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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Nice
by intangible on Tue 18th Mar 2014 19:16 UTC
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2005-07-06

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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RE: Nice
by gan17 on Tue 18th Mar 2014 20:27 in reply to "Nice"
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2008-06-03

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).

They really should bundle these with little wireless charging pucks, imho. Price is always key at the end of the day though. Unlike "classic" watches, these things will have relatively short lifespans, so I don't see the common blue-collar bloke spending a few hundred quid every few years for an updated watch. Then again, there will be other forms of wearables in future, so who knows.

I could see myself getting one of these for my pushbike ride, provided they have more durable g-shock types that dodn't need a separate smartphone in future. Having apps like Strava along with maps and weather on your wrist would be useful for a long ride. For dressing up and going out to dinner, I'd probably still prefer an old-skool mechanical automatic.

TL;DR - Interesting prospects, but I'll probably be a late adopter.

Edited 2014-03-18 20:30 UTC

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RE[2]: Nice
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Tue 18th Mar 2014 21:13 in reply to "RE: Nice"
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2006-07-14

FYI, the common bloke doesn't wear watches anymore. I don't know why any sane person does.

I don't think these are for me. Now, if they could simply create a smart pocket watch of some kind ....

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RE: Nice
by _txf_ on Tue 18th Mar 2014 22:47 in reply to "Nice"
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2008-03-17

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).


Meanwhile I'm stuck charging my Pebble only once a week....

Oh yeah, my screen is always glanceable too. I'll only be on board with these if the screen remains on all the time.

Edited 2014-03-18 22:55 UTC

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RE[2]: Nice
by intangible on Wed 19th Mar 2014 00:09 in reply to "RE: Nice"
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2005-07-06

The Pebble is a nice device, but it doesn't have any of the phone, voice, or fitness functionality I crave (along with notifications)...
That wireless is what kills the battery more than an e-ink display can compensate for (I do love e-ink too though).

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RE: Nice
by Morgan on Wed 19th Mar 2014 00:51 in reply to "Nice"
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2005-06-29

If you don't mind the size, you may like this:

http://www.neptunepine.com/

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RE[2]: Nice
by intangible on Wed 19th Mar 2014 03:19 in reply to "RE: Nice"
intangible Member since:
2005-07-06

Thanks for the heads up; a bit too large and awkward for what I ultimately want, but at least it's in the right direction!

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