In a pleasantly surprising move, Google is selling the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live smartwatches that were announced 12 hours ago at Google I/O in the Indian Play Store as well. The LG G Watch is priced at Rs 14,999 and can be bought from today and will start shipping from July 8. The Samsung Gear Live has been priced at Rs 15,900 though it cannot be bought right now and just has a coming soon tab on it with no release date.
The LG G Watch has a 1.65-inch 280×280 pixel IPS display, a 1.2GHz processor, 4GB of internal memory and 4GB of internal storage. LG says the battery is good enough to last the entire day on a single charge, which is a bit disappointing considering smartwatches like the Samsung Gear 2 can last up to 2-3 days on one charge. The straps on the watch can be replaced.
The Samsung Gear Live has a 1.63-inch 300×300 pixel Super AMOLED display. It too has 4GB of internal storage, a 1.2GHz processor and a slightly smaller 300mAh battery, though Samsung too promises a day-long battery in one charge. The Gear Live comes with a heart rate monitor as well.
Both the LG and Samsung Android Wear smartwatches are water resistant. Both smartwatches also come with a micro-USB cradle for charging. You can buy the two smartwatches here.
With Android Wear, Google is extending Android into wearables like smartphones to give users to contextually relevant notifications and information. App notifications from Google Now and apps downloaded on the smartphone will automatically come on the smartwatch. Along with it, there will be many apps made for Android Wear itself that will be able to bring custom experiences taking into advantage the quick glance-able display on the device.
Android Wear smartwatches will also get access to Google’s voice search and “Ok Google” commands, with which most of the interactions will happen. The notifications are shown in a card format on the display and users can scroll through them or flick any notification to the side to remove it. The watches are compatible with Android smartphones running Android 4.3 and above that have Bluetooth 4.0 LE connectivity.