,000 Pounds in the UK and 1,800 Australian Dollars. If you want to buy the prototype in the U.S., it'll cost you $1,500 plus tax. And if you want to give your Glass more style designer frames are now available from Diane von Furstenberg. There are five frames to choose from, with eight shades. Frames cost $225 dollars with sun glass shades an extra $120 dollars. But in every design, there is no hiding the fact that you still have a camera and screen, attached to the side of your face. So, if you're gonna be a geek, at least you can be a chic geek. Along with wearable gadgets, expect health to be another hot topic. It should come as no surprise, everyone's talking about health tracking these days. Forbes reports that Google will launch, some sort of comprehensive health data app, called Google Fit. It will collect data from all sorts of popular fitness tracking devices and apps, and this will compete against Apple's health kit. This is a new app that will be on iOS 8 later this year, and it's also gonna be,. A hub that pulls in your health data from different devices. And there's another aspect of Google that's growing fast, but we may not hear much about it on Wednesday, Google now owns Dropcam. It's the do it your self home security web connected camera. The purchase was done by Nest, that's a company Google bought earlier this year. Nest makes the smart home thermostat, and protect smoke detector. Nest labs spent $555 million to bring Dropcam into the family, and that gives Google a new edge in the smart phone. That's your tech news update you can always find more at cnet.com and follow along on Twitter to stay updated. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey. [MUSIC]