Since Google made public Android Wear back in March, it did not hide the fact that its launch partners like LG and Motorola would have something to show the world when Android Wear is demoed. We have been expecting LG’s G Watch and Motorola’s Moto360 all along. With Samsung focusing on its Tizen-based smartwatches even though it was also listed one of the launch partners of Android Wear, we had our doubts. Until this solid rumour came up recently. Now we know it is true. Samsung’s Android Wear device is the Gear Live (what a name!).
The Gear Live and the G Watch are already on sale on the Google Play Store. Moto360 will be joining them later in the year as it is not yet available. However, it is being showcased at Google I/O.
Specs of the two Android Wear devices going on sale are as below:
Samsung Gear Live
- Size & weight: 37.9 x 56.4 x 8.9 mm/ 59g
- Display: 1.63” Super AMOLED (320 x 320 pixels)
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.2 GHz
- Memory: 512 MB RAM/ 4 GB internal storage
- Battery: 300 mAh
- Others: Heart Rate Monitor, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, IP67 certification (dustproof and water resistant)
LG G Watch
- Size & weight: 37.9 x 46.5 x 9.95mm/ 61g
- Display: 1.65 inch LCD (280×280 pixels)
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 clocked at 1.2 GHz
- Memory: 512 MB RAM/ 4 GB on-board storage
- Battery: 400 mAh (36 hrs standby time)
- Others: IP67 certification (dustproof and water resistant)
As you can note the two devices have the same software features since they are all powered by Android Wear. The few differences are in the battery capacity and the display tech. The LG G Watch has an LCD display while the Samsung Gear Live has an AMOLED display. Of course as you can see right below this there’s also a difference in the pricing with the LG G Watch costing a few more $$.
The Galaxy Live is available in Black and Wine Red for $199 while the G Watch goes for $229 and is available in White Gold and Black Titan
We are likely to see other Android Wear devices from other partners later in the year.
Interesting that Samsung went back to the name Galaxy for a smartwatch after having dropped it for Gear.
Actually it seems like they’ve dropped the Galaxy Branding. That was an error on my part. Should be just Gear Live. I’m so used to this Galaxy madness.
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