The first batch of Android Wear smartwatches isn't even out in the wild yet, and here we are seeing the first teardowns of the devices. Though it's not exactly the thorough iFixit treatment, it does give a bit of insight into the inner workings of these super small computers, particularly the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live, as well as potentially how easy they are to break or fix.
Smartwatches are somewhat polarizing: some view them as interesting, but ultimately useless, toys. Others are more forward-thinking, anticipating uses for the type of wearable that are beneficial both now and potentially in the future. Steve Wozniak generally falls into the latter group, but that doesn't mean he has taken kindly to all smartwatches on the market.
LG is one of the first onboard with Android Wear, and the G Watch is its first gambit in Google's new smartwatch segment. Unlike the flashier Samsung Gear Live, and the eye-catching - but not yet available - MOTO 360, the G Watch has taken a more discrete route to the wrist. I've comprehensively reviewed Android Wear separately, so this review will focus on the G Watch's own particular strengths and foibles.
Samsung isn't short on smartwatches right now, but it couldn't resist adding another to the roster with Android Wear, Google's play for the wearable space. Launching alongside LG's G Watch, the Samsung Gear Live borrows heavily from the Tizen-powered Gear 2 Neo, though with some Google Now sparkle thrown in too. I've reviewed Android Wear in full separately, so this review will focus on the Gear Live's own particular abilities and issues.
I've wanted Google Now on my wrist since Google's contextual engine was officially announced. Android Wear, revealed at I/O last week, is the first stage in Google's mainstream play for the wearables space, at launch effectively the Android notifications tray delivered to your wrist. That's something we've seen tried before, from Pebble and others, but with Google Now there's the promise of interactivity too.
Microsoft's rumored smartwatch is the topic of choice this weekend, with unnamed sources cropping up to state that the wearable will arrive this October. The same sources corroborated some past rumors we've heard regarding the device, as well as tossing some new details into the mix.
The first two Android Wear devices are being shown off this week at Google I/O 2014 and have been put on sale through Google Play. Both of them square-faced, both of them working with the first iteration of Android Wear. There’s the LG G Watch and there’s the Samsung Gear Live - which one will strike your fancy the hardest?