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New 'Smart Watches' Run Google's Android Wear Software

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The smart watch space is heating up, with Google smart watches now on sale, but some in the tech industry say they need to develop a more compelling reason to use them. NY1's Adam Balkin filed the following report.

Whether you think it's a good idea or not, whether you think you'd ever actually use one or not, smart watches are really here in full force.

Proof of that is that so-called Google smart watches are now available for you to buy. There are several smart watches already on the market, most notably from independent developers at Pebble, and Samsung with its Galaxy Gear, which only works with certain Samsung smartphones.

Now, though, both Samsung and LG are out with watches that run Google's Android Wear software, designed specifically for your wrist and designed to link with pretty much any Android smartphone.

"These days, people end up checking their smartphone more than 100 times throughout the day just to get a short bit of information, so Android Wear is a way to get that information quickly at a glance, whether it's to respond to a text message, to see the weather, to get at the data that you need or that information that you need at a glance and then go back to whatever it is you were doing," says Daniel Sieberg of Google. "So with your voice, you can actually create, let's say, a text message and send it off very quickly just by stating, 'OK Google, send a text to Caroline, I'm running a few minutes late.'"

While apps can be made specifically for the watch, also know that any app that you have on your Android phone that has notifications can automatically shoot those notifications to the watch.

Still, some in the tech industry believe until a more compelling use is developed, for most people, shaving half a second off reading your email or using an app by going to your wrist instead of your pocket just won't seem worth it.

"It's kind of in search of a killer app," says David Carnoy of cnet.com. "Right now, it's unclear what people are going to use these smart watches for. They have a phone in their pocket, so what is that killer app on these smart watches?"

Both watches are, again, on sale now. The Samsung Gear Live costs around $200, while LG's G Watch costs about $230.

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