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A purported system dump from the LG G Watch has leaked online, and it reveals new details about Google’s Android Wear wearable project.

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Ahead of its second quarter launch, a system dump from the upcoming LG G Watch has hit the web, and among its goodies is what appears to be the Android Wear boot-up animation.

While the authenticity of the video can’t be confirmed, the leak dump contains a lot of APKs and libraries that would be hard to fake. Note at the end of the video there’s a new Android logo, which we could see introduced later this month at Google I/O. The logo’s skinny typography is more in line with recent Android design language, even if it is less reminiscent of Android’s lovable green mascot.

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Also included in the dump is a variety of watch faces. A small sample:

 

The leak comes courtesy of a new Twitter account, @upleaks, which describes him or herself as a “Chinese Phone Leaker.” @upleaks also describe the LG G Watch as the “reference device” for Android wear. If true, this is surprising — I expected Motorola’s announced Moto 360 to be the primary launch device for Android Wear, with LG’s product playing second fiddle. On one hand, Motorola Mobility is still a Google subsidiary , but LG’s experience building Nexus phones also means it can work closely to provide a positive experience for Google developers.

There’s a ton of other new discoveries to be made in the dump, including references to a remote shutter, a calorie counter and more details about Google Now on the wrist. We’ll most likely get Google’s official announcement at its annual I/O Developer conference on June 25.

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  1. Pretty but at least in the begging, Android Wear will mostly be used in Watches so the “boot” animation should include the Time. Users don’t want to wait for their Watch to boot up. If it can plan an animation in can tell the Time.

    1. Agreed. Even if it only needs to boot once in a blue moon, even a few seconds seems like it would be too long.

    2. Jake Barthalemule Kevin Darty Monday, June 9, 2014

      Am animation is simply reading a group of PNG files in order, while the time would be a an overlying software layer–requires additional (space-taking) hardware.