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June 26, 2014

Google officially announced two Android Wear devices: LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live

googleio-2014Google unveiled two Android Wear smart watches, LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live. The first of the two has already been announced so we assume this is just Google’s way of reminding us.

LG_G--- Samsung Gear Live.

LG_G— Samsung Gear Live.

Android Wear supports multiple screen sizes and styles, including both square and circular ( Moto 360). It comes with a card-based UI that is used to display notifications, location-based reminders and any other information apps through at it. Speaking of which [apps], developers interested to make their smartphone/tablet apps sing along Android Wear will be able to do that using the newly launched SDK.

moto 360

Moto 360

Initial app roster includes 6 apps:
PayPal, Soundwave (for song sharing), Pinterest, Allthecooks (recipes), Eat24 and Lyft. We’re sure this is just a start with more apps coming (very) soon.

Android Wear devices will support any number of sensors that will allow users to track their activities and whereabouts. Google Maps will come built-in to enable turn-by-turn directions on the wrist. Users will either rely on touch-based input or voice control to start apps and get information they desire.

When it comes to available devices, the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live are the first Android Wear smart watches you can buy from the Google Play Store. The LG G is selling for £159, dispatched on the 4th July while the Samsung could be yours for £169, dispatched on the 7th July. Moto 360, which will be the first device with a circular screen, won’t be available until late summer or early autumn.

LG G Watch

  • 1.65-inch IPS LCD touchscreen with 280×280 resolution
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 4GB of internal storage
  • 400 mAh battery
  • IP67-certified, water- and dust-resistant; can withstand being submerged in up to 1m of water for up to 30 minutes
  • 9-axis sensors (gyro / accelerometer / compass)
  • Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity
  • Size: 37.9 x 46.5 x 9.95 mm, weight = 63 grams
  • Colours: White Gold or Black Titan

Samsung Gear Live

  • 1.63-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen with 320×320 resolution
  • 1.2GHz processor
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 4GB of internal storage
  • 300 mAh battery
  • IP67-certified, water- and dust-resistant; can withstand being submerged in up to 1m of water for up to 30 minutes
  • 9-axis sensors (gyro / accelerometer / compass)
  • Heart rate monitor
  • Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity
  • Size: 37.9 x 56.4 x 8.9 mm, weight = 59 grams
  • Colours: White Gold or Black Titan

Samsung Press Release below

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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini