LG and Motorola reveal first ‘Android Wear’ smartwatches


LG and Motorola have unveiled the first smartwatches to run Google's new operating system ‘Android Wear’.


The new devices, set for launch this summer, which go up against the likes of Samsung’s ‘Gear’ range, Sony’s Smartwatches and the Pebble as the trend for wearable technology continues to rise.

LG's G Watch smartwatch features a square watch-face - typical of most smartwatches so date - while Motorola's Moto 360 uses a more traditional circular face.

The LG G Watch can be controlled by the same "OK Google" command and deliver Google Now notifications.

We're confident that a well-designed device has the potential to take the smart wearable market by storm, " said Dr. Jong-seok Park, CEO of LG.

LG will launch the smartwatch at some point in the next quarter and is likely to be the first to market with an Android Wear device. Just like Motorola, LG has not revealed pricing for the G Watch.

Motorola said on a blog post announcing the Moto 360 that it wanted to celebrate the history of the design "as we reimagined the wristwatch for the future."

Just like the company's Moto X smartphone the Moto 360 will always be listening and will respond to the "OK Google" command to deliver information through the Google Now interface.

The device will let users retrieve information such as live scores, cinema times or just find out how tall the Eiffel Tower is, as well as "get stuff done like scheduling an appointment, sending a text, setting an alarm or taking a note."

The Moto 360 will launch in the summer in the US first - just as the Moto X did - and will be available in a number of styles. Pricing is unknown at this point.


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