Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 18th Mar 2014 16:34 UTC
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Update: the round model is the Moto 360. Motorola has posted a video about its inception.

Android is coming to wearable devices, with the watch being the first focus.

If you're a developer, there's a new section on developer.android.com/wear focused on wearables. Starting today, you can download a Developer Preview so you can tailor your existing app notifications for watches powered by Android Wear. Because Android for wearables works with Android's rich notification system, many apps will already work well. Look out for more developer resources and APIs coming soon. We're also already working with several consumer electronics manufacturers, including Asus, HTC, LG, Motorola and Samsung; chip makers Broadcom, Imagination, Intel, Mediatek and Qualcomm; and fashion brands like the Fossil Group to bring you watches powered by Android Wear later this year.

This actually looks like the first smartwatch interface done right.

Android's notification system, Google Now, and the card UI feel right at home here. I could definitely see myself wanting one of these. LG will ship the first device in the next quarter, but personally I'm holding out for the circular device shown in Google's videos.

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by intangible on Tue 18th Mar 2014 19:16 UTC
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I'm excited to see them showing off a possible circular screen, that'll look a lot more "normal" and will make it more acceptable to wear.

What I really want is the full Dick Tracy experience without having to tether to my phone; Make my "smartwatch" the phone, and let the "handset" be optional for a second larger screen for apps, internet, camera / video chat, etc.

Hopefully battery life can be increased to a minimum of 1.5-2 days though (I don't mind charging every night, but sometimes I run over the 24 hour limit between sleeping).

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