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I was getting worried, but it seems like smartwatches are taking off after all. Research company Canalys estimated 6 million smartwatches and fitness trackers were sold in the first half of 2014, or a 684% increase compared to the previous period.

This doesn’t even take into account Android Wear devices, which will start to get counted in next quarter’s report.

And the best is yet to come. The Moto 360 was widely considered superior to the two Android Wear watches already on the market. Motorola will launch the device next month after its event on September 4.

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The LG G Watch will launch next week, and the Samsung Gear Live soon after.  These are the first two Android Wear watches.  Which should you buy?

If the initial press reviews are anything to go by, the answer is neither.  Everyone seems to think the Moto 360 would be the best of the three launching this summer, but that Android Wear’s potential has yet to be fulfilled.

The Verge:

I like a lot of things about Android Wear, and a few things about the Gear Live and G Watch. I like that they’ve made me look at my phone less. They’re simple, inoffensive devices that do their jobs well. And at $199 and $229, respectively, they’re a relatively affordable way to get a first taste at our wearable future. If I were buying one today, I’d buy the Gear Live: I like the design, I like the screen. But neither current model inspires any attachment, any excitement, any reaction at all. They’re just empty vessels for Android Wear, not devices I’m proud to display on my arm. And that’s the wrong approach.

The Verge rates the Samsung Gear Live a paltry 6.8 and the LG G Watch a 6.6.

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