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Video: See Android Wear in Action on a Watch That Doesn’t Look Like It’s From the Future

In the press release for Google’s new wearables platform, called Android Wear, they talked about a developer preview that can be downloaded by developers who want to get their apps ready for live action on wrists. They also released a video for the developer preview, which just so happens to show a watch in action (or at least a video rendering of how it could work).

You get a full preview of the UI, how the card-style information is presented, navigated through, what happens when you say “OK, Google” to perform an action, and how quickly you can reply using your voice to something like a Hangouts message. 

Oh, and the best part may be that Google is showing how Android Wear would look and work on a watch that well, looks like a watch, not something out of the future. Reminder to OEMs, just because you are making technology a bigger part of our lives, doesn’t mean we need our lives to look like a sci-fi flick.

To see Android Wear in action, you can jump to the 58-second mark, though I would recommend watching the whole clip below.

  • Justin Larmay

    Sure hope this is water resistant.

  • teejaycard

    People must have a lot more flights to catch and meetings to go to than I do for that information do be deemed urgent, but I’m not popular ha. As long as I can receive and answer texts, make and receive calls, get emails, and look at social media I’m happy. I love how it looks, just make it fast, reliable, a decent battery life (not asking for a week here, but 3 days isn’t too much to ask for), and less than $1,500. Maybe like $1,150 😛

    Owner (at one point or another) of Pebble, Sony Smartwatch 1 and 2, i’mWatch, and Galaxy Gear…..Just listen to the consumers and get it right and hopefully there won’t be 50 different watches running around out there haha.

  • Dr. Steve

    AHHHHHH! Milk came out of my dingus.

  • evan brown

    I feel like this is actually part of a solution to keep people from staring at their phones all day long, because now when you check your phone for a notification, it wont be that far fetched for you to go check through instagram and twitter as well. But if you constantly have an active-display on your wrist that supports input, you may find yourself not staring at your phone all day and interacting more socially.

  • LiterofCola

    Not diggin’ this design

  • ddh819

    there’s no way that was real video showing on the watch is it?

  • Miguel Zamora Oceguera

    Android Wear + Google now + Tasker = absolute Nerdgasm!!!!!!!!!

  • FortitudineVincimus

    Nice watch.

    But it won’t work like that in reality.

    • NexusMan

      My Android phone ALREADY works like that, in reality, so why wouldn’t my Android watch?

  • omgitzjose

    Hey Samsung this is how you make a smart watch!

    • hfoster52

      They could but they want to tie you into their ecosystem.

  • Orion

    I never been into this smartwatch craze but damn that video makes me want to buy this.

  • Terrance Steiner

    I think this is the watch they are showing off. This is from Motorola’s Google Plus page and http://moto360.motorola.com/

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  • Droid Ronin

    I like this because it goes back to basics and focuses on what people really need instead of the whole “throw stuff at the wall and see what sticks” notion.

    • TowelieMeBanana

      Otherwise known as the Samsung approach.

      • abqnm

        All 8-10gb of TouchWiz agrees with you.

  • Doug

    ok…one side of me…the part that always wants the next coolest thing is saying “DAMN! This looks great! really love the design! I want it!”

    of course…the practical side of me is saying “for it to completely work it will most likely need to tether to my cell…which is in my pocket…which does the same thing as this watch only more…and only requires me to lift my phone up to look, much like I would need to do with this watch…so why do i need or want this?!?!?!”

    • imlip

      products just aren’t for everyone. similar could be said about the iPad (IMO Android tablets have better functionality).

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Nobody cares why you need or want it. I want it and need it.

    • abqnm

      Consider this. How often have you been in a situation where pulling your phone out of your pocket would be seen as rude or inconsiderate, but it just keeps vibrating with notification after notification? It happens to me more than I like. Maybe it is just because I am one of the few people who takes common courtesy seriously these days, but I digress. Having the ability to glance at my wrist is much more subtle than pulling out my phone and turning it on and scrolling through notifications.

      The Moto 360 looks like a nice watch that you can wear casually or even formally and with the twist or flick of the wrist gesture (which is fairly natural for a regular watch wearer) would make checking your notifications no more innocuous than checking the time.

      • nabooska

        Well said, sir. I agree 100%

    • JSo

      Just tell that practical side to shut up. I hate him sometimes. lol

    • gkinsella2

      To your point, how many of us use our phones as our watches these days? Now you won’t have to pull your phone out of your pocket to check the time!

  • Geekdad

    This is Motorola’s watch: http://moto360.motorola.com/

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  • D.B.Evans

    It looks great, and I like the Google Now style notifications.

    But, the videos leave off my biggest concern on these types of devices: battery life. The best features in the world are meaningless if the device dies before getting through a full day of use. If I need to remove it mid-day to recharge, I’ll just leave it off.

    • Franklin Ramsey

      Considering this is a concept watch and not a fully finished product, how would they include battery life estimates for something that doesn’t yet exist?

      • D.B.Evans

        At least one of the devices in the video appears to be listed as “coming summer 2014”: http://moto360.motorola.com/

        To meet that timing, they would need to have the design pretty much locked in by now, so initial testing with estimates of battery life should be available to them. Granted, they will likely be fine-tuning the software between now and the release, which can impact battery life.

        • Franklin Ramsey

          Not exactly fair to point that out AFTER I made my comment and THEN motorola decides to announce this! lol

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      Absolutely. However, considering that LG and Motorola are two of the best OEMs currently when it comes to battery life, I’m inclined to believe that they will have kept very heavy users in mind to keep them running for a full day, which would put average users in the 2-3 day range.

  • blix247

    The brightness of the screen makes it look almost fake. Even as a concept this is infinitely better than anything I’ve seen out there, but it also seems like there is still a lot of swipes going on.

  • Michael Little

    why is it you guys rarely include the links to the articles?

  • Guy Pierce


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  • Please be <$200

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      I wouldn’t get my hopes up. I’d expect the Moto 360 to slide in ~$250-300 (leather vs. metal), and the gWatch around the same. They are selling these as a replacement to a premium watch, as pieces of jewelry with tech stuffed in, and I’d expect them to be priced as such.

  • flosserelli

    Next year, Samsung will have a smartwatch just like this.

    • mike

      as they copy another design from someone else

      • flosserelli

        That is my point. Samsung always needs someone else to show them how to do things right.

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  • anezarati

    dont get me wrong that looks great, but all that stuff they are showing needs an internet connection to work correctly. so i guess you would have to tether it to your phone when away from wifi? i am not sure how current smartwatches work, but i assume it is through bluetooth only.

    • Franklin Ramsey

      Technically they can share an internet connection through blue tooth. Not sure if they would allow that or if Carriers would get upset for it getting around tethering.

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        The amount of data this item would use is extremely minimal, so I don’t see a reason to block it.

        And while it is connected via Bluetooth, the app on your device is what actually feeds it information, so as far as the carrier is concerned you aren’t tethering your data connection, you are displaying an app’s information on a secondary screen, in the same manner as Airplay or a similar service.

        All that said, if they are showing the usage in real time in that video, that is insanely fast and smooth.

  • jimmyf101

    …extending my arm forward and opening my hand to reveal $200 and whispering ‘take it’.

  • PoisonApple31

    Do those clothes come in the box with the watch? I feel like they should.

  • flosserelli

    Wow that actually looks…useful.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      The word you’re looking for is beautiful!

      • flosserelli

        That too.

  • Tony Byatt
    • meijin3

      Android Wear is gonna rock me like a Herman Cain.

  • cjohn4043

    this is how you make a smartwatch OS people.

  • Eddie R

    so they aren’t sellin that watch? looks sharp!

    • Terrance Steiner

      I think that is the Motorola360. There is a picture of it on the Motorola Mobility Google plus page