Ahead of its most exciting conference of the year, Google I/O, the search giant has announced Android Wear — a new platform heavily powered by Google Now for smartwatches. As soon as the platform was announced, two companies with a good track record of working closely with Google has snatched the spotlight to announce that they are going to be the first to introduce smartwatches based on Android Wear.
See: What is Android Wear
As you might have guessed, the two companies releasing Android Wear-powered smartwatches are LG and Motorola. Both of these companies have a close relation with Google as they created smartphones for Google. As the giant moves on to a completely new yet evolving market, they are brought together to help shape the market by making smartwatches like never seen before.
LG G Watch
Powered by Android Wear, as you can see in the branding image above, LG G Watch is probably going to be the first to release smartwatch that was developed in close collaboration with Google. The smartwatch looks like the original pebble, a square-shaped device that is supposed to have 1.65-inch screen. Leaked specs say that the screen will have a resolution of 280 x 280 pixels. Hardware wise, the device may have 4 GB of internal memory storage and 512 RAM.
However, these are leaked specs that are not confirmed just yet. As far as the official statement goes, LG only announced that they’ll be bringing LG G Watch powered by Android Wear that will look just like the above picture.
While this does not sound as exciting as “something totally new” (at least from a design perspective), what Motorola has under the wraps may actually draw your attention.
Not to be confused with Xbox 360, Moto 360, designed and developed by Motorola draws your attention the moment you see its first press rendering. “It’s Time” not only signifies that it’s time Motorola introduced Google’s Android Wear-run smartwatch, but also reminds you that this is, and it’s meant to be, a ‘watch’.
The round shaped design instantly catches eye. And why should it not, it’s by far the closest design to real wristwatches out there. Motorola’s Corporate Vice President of Product Management Lior Ron says it’s time for a watch that looks and feels great and gives you the information you need, when you need it. And apparently, his company got it just right.
Leaks and unconfirmed sources suggest that Moto 360 will use Sapphire glass for the protection of its front element. The display for Moto 360 is possibly an OLED panel which makes sense as OLED panels are known to be battery efficient. The smartwatch may also have wireless charging capability, which will be an amazing convenient given that it’s supposed to be on wrist most of the time. Even if it does not feature a wireless charging facility, it will, nonetheless, include a new charging medium instead of the traditional microUSB charging port.
Both Moto 360 and LG G Watch sounds promising for Google to start venturing into a market that’s still very immature. Personally, I like how Moto 360 is designed. Of the two, it’s likely that Moto 360 will cost more. But I’ll definitely keep an eye out for Moto 360.
Upon first impression, which of these two Android Wear smartwatches do you prefer and why?