News by Andrew Kameka on Thursday May 29, 2014.
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The LG G Watch won't be as flashy or stylish as the Moto 360, but it has one advantage over the Android handset - you can actually get a glimpse of how it works thanks to a hands-on video posted to the web today. The G Watch has appeared in a German language hands-on that doesn't shed much light if you aren't fluent in German (the YouTube translated captions are comically unclear) but it does provide the best look we've had of an actual G Watch and not just rendered photos and simulated graphics.
To be fair to LG, this is a pre-production unit and should not be judged on performance for speed or fluidity. Despite those limitations, it's encouraging to see Android Wear in action and how simple it might be when using. The display has touch panels to make it easy to browse through Airline mode, check notifications, or see the calendar and battery level. We also spotted that the G Watch has five dots on the back that are most likely for some form of inductive charging or a proprietary charge cable to replenish the battery.
The G Watch looks less impressive stylistically as the white, gold, and black aspects of the device don't mesh as well as one might hope. Thankfully, we know that standard colors that are better matches will be available when the device goes on sale this summer.
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