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Meet the first Android Wear devices: The LG G Watch and Motorola Moto 360

The LG G Watch and Motorola Moto 360 have been announced as the first Android Wear devices.

Following the launch of Android Wear just yesterday, we now have information on the first devices to sport this new software platform. Meet the LG G Watch and Motorola Moto 360.

Both companies are said to be working closely with Google in developing these new wearables and demos of both products can be seen in Google’s official announcement video. The LG G Watch adopts a conventional smart watch design, similar to the likes of Sony’s SmartWatch 2.

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Specs on both of these devices haven’t yet emerged, but by the looks of it, the G Watch rocks a 1.6-inch display with a touch sensitive layer on top and a silicone wrist strap. The Moto 360 meanwhile is a different beast. Although we’ve seen various design agencies pushing out concept work, the Moto 360 looks to be the first smart watch that adopts more of a conventional watch design, rather than a wrist computer reminiscent of the 80’s.

Motorola has pushed out a video showing some of the work, which went into creating the Moto 360, including the decision to adopt a circular display as opposed to a squared one. It also sports a leather wrist strap and a polish metal bezel. In short, it’s our choice out of the two, provided functionality is the same.

Android Wear devices like these aim to extent the Google Now-like experience had on many smartphones and by Google Glass. They offer glanceable information, based on context and pulling data from your Google services, suggesting that these watches need to be paired to a smartphone to function fully.

Which smart watch would you prefer? We’ll be speaking with Jim Wicks, the lead designer on the Moto 360 later today, so check back for more information on this new breed of smart watch.


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