14
Mar
Google-Smartwatch

It's a foregone conclusion at this point that Google is getting into the wearables game with a smart watch sometime this year. The specifics for the device are still somewhat hazy, but now we have an idea what the specs might be thanks to noted leaker of things, @evleaks.

According to @evleaks, the device is being made by LG and will have a 1.65-inch LCD running a resolution of 280x280. That works out to about 240 pixels per inch. The watch will also pack 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage.

One component that is still up in the air is the processor, which will probably be whatever LG can get in bulk cheaply when the time comes (or came?) to manufacture the watch. You don't need a huge amount of power to run a smart watch, after all. Artem posted some similar information recently (based on documents from last year), but that spec list had 1GB of RAM. Screen sizes are the same, though. Hopefully we'll find out soon how accurate this information is.

[Thanks, Piyush]

Ryan Whitwam
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  • https://plus.google.com/u/0/108482452903817442299/posts Andrew Bone

    Is the picture just a generic smartwatch?

    • Chris

      Yes

  • remister

    I am looking forward to this. I wonder what UI elements Google is going to implement into the watch. Hopefully for a 150$ pricepoint.

    • Simon Belmont

      Haha. Instant buy from me if it's in that price range.

      I've been waiting for a Google/Nexus watch and hopefully the time has come. Can't wait.

  • Thomas’

    Fun fact: the resolution on this watch is too small to get a Google Play certification by Google.

    • http://google.com/+derekross Derek Ross

      Currently.

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/108482452903817442299/posts Andrew Bone

      Well I would guess it would have a interface like google glass (which also doesn't have the play store)

    • Alex

      You mean I won't get Play Store on my watch? See the tears in my eyes? :)

      That is quite interesting, but I very much doubt they'll be pushing standard Android apps to run on the watch, even if it's technically capable of it. It will probably be something more like Glass, with a custom interface, probably most of the work taking place on the phone.

    • Dennis Ulijn

      I don't see them even WANTING wearable devices to have a play store. Phones/Tablets should be the devices where the programs run, and wearables will be purely extra input/output (screen, sensors, cameras, audio) for your devices. Kind of like Chromecast is an external output (video and audio) for your phone/tablet.

      • sdny8

        then why the wearables sdk

        • Dennis Ulijn

          To communicate with the 'master' device. Simple example: You'd need to have a sensor, for instance a accelerometer, a simple CPU to interpret the sensor's output and reconfigure it to what the master device expects, then a chip to send it wirelessly (probably Bluetooth LE).

    • TriAxeS

      Perhaps they will merge the Glass and Watch App Stores, and name it Wass'app Store

  • kekkojoker90

    why lcd? An oled or amoled would be great for a smartwatch (ips user on smartphone!)

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/108482452903817442299/posts Andrew Bone

      Price

    • AOSPrevails

      oled/amoled could have visibility problems in sunlight due to low brightness.

      • Wayne Moyer

        As the owner of a Sony Smartwatch one the OLED screen is pretty but it does get washed out in glare.

  • AOSPrevails

    Honest the only hardware I care on this watch is if the acclerometer is good enough to count steps + whether there will be a heart rate sensor.

  • Aaron Berlin

    Happy for leaks, but it's hard to get exercised about specs when we don't actually know what kind of horsepower it will take to make this thing run without hiccups. I'm a little saddened by the square screen - I was hoping for something crazy!

    • Alex

      Yeah, a round screen would look cool, but probably more difficult to source the parts cheaply. More hassle for developers to work with too.

      • Aaron Berlin

        Sure. While I don't plan on getting one, I thought the long, rectangular screen of the Gear Fit was interesting. These are new devices and there's no reason they should be shaped like the watches of yesteryear - our phones certainly aren't. Function should drive form.

        • Alex

          The problem with the long screen of the Gear Fit is that the shape of it (when held in front of you on your wrist) is very tall and narrow, unless you have the screen on the underside of your wrist, where it's more comfortable to view it horizontally. Something wider is more practical for "top of wrist" use and "top of wrist" is likely more practical for a watch to be worn all day, where you may be resting your wrists on tables, etc.

  • youareme7

    this "LCD" better be the transflective type that's still visible without the backlight and shown all the time. smartwatches blank the screen after a few seconds because of battery and backlight are stupid. The WIMM One has a screen like that and it was made a few years ago and could still last about a day. Hopefully the google acquisition of WIMM will allow LG to do the same with hopefully multiple days use.

  • Robwiki

    All that really matters here is battery life- that's where the Pebble destroy's every other wearable to date. I charge mine for one hour once every 7-10 days.

    I can't speak for all users, but I use my watch for quick updates and decide if I need to pull my phone out or step out of the office to take/make a call/text/email. With that in mind, I still haven't figured out why I would need a full color HD display, touch controls, or any of the other features of the Galaxy Gear line.

    Anything I would need to do that required touch controls or prolonged use, I want a larger screen.

    • Ray

      Since when did the gear line have a HD display?

      • Robwiki

        Better? My point is I still haven't been sold on having a more capable display on my wrist than something that just quickly and efficiently gives me information.

        • Ray

          My gear last 2 days and I have everything in black and white to save battery. I don't think it's a big deal to charge it every few days especially when it takes less then a hr to charge.

          • dextersgenius

            It's not that it's a big deal to charge the watch itself, the problem is its *yet another* device that we have to bother with charging on a regular basis. Personally I have to regularly charge my phone, tablet, laptop, bluetooth, camera and battery packs. I seriously don't want to add another device to that list, unless it has a battery life of a week or more.

          • Philip Worthington

            As I said above, my SW2 gets a week on charge. When it runs out, I charge it in my car during my hour commute in the morning, then it's ready for another week.

    • Philip Worthington

      I get about the same battery life from my Sony SW2, no problem charging it every week, sometimes more. I turn it off at night though, so maybe that's why?

  • Arthur Dent

    No HDMI? FAIL.

  • Brad

    inb4 "no sd card?"

  • vinnyjr

    like the new gear 2 better.

  • frafri

    What are some features that you would like to see on a google smart watch?
    I would like the possibility to turn it into a e-ink screen whenever needed.

  • ins0mn1a

    1.65" w/ 280x280 pixels doesn't give 170ppi. you are dividing side pixel count with a diagonal length.
    correct calculation:
    diagonal pixel count = sqrt(2 x 280^2) = 396.
    pixel density = 396 / 1.65 = 240ppi

    • TomC

      Beat me to it.

  • Landon Zachary Tetreault

    Google is already in the wearables space...

  • http://twitter.com/anishbhalerao Anish Bhalerao

    Say, why does it need 4 GB ROM to just pull notifications, and/or display some emails and shit from the phone? Can't 1 GB ROM do that well?

    Oh wait! This is probably that syndrome wherein people are never satisfied with the amount of internal storage a device has!

    • Patrik Carlsson

      Standalone music player?

      • http://twitter.com/anishbhalerao Anish Bhalerao

        Yeah, because phone's music player just died.

        • Patrik Carlsson

          More internal storage for music. The point is, your user behavior is not representative for the average user behavior, mine either. Assuming everyone wants the same thing out of technology is a mistake.

  • black

    Hopefully this watch will run the next version of Android, optimized for smart watches and other similar crapware.