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 flypig on Tue 18th Mar 2014 19:17 UTC
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Whenever this topic comes up it's obligatory to quote Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, that Earth is "an utterly insignificant little blue-green planet whose ape-descended life forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think smartwatches are a pretty neat idea."*

While I'm pretty sure Douglas Adams was right, I'm also fairly sure I'll be desperate to own one of these by the end of the year!

[* I may have altered the quote just slightly].

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