Motorola and LG announce first Android Wear powered Smartwatches
Motorola and LG have revealed the first smartwatches to feature Google’s new wearable version of the Android operating system, Android Wear. Google announced last week that they would be releasing an Android SDK for wearable devices to developers this month.
LG, a company that has worked with Google before on their Nexus range of smartphones and tablets and unveiled their Smartwatch to the waiting crowd.
The LG G Watch features a square watch face similar to Sony’s Smartwatch and will be compatible with a range of Android smartphones. Not much else is known about the watch in terms of specifications, but the company did say that it expects the device to hit the market by the second quarter of 2014.
Even less is known about the Motorola Moto 360, although it does break with tradition in the smartwatch market and does feature a more traditional round watch face. The company did let slip that the device is water-resistant, and that there is no charging port with Motorola stating, “That’s one of the secrets of the Moto 360”.
The Moto 360 is expected to be launched in the summer in the US first then in other markets later in the year, and will be available in a number of different styles.
We do, however know that both devices will be featuring the Android Wear operating system and will deliver real-time information and notifications through the Google Now interface which uses voice commands.
This will allow users to retrieve information such as sports scores, local restaurants and notifications, as well as schedule appointments, set alarms and send text messages.
Google has also announced that it is also working closely with a number of other manufacturers including HTC, Samsung and Asus.