Google announces Android smartwatches
25th June 2014
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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