Of the two officially confirmed Android Wear smartwatches, the Moto 360 may be the more compelling wearable, with that impossible-to-ignore round face, but LG’s G Watch has felt like the much more accessible option, already having turned up in the flesh. While that first hands-on dealt with a prototype watch that wasn’t powered-on, not revealing anything about Android Wear itself in the process, today we finally get to see the watch in action, as a new hands-on video gives us a look at the wearable running an early version of the system software.
The video spends a large portion of time pouring over the G Watch hardware (which we’ve seen before), but that’s punctuated by a few brief looks at the watch’s software. Admittedly, this is far from complete, featuring a beta build of the OS, but we get to see the user scrolling through a few menus and using swipe-from-edge gestures to navigate across the UI – for a watch with no hardware buttons, smart gesture recognition should be of paramount importance.
It’s still a little early for us to make any calls about how full-featured Android Wear will be, and if its goal of a unified platform for smartwatches from different manufacturers will be key to improving public interest in wearables, but between this and those recent screenshots of a more recent version of Wear, we’re getting more and more excited to see the full picture of Google’s smartwatch platform.