One of the main event at the Google I/O is the presentation of the Android Wear OS, along with a couple of smartwatches running the software. The look of the three main Android Wear smartwatches is rather classic, with LG’s G Watch and Samsung Gear Live featuring rectangular shapes and Motorola’s Moto 360 featuring a classic round shape. Samsung already declared that it will customize its gadget with its own apps and we expect the same from LG. Motorola, on the other hand, will probably stay closer to its recent former owner, Google, in terms of software customization. Let’s have a look at the specs and the first impressions.
The first three Android Wear smartwatches
LG G Watch is the most expensive smartwatch, with a starting price of $229. It is available for preorder on the Google Play Store. It features an always-on IPS display measuring 1.65 inches with a resolution of 280X280 pixels. The engine is an energy-efficient Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 at 1.2 Ghz paired with 512MB Ram, while the its storage holds up 4 Gb of data. It connects with other devices, primarily the smartphone, through Bluetooth 4.0, as long as the main gadget runs Android 4.3 and above). It is IP67 certified (water and dust resistance), but it doesn’t mean that you should rush into the pool with it. The gyroscope, accelerometer and compass will support applications regarding fitness and movement.
Samsung Gear Live has identical features as LG’s G Watch in terms of the processor, Ram and storage. As it will probably be the norm for Android Wear smartwatches, it is IP67 certified and, besides the gyroscope, the accelerometer and the compass, it contains a heart rate monitor. The 300 mAh battery has a 100 mAh smaller capacity than LG’s watch. The screen is larger, though, with a resolution of 320X320 pixels. With this configuration, LG’s G Watch might be one more efficient. The price of this smartwatch will be $199 and is available for preorder.
Motorola Moto 360 has a round shape, although its display has a tiny unusable part due to the space needed for drivers. The classy model has a sapphire OLED display and will be charged through magnetic induction and is IP67 certified too. The exact specs are not known by know, but we believe the hardware will be similar to both LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live Android Wear smartwatches. The price of Moto 360 is not yet known.