Two first set of watches running on Google’s Android Wear platform are listed on Google Play in India. LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live are priced at Rs 14,999 and Rs 15,900 respectively, but only the device from LG is available in India as of now.
LG’s device will ship from warehouse of July 8, while Samsung’s device still sports a coming soon sign. This device is also expected to be available for purchase very soon. It is not clear if LG and Samsung will sell these devices other e-commerce platforms as well. Motorola’s unique device with a round display is expected to be on sale later this year.
At Google I/O 2014, the search giant demoed these devices in detail. Unlike devices like Androidly, these watches cannot replace your smartphone, and needs to connect to an Android device running version 4.3 or higher, over BLE to function. Both the watches have 1.2 Ghz processor, 512MB RAM and 4GB internal memory.
Apart from design and size factors the other major technical difference is in the battery size. While LG has a 400 mAh battery, Samsung’s device has only 300 mAh capacity. We’ll need to wait and see to understand how long these devices will last under regular use and what difference that extra 100 mAh makes on a smartwatch. LG’s device has a lower resolution screen of 280×280 pixels resolution, while Samsung G Watch has a screen resolution of 320×320.
It is worth noting that Samsung Gear Live ships with a heart rate monitor, apart from gyroscope, digital compass and an accelerometer, while LG G Watch does not have any health related sensor. However, it does a have a nine axis sensor that does the job of accelerometer, compass and gyroscope.
What can this watch do?
Android Wear can show your glansable information and even lets you accept or reject calls. You can also make “Okay Google” commands while wearing the device. These watches don’t an app store, but when apps with Android Wear elements are installed on the phone, the relevant bits are automatically installed on any connected Android Wear device.
Overall, it feels like a notification center on your phone with a bit of Google Now magic added to the mix. It is worth getting if you’re heavily invested in Google ecosystem and likes to use control devices and actions by voice. It should definitely be convenient to respond to messages or even reject calls while driving when using such a device.