Dick Tracy, your time may have come at last.

July 03, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
ARM has done a bit of prying – in a literal tear-down sense – to highlight what its licensees have been doing with its technology... in this case, the newest smart watches from Samsung and LG. Those being; the Samsung Gear Live (above) and the LG G Watch.

ARM has done a bit of prying – in a literal tear-down sense – to highlight what its licensees have been doing with its technology... in this case, the newest smart watches from Samsung and LG. Those being; the Samsung Gear Live (above) and the LG G Watch .

You can read ARM's teardown of both products here, revealing how the two companies have squeezed an Android UI into the wristwatch format. Admittedly, a chunky wristwatch, but according to several reviews (Google will provide) they have the edge over previous attempts in that they do actually work, relaying typical smartphone services for those not inhibited by being seen to speak into their wristwatch.

Each operates as a “remote” screen to your (Android) smartphone, via Bluetooth LE; each uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 as its processor, which hosts an ARM Cortex-A7 core. They are reported as having about 500 MB of RAM and 4 GB of local storage, and they come with an array of sensors to do “smart watch stuff” - MEMS gyros, accelerometers etc.

Of the two, and for the purposes of a teardown, ARM’s David Maidment reports it was easier to get inside the LG product as its case is closed with four micro star-head screws. He doesn’t say how he got into the Samsung product but concludes somewhat ominously that, “ I am not sure we are going to be able to put these devices back together.”