Google announced Wednesday that a pair of square-faced Android Wear-powered smartwatches would be available for purchase on the Google Play Store, and the company has opened the floodgates to allow people to pre-order them.
The LG G Watch costs $229, and is slated to ship from Google’s warehouse by July 3. It sports a 1.65 inch display, 4 GB of storage, 512 MB of RAM and a 400 mAh battery that’s designed to last for a day of use. Interested purchasers can get the watch in either a black body with a black wristband, or a gold body with a white wristband.
Samsung’s Gear Live smartwatch is a cheaper option at $199, but it’s currently slated to ship on June 8, five days later than LG’s offering. Its design mirrors that of the Galaxy Gear 2, though it doesn’t have all of its sibling’s bells and whistles, like a camera and IR blaster.
At the moment, the Gear Live only comes with a black wristband and a silver face, though Samsung’s other forays into the smartwatch world seem to indicate that the company may expand its selection in the future.
Like the LG, Samsung’s offering has 4 GB of storage and 512 MB of RAM. Its 1.63 inch, 320 x 320 pixel screen is higher resolution than the one on the G Watch, and it weighs slightly less, in part because it only features a 300 mAh battery. (Samsung says that capacity is still enough for a day’s worth of use.)
Android Wear is designed to work with devices running Android 4.3 “Jelly Bean” or higher, and brings a variety of smartphone functions to users’ wrists. People who purchase an Android Wear watch will get access to their phone’s notifications on their writs, and can interact with apps using touch or voice commands.
Those people who prefer a round smartwatch design might be interested in Motorola’s Moto 360, which is slated to launch later this summer.