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Android Wear devices are incoming, with prices as low as $199

Google is betting big on Android Wear-powered devices, and the first two smartwatches to uses the scaled-down mobile operating system are now available for pre-orders.
First up is the LG G Watch, which was first announced alongside Android Wear. The rather plain-looking smartwatch features an always-on 1.65” (280x280) IPS LCD, a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, and Bluetooth 4.0 LE. The G Watch charges via USB (with a pogo pin connection).

 LG G Watch

The smartwatch measures 37.9 x 46.5 x 9.95 mm and weighs in at 63 grams. The G Watch supports IP67 water/dust resistance, is capable of making it through a single day with its 400 mAh battery, and is compatible with all devices running Android 4.3 and above.
The G Watch is available for pre-order in black, or white/gold for $229. It will ship by July 3.
The Samsung Gear Live is a more stylish device, and makes a better case than the G Watch, at least based on specs. It features a higher resolution, 1.63” (320x320) SuperAMOLED, unnamed 1.2GHz processor with 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, a heart rate monitor, and a 300 mAh battery.

 Samsung Gear Live

The Gear Live measures 37.9 x 56.4 x 8.9 mm and weighs 59 grams; it also supports IP67 water/dust resistance.
The Gear Live is priced at $199 and will ship by July 8.

Sources: Google Play Store [1], [2]

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Doing it wrong
By atechfan on 6/26/2014 8:49:32 AM , Rating: 2
I still think the smartwatch should be more of a dumb terminal model. Have it be platform agnostic and just display stuff pushed from a phone. Throw in the sensors like heartrate monitor and maybe a microphone, but the processing power should be minimal. No need for the watch to run apps. It only needs to be a more easily accessible second screen for your phone or tablet. Plus give it a reflective display like the Mirasol, not an LCD. These together would allow it to both be thinner, and have much longer battery life.

My idea would give you a watch that would work with any phone OS, would have better outdoor readability, would have a screen that did not require tap to wake, and would not be obsolete soon. As you upgrade your phone, even if you switch platforms, your watch would still work fine with it.

RE: Doing it wrong
By BRB29 on 6/26/2014 9:54:26 AM , Rating: 2
Your idea has too much common sense. It won't work for these guys because they want to lock you into their ecosystems and hardware set. The last thing Samsung wants you to do is buy an iPhone and vice versa.

RE: Doing it wrong
By Arsynic on 6/26/2014 10:20:41 AM , Rating: 3
What they should care about is appealing to the most people. A device that works with any phone you have will definitely sell more than a device locked into a specific ecosystem.

But something tells me they don't just care about selling a lot of hardware. They want to sell you hardware that's a conduit to their real money maker.

RE: Doing it wrong
By Arsynic on 6/26/2014 10:17:04 AM , Rating: 2
You don't understand. They need yet another device to connect you to their ecosystem so you buy stuff from their store. It's not supposed to make sense.

If it were me, I'd create a bluetooth smart watch that has a standard interface and interfaces with your phone to pull relevant data, like alarms, appointments, weather and other info.

As long as those platforms have hooks where I can pull that data from, it should be relatively painless.

RE: Doing it wrong
By retrospooty on 6/26/2014 11:34:26 AM , Rating: 2
Exactly... Smartwatches aren't a consumer driven product range... It's being pushed by OEM's to try and sell more stuff and lock people in to their ecosystems. All the hype about it we have heard for the past few years isn't customers clamoring for it, its OEM's trying to get customers interested in it.

I still think it should be named Andrwear

RE: Doing it wrong
By Spuke on 6/26/2014 12:51:33 PM , Rating: 2
The LG watch only works with LG phones? Same with the Samsung?

RE: Doing it wrong
By Brandon Hill on 6/26/2014 1:26:45 PM , Rating: 2
From the product page:

The G Watch can be used with any Smartphone running Android 4.3 and above

There's also a compatibility check:

RE: Doing it wrong
By Spuke on 6/26/2014 1:39:26 PM , Rating: 2
Thanks Brandon. I guess I just don't know what everyone is talking about above then.

RE: Doing it wrong
By retrospooty on 6/26/2014 1:38:20 PM , Rating: 1
Pretty sure Samsung is. Meh. Not my point anyhow. MY point was its OEM's trying to hype up a new market more than customers actually asking for it.

RE: Doing it wrong
By Spuke on 6/26/2014 1:41:15 PM , Rating: 2
MY point was its OEM's trying to hype up a new market more than customers actually asking for it.
Ah, got it! Guess it must be dense week for me. LOL!

RE: Doing it wrong
By retrospooty on 6/26/2014 1:54:19 PM , Rating: 2
Or a vague one for me... According to my wife anyhow LOL.

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