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Android-powered wearable devices compared

Posted: 27 Jun 2014  Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Android Wear  LG G  Samsung Gear Live  wearables 

Google's platform for wearable devices, Android Wear, is now utilised in LG's and Samsung's first devices. But there remain differences between the two wearables' features.

Google dropped a lot of hard-hitting news during the opening keynote of its I/O developer conference on Wednesday. While most of the topics pertained to the company's various platforms, apps, and services, Google's hardware partners launched some wearables that are worth discussing.

The Samsung Gear Live and the LG G Watch are already available for preorder via the Google Play Store and ship next month. They share most features but do differ in some important ways.

The Android Wear platform supports two watch faces, square and round. Samsung and LG both opted for the square shape for their watches. Motorola is working on a smartwatch with a round face, but it won't arrive until later this summer. The Gear Live's AMOLED screen measures 1.63in and has 320px x 320px. The G Watch's LCD screen measures 1.65in and has 280px x 280px. Both offer an "always-on" face so users won't have to press any buttons to check the time. Many of today's smartwatches turn the face off in order to conserve battery power.

 LG G Watch

LG G Watch

Android Wear must require some serious horsepower. The Gear Live and G Watch both use a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.2GHz. The processor is mated to 512MB of RAM, and the devices each include 4GB of internal storage. The Snapdragon 400 is powerful enough to run today's mid-range smartphones with high-resolution displays. Qualcomm makes less powerful processors for entry-level smartphones.

- Eric Zeman
  EE Times





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