LG G Watch and Moto 360: Meet the first two smartwatches powered by Google

Both watches are due out later this year, and look like they might bring Google's vision of wearable technology to life

Google made its ambitions for the wearable market clear yesterday when it unveiled a new operating system for powering smartwatches: Android Wear.

Now, the first designs from selected hardware partners are starting to emerge with both LG and Motorola releasing pictures of their upcoming gadgets.

Both companies have a long history of working with Google and it seems likely that these devices will be as close to the search giant’s vision of the smartwatch as you’re likely to come by. LG previously built two of the company's Nexus smartphones while Motorola are, of course, still owned by the company - pending the sale to Lenovo.

LG’s G watch uses a square design similar in appearance to Sony’s Smartwatch and will reportedly be “compatible with a range of Andoird smartphones”. It’ll also be voice activated, looks like it'll integrate Google Now and will be released in the second quarter of 2014.

The Moto 360. So sleek and cool you'll need two coffees to keep up.

There’s even less details on hand about Motorola’s offering, the Moto 360, but images of the device show that the company is putting design first, offering users a more familiar circular screen and using “premium materials”. There’s no specs out there but Motorola says the device will arriving in “summer 2014 in a selection of styles”.

Although neither LG nor Motorola are saying what exactly these smartwatches will be able to do, Google’s announcement of Android Wear made it pretty clear what it wants from these devices: they should respond to voice commands and carry out basic searches; offer notifications and reminders; control other gadgets; and sync up with fitness devices.

The question is, how will LG and Motorola's offerings compare to the current crop of smartwatches? In terms of checking boxes, there’s not a lot of new functionality but the deciding factor will be how well all these features come together. Will the touchscreens be responsive? How long with the battery last? Will syncing be a hassle or seamless?

None of this is easy to predict, but if these devices really do have Google’s blessing then we can at least expect an improvement over what’s currently on the market. What's more, it seems that it's technology like this (rather than the oops-we-created-the-future-you-dreaded, aka Google Glass) that will be leading wearables forward.

Life and Style
ebookNow available in paperback
ebooks
ebookPart of The Independent’s new eBook series The Great Composers
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Gadgets & Tech

    Recruitment Genius: Field Engineer

    £15000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company has 30 years of ex...

    Recruitment Genius: Customer Account Manager

    £27000 - £33000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This fast growing cloud based I...

    Recruitment Genius: Front End Web Developer - Magento

    £28000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Front End Web Developer is re...

    SThree: IT Recruitment Consultant

    £22500 - £30000 per annum + Commission: SThree: Sthree are looking for experie...

    Day In a Page

    General Election 2015: The masterminds behind the scenes

    The masterminds behind the election

    How do you get your party leader to embrace a message and then stick to it? By employing these people
    Machine Gun America: The amusement park where teenagers go to shoot a huge range of automatic weapons

    Machine Gun America

    The amusement park where teenagers go to shoot a huge range of automatic weapons
    The ethics of pet food: Why are we are so selective in how we show animals our love?

    The ethics of pet food

    Why are we are so selective in how we show animals our love?
    How Tansy Davies turned 9/11 into her opera 'Between Worlds'

    How a composer turned 9/11 into her opera 'Between Worlds'

    Tansy Davies makes her operatic debut with a work about the attack on the Twin Towers. Despite the topic, she says it is a life-affirming piece
    11 best bedside tables

    11 best bedside tables

    It could be the first thing you see in the morning, so make it work for you. We find night stands, tables and cabinets to wake up to
    Italy vs England player ratings: Did Andros Townsend's goal see him beat Harry Kane and Wayne Rooney to top marks?

    Italy vs England player ratings

    Did Townsend's goal see him beat Kane and Rooney to top marks?
    Danny Higginbotham: An underdog's tale of making the most of it

    An underdog's tale of making the most of it

    Danny Higginbotham on being let go by Manchester United, annoying Gordon Strachan, utilising his talents to the full at Stoke and plunging into the world of analysis
    Audley Harrison's abusers forget the debt he's due, but Errol Christie will always remember what he owes the police

    Steve Bunce: Inside Boxing

    Audley Harrison's abusers forget the debt he's due, but Errol Christie will always remember what he owes the police
    No postcode? No vote

    Floating voters

    How living on a houseboat meant I didn't officially 'exist'
    Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin

    By Reason of Insanity

    Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin
    Power dressing is back – but no shoulderpads!

    Power dressing is back

    But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
    Spanish stone-age cave paintings 'under threat' after being re-opened to the public

    Spanish stone-age cave paintings in Altamira 'under threat'

    Caves were re-opened to the public
    'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'

    Vince Cable interview

    'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'
    Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

    Promises, promises

    But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
    The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

    The death of a Gaza fisherman

    He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat