Google just made its biggest move into wearables since we first heard of Glass, revealing the Android Wear project and making an early version of the SDK available to developers. The news also brought with it word of a number of companies interested in manufacturing wearables that would plug into this Android Wear system, giving users a consistent, familiar Android experience across devices. But who will be first to deliver? LG is shaping up to be an early adopter, and a smartwatch called the G Watch is reportedly in the works.
We don’t have any specifics about the watch’s hardware, but it’s clear from those video Google produced for its Android Wear announcement that the important thing behind this entire project doesn’t have anything to do with RAM or screen resolution, but instead is all about the user experience. And with the G Watch plugged-in to Android Wear-supporting apps, it doesn’t sound like we’ll have much to worry about.
Engadget speculates that the G Watch may go up for sale sometime next quarter, but for the moment that’s not confirmed. LG comments about the watch providing a “low barrier to entry” have us optimistic that it could be quite affordably priced, but again, we haven’t heard anything specific.
We’re also curious what this might mean for rumors of an LG-made Google smartwatch. Will it instead be this LG-branded G Watch? Could there also be a Google version of it – a Nexus watch, if you will? By the sound of things, we should have our answer by summer.
Update: We’ve now seen LG’s press release itself. That second quarter release is confirmed, and LG is clear that this will be the debut Android Wear device – meaning that it should beat the Moto 360 to market. LG says that full technical details on the G Watch will be revealed “in the coming months.”