Samsung and LG launch Smartwatches Powered by Google’s New Software

Samsung Gear Live

 

On Thursday, Samsung unveiled a Gear Live smartwatch having an appearance similar to the Gear 2 smartwatch launched earlier this year. The newly launched Gear Live watch is powered by Google’s new software which is specifically designed for wearables.

Samsung said that, “It comes with 1.63-inch Super AMOLED (320×320 pixels) display, runs on a 1.2GHz processor coupled with 512MB of RAM, and features 4GB of inbuilt storage, apart from Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. It is powered by a 300mAh battery, measures 37.9×56.4×8.9mm, and weighs 59 grams.”

It will be available for pre-order from the Google Play Store from July 7 at a price of USD 199. The Gear Live runs on Android Wear and includes features such as the heart rate monitor, IP67 rating for dust and water-resistance, and the other sensors onboard (accelerometer, gyroscope, compass). 

Speaking on the launch, JK Shin, CEO and President of IT & Mobile Division, Samsung Electronics, said, “Samsung has been a pioneer in the quickly-evolving wearable market, and the launch of Gear Live furthers our efforts to deliver a simple and intuitive wearable experience to consumers. Through our long-term close collaboration with Google, we have successfully incorporated the capabilities of Android Wear into the Gear Live, in a way that only Samsung can do. I am confident that Samsung and Google together, we will grow the smart wearable market to positively impact consumers’ life.”

Samsung is expected to launch Gear Glass in September 2014 and introduced Galaxy Gear Smartwatch in August 2013. Earlier, Samsung has unveiled a wristband, a wearable health tracking device that give health and fitness information.

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Others players in this category include Google, Apple, Fitbit, Nike FuelBand, Jawbone UP, BodyMedia etc. 

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LG G Watch

LG has unveiled an LG G Watch which also runs on Android wear and will be ship from July 7 at a price USD 229. It will be available for online pre-order from Google Play in 12 countries including the United States, France, Japan alongwith 27 markets such as Australia, Brazil, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore and Russia in early July. 

G Watch is equipped with Google’s voice recognition service and can perform various tasks including checking email, sending text messages and an online search at users’ voice command. 

It features a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, coupled with an always-on 1.65-inch IPS (280×280 pixels) display. Other specifications of the LG G Watch include 4GB of built-in storage, 512MB of RAM, a 400mAh battery, Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, and a 9-axis sensor. It has dimensions of 37.9 x 46.5 x 9.95mm, and weighs in at 63 grams.

G watch comes in Black Titan and White Gold, dust and water resistant for up to 30 minutes in one metre of water. 

Speaking on the launch, Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of the LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company, said, “As one of the first to market with Android Wear, LG wanted to develop a product that functions as an essential companion device but most importantly, was simple to use. We wanted a device that would be simple to learn and so intuitive that users wouldn’t even have to think about how to use its features. That’s what the LG G Watch is all about.”

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