Both the Samsung Gear Live and LG G Android Wear watches are first generation hardware and software implementations. I don’t have a copy of either. They are about the cost of a dev board so in the grand scheme for a developer it’s not necessarily hard to justify the cost to leap in and get involved.
From the WSJ review by Joanna Stern it feels like as an industry we best roll up our sleeves and get to work optimizing:
Performance wise, the Samsung edged out the LG, which tended to stutter and lag. And for their bulk, both watches’ battery lives should be better. They had to be charged at least once a day in proprietary charging cradles.
Really when you think about it, this is far more than just a wearable problem, we’ve got to evolve mobile devices so a daily charge cycle isn’t the norm.