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Android wants to wrap your wrist, but is it worth your time?

Christina Medici Scolaro
Tech Yeah! Smartwatch fight

It's true that smartwatches have not taken hold of too many wrists yet, but that isn't stopping developers from trying. Two companies launched smartwatches Monday that use the Android Wear platform. Samsung released the Gear Live and LG is out with the G Watch.

Google is also partnering with Motorola, HTC and Fossil, all due out with smartwatches at a later date.

The Android operating system is Google's first effort in the smartwatch space.


According to reviews, there are a few features on the platform that can be improved, such as the interface and a skimpy selection of less than 30 applications.

"The interface is a little clunky and requires too much swiping. Plus, if you swipe away a notification by accident, there's no way to get it back," said Mark Spoonauer, editor-in-chief at Tom's Guide.

Spoonauer pointed out some of the differences of the watches being released Monday. "Of the first two watches, the Samsung Gear Live is the better value because you get a brighter screen and a built-in heart rate monitor for less money than the LG G Watch ($199 vs $229), but the LG is sleeker and easier to get on and off," Spoonauer said.

Apple is expected to release the iWatch in the fall, which Spoonauer speculates will come in and "be the wearable to beat."

By CNBC's Christina Medici Scolaro