Google Has Launched Android Wear 2.0 Along With Two LG Watches
To mark the announcement of Android Wear 2.0’s public release, Google has teamed up with LG to produce the first two smartwatches powered by the new wearable operating system. Known as the Watch Sport and Watch Style, these watches are hitting the market in the next couple of days to kick start consumer interest in smartwatches once again.
The newly-outed LG Watch Sport and Watch Style will be the first two devices to run Android Wear 2.0, although Google is promising the update will be rolling out to all supported smartwatches “in the coming weeks.”
LG Watch Sport
The LG Watch Sport is the higher-spec of the two smartwatches with Google touting it as ‘Android Wear’s most powerful watch,’ and as the device’s name suggests, it caters to fitness-type people with its integrated heart rate sensor, IP68 water resistance and built-in GPS.
The Watch Sport, which measures in at 14mm thick, also packs a 1.38in 480 x 480 display, 4GB of storage, and 768MB of RAM, 4G support and an ‘all-day’ battery life, according to LG. The Sport model has the added benefit of including a 3G and 4G LTE data modem for internet connectivity on the move without the aid of a paired handset. Importantly, both LG Watch Sport and Style come with NFC connectivity. And can therefore be used with Android Pay for mobile payments at NFC compliant terminals in supported countries.
LG Watch Style
The LG Watch Style is smaller than the Sport at just 11mm-thick and comes with 18mm swappable bands. A 1.2in 360 x 360 display and a ‘rotating power button’, similar to digital crown found on the Apple Watch.
The Style is 11mm thick with a 1.2-inch, 360 x 360 display, 4GB of storage, and 512MB of RAM. And it is IP67 water resistant. Both watches pack a new Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor, and both the watches charge by sitting in wireless cradles.
These watches run on the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor, and both watches charge by sitting in wireless cradles.
Both the models will be shown off at MWC and prices will be announced locally at the time of availability.