X

Google I/O 2014: Android wearables coming to your wrist (pictures)

Three Android watches formally debuted at Google I/O 2014. Here's a look at what they offer.

LoriGruninNewHeadshot.jpg
LoriGruninNewHeadshot.jpg
Lori Grunin
091google-io-2014-event-photos.jpg
1 of 15 James Martin/CNET

Cross devices

Because of the cross-device integration, the watches can do many of the same things as other mobile apps, as well as hand off to other devices. A lot of the notifications offered are similar to Google's Cards.

Google unveils Android Wear, its modified OS for wearables

105google-io-2014-event-photos.jpg
2 of 15 Motorola

Moto 360

The Moto 360, scheduled to ship this summer, seemed to be one of the more attractive watches shown off by Google.

102google-io-2014-event-photos.jpg
3 of 15 James Martin/CNET

Moto 360

Google's application programming interface allows for both round or square watches; Motorola is thus far the only one offering a round one. Also, skeumorphism for the win!

101google-io-2014-event-photos.jpg
4 of 15 James Martin/CNET

Get me a pizza, stat!

The food-ordering app was a big hit.

100google-io-2014-event-photos.jpg
5 of 15 James Martin/CNET

Five or so lines

You can't fit a lot of information on one of these watch faces, as you'd expect.

106google-io-2014-event-photos.jpg
6 of 15 LG

LG G

LG's watch seems closest to shipping, though it's not the most attractive or (in my opinion) really suited for women's wrists.

085google-io-2014-event-photos.jpg
7 of 15

Big

The LG G seems awfully large.

g-watch.jpg
8 of 15 James Martin/CNET

LG G runs Android Wear

This interface will have notifications and status reports similar to Android phones.

099google-io-2014-event-photos.jpg
9 of 15 James Martin/CNET

"OK, Google"

The LG G also offers a blend of the analog and the digital; a notification about your flight on the bottom, and voice commands.

103google-io-2014-event-photos.jpg
10 of 15

Getting a Lyft

An app can interface with Lyft.

094google-io-2014-event-photos.jpg
11 of 15 James Martin/CNET

Search, of course

Unsurprisingly, you'll be able to look stuff up via Google search.

092google-io-2014-event-photos.jpg
12 of 15 James Martin/CNET

Delayed response

If you're in the middle of something important, you can send yourself a reminder (to appear on another system) to check on your email later.

087google-io-2014-event-photos.jpg
13 of 15 James Martin/CNET

Travel notifications

This is one of the applications I think makes sense for a watch, if you can set it to pop up automatically with no input. That way, you can see your plane status while your hands are busy schlepping luggage.

088google-io-2014-event-photos.jpg
14 of 15 James Martin/CNET

Commuting friend

Your watch can tell you whether or not you need to rush.

107google-io-2014-event-photos.jpg
15 of 15 Samsung

Samsung Gear

Though we didn't get to see Samsung Gear -- Google only announced the partnership -- as with the other watches there will be vibration notifications, music app controls, voice reminders, and customized phone-call dismissing.

Google announces Samsung Gear Live smartwatch with Android Wear

More Galleries

2023's Best TV and Streaming Shows You Can't Miss on Netflix, HBO, Disney Plus and More
mandalorian-3-social.png

2023's Best TV and Streaming Shows You Can't Miss on Netflix, HBO, Disney Plus and More

62 Photos
Hubble and James Webb Space Telescope Images Compared: See the Difference
james-webb-seq-00-14-05-10-still002

Hubble and James Webb Space Telescope Images Compared: See the Difference

12 Photos
Audi Activesphere Is a Transforming All-Terrain EV
Audi Activesphere concept

Audi Activesphere Is a Transforming All-Terrain EV

51 Photos
Yamaha motorcycle and instrument designers trade jobs (pictures)
yamaha01.jpg

Yamaha motorcycle and instrument designers trade jobs (pictures)

16 Photos
CNET's 'Day of the Dead Devices' altar (pictures)
dia-de-los-muertos-3318-001.jpg

CNET's 'Day of the Dead Devices' altar (pictures)

9 Photos
2007 Los Angeles Auto Show: concept cars
conceptss01_440.jpg

2007 Los Angeles Auto Show: concept cars

14 Photos
Best sound bars under $300
polk-magnifi-mini-15.jpg

Best sound bars under $300

18 Photos