Google I/O 2014 Android Wear Reveal: Round Smartwatch From Motorola Unveiled, Samsung And LG Debut New Devices

By Matthew Buzzi , Updated Jun 25, 2014 02:57 PM EDT
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Google's I/O conference today was full of software and hardware reveals, including the debut of Android Wear.

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The company's software for wearable technology was expected to feature, and it did so prominently. The OS was given a full demo, showing off its ease-of-use and sleek design, running on both square and round interfaces.

On that point, several devices that will run Android Wear were revealed, including products from Samsung, LG, and Motorola. The Samsung Gear Live and LG G watches will be available for order later today. The Moto 360 will be the first smartwatch with a round interface, and it looks gorgeous. Unlike the others, it will not be available for order until later this summer.

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Android Wear uses the same tools as the mobile OS, making it easier for developers to create for wearables. There is interactivity between the smartwatches and phones, as well, such as consistent notifications and app synchronization.

The demo showed off how simple the interactions should be, going through the process of ordering food and reserving transportation in just a few screen presses. Using Eat 24, you can swipe through types of food you're considering, select an order, and place it--all in under a minute.

They also demonstrated Lyft with Android Wear, which incorporates voice commands. You can ask your smartwatch for a ride vocally, and it will apply for one automatically based on your location (provided by your phone). You can pay with the device on your wrist, as well as rate your Lyft driver, with just a few taps.

Check back for more news out of I/O as the conference continues through the day, and watch any part of the live stream below.

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