After months of teases and previews, including yesterday's demo-mode units at Google's I/O developer conference, we've finally gotten the chance to try out Android Wear for ourselves. It's Google's take on the smartwatch, and that's more than just a way of saying it's an Android smartwatch. Instead, Android Wear is Google through and through, from the look and feel that foreshadows the coming "Material Design" aesthetic of Android to the deep integration with Google Search.

After just a few hours with Android Wear on the LG G Watch, consider us impressed. The Pebble smartwatch shows how paring down features to the bare minimum is a compelling way to make something accessible, and the Galaxy Gear showed the potential of cramming in tons of features. But Wear splits that difference while adding the power of Google's voice search features. The result is a compelling combination of simplicity and surprising power.