Google just announced the company’s Android Wear platform, an Android based Google Now heavy environment with a keen focus on wearable devices. The platform will make its debut in the LG G Watch, which will be arriving in the second quarter of 2014.
“The opportunity to work with Google on LG G Watch was the perfect chance for LG to really pull out all stops in both design and engineering. With the LG G Watch, LG is continuing the milestones we’ve set in wearables following in the footsteps of the world’s first 3G Touch Watch Phone in 2009 and the Prada Link in 2008. We’re confident that a well-designed device has the potential to take the smart wearable market by storm.” – Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company
LG has long worked closely with Google on devices, spending many hours collaborating with Google on the Nexus 4, Nexus 5 and the LG G Pad 8.8 Google Play Edition. With LG’s penchant for sleek and functional design in mind, the LG G Watch will be a device to behold.
LG is tight-lipped about the specs of the LG G Watch, but specs may not matter as much in the wearable market as they do in the smartphone and tablet realm. The performance of wearables will depend on the software, and how well that software utilizes the wearable device’s miniscule specs.
LG won’t be the only manufacturer to release wearable devices based running Android Wear. Motorola recently unveiled its Moto 360 smartwatch, and manufacturers such as ASUS, Samsung and HTC will bring smartwatches powered by Google’s new baby to the world in the coming months.
LG G Watch Powered By Android Wear Being Developed In Close Collaboration With Google
Google’s New Android Wearables Platform to Debut on LG Device
ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., March 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — LG Electronics (LG) is working together with Google on LG G Watch powered by Android Wear™, which extends the Android platform to wearables. LG G Watch will be compatible with a wide range of Android™ smartphones and will present relevant information to users just when they need it or whenever they say “OK Google” to ask questions or get stuff done. As one of Google’s lead partners in this effort, LG is planning to introduce its first watch powered by Android Wear in the second quarter of 2014.
The LG G Watch powered by Android Wear will present a low barrier to entry for developers and offer the best Google experience for users. LG engineers worked closely with Google from the initial stages of development to ensure that the LG G Watch worked perfectly with Android Wear. This is LG’s fourth device developed in close collaboration with Google following the Nexus 4, Nexus 5 and the LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition.
“The opportunity to work with Google on LG G Watch was the perfect chance for LG to really pull out all stops in both design and engineering,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “With the LG G Watch, LG is continuing the milestones we’ve set in wearables following in the footsteps of the world’s first 3G Touch Watch Phone in 2009 and the Prada Link in 2008. We’re confident that a well-designed device has the potential to take the smart wearable market by storm.”
“With wearables, we’ve only just begun to scratch the surface of what’s possible,” said Sundar Pichai, Senior Vice President of Android, Chrome & Apps at Google. “The potential in this space is exciting which is why we’re thrilled to work together with partners like LG to bring Android Wear devices to market.”
Additional details of the LG G Watch powered by Android Wear, including hardware specifications, will be announced in the coming months.
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