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[4]: Nice
by intangible on Wed 19th Mar 2014 03:18 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Nice"
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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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RE[5]: Nice
by Lobotomik on Wed 19th Mar 2014 08:54 in reply to "RE[4]: Nice"
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2006-01-03

It will do mostly NOTHING without a phone. These smart watches are nothing but a smartish IO unit for your cellphone.

They will be able to offer some stand-alone functionality, but I don't know how much. Possibly maps with GPS and accelerometer, for running/cycling, which seems to be the only realistic use case they can come up with. Maybe music? Again for running/cycling.

A camera would be nice.

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