Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 18th Mar 2014 16:34 UTC

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 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 sb56637 on Wed 19th Mar 2014 13:44 UTC
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The battery in these newfangled smartwatches probably lasts what, 12 hours at best? So forget about checking the weather (to say nothing of the time) if you leave early in the morning and don't get back before nightfall. Or I suppose I could connect my wristwatch (together with my wrist) to a charging cable while I'm at my desk to keep the battery topped off. I would feel like a convicted criminal on an electronic tether, but hey, I'll always know the time and weather.

No thanks. They'll have to pry my 1990-era Casio digital watch out of my cold, dead hands (or wrist). Some digital Casio watches have a 10 year battery. 10 YEARS! That's 3652 days. Mine even has a databank for alarms with custom reminder messages plus a phonebook. My Casio 1990's tech wristwatch saved me from a major mess once when I got robbed while travelling. Of course the first thing the thieves got was my smartphone, together with my wallet and debit card. But of course they never took a second look at my Casio wristwatch. So within minutes after being robbed, I looked up the necessary numbers I had stored in my watch, borrowed a phone, called a family member, and got my debit card cancelled. And that's all with 1990's technology. Long live my Casio wristwatch.

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by Morgan on Thu 20th Mar 2014 05:08 in reply to "Retro"
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The battery in these newfangled smartwatches probably lasts what, 12 hours at best?

Three to five days for my Sony Smartwatch, but even that is annoying. I'd love to have one that can go a month on a charge with moderate daily use. If Sony were smart (ha!) they would use an e-paper screen instead of that crappy low-res eyesore. There's simply no need for a complicated color screen on a watch face designed for notifications and minimal controls.

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