The LG G Watch, the Korean tech giant's Google-powered smartwatch, is finally hitting the market. Unlike the earlier generation smartwatches, the G Watch uses Google's Android Wear tech, giving it voice recognition powers that distinguish it above any other on the market.
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As is standard across most smartwatches, your phone communicates with it via Bluetooth Low Energy, sending important notifications. And while most smartwatches excel at these pings, the watch's Android Wear operating system and its voice control actually allow you to respond to that text or ask for directions—it's using the same OS as Google Glass.
While we still consider aesthetics a big downside for most smartwatches—the Activité being the wonderful exception—it's not out of the question that cool and compelling tech could make up for a less-than-classic watch look.
Ethan Wolff-Mann is an editor at Supercompressor. His wrist is not currently smart, but he is open to new things. Follow him on Twitter @ewolffmann.