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LG announces G Watch with Android Wear: Android for smartwatches

Chris Martin | March 20, 2014
Android Wear is Google's project which 'extends Android to wearable's and the first device to come with it will be the LG G Watch.

LG has announced its first smartwatch, the G Watch which is powered by Android Wear.

Android Wear is Google's project which 'extends Android to wearable's and the first device to come with it will be the LG G Watch. Google is also working with other partners including HTC, Samsung, Asus and Motorola. 

The firm said that as one of Google's 'lead partners' for Android Wear, it is planning to launch the G Watch in the second quarter of 2014 — ie by the end of June. Unfortunately, LG hasn't announced any details on the G Watch but will announce specifications in the coming months.

"The opportunity to work with Google on LG G Watch was the perfect chance for LG to really pull out all stops in both design and engineering," said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Mobile.

"With the LG G Watch, LG is continuing the milestones we've set in wearables following in the foot-steps of the world's first 3G Touch Watch Phone in 2009 and the Prada Link in 2008. We're confident that a well-designed device has the potential to take the smart wearable market by storm."

Google says that smartwatches with Android Wear will be able to give users useful information when they need it most, straight answers to spoken questions with "Ok, Google", the ability to better monitor your health and fitness and provide a key to a multiscreen world. It all looks a bit like Google Now for smartwatches — see the videos below.

The G Watch is LG's fourth device developed in close collaboration with Google following on from the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, and the Google Play Edition of the LG G Pad 8.3.

 

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