Google's week of wonder continues

26 June 2014

Samsung-Expands-Gear-Portfolio-with-Android-Wear2 My, Google have been busy lately announcing this that and the other.

Now they've announced their first smartwatches, powered by its Android Wear operating doodah, and they now available for pre-order.

The LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live (look over there, it's a picture of one) - both featuring rectangular screens - mark an attempt to standardise the way Android wearable devices function. Google also mentioned that Motorola's circular Moto 360 would not be released until late Summer.

A gentleman by the name of Steffen Sorrell from Juniper Research told the BBC that: "The problem with smartwatches so far has been that the sector hasn't quite decided what it wants to be - is it a phone on your wrist or an accessory device."

"Once you introduce Android Wear, it will hopefully provide a more focused case for what the devices are capable of. And that's a direction that could invigorate the market."

The G Watch should cost £145 and will be made available to 12 countries, such as Germany, France, Japan, US and here. Samsung said the Gear Live would cost (£118).

They're out on July 7 and you'll need to have a phone running Android 4.3 or above.

AND THAT'S NOT ALL

Google have also announced Android Auto for the car, which will feature voice-controlled access to Google Maps, text messaging and apps.

The voice recognition feature means that users should never have to remove their hands from the wheel of their vehicle to use the system.

They're basically out to enslave us all then.

TOPICS:   Technology   Mobile   Gadgets

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