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Android Wear comes to Google Play in two new smartwatches

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Android Wear is officially here, and earlier today Google unveiled two new smartwatches that run on the platform. The LG G Watch was perhaps the most widely anticipated, since LG made no secret of the fact that it was coming soon, but Samsung also announced an Android Wear smartwatch that not everyone saw coming: the Samsung Gear Live.

First up, the LG G Watch:

  • Screen: 1.65” 280 x 280 IPS LCD
  • Dimensions: 37.9 x 46.5 x 9.95 mm
  • Weight: 63 g
  • Battery: 400 mAh
  • Processor: CPU 1.2 GHz
  • Wireless: Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy
  • Memory: 4 GB internal storage with 512 MB RAM
  • Ports and Connectors: USB (pogo pin) on G Watch, Micro USB on Charging Cradle
  • Sensors: 9 Axis (Accelerometer/Compass/Gyro)

The watch is available in “black titan” or “white gold,” with the ability to switch out watch straps with any standard 22mm strap. Its always-on display will still provide all day battery life, and it is dirt and water resistant with an  IP67 rating. It is compatible with any Android device running at least Android 4.3.

The Samsung Gear Live shares many of the same characteristics, such as the all day battery and the IP67 rating. It is also slightly thinner and lighter, and even includes a heart rate monitor. Here are the specs:

  • Screen: 1.63” 320 x 320 SuperAMOLED (278 ppi)
  • Dimensions: 37.9 x 56.4 x 8.9 mm
  • Weight: 59 g
  • Battery: 300 mAh, 1 day use
  • Processor: 1.2 GHz
  • Wireless: Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy
  • Memory: 4 GB internal storage with 512 MB RAM
  • Ports and Connectors: USB (pogo pin)
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Digital compass, Gyroscope, Heart rate monitor

The LG G Watch retails for $229, while the Samsung Gear Live is $199. Both are available now for preorder.

[Google Play]
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John F

John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.

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