Samsung have been trying hard for the last year or so to get their family of smart watches into the hands of Samsung mobile phone users and they’ve been doing a pretty good job for the techies among us, but it’s a hard sell when they only work with Samsung Android devices.
Then came Google with the announcement that they were working on a smart phone platform called Android Wear that would end the tie into to specific manufacturers and instead, open up the smart watch platform to all Android devices, or at least those that have the latest versions of Android compatible with the new platform. Android Wear works with phones running Android 4.3 or higher. Google has created a compatibility checking page allowing you to check if your device is supported by Android Wear.
If you’ve been following the news today from the Google IO conference, you may have seen that the new platform is finally here and both Samsung and LG have made devices available for purchase on the Google Play Store.
The Samsung Gear Live was a surprise to me, but it sure looks like a nice device. The Samsung Gear Live has a 1.6 inch screen with a 320 x 320 SuperAMOLED display. It 37.9 x 56.4 x 8.9 mm in size and weighs 59g. The battery is 300 mAh, rated for a single day of use. This is still one of the main issues with the first round of smart watches. Every day when you get home, you’ll have to remember to place them on charge.
With a 1.2 GHz Processor and Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy radio, we expect the devices to be responsive and easy to use, but is this enough. Only time will tell. You can store things on the device and the Samsung device has 4GB of internal storage with 512 MB RAM for OS. The other addition Samsung has over the LG G Watch is the included Heart rate monitor. The Samsung Gear Live is selling for $199 on the Google Play Store.
The LG G Watch is almost identical in specifications, except it has a slightly larger but lower resolution 1.65” 280 x 280 IPS LCD display. Size wise the LG Smart Watch is 37.9 x 46.5 x 9.95 mm and weighs 63g. The LG G Watch is selling for $229 on the Google Play Store.
We do know that the LG G Watch features the Qualcomm 400 processor, but I couldn’t find the brand in the Samsung Smart Watch.
If you want to follow more of today’s Google IO activities, we are following and posting everything we can find over on AndroidSPIN.