LG Electronics and Google have come together to unveil the world’s first smartwatches running on Android Wear 2.0 operating system. The two models, LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style will be available in the United States starting February 10th and will be followed by key markets in Europe and Asia via the Google Store and select retail stores later this month.
Both smartwatches are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor with the new Android Wear 2.0, Google’s newest wearable OS. Both watches come with Google Assistant built-in, and the LG Watch Sport supports Android Pay with NFC technology. In addition, these two smart devices provide an improved user interface, enhanced messaging and advanced fitness features with Google Fit.
Android Wear 2.0 brings the Google Assistant to the wrist. Users can reply to a message, set a reminder, or ask for directions by holding the power button or saying “Ok Google”. With Google Fit, users can reach their fitness goals through activities tracking, strength training and coaching. User can also download their favorite apps directly from the on-watch Google Play Store.
The LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style feature circular displays with a rotating side button. Users can turn the button with a finger to read messages or scroll through the app menu and notification. Customizable watch faces allow up to eight complications so users can see important information at glance. Android Wear 2.0 improves the messaging experience on the watch. Users can now handwrite or swipe on a keyboard to respond, or choose a response generated by Smart Reply, powered by Google’s machine learning technology.
LG Watch Sport
The LG Watch Sport as the name suggests is for people who are in to fitness and athletic lifestyles. The new LG Watch Sport is the first Android Wear smartwatch using Snapdragon Wear 2100 to feature 4G LTE connectivity and a range of independent features that makes it virtually phone-free. It can run apps without a phone and features built-in GPS, a useful feature for runners and athletes. And with support for Android Pay2, users can make payments by simply tapping their wrist to the reader.
The device offers a bright 1.38-inch full circle P-OLED display and features a body constructed of 316L grade stainless steel, Gorilla Glass 3 and a durable thermoplastic polyurethane band with a dust and water resistance rating of IP68. The LG Watch Sport features a photoplethsmogram (PPG) sensor to accurately track the wearer’s heart rate during both rest and exercise.
LG Watch Style
The LG Watch Style is a small, slim, and stylish accessory designed for urbanites. The new LG Watch Style comes in three colors: silver, titanium and rose gold. Its interchangeable snap-and-swap bands permit users to customize the watch to suit their mood or wardrobe. And its 10.79mm thick case is slim enough to fit under any sleeve and its IP67 rating gives wearers the peace of mind even in the rain.
Price and additional purchase details will be announced locally at the time of availability.
LG Watch Sport Key Specifications
Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 featuring 4G LTE
Operating System: Android Wear™ 2.0
Display: 1.38-inch P-OLED Display (480 x 480 / 348ppi)
Size: 45.4 x 51.21 x 14.2mm 4
Memory: 4GB eMMC / 768MB LPDDR3
Network: LTE / 3G /Wi-Fi 802.11 b, g, n / Bluetooth 4.2 LE / NFC
Sensors: 6-Axis (Accelerometer / Gyro) / Barometer / PPG / GPS / Ambient Light Sensor
Color: Titanium / Dark Blue
Other: Dust and Water Resistance (IP68) / Speaker / Microphone / Wireless Charging
LG Watch Style Key Specifications
Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100
Operating System: Android Wear™ 2.0
Display: 1.2-inch P-OLED Display (360 x 360 / 299ppi)
Size: 42.3 x 45.7 x 10.79mm
Memory: 4GB eMMC / 512MB LPDDR3
Network: Wi-Fi 802.11 b, g, n / Bluetooth 4.2 LE
Sensors: 6-Axis (Accelerometer / Gyro) / Ambient Light Sensor
Color: Silver / Titanium / Rose Gold
Other: Dust and Water Resistance (IP67) / Microphone / Wireless Charging