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LG G Watch


We heard a lot about LG G Watch with Android Wear OS. Today, we're getting our first look at the LG G Watch and Android Wear in action in a hands-on video that was apparently taken at LG's G3 event. As a warning, the video is in German, so the only phrases we could understand were the ones that sounded like English.


There are two thoughts that we took away from the video. First, the LG G Watch is very obviously aiming to be an inexpensive option, likely to give developers easy access to the hardware. The device itself has a very plain square design, and it is almost all plastic, except for a gold band around the sides and the pogo charger pins on the back. This is not a premium device, and it doesn't look like it is trying to be.



The other take away is that Android Wear itself seems to still be a bit away from the vision that Google showed in the introduction videos. The software is still in beta, and the watch in the video may not have been connected to a companion device, which would limit functionality, so there wasn't much to see. Enjoy the Video below!



Hands-on Video [YouTube]

LG G Watch

LG is planning on releasing a Smartwatch this year as its first wearable device on the market, its upcoming smartwatch will be called the "LG G Watch". LG has just posted a New Teaser Photo of the LG G Watch on its twitter (photo above). LG may be planning on releasing the watch with its upcoming flagship Smartphone LG G3.

The G Watch will run Android wear OS and will be Water & Dust Resistant. This seems to be a good marketing strategy for LG, as the idea of strapping a small computer to your wrist doesn't exactly instill ideas of durability or practicality in the minds of most consumers.



Android wear UI Full Review

The G Watch does seem like an interesting concept: an understated Android Smartwatch that won't balk at the threat of dust and water. LG's upcoming wearable is also expected to rock a 1.65" display along with 4GB of storage built-in the watch. Stay tuned for info about the G Watch!

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Android wear



Google has a clear vision for what it wants with Android Wear, and it is being very very clear in its message to developers on this point. The first round of Android wearables are not aiming to be complete smartwatches in the sense that many would hope they would be. Rather, these are planned to be companion devices which are mainly used for notifications, and don't really offer much as far as advanced functionality.

Google put out a video on "What Developers Need to Know" via Mashable's Ask a Dev YouTube channel, and explained the number one focus of Android Wear: simplicity. Android Engineer Sagar Seth gives some design tips, like using landscape images is the best practice, all notifications should have an image in the background, and to make good use of Google Now voice commands. He also reiterates the core ideas that Android Wear devices should be focused on notifications and glanceable information which requires little to no interaction. He really drives this home by saying, "remember one thing: it's not a full-fledged application sitting on the wearable itself, it is just notifications. It is making the information available when you need it to be."


Android Wear


You can see what Pocket App has done with the Android Wear SDK, you can save articles links from a tweet or a notification directly from your Smartwatch, to read later (on a Smartphone, Tablet or Desktop).




Android Wear is new move for Google to bring Android to wrist. Many developers is trying to optimize their Apps to work on Android wear SDK. Pocket has the same aim which is integrating links from a huge amount of sources, so the best way to do that is to make sure users can easily send those links to Pocket App from their Smartwatches. Check the Demo (.gif) below.


Wear Pocket Demo


Pocket has created various APIs to make it easy for other developers to add a "save to Pocket" option. Not all platforms offer a universal sharing menu like Android, and that actually includes the new Android Wear. Screen real estate and interaction limits on a smartwatch necessitate a more focused set of options. So, Pocket has created an API to let developers more easily add a "save to Pocket" option in their Android Wear apps.


Like most functions in Android Wear, the work isn't actually done on the smartwatch itself. The button will just initiate the action on your smartphone.


Moto 360


Yesterday, Google announced Android Wear a modified UI for wearables. Today, Motorola officially present the first Smart Watch with Android Wear. It's called "Moto 360" with a very attractive design and functionality.


moto 360


There aren't a ton of details on how Moto 360 will work even the video is mostly about the design and reminding you that it's freaking round. According to Motorola, Moto 360 will allow you to see alerts and notifications with a "twist of the wrist." That seems to indicate it will have a screen that is off, but wakes up when you move your wrist in a way that indicates you are looking at it sort of like the Moto X. It also has "Ok Google" built in.

moto 360

Still, there were a few small gems in the mix, including a big one one everyone's mind: will it work with all Android devices, or just those manufactured by Motorola? Motorola's answer was very clear: it will work with all Motorola devices, as well as on all others devices running Android 4.3 and above. So there you go it doesn't matter whose phone you're using, if it's running 4.3 or higher, Moto 360 will work with it. Which is very awesome.


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