Thursday 14 December 2017

Google's Android Wear: which smartwatch do you prefer?

(From left) A Samsung Gear Live watch, Motorola Moto 360 watch and LG's G watch
(From left) A Samsung Gear Live watch, Motorola Moto 360 watch and LG's G watch

Matthew Sparkes

Google has launched Android Wear, the software which will power a new generation of wearable devices.

A clutch of companies have already unveiled smartwatches running the OS which will go head-to-head with Apple's imminent competitor.

Google's new Android Wear operating system is designed to power wearable devices like Glass and smartwatches, several of which were unveiled last night at the company's I/O conference. Samsung, LG and Motorola all showed off new devices running the software which will go on sale within months.

David Singleton, from Google's Android division, said that Wear would allow the watches to "quickly show you relevant information, and make sure you never miss an important message, while letting you stay engaged with the people that you are actually with". For instance, if you receive a phone call the watch will vibrate to let you know.

The touchscreen devices will also allow users to send text messages, schedule calendar appointments or play music, either with the tap of a finger or with a voice command, as with Google Glass. They will also act as fitness trackers to record your movement.

Last night's announcements come months before rival Apple is expected to launch its own version iWatch later in the year. Analysts predict that around 19 million smartwatches will be sold worldwide by the end of the year.

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