We’ve caught a few glimpses of Android Wear during the past few weeks, and LG, which will partner for one of the first Android Wear devices in the G Watch, has also been teasing us with snaps of its first smartwatch effort. Now, for the first time, both software and hardware have been videoed together as one, and as such, we get to see what Google’s watch-focused flavor of Android looks like when running on the forthcoming G Watch.
We’ve already seen enough of the G Watch to know that it follows the archetypal smartwatch design almost to the letter. Similarly shaped to the likes of the Pebble and the Samsung Galaxy Gear, it still managed to be quite slick, and as well as checking out Android Wear, this particular hands-on also offers an up-close and personal look at the device’s form factor as a whole.
To LG’s credit, it’s a lot easier on the eye than we had previously supposed, and although, with its rounded, traditional charm, the Moto 360 appears as though it will be a real hit with the consumer, it would be naive to completely discount LG’s chances of making a decent impression on this still fledgling market.
As for the software, there’s not really much to see here amid some frantic scrolling, but it does, at least, give us an idea of what we can expect of a smartwatch based on Android Wear. Only yesterday, we got to see how the notifications system worked, and with the G Watch set to release next month, the software must now almost be ready for prime time consumption.
The video’s commentary is in German, with the folks behind the clip apparently having snagged a G Watch prototype at the LG G3 reveal earlier on this week. But you don’t really need to understand the German language to follow, and if you’re looking forward to the G Watch’s release, be sure to check out the clip embedded at the bottom.
As well as LG and Motorola, HTC and ASUS are also planning to release devices under Android Wear, with chip makers like Broadcom, Imagination, Intel and Qualcomm among those also on board.
We’re very excited about what’s in store for the remainder of 2014 and beyond as far as the smartwatch industry is concerned, and if you are too, be sure to stay tuned to our coverage here at Redmond Pie!