2014-03-18 11_17_10-Official Android Blog_ Sharing what’s up our sleeve_ Android coming to wearables
Last Updated: July 7th, 2014

Google has just announced its plans for Android wearables, and this could make all those other smart watches look like they're standing still. Android Wear is an open Android-powered platform that lets developers plug into existing apps and take advantage of Google services like Now and voice search. There is a preview SDK available right now, and Google says wearables based on this platform are coming in 2014.

You can see from the video how focused Google's wearables will be on the Google Now experience and intuitive swipe gestures. There's no keyboard to be found – it's all voice interaction in the video. Of course, Android Wear grabs your notifications from a paired device and can be used to control things like music playback. Google is advising devs to see how their apps will work with both square and round smart watch screens. Note, however, that you must sign up for SDK access – they're not just handing it out yet.

Google is working with the likes of Asus, HTC, LG (G Watch), Motorola (Moto 360), and Samsung to develop Wear devices. Even Fossil is in on this, which hopefully means some smart watches that actually look nice are coming. With Android Wear happening this early, it seems like a lock Google will have a smart watch of some sort at I/O.

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Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • Brro

    I bet everyone who bought the gear are mad right now

    • uhim82

      lol yeah, they're all like "shit, I didn't need to do stuff, I just wanted to tell Google what I wanted to do."

    • firesoul453

      gear was clearly overpriced so anyone buying it had to know they were paying extra to be first.

      • jimmyamazingz

        But they weren't first by a long shot. I had my Sony watch before the gear was even available and it wasn't even Sony's first smart watch.

        • firesoul453

          if you say so

          • https://plus.google.com/u/0/108482452903817442299/posts Andrew Bone

            Sony did the the "liveview" in 2010, the galaxy gear was 2013 I think even motorola had one out before that.
            What samsung did was get the form factor out there and known about.
            It's like saying apple made the first touch screen phone, it's not true but people believe it to be.

    • http://batman-news.com uh8m8

      So mad bro. They're all like, "I didn't want to do calls and pictures and important stuff from my phone. I wanted to tell Google what I hoped I could do and let them remember it and send it to the government instead."

    • Michael

      Nah not mad, excited for competition for Samsung to get off their butts and innovate.

    • Ark

      Yeah both of them

    • yahyoh

      pfffffffffft , the gear do 1000 things more than just running Google now

      • Brro

        hey samsung

      • ddpacino

        1000, huh? I'm more than quite positive you're talking out your neck there.

  • vyktorsouza

    this time for real or it's another Google Glass "concept" that gets us all excited but doesn't deliver what promised?

    • Dominic Powell

      considering that they actually have manufacturing partners and it isn't developed entirely in house probably means this will be farther along than glass. But note this is just an evolution a the Glass OS UI/UX. they seem to function very similarly, so they probably used the unique things they learned from glass so far for this SDK>

    • KevinTimmons

      Glass is getting better an better all the time. Android was a buggy piece of crap in the beginning. It's called patience, you could benefit with some.

      • vyktorsouza

        very helpful and on-topic, now leave

  • eazyean1

    Is this real?

    • Henry Green


      • AtiRage

        Yeah, all renderings.. real in their imagination.

  • david coffey

    fantastic. wearable watches that i'm assuming will pick up and go on any phone you sync it too. well done, again, google. are we gonna see some heavy hitters in the watch industry getting in on this? fossil, rolex, tag, etc....

    • wampdog29

      They said Fossil was getting involved...

  • dandroid13

    "You'll Want To Forget All Other Smart Watches When You See This", sure, especially in countries outside the US where Google Now is still very limited and when none of your friends uses G+/Hangouts.

    • Eduardo Mateos

      Just what I was about to say.

      Smartwatches based on Google Now experience? Then these are just US devices

      • http://www.maverickcreative.ca/ Joshua Richards

        Google Now works in Canada. But yes, more distribution is needed.

        • Eduardo Mateos

          Ok, sorry, North America only.

          And yes, Google Now distribution is ridiculous. Such as the "Ok Google" in different languages...

          • Walkop

            They've been on a roll opening that up lately, though. First Canada/UK, now Germany/Hungary if I'm not mistaken.

          • Saboteur777

            What is opened up in Hungary? 'Ok Google', or what? :o

          • dpneal

            Works great in the UK. I'm sure it's rolled out wider in Europe too.

          • Gavin

            It works great in London, not so well outside.

          • https://plus.google.com/u/0/108482452903817442299/posts Andrew Bone

            Works fine in every UK city I've lived in... (Coventry, Sheffield)

          • mesmorino

            Let's not get carried away, it doesn't work that great in the UK.

          • dpneal

            Works great in the UK. I'm sure it's rolled out wider in Europe too.

          • dpneal

            Works great in the UK. I'm sure it's rolled out wider in Europe too.

          • http://twitter.com/Rodrigost23 Rodrigo Tavares

            Yeah, I still can't understand why "Ok Google" isn't available in languages that are already recognized by voice search!

      • http://www.suburbankid.tk Terence Wang

        Not so. Google Now works well in other countries too, though the extent varies

        • Jianqing Bai

          Woah Hi.

      • BozzyB

        It's working in Germany also...

        • Eduardo Mateos

          Guys, come on, you know what I mean.

          We, people in Europe, don't have half the options users from US have. And the cards have half the information in them.

          And don't tell me to put my phone in english. I feel pompous enough to be talking to my phone in public, to even do it in english.

          • Michael J Carroll

            We're not going to blame you. Google just hadn't expanded Google now that far. They should reach out and hire companies in those regions to produce voice controls for their respective languages.

          • Novelty Account

            Then ask the local companies to innovate for you.

          • Eduardo Mateos

            I ask the company who sold the product to me.

          • Novelty Account

            I wager they will make available translations at a later date (which is more than I can say for european companies and their practices), even though they have no obligation to do that. Btw all american korean companies offer localized versions of phones, tech etc. So I dont know what you are talking about.

          • hot_spare

            Last time I checked Google called themselves a *global* organization. Why don't you ask whether google is willing to shut down services in EU/APJ/Africa? I am sure MS would be going crazy just by the thought of it.

    • vgergo

      Not only in the USA. I am using Google Now in Hungary, but of course it's in English. At this point, it's for people who can speak English. I made my Note 3 to always listen and wake up to Google Voice Search (instead of svoice) with this: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=hu.viczian.deathtosvoice

    • Michael Pahl

      US company making US products, and a US site is reporting on it. so whats the problem again?

      • dandroid13

        The "problem" is that the world isn't just the US.

        • Michael Pahl

          Why would the world be entitled to a US companies services?

          • dandroid13

            Because the internet is a global, decentralized thing

          • Michael Pahl

            Doesnt work like that. Please do tell about companies from your home country and how they impact US citizens.

          • sk

            all your clothes are made in asia? Tech from china? <-- was this what you were asking about?

          • Michael Pahl

            No, its like saying why doesnt soso.com offer US products and services

          • nside1

            Agree. There are a lot of electronics / cars that are made in Japan that never make it over to the US. If a company is based in your country, you get preferential treatment...that's just how it is.

          • Elliot Kotis

            Um.....but Google is a global company. They release a piece of tech or software to the world. The janaese car companies don't release the car, but leave out one of the key features, like a door.

          • nside1

            Agree. There are a lot of electronics / cars that are made in Japan that never make it over to the US. If a company is based in your country, you get preferential treatment...that's just how it is.

          • the_bunny

            Lol you're so smug. Learn a bit of modesty, people often associate it with a more beautiful character

          • Steven Z

            Even if he's smug, he's pretty objectively correct. Google is indeed an American company, and this site is an American site. So if you're from another country visiting this site, you should keep in mind that not everything this site reports on will be available or usable in your country if you're not American.

          • mesmorino

            This site is not the problem, or even *a* problem. The problem- And it's not even a problem, more of a mild issue, is that there is an issue that people in America cannot see, and even when it is shown to them, refuse to acknowledge it, and when they finally admit its existence, bend over backwards to make excuses for Google and down play it and throw in all sorts of spurious arguments about how Google is an American company.

            Meanwhile, you still cannot cache Barcelona for offline viewing in Maps. As in, Barcelona, Spain, where MWC is held. That is, MOBILE World Congress.

            Meanwhile, Google Now struggles to understand anything but an American accent.

            Meanwhile, Google Now still gives me journey time updates to work... on Saturdays and Sundays.

            But oh noooooo, let's all just leave Google alone and not call them out. I mean after all, it's an American company, right? American companies must not be called on their bullshit, no siree.

            In any case, no, he is not objectively correct, if Google is going to advertise and market their products in Country X, it is not too much to ask for that it actually does work reasonably well in Country X

          • Chris

            Don't worry, our slaves are hard at work to bring all ~7 billion people an experience they can embrace fully.

            By slaves, I mean our unpaid Oompa Loompa's.

          • mesmorino

            I'd laugh, but your sarcasm overwhelms me.

          • Steven Z

            While that's all and well, we *are* indeed commenting here on Android Police. The problems you've so aptly described are all relevant and valid and all great points. But does complaining on Android Police do any good? Not really, especially on an article like this, where complaints tend to clog up the comment section.

            And I actually am not aware so I'll ask this question out of pure curiosity: Does Google advertise Google Now in countries where it doesn't work correctly?

          • mesmorino

            Commenting on AP doesn't do any good (at least I don't imagine that it does), but neither is it meant to: It is simply a way to vent and express mild disdain for "Yet Another Google Product That'll Be Shit Where I Live"

            Except, some dumbasses jump on and start talking all sorts of random nonsense about how Super Legit Awesome Google, mistakenly believing that their experiences are representative of the world when they are not even representative of America.

            The comments wouldn't clog anything up if those idiots would just shut up and let people be, without feeling the need to jump to the defence of a multibillion dollar company.

            Anyway, I don't know for certain where else Google advertises but in Manchester UK, the ONLY two cards I EVER see are Weather, and Journey Time, and it shows me Journey time every blessed day of the week, even when I'm in a different city, even when I'm in a different country- And it knows I'm in these other places because I get photo spots. I get time at home. I get currency converter- And the one card I don't actually need, Journey Time, is always right there at the top of the list.

            And this is in Manchester, England- One of the top five cities in the entire country. Would you take a bet on how much more disappointing it is likely to be elsewhere?

            I like Google, but that doesn't mean I'm gonna pretend like it's SuperDuperAwesomeToTheMax

          • KJoeM

            So instead of allowing people to defend a company from a country that they are from, we should just continue letting people like you bash Google? No, I think not. Where is Google based out of? Would you like to tell me where they are from? I believe they are from the United States of America. I think they are obligated to make sure that the service works for the country they are based out of first. If you don't like Google and their policies, I suggest moving to Apple or WP...

          • hot_spare

            Stop being a retarded dick. There I said it. I don't really care being rude to you, coz you're a retarded dick.

          • Aravind J Nampoothiry

            TCS,Infosys (Software Companies).All other jobs are outsourced to countries like India,half the job of the US companies are outsourced.

          • ddpacino

            Still doesn't mean you all are entitled to anything...

          • dandroid13

            I don't see a "ONLY AVAILABLE IN THE US" in any product or service made by Google that I use or any of those videos.

          • Elliot Kotis

            Um... Jellyfish warning. Sport scores.

          • Guest

            Because those services are sold outside the US thats why. If you ship a product outside the US, it must offer the same services in the country you are shipping to.

          • Michael Pahl

            Nope. Doesnt work like that at all. Not only are the services here not sold (Google Now) but they are extremely limited geographically (Google Maps, etc.)

            so no.

          • Paul

            You mean the same way the US thinks it is entitled to get as much oil as possible from the countries they invade?

          • Michael Pahl


            good one man.

        • htowngtr

          USA is a consumer country if there ever was one. They make a lot more money this way.

        • squiddy20

          It took over 20 years from the day the first McDonald's was founded, till the first one in Canada popped up. Similarly, it took almost exactly 20 years for the first Tim Horton's to go from Hamilton, Ontario Canada (a hop, skip, and a jump away from US borders), to the US.

          • dandroid13

            This comparison makes no sense, these companies need land to work, Google is on the internet.

          • squiddy20

            Yes, just because Google does not sell products in a brick-and-mortar store (which isn't quite true, as a lot of Best Buys have a small section devoted entirely to Google) means the local laws/regulations of a given country do not apply. It also doesn't mean the barriers to entry just disappear.

      • mesmorino

        The problem, to answer your intensely stupid question, is that this US company is marketing AND selling it's "US" products to and in the rest of the world.

        • topgun966

          I saw no reference in any of the above being marketed at the entire world. Can you point that out?

          • mesmorino

            I saw no reference in Michael's comment to this specific product, can you point that out?

            Don't be facetious. Google regularly markets and sells its products and services worldwide, to even attempt to pretend otherwise is just dumb.

            Like they're really going to make a smart watch and only sell it in the US

          • Michael Pahl

            Please remind us what kind of great companies your home country has, and how I use them on the daily.

            your false sense of entitlement to a US companies services is astonishing.

            The only wrongdoing would be if Google offered these services in countries other than its home country.

          • mesmorino

            What are you talking about, what false sense of entitlement? If they're going to market a product in here, it is not a false sense of entitlement to expect it to work to a certain standard. It is not even any kind of sense of entitlement at all it is a reasonable expectation.

            Believe it or not, people tend to prefer a proper meal rather than a half baked mess, especially when you're paying for it.

            And did you really just ask about what great companies the UK has? Seriously?! Good grief.

          • Michael Pahl

            US citizens have 0 expectations for UK companies to provide service here. You bitching about Google is on par about me bitching about Sky TV.

            Please do link to all this marketing material on google products offered in the UK that are only half baked.

          • mesmorino

            You still don't get it. Sky TV does not advertise or sell anything in America so no, that doesn't work. Find me a UK company that advertises its services in America while providing only UK level quality of service and yes, that company will be doing exactly the same thing Google does, and yes, Americans will be right to bitch about it too, because obviously it is not doing everything it claims to be able to do.

            Nobody has a sense of entitlement about Google's things, because you are quite right, nobody is entitled to them (whether or not they are American is irrelevant).

            The issue is that these products and services are advertised in different markets as having the same functionalities as their home markets and if you can't see that that is disingenuous, then I don't know what to tell you.

            And if you want a dodgy google product, let's start with Google Now, and go from there.

          • Eduardo Mateos

            And all that coming from a guy with an HTC as user image?

      • topgun966

        That was my exact same thought. I mean, everyone bashes the US like crazy but when a US tech company creates stuff, of course its going to be for US consumers first. Everyone all of a sudden bitches that they dont have it in their country. If the US is so bad, create your own shit.

        • Novelty Account

          exactly! also google now has weather, commute, meeting cards available even in India. The only thing it doesnt have is sports and local news/events/weather advisories... But thats coz our ground data isnt organized by the govt in the first place!

        • Nasko Hristov

          Google now is at least 2 years old, how many years will they need to translate 10 weather conditions?

          • Sorian

            You are assuming that it is a translation issue and not a legal or regulatory issue.

          • mesmorino

            It is unlikely to be either- A country's weather is not a secret, it is something you can readily look up from anywhere in the world, using any number of services.

            A phone using the internet in that country should be at or near the top of the list of things that can do that.

          • Sorian

            A country's weather may not be secret, but the behind the screen's actions may be.

            (My own assumption, as I have no backing info) The data might be censored from a specific region due to regulations on how that data is retrieved or displayed. Example of this would the a US company with no offices in Europe may not be allowed access to the Europe weather service due to no official presence in the region.

          • mesmorino

            That's a good point, but it just moves the question from "how long do they need to translate 10 weather conditions" to "how long do they need to find out what they need to do"

        • BehelitOutlaw

          The US is not bad. From time to time it produces idiots like you and that what makes it looks bad

      • Nasko Hristov

        Take example from Siri, what you see in US is what most of the WORLD (search it in Wikipedia or Google) sees, with Google Now the work is nowhere to Siri. (Sorry for taking Siri but that is the first I came with) Google Now is only showing me damn f**king traffic and time to home, Now imagine me buying smartwatch, which only says me what's the traffic (I don't drive, too young) or how time will cost me to go home...wow that's pretty useful information for 200$ (example). Now you see why it is important to think globally. Especially company like Google with unlimited resources. Also sorry for my english it's my 2nd or 3d language.

        • Justin W

          So, you're telling me you would be pissed at Google for you buying a SmartWatch when you already know it won't help you, or do what you want it to?

          I haven't heard any marketing on what Google advertises Now as outside of the US, but my guess is they don't promise anything with it.

          • Nasko Hristov

            I meant that Google cannot offer this sh!t (at time speaking) right here now, because Google Now is 5% from what Americans see. So the "smart watch" is pretty useless here.

          • Justin W

            You don't need to buy it. I'm sure Google is working to get more information available to you (look at the Play Store - while not instantly releasing everything in every country, they've been making a bit of headway in that regard lately). Things like this take a lot of time to get data sources in place.

            And in regards to the Siri comment from above (don't recall if that's from you or not) - that's because Siri simply searches the web for any non device-related command, whereas Google Now has much more tie-in with your personal life based on your browsing, e-mails, etc.

          • Nasko Hristov

            I am saying to the others why this is not a perfect product outside of US. Still Google has a long road to drive, but for the Google Play expansion I must admit that somehow they haven't forgotten us, european citizens.

    • http://www.geordienorman.com/ George Byers

      Works fine in the UK now... guess the one thing that is missing is transport, and the thing where it can tell what your watching on tv.

    • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad

      If you read the article, it's pretty clear that Google will be offering an SDK which third party devs can use to also provide interactions with the watches. It's not JUST a Google Now device...

  • TaylorSellers

    The round one.... whoa

  • hagen.sal

    Services availible in Europe in 2035.

    • Eduardo Mateos

      You sound pretty optimistic...

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    • carthis

      And in Canada after the heat death of the universe.

    • NoBullet

      Stop whining already. These posts are in every damn story.

      • mesmorino

        Well then shouldn't you be used to them by now?

        • NoBullet

          Shouldn't these people be used to not having google products by now? We don't need to see you cry every single time.

          • mesmorino

            Pfft, of course we're used to it. That doesn't mean we like it, duh.

            And if you don't like seeing us cry, what are you doing here? We like crying and bitching about Google, it's all we ever do. And until Google stops fucking about it's all we'll ever do.

          • hot_spare

            You're a bigger whinner to me.

      • Nasko Hristov

        Maybe because this is true?

        • Bariman43

          They are true and we already know about them. It doesn't need perpetual repeated in every article. Jesus.

          • archercc

            And of course they always completely ignore the reasons why they are true. It could NEVER be due to a different regulatory environment, restrictions or logistical considerations that come with releasing a product in their country, NEVER.

            No, its only because Google hates the Dutch.

        • Ian Santopietro

          I would like to point out that the (admittedly few) products and services that are Europe-only at launch aren't full of Americans complaining.

          • mesmorino

            Do those companies actively market and advertise their products in America?

            it's not about an American company making American things for Americans, there are thousands of those already.

            it is about an American company making things globally but not actually offering (useful) functionality outside of America

          • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad

            You really hit the nail on the head here. Google's services are pretty aggressively marketed on a global scale and yet many of them aren't even available outside the US. If people keep posting this complaint it's because they keep getting disappointed when they hear about "exciting new feature X" and then discover that it's US only... again...

    • hot_spare

      Google Now in my Nexus 4.

      The only job it does is sucks battery. It looked too good in the ads, then i realized the reality when I used it. Actually I didn't realize anything other than pointless cards and worse batterylife. No wonder I am least interested in any of these.

      DId I say I doubt the batterylife of any google product now..

      • http://www.geordienorman.com/ George Byers

        Yeah... the battery life sucks on the Nexus 4... Not Google Now's problem, no noticeable drain on the nexus 5.

        • ddpacino

          Recently jumped from the 4 to 5. I can confirm this.

      • archercc

        Sucks for you. The battery on my N4 is perfectly fine (never great, but it hangs with most everything else) and I use the hell out of Google Now.

        • hot_spare

          Well, your amazing batterlife doesn't do anything for me. I paid good money ($500 approx) for this phone, and my batterlife is terrible even without Google Now. I am sure I am not the only one complaining about batterylife for N4.

          Numbers don't lie though. N4 probably has the worst batterlife among all Android phones (quite sure none of the recent flagships have such a pathetic batterylife).

          • Thomas Cai Jinzhan

            so get a nexus 5 then..

          • Richard Yarrell

            I wouldn't want either the Nexus 4 or the Nexus 5. All Google bargin basement price break products have putrid battery life and crappy camera even for the discounted price. Google sucks monkey balls

          • avi

            Good u guys crying,,,, in future we will have good battery backup in nexus,, keep crying and shouting ,,,,, or just switch iPhone,

          • squiddy20

            Says the guy who has claimed repeatedly that he "wouldn't touch the [Nexus 4 or 5] with a 10 foot pole". Please tell me how you know they have "putrid battery life and crappy camera" when you haven't been close enough to see one in person. What an ignorant hypocrite.

          • Nope

            The Nexus 5 is a hell of a lot better than anything else on the market available now and at a lower price than pretty much everything. Easily the best phone available now.

          • Gunther

            Why did you pay $500 for the Nexus 4? I bought it for $300. O_O

          • hot_spare

            Because the price of the N4 'was' $500 when I bought it. Not everyone lives in US and is subsidized by Google. You should have known that by now.

            Do you think I am stupid enough to pay $500 if it was available for $300??

          • vv

            Check Lenovo p780 4000mah :D for 230 dollars

        • aaron cooper

          Running a nexus 4 with a custom rom does wonders for my phone, it lasts all day for me ( and I don't use it for gaming, etc...)

      • Dakota

        I find NOW totally useless. Info I dont care about and the few useful things never work.

      • GazaIan

        I use Google Now all the time, but with or without it I've never gotten more than 4.5 hours of screen on time (18-22 total hours uptime per day). Doesn't have an effect on the battery for me, and it even gets my GPS signal a bit frequently. I use Google Now all the time.

    • Severo Rivera

      I feel sorry for you :(

    • Casin

      Europe can get the Gear. Although I hear Samsung's gear is now stuck in neutral.

  • truthtellerjohn

    "You'll Want To Forget All Other Smart Watches When You See This" ???

    Not too hype-y, are we? Jeesh dude, it "may" wind up leading to great products but they just announced it. Put down the kool-aid for a change and take a breath.

  • BAM1789

    THIS is what we have been waiting for. I can't wait.

  • George Ho

    what if some A-hole screamed "open garage" or "unlock door" at your watch but you weren't anywhere near your house? O_o

    • Dominic Powell

      Simple - have a passcode on the watch that is required for the garage to open. Or a confirm button? Or a Image Order recognition software. You really could do anything to secure this part.

      • aaron cooper

        I am thinking this part has to do with buying Nest ? Cause that's all that popped into my head when the girl says "Open garage door"

        • Dominic Powell

          ALmost guaranteed i think

    • kali bred

      Google searches are tailored to your voice like on the phone one would think

      • George Ho

        or so you thought~

    • wampdog29

      Voice recognition and depth of sound/ambient sound tech should help this.

      • tehsouthpaw

        as well as location services

    • anon

      such instructions are location dependent.

    • vgergo

      It sounds like her phone is rooted and she has xposed framework installed with tasker and the autovoice plugin... Google hasn't even officially opened up the Google Voice Search API, we need to hack around. Tasker should be built into the OS, instead of Google throwing obstacles at it with every new version of Android.

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    • remister

      Literally, your body has to be ready, soon we all will be cyborgs

      • Michael Herman

        Borg cyborgs or robocop cyborgs?

        • KoRRo

          i'll vote for borg, with google as the hive mind.

    • remister

      My body is also ready, soon we will all be Cyborgs (Google)

    • Randy Strye


    • remister

      It literally is, time to be Google Cyborgs.

  • hagen.sal

    C'mon Google, the 'Developer Preview' is totally edited in...

  • remister

    It's going to be an expensive year... My body is ready, but my couch and wallet are not.

  • mikeym0p

    Please make a round Mirasol one, I'd rather not have an LCD strapped to my wrist.

  • Jalok Xlem

    What's the catch? It costs $200, and I bet this smartwatch isn't even standalone. No thanks.

    • hellerox

      $200 for a Watch with a color screen and other goodies isn't too expensive and almost every smartwatch requires a connection to an smartphone to be "smart"

      • BrianLipp

        Exactly. The second a smartwatch doesn't need a connection to a phone, prepare to enter, and i can't believe i'm saying this, "carrier subsidized smartwatch" hell.

        • ddpacino

          HELL!!!! I can't fade the thought

    • BozzyB

      Did you ever bought a watch?? For 200$ you will get a G-Shock but not a "watch" :)

    • ScratchC

      Good quality watches are in that price range anyway...this comes with alot more features for about the same price

  • xenolyse

    That round one is actually the first smartwatch that looks good imo. If they only could make them thinner.

  • Ryuuie

    That round watch...holy shit. :D

  • Tony Byatt
  • gumbald

    I'm going to wear one on each wrist and have speech recognition competitions.

  • Eric Hoch

    I'll counter your fossil comment with this:

    • Sorian

      Oh god Palm!

  • Ryan

    that minimalist round face in the developer preview video ::drool::

    • Bob G


      Too bad the LG G Watch is a square :(

  • valapsp

    Oh boy iWant this!!!!

  • supremekizzle


  • mustbepbs

    Sorry, I'm not too keen on talking to my watch in public. I have this thing called dignity that forbids me of looking like a pompous douche bag in public.

    • remister

      It was very cool back in the 90's. Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers

    • Novelty Account

      how is talking to ur watch any different from talking to your cellphone. Both are simply electronic devices fitted with processors and memories to crunch data and present it to you in a convenient fashion. I fail to see the difference.

      • mesmorino

        It's a perception issue. A tablet is also simply an electronic device fitted with processors and memory to crunch data and present it to you in a convenient fashion, but - assuming it was light and comfortable enough to hold- would you hold one up to your head?

        • Novelty Account

          umm sorry if you have been living under a rock but there are tablets with call facilities and they are wildly popular in countries like India brazil china and other asian countries. So yes people hold these bulky things to their head (they also offer 2x -3x battery life) and would be happier if the form factor went down to say a watch.

          • mesmorino

            Congratulations on completely missing the point of my comment, which was that just because you're happy to do it does not mean that someone else will; for any number of reasons. Like I said, it's a perception issue.

            You're talking about people in Brazil and China using tablets to make calls and holding them up to their heads, but would YOU do it? Would anybody in Los Angeles? Or New York? Or London? You'd just look stupid.

      • Morten Ulveseth

        Talking in the phone is different than talking to your phone. I love these features, but I could never talk to my phone in public. Maybe the next generation will see it differently.

    • Sorian

      Is it because of the assumed distance from your mouth that makes you hesitant?
      From the video (I know, could be a non-working render), the one guy on the bus who replied to a hangout message was approximately 8 inches/ 20.3 centimeters away from his mouth. This could be "fixed" with more powerful microphones.

    • Bariman43

      This attitude is why we can't have nice things.

  • Alex

    Those UIs are silky smooth -- I wonder if any of them are real, or if they're all simulated.

    • Guillaume ‘XpLoDWilD’

      In the videos, it's mentioned that screen images are simulated. But those screens are very low resolution, so if they all run the latest version of Android, these smartwatches can be very smooth, even with a low-end/low-power chipset.

  • Simon Belmont

    Finally. This is what I've been waiting for.

    Really hope that Google brings along reading back of texts and emails as well as reading back of dictated texts and emails so I can interact without having to look at my watch while I'm driving or otherwise occupied (exercising, running, etc). So, basically, I'll ask what my most recent messages are, it'll read them back and ask if I want to reply, and then it'll read back what my reply is before sending it, for correctness.

  • Deeco
    • Walkop

      That looks like an engineering marvel. If its based on this Android Wear platform...

      Well, I may legitimately be getting one.

      • ddpacino

        In my mind, I've already bought two.

  • DennisHeffernan

    Shut up and take my money!

  • Michael Herman


  • Ark

    Oh I guess this makes my pebble a great buy, since Google Now works really badly in my country

    • Thomas’

      It's only partially based on Google Now. Both, "suggests" and "demands" (that's how they call passive and active usage) are injected by apps on your phone.

  • Ark

    Oh I guess this makes my pebble a great buy, since Google Now works really badly in my country

  • Ark

    Oh I guess this makes my pebble a great buy, since Google Now works really badly in my country

  • https://plus.google.com/u/0/108482452903817442299/posts Andrew Bone

    Build Custom UI
    Create custom card layouts and run activities directly on wearables.

    Think this will mean custom google now cards for phones too?

  • AOSPrevails

    Just wish there are enough health based SDK to match products like Gear Fit.

  • topgun966

    I have a feeling people at apple are going ... god dammit.

  • Mario E Hdez

    This is pretty beautiful. Well done.

  • Martin

    Love how Motorola watch looks! So classy! Was going back to iPhone but.. But now.. Mehh I won't.. Just gonna buy me LG G3 (maybe) and Motorola Watch and I will be like Mr. Gadget! :-)))

  • Eric

    Oh Samsung fanboys are gonna be so mad at the title

  • Matthew Fry

    "I can sense you're dancing poorly, here are nearby dance schools."

  • enoch861

    I can't wait for the "Ok Google, Open Garage" feature. That feature alone is enough for me to get this.

    • Sorian

      Hope they will add in Tasker support for that feature.

      • Miguel Zamora Oceguera

        Tasker is integrated with google now already! I'm excited!

  • Abdirahman Haji

    Know the price. If it follows the trend of google devices, hopefully it's affordable.

    • ddpacino

      OEMs will be pricing these.

  • Fresh2infinity

    Mind = Blown

  • Matthew Fry

    Circular display is a form factor I can get around.

    • remister

      Especially when pie is also involved.

      • Matthew Fry

        Controls or the dessert?

        • mesmorino

          The irrational number ;)

  • EH101

    Looks just as meh as all other wearables, really. Can't wait until the fad is over.

    • ddpacino

      You're gonna be one sad puppy...

  • techfreak243

    could they have picked anymore of a jewish name for the hangouts thing? lol

  • Sruly J

    If I were to use Google Now more than I do now, this watch wouldn't even be a questionable thing, as I like this one.

  • Marc Edwards

    Will they finally fixed the Google voice timer? Please?

    • Sorian

      Voice timer?

      • Marc Edwards

        telling google now to set a timer for 5 minutes from now sets an alarm, not a timer. always annoyed me...

    • Jsilvermist

      You can already fix it using the Google Search API Xposed Module.

      • Marc Edwards

        awesome, thanks, i'll have to check it out.

  • yahyoh

    so its just Google now running on watch. meh

    • Televise

      It's Google now running on a watch! Awesome!

    • Televise

      It's Google now running on a watch! Awesome!

  • Frekko

    i am no expert at smartwatch but boy that watch is a looker, most beautiful design that i have seen in a smartwatch . that interface *drolling*
    My wrist is ready!

  • Frekko

    i am no expert at smartwatch but boy that watch is a looker, most beautiful design that i have seen in a smartwatch . that interface *drolling*
    My wrist is ready!

  • Godspoken

    And suddenly, all AP commentors love smart watches...

    • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

      Nope. Still couldn't PAY me enough to wear anything on my wrist ever again. (Well, for $100/day I might consider it)

    • Arthur Dent

      I won't wear a watch ... they just aren't for me. But I do think this looks cool, especially the round one from Moto.

  • EowynCarter

    When will anyone make a smartwatch that isn't huge ?

    • Sorian

      When transistors and other electrical components get even smaller than they are now.

  • Daniel Traynor


  • sfumatoxxx

    If the google now integration is that seamless; needless to say big G has a winner here. a trendsetter even.

  • Dan Whelan

    I can imagine the battery life on this being terrible

    • Arthur Dent

      Why? If it's tied to the phone for communications, why should the battery life on the device be so terrible? The phone can do the Wi-Fi or 4G LTE heavy lifting.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    DO WANT!!!

  • NF

    OK Google open garage? That may become common pretty soon. @Home teaser?

  • kpjimmy

    Ok forget glass, this is a wearable I can get with :)

  • Badouken

    Think I'll be treating myself to one of these once I graduate and have a job! Hopefully by the time I get some $$$, we will be able to purchase these!!!

  • John Smith

    Good luck using voice control on a bus !

    • Arthur Dent

      I've used done voice searches in some pretty loud environments successfully. I'd bet they can make it work the majority of the time, especially if you train it to your voice (guessing).

      • Jsilvermist

        I've done searches using voice commands in my car with the music WAY up and speaker right beside the phone, never had a problem, so I'm sure the bus will be fine.

      • primalxconvoy

        Except people will think you are a knob for speaking to your phone or watch.

        • Squiddles

          We should care what random strangers on a bus will think of us because...?

        • Arthur Dent

          Cool story, bro.

  • Adam Watts

    Wow. Now we're talking!
    And it would be cool if someone made an e-paper version.

    • Kevin

      Yes! Always on display, a battery that lasts for days. I want the latest gadgets as much as the next guy, but a watch still needs to function well as a watch.

  • Pascal

    This looks pretty good, not like calculator. But I don't know, it's little useless for me.

  • TechWings

    I wish comments had two distinct sections. One to add something useful to the conversation, and the other to bitch, gripe, and moan.

    That being said. I've been holding out on purchasing a smart watch just for this to come out. I trust Google to updates/support their device a lot longer than Samsung ever will.

    • primalxconvoy

      Stop moaning.

      • TechWings

        I did both because there's only one section.

  • Crispin Swickard

    The videos make it seem pretty awesome, but since Google now still for me has been next to useless. I have been actually debating again about disabling the Google search app again actually...

    I was going to get a Pebble Steel. might wait until after I/O just in case to see if there is more to it than Now integration. The Steel isn't shipping for a while anyway.

    • jonzey231

      Just canceled my backordered Pebble Steel to see how this pans out first...

      • Crispin Swickard

        I don't really want to nay say Now, it would be great if it did all the stuff in the video. Probably since I live in the middle of nowhere..

    • primalxconvoy

      I disabled it, installed a third party search widgit and have never looked back.

  • jonzey231

    Its about time a OnePlus One announcement isn't the big news of the day...

    • Arthur Dent

      OnePlus One ... a big MEH.

  • Stanley Chan

    Why this insistence in talk with devices? I hate talking with an object. Its stupidity. Useless, I dont use whatch since 99...

    This is for teens wemen and hipsters.

  • Jurk

    Something something not in the UK. Automatic 'Vote up'.

  • David Fleck

    I wonder if it will tell the time.

  • Fellwalker

    It's a huge lump of a wristband. I gave up on watches, none of which had ever been near that size, a couple of years ago. No way would I put that huge monstrosity on my wrist.

  • David Li

    Pricing is key

  • Javier Avila


  • Dmx

    Kind of a cool concept. But unfortunately this will only be useful in the US like all other major Google Products. I doubt that most of the features will work in other languages or even work at all. Take GNow for example, in most countries it still doesn't has its full potential.

    • primalxconvoy

      I agree. In Japan, Google maps is not great but then again, Google products are usually half-baked, requiring third parties to refine them.

      Give it a while and I'm sure we can use one not requiring silly, broken things like "Google now".

  • Leonardo Baez

    all is too beatifull to be true. Google voice doesnt work that fine outside english, and google services aoutside usa and some european countries are seriusly cutted down. So... first world toys

  • Glich

    Shut up and take my MONEY!!!

  • thisphuckinguy

    I want.

  • AtiRage


  • IronBlood

    I'm excited but Waiting until Google drops the April fools bomb

  • whispy_snippet

    This looks stunning.

    Poor Pebble. :(

  • Nick Tsiotinos

    BATTERY LIFE, BATTERY LIFE. This functionality is all well and good. BUT IF I CAN'T USE it what GOOD IS IT!!

  • yihtang

    This is literally screaming "In your face, Samsung!" (Look at their pathetic Tizen OS)

  • Davis Hernandez

    circular screen? *mind blown*

  • n_a_v

    Whenever I see a demo that uses generic contacts it make me think that I need prettier friends.

  • n_a_v

    Whenever I see a demo that uses generic contacts it make me think that I need prettier friends.

  • Austin Akens

    Don't mind me... Just a comment complimenting the Moto 360... Not an argument...

  • leonard

    it all depends for me on , what can i do with it, and how much will it cost, 200 to 300 euros will be the max it think

  • http://dpashk.com/ Dmitry Pashkevich

    I still prefer Pebble after watching this

  • I’m a lazy “Guest.”

    The design is so ugh.

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  • Derrick Hodges

    sign me up!

  • Susan A

    There isn't a good or service I can think of that's worth dealing with those jerks at Google ever again.