Google I/O 2014: Meet Android Wear, launched with LG G Watch & Samsung Gear Live

26 June 2014, 8:42 am EDT By Alexandra Burlacu Mobile & Apps

According to Google, we check our smartphones roughly 150 times per day, but its new Android Wear can take on much of that load.

Google I/O 2014 kicked off and, as expected, Google took the wraps off its Android Wear platform for wearable devices. It showed off smartwatches such as the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live, which can be paired with smartphones running Android 4.3 or higher and display the most important information without you having to look at your phone. Such information includes weather, commute, appointments, flights, reminders, Keep notes, and messages.

All devices running Android Wear will have touchscreens, allowing users to swipe up on the display to see more Google Now-like cards. Swiping sideways, meanwhile, will display additional information from a card. Once you swipe away a card on the smartwatch, that card will also disappear from your phone.

"Most people check their phones more than 150 times a day. Often, it's to read a text, look at a notification, or get some other simple piece of information. That's a lot of time spent unlocking, swiping and entering passwords, when your hands could easily be free handling more important things," Google explains.

"Enter Android Wear, which extends Android, and its ecosystem of apps, to that most familiar spot for a 'wearable,' your wrist. You get the information you need, quickly at a glance - just like you're used to doing with your watch. Just say 'OK Google' to ask questions or to get stuff done. Get alerted when it's time to leave for dinner. Call a cab to take you there. See traffic on the way. Text a friend once you're seated. It's all right there, on your wrist, easy to see, right where you want it."

Google further introduced two Android wearables as launch vehicles for the new Android Wear platform. The LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live are now available to order on Google Play, while the Moto 360 smartwatch from Motorola will become available in the coming months. To learn more about Google's new Android Wear platform for wearable gadgets, check out the company's website at this link. To see whether your phone is compatible, head here.

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