Android Wear LG G Watch Goes on Sale in Indian Play Store

In a surprise move, just hours after Google announced the Android Wear devices at the Google IO keynote yesterday, the devices show up on the Indian Editon of Google Play. This is surprising since Google Play devices in the past took a few months after the international launches to hit the Indian market.

Let’s take a closer look at these Android Wearables.

LG G Watch

Android Wear LG G Watch
LG G Watch is currently up for preorder and is priced at Rs. 14,999. Orders start shipping on the 8th of July.

Here are the quick specs of this Android Wear device:

  • Screen: 1.65” 280 x 280 IPS LCD Display
  • Dimensions: 37.9 x 46.5 x 9.95mm weighing in at 63 grams
  • Processor: 1.2 GHz
  • Memory: 4GB Internal Storage with 512 MB RAM
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope
  • Connectors: USB (pogo pin) on G Watch, Micro USB on Charging Cradle
  • Battery: 400mAh – which should last a day.
  • LG G Watch is IP67 water and dust resistant.

The Android Wear smart watches require you to have another Android phone which is 4.3 or up to pair with. If you want to see if your phone is compatible, hit this URL in your mobile browser – g.co/WearCheck

The only downsides I see is that you’ll have to charge the watch everyday, and it uses a proprietary Charging Cradle. Lose it and you’ve got a dead watch till you get a replacement.

LG G Watch on Play Store

Samsung Gear Live

Android Wear - Samsung Gear Live
Samsung’s Gear Live Watch is not yet up for sale, but the listing shows the price at Rs. 15,999 and that it’s coming soon.

Here’s what the specs of the Samsung Gear Live looks like:

  • Screen: 1.63” 320 x 320 SuperAMOLED (278 ppi)
  • Dimensions: 37.9 x 56.4 x 8.9mm weighing in at 59 grams
  • Processor: 1.2 GHz
  • Memory: 4GB internal storage with 512 MB RAM
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope and Heart rate monitor
  • Connectors: USB (pogo pin) with Charging Dock
  • Battery: 300 mAh

Gear Live features a slightly smaller (though higher resolution) screen but has a smaller battery than the LG G Watch. There’s also a Heart Rate Monitor in this which should be useful for fitness tracking enthusiasts.

Samsung Gear Live on Play Store

Google Play Movies lands in India – Buy and Rent Videos on Android

Google Play comes to India

A month after Google Books came to India, Google Play’s Movies has finally reached our shores. Now you can buy or rent movies straight from your Android Phone or tablet. I wouldn’t go start downloading as yet.

2013-03-28 23.39.07Google’s India Movie store currently features both English and Hindi movies, though mostly English movies are featured in the various sections with a few Hindi movies sprinkled here and there. You can search for Hindi movies though.

The prices are also not uniform, you can rent movies from around Rs. 60-80 upwards, and buy them from 150 bucks onwards. Popular  movies can also go to around Rs. 650 for the HD version of the movie. OK. the pricing is way too much for my linking anyway. But if you compare these prices to iTunes’s India pricing, they seem quite comparable with a few rupees off here or there.

Another thing is not all the movies are available for rent. You can either stream the videos or download them to an Android device for offline viewing. There are a few caveats to this service. If you buy a movie, you can download it to a max of five devices, rented movies can only be accessed on one device.

In my opinion, Google (and Apple as well) should take a look at the pricing of their movies if they are looking at mass adoption, at least in the metro areas here. I’m not sure how many people would really end up paying 650 bucks or more for a HD version of the movie.

Head over and check out the service on your device or online at Google Play Movies.