News by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday March 18, 2014.
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Motorola and LG are the first two companies to reveal their plans to debut a smartwatch running Google's Android Wear platform announced today. The two companies are also taking very different approaches.
LG is following the traditional smartwatch approach by revealing the G Watch. The LG G Watch has a rectangular body that shows the time but also connects to your smartphone to access the many added capabilities announced in Wear, including the ability to tap into Google Now and interact with other devices. No other details have been announced except for LG confirming that the watch will work with other Android smartphones and will launch in the second quarter of 2014.
Motorola on the other hand is going for the traditional watch approach. The Moto 360 has a circular face, which means it actually looks like a watch. The company still stresses that it sought to build the "modern timepiece," so its traditional design still includes the same Google Now integration. The hardware features "premium" materials with metal and leather rather than the plastic and rubber often used in phones. The watch will launch in the US this summer.
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.