Ordering an Android Wear smartwatch? Google’s Android Wear Help Center is loaded with the info you need

June 30, 2014

    Android Wear Help Center

    You’ve spent months drooling over the idea of an Android Wear powered smartwatch, pitting the LG G Watch against the Motorola Moto 360 to decide which you would purchase. Along came Google I/O and boom, all of a sudden there is a Samsung smartwatch ready for order alongside the G Watch, and the Moto 360 is still months away, what should you do?

    It looks like we are not the only ones that want to help you make the decision, Google has launched the handy Android Wear Help Center to help you get through. The help center is a part of Google’s Support website, it provides a wealth of information, not only for the available devices themselves, but also for working with Android Wear in general.

    Prepare for goodies like: “What still works when the watch isn’t paired.” Well, without a connected Android smartphone or tablet you have no internet connectivity, which also means no voice actions. Luckily, you’ll still be able to check the time. Here is the full list of unpaired functions.

    Possibly the most important tool, hit this link on your mobile device to see if it can pair to an Android Wear watch.

    Which watch should you get?

    Sorry, that’s still up to you. Keep tabs on the site, we are going to discuss and debate this in detail soon. Until then, if you are dedicated to the round watch face design, the Moto 360 will be out “later this summer.” Don’t forget about the Kairos watch, which is in early development, and the inexpensive ASUS smartwatch set for later this year. As for the two Android Wear devices that can be had from the Google Play Store, why don’t I give you the specs and prices to help you decide.

    LG G Watch – $229.00

    LG G Watch Black and White

    LG G Watch
    Specifications
    OSAndroid Wear
    Screen1.65" 280 x 280 IPS LCD
    Dimensions37.9 x 46.5 x 9.95 mm
    Weight63g
    Battery400 mAh
    Processor1.2 GHz
    WirelessBluetooth 4.0 Low Energy
    Memory4GB internal storage with 512MB RAM
    Ports and ConnectorsUSB (pogo pin) on G Watch, Micro USB on Charging Cradle
    Sensors9 Axis (Accelerometer/Compass/Gyro)

    Samsung Gear Live – $199.00

    samsung gear live first look (7 of 19)

    Samsung Gear Live
    Specifications
    OSAndroid Wear
    Screen1.63" 320 x 320 SuperAMOLED (278ppi)
    Dimensions37.9 x 56.4 x 8.9 mm
    Weight59g
    Battery300 mAh
    Processor1.2 GHz
    WirelessBluetooth 4.0 Low Energy
    Memory4GB internal storage with 512MB RAM
    Ports and ConnectorsUSB (pogo pin)
    SensorsAccelerometer, Digital compass, Gyroscope, Heart rate monitor

    If that was not enough, be sure to check out our hands-on with both the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live.

    So, what’s it going to be, the LG G Watch that promised to define the smartwatch, the Samsung Gear Live that seemingly came out of nowhere, or the Motorola Moto 360 with its super cool round face, but unknown launch date and price?

    Comments

    • Stas

      By the way, in italian Play Store both smart watches cost 199 euro.

    • Jack Parker

      What’s strange is that the lg g watch is £10 cheaper then the gear

    • chirag

      In Indian play store it’s the opposite. Lg g watch is $30 cheaper than gear live

    • Jayfeather787

      It seems like the G watch might have slightly better battery life than the Gear Live. The Gear Live has a higher res display and a smaller battery, which is why the G watch can be more expensive and I would not mind.

    • kostas

      In the greek playstore, well we don’t have playstore (the functionality to buy devices from it)

    • Alix8821

      “shipping BY July 8th…”. I really really hope they ship b4. Because my bday is the 8th AND if I don’t have it by launch, wtf is the point of pre-ordering? Hahaha

    • Keg Man

      bigger watch and smaller battery. damn it samsung

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