We've suspected for some time that Google I/O is going to be Android Wear's big coming out party, and the G Watch will probably be the guest of honor. It'll probably be the last time the G Watch takes center stage before the Moto 360 arrives on the scene, but there are a trio of interesting G Watch rumors floating around today.


The alleged specs of the device have been leaked on Twitter in the form of (probably) manual pages. The documents list a Qualcomm APQ8026 processor in the G Watch along with Bluetooth 4.0 and a 400mAh battery. Standby time with the touch sensor, pedometer, light sensor, and tilt sensor on is listed at 36 hours. If that interests you, get ready for I/O, because there's yet another rumor that Google will be handing out the G Watch to attendees this year. The Moto 360 will apparently make an appearance, but it won't be ready for general consumption.

We don't yet know when you'll be able to buy the G Watch (aside from the I/O giveaways on eBay), but it shouldn't be too long after they hand them out to thousands of people at I/O. A separate rumor from Modaco says the UK release will be July 7th and it will retail for £169.99, which is about $285. That could mean the Moto 360 price is a bit higher than expected. At least we're getting close. Not long to wait now.

[Modaco, @upleaks, Android Authority – Thanks, Tony]

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  • sciwizam

    " it will retail for £169.99, which is about $285. "

    Straight conversions...*shakes head*

    • Badouken

      So expecting it to be like $250 US retail then? Maybe $200 if we are lucky!?

      • Aaron Berlin

        As a point of comparison, a 16GB Nexus 5 is 275£ on Amazon.co.uk and $350 in the US. That's about £0.8:$1.0, so it looks like about $200 would be a decent bet.

      • http://www.steveedson.co.uk Steve Edson

        We usually get scammed out of things like this in the UK, wouldn't surprise me at all if it was $200.

        • Dean Politis

          Don't UK prices include VAT? U.S. prices never include sales tax because they vary by state (and sometimes city).

      • Laurentiu

        Computation is simple.
        £169 x 1.2 ≈ 199 euro

        As in Europe in these price VAT is included, in US this watch will be $199.

        * 1.2 is the parity (conversion rate) between GBP and EUR

        • Badouken

          Cool tell that to AP then so they can add it to the article :P

    • Armando Rodriguez

      It will retail below that price (Samsung Gear 2 Neo price), not AT that price.

  • Kevin

    36 hour battery? That's not encouraging :-/

    • Joe Coppola

      not at all. Hopefully the moto uses some of that extra space it seems to have for a larger battery, I charge my pebble every 7 days and would hate it everyday

      • Kevin

        Agreed. Moto was also making a fuss in some interview about all the battery saving techniques they learned on previous devices.

      • ReyMaxwin

        That giant Moto 360 may be a prototype, as Joshua Topolsky was cought wearing one that was average sized.

        • Daniel Grabowski

          Perhaps the prototype one was worn by someone with a really small arm?

          **MIND BLOWN**

        • ddpacino

          Topolsky is also 6'4, btw. Looked like the same watch we've all seen to me.

    • Michael

      Off topic but since Switching my Galaxy Gear 1 to tizen I have way better battery specs. 3 days in and still at 29 percent.

      • Gabriel Hellsing

        Only 3 days? My Galaxy Gear is still on Android, and i can squeeze almost a full week out of it. And that's despite having to use an app to handle notifications, rather than Gear Manager (Non-TW Note 3, yay.)

        Might've got something to do with the fact that i'm running a kernel that unlocks both cores and sets the max clock to 1.2GHz.

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          • Akshay Mehta

            Your buddy's step sister must be fun at parties then. I bet you aren't but

    • SpiderDice

      That's really shit actually. My fenix 2 has "stand by" of 54 hours.

      • hellerox

        Fenix 2 isn't exactly a smartwatch, it is a "multisport watch".

    • Robert Alex Kibler

      I definitely would prefer longer battery life, but as long as it makes it through an entire day, it's not a dealbreaker for me. I don't think I could handle wearing a watch to bed, so I would most likely be charging it every night anyway.

      • Kevin

        I suppose that would just put it on the same charging cycle as my phone, which makes sense since it won't do much without a phone to talk to. It still creates extra hassle, though, and an extra charging wire to deal with. I'd feel better if I knew it could last closer to a full two or three days.

  • SpiderDice

    We better get more than that watch.

    • Crispin Swickard

      Probably a watch, and probably a Nexus 8 if that ends up happening, or an N5.

  • james fuston

    36 hours with sensors on, on standby? Didn't they say the screen would be "always on?"

    Edit: They did. http://www.androidpolice.com/2014/04/22/details-of-lgs-g-watch-surface-will-come-in-two-colors-and-be-dustwater-resistant/

    • nxtiak

      I think by standby they mean, it's not doing anything, as in not receiving notifications, not navigating you, etc.

  • Laurentiu

    "it will retail for £169.99, which is about $285. That could mean the Moto 360 price is a bit higher than expected."

    In this price there are taxes like VAT which is betweet 15-25%...
    So, in US should be much cheaper - I would expect to be $199 and in other European countries will be 199 euro (which is about £169).

  • Shadab

    AP just cannot resist mentioning moto 360 all over the article

  • Matthew Fry

    You thought Motorola 360 was a reference to the circular design but it's a reference to the price.

  • hp420

    "PC sync - no" "PC synchronization - yes"

    so what....only if it's not abbreviated? android wear only understands full, un-abbreviated words???

  • black

    I will pay good money to anyone who can get their hands on a G watch for me. Email me at inyourdreams at gmail dot com.

  • Steve Freeman

    Maybe it's just me, but I still don't get the appeal of smartwatches. If you really can't be bothered to take your phone out of your pocket/holster to see who's calling, there's a problem.

    Can someone please explain what makes smartwatches important to them? Seriously, I would love to know, because I can't see it.

    • Kevin

      It's not just phone calls. My smartphone buzzes all day long with emails, facebook updates, texts, updates from games, etc. Also, pulling out your phone in a social or professional situation is disruptive and rude; glancing at your watch is far more subtle.