Android Wear watches in Google Play

Google dropped a bit of a bomb on us all at Google I/O today by announcing that the LG G Watch would go on sale in Google Play today, then doubled up on that by announcing the Samsung Gear Live and also making it available today.

The LG G Watch comes in at $229 and is shipping July 3rd (though LG said July 7th previously), while the Samsung Gear Live comes in at just $199 and ships July 8th. Interestingly, in the UK the G Watch is the cheaper of the two at £159 (shipping July 4th), with the Gear Live coming in at £169 (shipping July 8th).

If you need a little more information to help you make your buying decision, be sure to check out our initial hands-on time with both the G Watch and Gear Live.


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LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live now available in Google Play


The LG one is cheaper than the samsung one here in the UK

EDIT: ah i see it mentions's really weird!!

For me it's showing the LG as leaving warehouse by July 3rd, and July 8th for the Gear Live. I'm in Canada FWIW.

EDIT: Nevermind, the original post has been updated to reflect the same.

JULY 87TH!?!

Haha seriously though UK pricing is odd, but less than I expected for both.

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I went with the black LG G watch.

Ordered it, 1 day shipping which means i'll get it on the 7th? Why couldn't they released it on the 2nd so it wouldn't coincide with the holiday? or will UPS deliver on the 4th?

Well that blows the Gear Live only works with Samsung phones. I was hoping simce it was on Google Play that Google would have stopped that nonsense.

Where the hell did u read that? It clearly says compatible with Android 4.3 and up. Doesn't say anything about Samsung phones.

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It says the following: "The Samsung Gear Live is compatible with all Samsung phones running Android 4.3, Jelly Bean™ or higher....". That really sucks if it is the case.

It is not the case. It mentions Samsung phones but it is more what it doesnt say which is that it is NOT compatible with other phones.

Wear is compatible with all phones 4.3 and up.

This is cut and paste right from the play store purchase screen

" Android Wear extends the Android platform to wearables. The Samsung Gear Live is compatible with all phones running Android 4.3, Jelly Bean™ or higher, and all of your favourite Android apps will display notifications on the Samsung Gear Live"

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What's more, I visited the compatibility checker site and my N4 is (obviously ) compatible.

Wonder if trolling or just legitimately wrong.

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It should work with other phones too. Check the bottom of the page. I went with G Watch for the bigger battery.

Smartphones running Android 4.3 or higher (check compatibility at

Will walk into best buy on the 7th. will walk out with a Gear Wear and skip the shipping fee! will use saved money to buy a new watchband...

I wanted to go the same but according to my local Best Buy, they aren't even loaded into their inventory system. Even their website still says "coming soon". Bbbeessstttt Bbbuuuyyyy!!!!

Anyone else see that the Gear description page says it only works for Samsung phones running Android 4.3 jelly bean or higher? So according to the Play Store it only works with Samsung phones....

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Are you sure you're not reading "smartphone" as "Samsung phone"? cause on the play store it says smartphones...

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It's under the "Bringing Android to wearables" section. I'm aware it says differently at the bottom of the page but I just want to make sure it will work with my HTC One before I purchase.

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They WANT you to pair it with a samsung phone, they are not REQUIRING you to use a samsung phone.

Nothing absolutely killed me today so I guess that I am going to end up waiting until later in the year. Not waiting for anything particular, just to see where it all goes.

I'm tempted. Was waiting for the 360 after the early renders. Now seeing the thickness and the band/flaw at the screen bottom, one of these may be the better call.

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Ordered the G watch. Believe it will be better for me in my work environment. But I'm still getting the moto 360 when it comes out.

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Just ordered the Gear Live as well. Dimensions are a bit smaller and it is also lighter vs the LG G. I have a small wrist and also like something light so this is perfect.

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Not bad prices, still personally don't need own. Out of the 2 I do think the gear looks better but still nothing touches the 360 though I do wonder what that little black cutoff point is on the display.

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So the LG one is priced almost the same as the US after VAT in the UK, whilst the Samsung one want a £29 (circa $49) premium over US prices. That rules the Samsung one out for me, although I would have bought it in preference as a stop gap until the 360 arrives. Sick of companies trying to extract huge extra margins out of me because of where I live.

And I just passed my return date for my gear 2 guess I'll keep it and see how the wear turns out and if anything I'll sell it on swappa

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Ordered the gear live. I prefer the look over the LG G Watch as Gear live's body tapers into the strap nicely.

This would've been so useful to have now, I'm in Japan currently and it's getting tedious whipping out the phone constantly for navigation purposes, especially when its raining.