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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RE[2]: Nice
by intangible on Wed 19th Mar 2014 00:09 UTC 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[3]: Nice
by _txf_ on Wed 19th Mar 2014 03:16 in reply to "RE[2]: Nice"
_txf_ Member since:
2008-03-17

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).


The pebble actually has an lcd (which is why it can animate), just that it is a special high visibility and low power lcd. The fitness functionality is just a question of using the accelerometer (there are pebble apps that do this already) correctly or interfacing with heart rate monitors via BLE (eventual intent).

I question the requirement to have phone and voice on the device. You have a phone for a reason. If you lose the voice and phone requirements then wireless data requirements don't drive power consumption through the roof.

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RE[4]: Nice
by intangible on Wed 19th Mar 2014 03:18 in reply to "RE[3]: Nice"
intangible Member since:
2005-07-06

For me, I hate carrying around a phone all the time... If I can get 90% of functionality out of the watch, that's what I want.

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