Did Samsung steal LG’s thunder at Google I/O 2014? Seems to be the case with the announcement of the Samsung Gear Live Android Wear Watch. The LG G Watch release was announced some time ago and there were no major surprises earlier today at Google I/O. The watch itself is quite a looker and with Android Wear, it would be compatible with all Android 4.3 and above devices that are currently in the market. Samsung’s Gear Live was a surprise though. Samsung had seemed to be going on a separate development path with focus on their Gear 2 devices and the Tizen Operating System but just a couple of weeks before Google I/O, Samsung also released that they would be joining the I/O party.
And from initial reviews, and comments, it seems like the Samsung Gear Live is a close sibling to the LG G Watch with almost identical specifications, except for an AMOLED screen, smaller battery, and an additional feature: the heart rate monitor.
The G Watch’s 1.65-inch display is a bit bigger than the 1.63-incher on the Gear Live, and even then the Gear Live features a higher screen resolution — 320×320 as opposed to 280×280 — and thus a higher pixels-per-inch count. The AMOLED screen might come in handy considering the permanent on feature of the Android wear devices. AMOLED does not consume any power when displaying black pixels.