Google to release first Android smartwatch in UK on July 4

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LG G Watch to be released first, with the Samsung Gear Live following three days later, both of which are now available to pre-order from Google Play 

The first smartwatches running the Android Wear operating system will go on sale in the UK from July 4.

The LG G Watch will be released first, with the Samsung Gear Live following on July 7. The latter will subsequently go on sale at Samsung Retail Stores.

Both are currently available to pre-order from Google Play. The G Watch costs £159 and the Gear Live £169. The are compatible with any device running Android 4.3 or higher.

Android Wear is the mobile OS developed for smartwatches, designed to use the Google Now personal assistant to push information from the smartphone to a user’s wrist.

The G Watch (pictured main) sports a 1.65-inch LCD screen, which features an ‘Always-On function designed to make it easier to tell the time with a quick glance. It is 9.95mm thick and weighs 63g. It will come in black and gold.

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The Gear Live (pictured right) has a 1.63-inch Super AMOLED screen, which Samsung said offers increased colour and screen clarity. It is thinner and lighter than the G Watch at 8.9mm and 59g respectively, and will be available in black and red.

Both are powered by a 1.2GHz processor with 512MB of RAM and 4G of internal memory. They meet IP67 standards, designed to be protected from dust as well as water for up to 30 minutes and a depth of one metre.

They also come preloaded with a number of Google services, such as Google Now, Google Voice, Google Maps and Navigation and Gmail, as well as the “OK Google” voice recognition service, which people can use to search for information and send text messages.

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