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LG G Watch to be the first Android Wear smartwatch, out next quarter

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LG G Watch to be the first Android Wear smartwatch, out next quarter
Google just announced its "extension" of the Android platform that is designed for smartwatches and other wearables, called Android Wear. We've been hearing that LG had the inside track on being the first out of the gate with an official Android smartwatch, and LG's has officially announced its first Android Wear device will be hitting store shelves next quarter.

This confirms rumors that an LG-built smartwatch would be announced and released sometime around Google I/O, which would be at the end of the next quarter (it runs from April through June). LG is calling the device the "G Watch", which shows that the device will be carrying LG branding and not Google branding, but it does sound like it will have some of the ethos of the Nexus line behind it. President and CEO of LG, Dr. Jong-seok Park said about the device:

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. With the LG G Watch, LG is continuing the milestones we’ve set in wearables following in the footsteps 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.

According to the announcement, LG wants the G Watch to be a "low barrier to entry" for developers, which is a hallmark of the Nexus line of devices. But, LG also wants it to be a device that will appeal to consumers. No specs have been announced, but if this is the same watch that has been rumored, it is said to have a 1.65-inch display and 4GB of storage. 

source: LG

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posted on 18 Mar 2014, 12:13 6

1. Eonnaydra (Posts: 197; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


This project is gonna kill iWatch if Apple won't make a similar thing like iCar.

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 12:16 9

2. Sauce (unregistered)


http://www.idownloadblog.com/2014/03/18/moto-360/

Such a gorgeous watch. Made me believe Apple isn't the only one who has potential in aesthetics for a smart watch

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 12:40 1

6. PBXtech (Posts: 966; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


Metal band version is sexy, I'll be checking that one out when it hits the market.

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 12:50 1

7. Sauce (unregistered)


No doubt about that man. I love it. THIS is what a smart watch should look like..ahem ahem Samsung....

This watch reminds me of one of my favorite watches.

http://www.movado.com/movado-collections/sapphire/sapphire-0606307.html

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 12:53 6

8. Commentator (Posts: 2290; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Samsung is really going to have to bank on advertising this time around if their watches have any chance. People might sacrifice aesthetics when it comes to smartphones, but smartwatches are a different story. People are going to want something that looks good on their wrist, not just something that has cutting-edge specs.

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 13:13

9. Sauce (unregistered)


Very well said. +1

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 21:02 1

13. Taters (Posts: 2578; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Not really. Besides the moto 360, the Gear 2 Neo would be the next best looking watch so far IMO.

I find the gear 2,Neo much better looking that the pebble steel and the Sony. I don't see enough of this LG to comment on that yet.

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 00:21

15. Reality_Check (Posts: 243; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


Well.... IMO, the Pebble Steel blew the competition to 'kingdom come' when it comes to design :) I liked the Gear Fit though. Ultimately, it all comes down to personal preference.

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 13:37

10. KillgoreTroutTime (Posts: 200; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


Are you thinking that the display will be on 24/7? Would you still consider it great if it was like most other smartwatches and the display wasnt on when not in use? Picture in your head the 360 watch with the display off....Do you still think it looks great? To me, it would pretty much look like the rest of them, just more round. In no way would it look like an actual watch.

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 12:19 24

3. Commentator (Posts: 2290; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Well, I certainly hope they don't put the buttons on the back this time.

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 12:22 2

4. amats69 (Posts: 950; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


this! lol

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 12:23 1

5. Sauce (unregistered)


loool

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 13:54

11. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1619; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


Pure gold!

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 20:50 1

12. Topcat488 (Posts: 1106; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


I only see unnecessary comments from Samsung haters.

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 22:32

14. winter_hat (Posts: 91; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


None of these will sell enough to make any money for any of the manufacturers. There's just not enough fans per company that will be interested in a watch. However, Apple's iWatch will sell many millions. They have the most rabid fans. And their design team isn't running this race...they are making sure it's right...the first time.

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