Photo: LG and Samsung smartwatches
South Korean tech giants LG and Samsung have launched smartwatches running the Android Wear operating system, which was designed by Google specifically for wearable devices.
The smartwatches, which tell time, make and receive calls, have electronic calendars, offer access to the Web and play music, among other features, were unveiled on Wednesday at Google I/O, the annual software developers conference in San Francisco.
The LG G and Samsung Gear Live, which both went on sale on Wednesday, are rectangular and look like any other digital watch.
Motorola also unveiled its Moto 360 smartwatch at Google I/O, with company representatives saying the device would go on sale “later this summer.”
Smartwatches running Android Wear allow users to make video calls and stream music, and the devices display the time when not running other applications.
Some 6,000 people attend Google’s developers conference each year, getting a look at the latest innovations coming out of the Mountain View, California-based tech giant.