Google announces Android smartwatches

25th June 2014
Google announces Android smartwatches

On June 25th 2014, Google announced the first smart watches powered by the Android Wear Operating System. The announcement took place at Google's I/O developer conference in San Francisco.

The devices were the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live.

Steffen Sorrell, from the Juniper Research consultancy, reacted as follows:

"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."

LG announced that the G Watch would cost £159, and Samsung said the Gear Live would cost £169.

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  • Samsung Gear Live smartwatch
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