We’ve been promised the future of smartwatches, and the day of reckoning might finally be upon us. There are actually three Android Wear devices coming out this summer, two of which we already have in the office. In case you missed it, Motorola’s Moto 360 is lagging being in terms of release and price, but at least we have the G Watch and Gear Live to fawn over. Here’s what we have to look forward to in the wearable market.
The G Watch might be the crudest of the three in terms of design, but it’s still quite light and really doesn’t feel overwhelmingly big; it’s thick, yes, but not so much that it’s unwieldy. That thickness serves a bit of a purpose, though, packing in a 400mAh battery (in comparison to the Gear Live’s 300mAh. Other specs include a Snapdragon 400 processor, 1.65-inch LCD IPS display, 4GB of internal memory, 512MB of RAM, Bluetooth 4.0 and an array of sensors, including gyroscope, accelerometer and compass.
Manufacturers won’t be able to skin Android Wear, which means the only way to differentiate will be through design. The G Watch isn’t the most attractive hunk of plastic we’ve seen, but it’s the functionality that we’re really excited about. We’ll be putting the G Watch through its paces over the next several days, so stay tuned for future content. You can pick up a device of your own through Google’s site right now for $229 (the Gear Live is also available for $199).