It looks like Android Wear, a spin-off of Android designer with wearables, particularly smartwatches, in mind is finally making its way to customers. Unveiled back in March, the platform was initially pegged for two devices, the LG G Watch and the Moto 360, but now it turns out that there is one more player in the game – the Samsung Gear Live. Two of the Android Wear trio are already available for pre-order.
Samsung Gear Live vs. LG G Watch
Both the Samsung Gear Live and the LG G Watch can be pre-ordered from Google Play Store and will start shipping on July 7th. Samsung’s watch costs $199.99, while LG’s device will set you back $229.99. You also will be able to pick the watches from Amazon and Best Buy.
If you have heard about Android Wear then the LG G Watch and the Moto 360 probably sound familiar. The Samsung Gear Live, however, is a name that we haven’t some across before. There were some rumors suggesting that Samsung might be working on an Android smartwatch, but it was nothing definitive. On a side note, it’s curious how Samsung managed to keep the Gear Live under cover until official announcement, since it’s not an easy task these days.
The Samsung Gear Live looks like a twin brother of the Tizen-powered Gear 2. In fact, at first glance (probably second and third too) both devices look the same and even come with almost identical specification. That said, with the screen turned off, which would hide the main differentiating factor that is the operating system, you would probably have a hard time telling these two apart.
The Gear Live sports the familiar rectangular design and swappable wristband. The Super AMOLED display measures 1.63 inches diagonally and offers 320 x 320 resolution. The watch is powered by a 1.2 GHz processor paired with 512MB of RAM and comes with 4 GB of storage, a 300 mAh battery, IP67 certification for dust and water resistance and an assortment of sensors including heart rate monitor, an accelerometer, gyroscope, and compass. The device uses Bluetooth 4.0 LTE to connect with a smartphone and, as Samsung assures, it will work with any Android phone not only Samsung-made. The dimensions of the Gear Live are 37.9 x 56.4 x 8.9 mm, and it weighs in at 59 grams.
For comparison, the LG G Watch is a tad bigger and heavier. The device measures 37.9 x 46.5 x 9.95mm and tips the scales at 63 grams. It also has a bigger display (1.65 inches), though with a lower resolution (280 x 280 pixels). The watch packs Snapdragon 400 processor and 4 GB of internal memory.
With the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live already scoring fans and getting ready for shipment, it leaves us with the Moto 360 to make an appearance in stores. However, if you have your eyes on Motorola’s offering, you are in for another few weeks of waiting. The watch is scheduled to arrive later this summer but exact date remains unknown for now. Motorola will probably provide all the details closer to release date and since we haven’t picked up any chatter regarding launch date of the Moto 360, it makes us think that it won’t happen anytime soon.