Motorola and LG have jumped on the wearable tech bandwagon, announcing new Moto 360 and G Watch smartwatches moments after Google unveiled its new Android Wear operating system (OS).
Details about the Motorola Moto 360 (pictured left) and LG G Watch (below) remain vague, though both companies have confirmed the devices will be powered by Google's wearable tech-focused Android Wear OS.
This means the watches will include a number of productivity services including an "OK Google" voice command feature. Motorola said Android Wear will make the Moto 360 one of the most advanced smartwatches ever made.
The firm said in a blog post: "Just say ‘OK Google' to ask questions like who won the Stanford vs New Mexico game or what time your flight leaves, or to get stuff done like scheduling an appointment, sending a text, setting an alarm or taking a note."
LG president Dr Jong-seok Park was similarly positive about Android Wear, promising the new G Watch will be the firm's most advanced yet.
"The opportunity to work with Google on [the] LG G Watch was the perfect chance for LG to really pull out all stops in both design and engineering," he said.
"With the LG G Watch, LG is continuing the milestones we've set in wearables following in the footsteps of the world's first 3G Touch Watch Phone in 2009 and the Prada Link in 2008. We're confident that a well-designed device has the potential to take the smart wearable market by storm."
As well as the "OK Google" feature, the use of Android Wear means the two smartwatches will also function as controls for a number of other devices, including smart TVs, smartphones and tablets.
Android Wear is also confirmed to feature advanced biometric data-collection powers, with Google listing it as having "the ability to better monitor your health and fitness."
However, this data collection could prove a concern for some security-conscious users. Many security experts have since warned that wearable smart devices will provide intelligence agencies and criminal groups another way to collect people's personal information.
For a more robust breakdown of the security concerns around wearable tech and the Internet of Things check out V3's sister site The INQUIRER.
The INQUIRER is running a debate this week on the rise of the Internet of Things that is powering wearable technology development. We'd like to hear your views on whether the Internet of Things will kill privacy, or whether user data collected by smart devices will be adequately protected. You can vote for or against these propositions here.
The Moto 360 is due to arrive in the US this summer, while the G Watch will arrive in the US sometime in Q2. Neither company confirmed a UK release date yet, despite a request for this information from V3.
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