Google Play Delays Shipment of LG G Watch Pre-Orders in India

It looks like the folks in India who’ve pre-ordered the LG G Watch in India are in for a disappointment. We all know that the Android Wear devices on Google Play are currently showing up as out of stock. This also apparently affects  people who’ve pre-ordered the watches earlier.

For those who’ve pre-ordered, the status of the order in the Google Play shows up as “Dispatched from warehouse by 8 July”. This doesn’t mean that the devices are on their way. Clicking through to the order information page will show that the the order still doesn’t show a tracking number. This means that the devices are still not on the way to your wrists.

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A quick email to Google Play support asking about the order status confirms the delay. Here’s what they say:

As per the update from the product team, Google Play is currently holding your order until we have the inventory ready to fulfill the entire order. This is because we’re currently experiencing high order volumes for the LG G watch and we’re out of stock. When the shipper ships your order, you’ll receive a shipping confirmation email along with the tracking number. Therefore, I’d request you to wait till the order is shipped. Unfortunately, I am unable to provide you with the exact date of shipment.

As the support email states, they have no information about when the devices will actually get shipped out to your homes. I’m sure the folks who’ve dropped a chunk of change on the device are eagerly waiting for the device to ship out. All we can do is wait till the logistics issues are sorted out.

Have you placed your order for the LG G Watch on Google Play? Let us know when you get any updates on the shipping status by commenting below.

Email from Google Play Support Confirming Delays in Shipment
Email from Google Play Support Confirming Delays in Shipment

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’s Android Wear Features and Device Availability

Google made an initial announcement about their Android Wear platform a couple of months back. Well today, they’ve sent a lot more information about the platform our way.

Google Wear Features

Wear will support square and round screens, and will have low power always-on screens which will transform to a full color display when your hand is raised. These devices will have a selection of watch faces which you can select and use – I’m sure we’ll be able to download more watch faces to customize the watch once developers start churning them out.

Google Wear also pulls notifications from the phone and displays it on the watch screen. The UI for these are in line with the Material Design which was also announced today with Android L. You should be able to swipe up and down through notifications and swipe them off screen to dismiss them. What’s great is that dismissing a notification on the watch also dismisses them on your phone. You can also reject calls from the Google Wear Watch with pre-canned messages.

Wear devices will also be able to respond to voice commands to search, set reminders and more. The Google Wear devices come with sensors for activity tracking for your favorite health and activity tracking apps to tap into.

Yet another feature of Google Wear devices is the ability to navigate through Android TV interfaces straight from the watch using swipe gestures. While there are no Android TV devices on sale yet, they’re expected towards the end of the year.

Google Wear Devices

LG G Watch Powered by Android Wear
The LG G watch will come with a 400mAH battery, and like the two other devices announced today, will be dust and waterproof. Not much details have come out regarding the Samsung Gear Live, but it looks like it’ll be a similar spec device like the Samsung Gear 2. The only difference being that the Gear Live should be able to pair with most Android phones (running 4.3 and above), unlike the Gear 2 which works only with a handful of Samsung phones.

The LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live should go on sale on Google Play Store in the next few hours. The much awaited Moto 360, unfortunately, won’t go on sale today. The wait for this drool worthy device will continue for the next two months.