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Google finally revealed its plans to build smartwatches based on its Android mobile operating system.
The first smartwatches to come powered with the new wearable mobile OS are from LG and the now Lenovo-owned Motorola.
LG will be building the first Google watch, dubbed G Watch, slated to launch in the second quarter. It will be followed by Mototrola’s Moto 360 Android watch that is likely to launch sometime in summer this year.
The LG G Watch is a square shaped simple watch built of plastic. It comes embedded with an LCD touchscreen. LG claims, the watch has been designed in close collaboration with Google, and does not carry the Nexus branding.
Motorola has also announced its plans about the Android-based Moto 360 smartwatch. Unlike the square-shaped LG G, the Moto 360 will feature a more classic round look, which is probably why it’s called 360. Motorola says all the Moto 360 components are brand new.
Watches running on the Android Wear platform are expected to come with support for voice commands, ambient alerts, directions, and notifications. However, in terms of specs, no details are yet disclosed about the G Watch and Moto 360.