News: Future of the smartwatch
Classic timepiece or crazy arm candy?
LG G Watch
This understated, Sony SmartWatchesque, timepiece is part of the first wave of Google’s connected Android Wear wristpieces. The new operating
system is specially designed for wearable tech, with Google Now voice control and an always-on screen that aims to be unobtrusive yet ever-present. Paired with LG’s slim watchface and attractively un-fussy design, it’s the smartwatch for people that don’t really want anyone to know they’re wearing a smartwatch.
lg.com/au, out July
Or, alternatively, if you want the whole world to know just how bloody smart your watch is, bolt this three-inch touchscreen beast to your arm like a Pip-Boy 3000 in Fallout3. Calling itself a “wrist communicator”, the widescreen 400x240 display is backed by an A8 processor and 16GB
storage. It’s aiming to provide everything a smartphone does, and with full-fat Android KitKat on board with unfettered access to Google Play apps, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and a mic for calls, it’s almost there, too.
US$279, rufuslabs.com, out September