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Last Updated: September 17th, 2014

The first two Android Wear devices have just gone live in the Play Store. You can get your pre-order in today and Google will ship them your way as soon as they're in stock. The G Watch is selling for $229 and the Gear Live will be a little cheaper at $199.

2014-06-25 18_07_50-LG G Watch (Black Titan) - Devices on Google Play

As with all Google pre-orders, you won't be charged until the device ships. The LG G Watch is listed as shipping by July 3rd, but the Gear Live isn't expected until July 8th. There is only one style for the Gear Live (black and silver), but the G Watch comes in either black or white gold.

2014-06-25 18_08_23-Samsung Gear Live (Black) - Devices on Google Play

You'll also have to pay tax and shipping on both, so make sure to figure that in. Both devices will be available from other sources, but Google Play is the only place you can get your order in today.

[LG G Watch, Samsung Gear live]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • CyberPunk

    Just bought the LG G watch to be shipped July 3rd.

    • MindFever

      Ordered the black one. On July 6th the store will dispatch it to me,so they say.
      Samsung can keep their crummy heart rate monitor I'm going with LG !

  • Alex

    LG watch costs £159.99 (plus mandatory £9.99 shipping), while the Samsung watch costs £169.99 (plus the same mandatory £9.99 shipping) in the UK. (Also, shipping of LG is from the 4th, while Samsung is from the 7th here).

    Not really sure how they managed that, but I'm pretty happy since I was waiting to go for the LG if it was actually available here and under £200. Needless to say, got my order in already. :)

    • James

      I went with the Gear Live. Despite psyching myself up for the LG (better battery life). I guess the fact that I reckon it looks nicer as a watch, plus has a heart rate monitor (which may or may not prove useful) brought me to my decision. Even though it is more expensive than the LG in the UK (unlike the US where the Samsung is cheaper). A das battery life will be ok with me, as I charge my Nexus 5 every night anyway, and I never wear my watch in bed.

  • Kevin Turcotte

    I can't decide on which one to pick so I might just end up waiting for the Moto 360.

  • Peter

    Also live in Australia. LG G Watch is available for purchase for AU$249, the Samsung Gear Live states 'coming soon' at AU$250.

    • Ray

      I can see that too.

      I'm leaning towards the Samsung Gear but I'm concerned about just how long "Coming Soon" really means.

      • Peter

        Don't forget there is a 15 day return policy (minus postage i think) on the Aus Play Store... so you could try the LG one for a couple weeks

    • Mike Reid

      Canada:

      LG: $249 and July 3 ship.
      Sam: $219.99 and July 8 ship.

      Given that some Nexus's were available in stores before pre-orders arrived, and given Moto 360 and lots of details to come, I'm waiting... impatiently. ;)

  • BAM1789

    I'll be waiting to see if ATT runs a deal with the G3 and G watch.

  • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

    I went with the LG. It ships sooner and probably has better battery life.

    • remister

      Over the July 4th weekend. Hopefully right on that Thursday!

    • yahyoh

      and how do u know if LG has better battery life ? o.O

      and IMO Gear live looks better

      • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

        400 mAh versus 300 mAh, and early leaks said 36 hours of battery life, versus what Samsung is calling "about a day."

        But again, I used the word "probably" for a reason.

        • yahyoh

          sorry but its has the same specs as the gear 2 which has battery life for 2 - 3 days for typical usage and 5 - 6 days for light usage and so if its only gets 1 day on Android wear then its sucks in terms of battery management

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            I don't know what point you're trying to make here. Was our discussion about the power efficiency of Android Wear, or was it about which of the two watches is likely to get better battery life? I'm going by the companies' stated numbers.

            Also, Android Wear, by design, has an always-on screen setup, which the Gear 2 doesn't have. That alone accounts for the difference. But that still has nothing to do with our discussion.

          • utopianh

            Unless its an always on screen while the gear fit is not.

        • Paul

          Right but the Samsung uses OLED which uses less power. I think the battery life will be comparable. And the resolution and other specs puts the Samsung ahead.

      • remister

        Gear looks better, but that why you wait and get the Moto360 when it comes out. :)

    • Peter Barnett

      I got the Live. Looks to be like it fits better on the wrist.

      Hey, to each their own! Can't blame you for wanting the G Watch!

      • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

        Yep, they both look pretty solid. And honestly, for me, they're both holding as a patience placeholder for the 360. ;)

        • Peter Barnett

          Ah personally I've let go of the 360. Seems to be too thick, and it has the "not-complete" facing front due to that black strip which looks weird.

          Of course, by the time I see it come out, my opinion will probably have done a complete flip. Despite that strip, it's still straight up the sexiest watch out there.

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            The people with hands-on time seem to be raving, including about the weight and feel. The strip is odd, but I think it's still damn sexy despite it.

            But maybe I'll be happy enough with my G that I won't care. I'm safe either way.

          • Peter Barnett

            Indeed. We'll talk when the 360 arrives ;) till then, enjoy the G Watch! Peace!

          • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

            That black strip has me bummed. It's like dead pixels. Has Google / Motorola ever provided any explanation why it is like that?

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            Yep. That's the connector, essentially. We still don't have the tech to do a 100% round screen. Somewhere along an edge we need a flat portion to connect everything and drive the display. In a larger device with bezels it might be hidable, but since the entire border of the screen is the same shape with the same tiny bezel, they had to block off a visible section.

      • chokkan

        You guys should do some kind of colaborative review via Hangouts :)

    • Daniel Rodriguez

      Sweet, just picked mine up too, black model. And just like you, tiding me over til' the Mot 360 comes out. Like I told my friends: watch my Twitter feed for a really good deal on a gently used LG Gwatch by end of summer. >.>

    • TY

      And always on screen! The gear live apparently isn't always on.

      • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

        That's in doubt. Their Play Store description suggests it is, actually. It just has different stages of what it displays. Still, hard to decipher.

    • PhilNelwyn

      Does the LG watch have a cardiometer?

      • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

        No, but I decided I didn't care enough. It's not part of the Android Wear standard, so will likely be underused, and it's pretty basic as is anyway. It doesn't monitor you, just responds to "OK Google, what's my heart rate?" and tells you at that moment. From what I understand from my fitness friends, that's not that useful. Might as well use the app on my phone.

    • Aiden Richardson

      Really? I find that surprising to be honest, I think the Gear Live looks better and has a slightly better display ( http://versus.com/en/samsung-gear-live-vs-lg-g-watch ). I think AMOLED might give it better battery life than the G Watch.

      Either way I will hold off until the Moto 360, hope you enjoy the G Watch until then!

      • http://halljake.com Jake Hall

        but the Live's battery is 25% smaller than the G Watch's. AMOLED will definitely help make up that difference, but that hurts when you're talking about batteries this small.

      • vgergo

        I think AMOLED is not an advantage in this case. Amoled is more efficient on black pixels, but all of the screenshots we've seen are generally light or even white! I don't fully understand the always on concept, but if it means always on without backlight, then the LG is in clear advantage, because the LCD technology makes it possible to see something on a reflective but unlit screen, but the amoled has to really be on constantly...

  • Calvin Uijlen

    Nothing yet on Google Play in The Netherlands.

    • Thomas

      It isn't launching in all territories, had to order mine through a friend in Germany :/

  • aevynn

    Eh. too square for my tastes #moto360

  • remister

    LG Watch club here. Battery Life > Heart Beat Sensor.

    • Fabian Pineda

      I hate that it didn't have a HRM. I really need to get one due to recently being diagnosed with high blood pressure. In light of that, I'll take the Live.

      Wish the G had it :(

      • simp1istic

        I've not heard one good thing about Gear HRMs before. Be wary.

        • Fabian Pineda

          I dunno. I had bought a Gear Fit for my dad because he suffers from it too and it served its purpose well enough. It's not mine so I wouldn't know if it works all the time as it should but at least it's worked everytime I have seen it. Thanks for the advice!

          • remister

            Well you have that refund window, to see if it really fits your needs.

          • Andrew

            There are apps where you can check your HR with your phone. I have one and it works well. U have Azumio Instant Heart Rate Pro. It uses the LED and camera. I guess depending on how far apart your LED and Camera Lens is will effect your results. Mine seem fine on my Note II.

        • Smartss

          I have the Gear 2 Neo. It works fine depending upon how tight you wear it and the placement on your arm.

  • Fabian Pineda

    The Live seems to be the one with the heart rate monitor. So I'll go with that.

  • duke69111

    Does the lg watch feature a heart rate monitor?

    • yahyoh

      nope

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    • http://www.thepixelpuse.com/ Aj Meadows

      Good find! It looks really cool.

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    • Aiden Richardson

      Great place to put the speakers, exactly where both your hands will go on either side..!

      Good find though!

      • Matthew Skalecki

        Keep in mind that a 8.9" 3:2 tablet is pretty tall even in landscape mode. It's roughly the same as a Nexus 10 in that regard right down to the speaker placement. As an owner of a Nexus 10, I consider it a non-issue, because it's very natural to hold the bezels on their lower third.

  • jr

    I got the LG. Ships 7/3. WooHOO!

    • http://halljake.com Jake Hall

      Leaves warehouse 7/3. Ships 7/7 unless the shipping company messes up.

      • jr

        Don't rain on my parade, bro. :)

        • http://halljake.com Jake Hall

          I was just as excited when I saw that 7/3 date, believe me.

          • jr

            Scheduled Delivery Updated To:Tuesday, 07/08/2014, By End of Day
            It shipped 7/3

  • justacommentator

    PlayStore Spain seems to sell them at the same price, 199€

  • Tony Byatt

    Are the bands on either watch interchangeable??

    • Peter Barnett

      I got the Live. Looks to be like it fits better on the wrist.

      Hey, to each their own! Can't blame you for wanting the G Watch!

      • Tony Byatt

        So does that mean the bands can be changed out??

        • alexcue

          On the G Watch, it has standard band interchangability. Any standard band should work.

          • Tony Byatt

            Cool...Thanks...

  • Confused

    The Gear Live page says "The Samsung Gear Live is compatible with all Samsung phones running Android 4.3, Jelly Bean™ or higher"
    Is that just a bad phrasing or is a Samsung phone required?

    • Peter Barnett

      I'm not sure. At the bottom of the page under requirements, it simply says any phone running Android 4.3+. So it contradicts itself.

    • Fabian Pineda

      Maybe it's an error or something. Or an assertion for Samsung phone customers. It even has a compatibility check page link that details just 4.3+

      http://www.android.com/wear/check/

    • Richard

      I think bad phrasing.
      At least it didn't say compatible with ONLY Samsung phones.

  • Frederico Silva

    Country availability page just got updated - https://support.google.com/googleplay/answer/2462844?hl=en

  • Matt Sokolinski

    Adequate pricing in UK £159 for g watch

  • Steve Secor

    As a chronic "early adopter" I'm torn. I've been waiting impatiently since Google announced Android Wear, but the Moto 360 looks to be the best out of this bunch. Problem is, nobody knows when it will launch or what the price will be.

    I don't want to get burned with a $400 price tag and late August availability...

    • PhilNelwyn

      Buy one of these and resell it when the 360 launches.

  • http://www.mscha.nl/ Michael Schaap

    Correction: they are live in the Play Store in the US. You know there's a whole world outside, right?

  • nxtiak

    I ordered the LG G Watch. Chose next day shipping.
    It ships July 3, so obviously not going to get it July 4th, then the weekend so hopefully Monday. Order date: Jun 25, 2014 4:07:42 PM

  • http://danielbrierton.ie Daniel Brierton

    Why does tomorrow have to be pay day? I caved and bought the G Watch, despite telling myself I wouldn't.

    • http://www.thepixelpuse.com/ Aj Meadows

      Haha! Same.

    • Andrés

      I've been really trying to stay away from these in order to buy a Garmin Tactix but I'm geting the feel that once the Moto 360 is out I'll end up buying one.

  • http://friskychatter.com/ _jsw_

    I went with the G, although the higher resolution and OLED (which I think will negate a lot of the battery advantage) of the Samsung was very tempting (I'm still debating switching). I just personally dislike (slightly) the Samsung style, whereas the G is not unlike the Pebble I've worn for over a year.

  • DJRiful

    Black Titan? GTX Titan Black...

  • cmbeid

    I bought the Samsung Gear Live. I like the look and larger battery of the LG watch, but I really like the heart rate monitor feature.

  • Daniel

    In Germany both watches cost exactly the same. 199€ with tax included. So it's even harder to decide which one to buy 😓

  • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

    I really wanna take it for a spin but don't wanna be an "early adopter". Glass explorers aren't so happy now. (w.r.t. hardware refresh)

  • Umang Kedia

    It's other way round in India. G watch at Rs 14999 and Samsung Gear at Rs 15999

  • jeet_swami

    In India G watch is listed cheaper than Galaxy Live

  • Steven Clarke

    Its strange that the LG is more expensive in the US at $230 vs the gears $200. But in the UK the LG is cheaper at £160 vs the gears £170. That means the LG has a $ to pound conversion of 1.438 and the gear is at 1.176, compared to the current exchange rate of 1.7. Guessing Samsung is just trying to screw with the UK people

  • Javelin

    $250 dollars for both devices in Australia plus you cant even order the galaxy live. What a flop Australian seem to pay premium for everything these days... Will wait for 360 which hopefully with the design they have will be a more justified purchase.

  • Guest

    So in Germany you gonna go with the G Watch for 199€!

  • Felix Matthies

    So in Germany the G Watch costs the same like Gear Live: 199€!

    • Felix Matthies

      Screenshot

  • Heimrik

    Im not much into wearable tech but some of these smartwatches have me intrigued. However, I still have my sights set on the Moto 360...

  • Paul

    The samsung is not only $30 cheaper, it has superior specs. Truthfully unless you have something personal against Samsung I don't know why you'd go with the LG over the Samsung. Better price, better specs.

  • Paul

    Question. Will the Samsung or LG only work with Samsung or LG phones? Like how the Galaxy Gear only worked with Note 2/S3/S4/Note3 ? Or is it 'generic' now and it'll pair with any Android phone (running the right version of Android that is)?

  • Narciso

    Gear Live looks nicer and hotter tha the LG slab haha (Also it is cheaper!!!)

  • Kevin

    Bit off topic, but does anybody known the dimensions of the Moto 360? Not the screen size, but the literal watch. I read somewhere that it has a 46mm diameter, but I haven't been able to confirm. That would put it on the larger side on men's watches, but not excessively so. What about the case thickness? The band width?

  • WHO?

    So the big question can I voice to text social networks google+ Facebook twitter etc? Hope so as if not .....we already have so called smart watches in every major store.