Google have announced the whole new Android Wear thing, which pushes the whole wearables market towards one unified OS, whether or not companies like Pebble or Samsung decide to go with Android wear and not their own OS’s remains to be seen. LG however are seemingly going to be there from the beginning.
They’ve come out and announced the imaginatively entitled “G Watch”, hats off to them, they’ve really come up trumps with the name this time.
Dr. Jong-seok Park the president and CEO of LG had the following to say about the G Watch:
“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”
Personally I’d be interested to see how these new SmartWatches will function, yes on film the whole voice recognition thing looks great fun, but in reality some people are too shy to talk to their phone or watch in public. I’d be looking for another input method.
A few things are missing from the LG announcement, that is the price, the spec and which countries it’s going to be sold in. We have to just wait for more info.
SEOUL, Mar. 19, 2014—LG Electronics (LG) is working together with Google on LG G Watch powered by Android Wear™, which extends the Android platform to wearables. LG G Watch will be compatible with a wide range of Android™ smartphones and will present relevant information to users just when they need it or whenever they say “OK Google” to ask questions or get stuff done. As one of Google’s lead partners in this effort, LG is planning to introduce its first watch powered by Android Wear in the second quarter of 2014.
The LG G Watch powered by Android Wear will present a low barrier to entry for developers and offer the best Google experience for users. LG engineers worked closely with Google from the initial stages of development to ensure that the LG G Watch worked perfectly with Android Wear. This is LG’s fourth device developed in close collaboration with Google following the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, and the LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition.
“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 Electronics Mobile Communications Company.“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.”
Additional details of the LGG Watch powered by Android Wear, including hardware specifications, will be announced in the coming months.