After a few leaks, Google and LG’s smartwatch collaboration was finally announced. Together they have revealed the first two watches that will be running Android Wear 2.0, the Watch Style and Watch Sport.
To give you a better overview about the new update, Google released this video.
LG Watch Style
The Watch Style is the cheaper watch of the two and is only 10.2mm thin and is pretty bare-bones compared to the Watch Sport. You’ll find the usual bluetooth, Wi-Fi, a digital crown, ambient light sensor (which is built-in to the display, so no flat tire here), swappable MODE bands. It is being powered by the Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor with 512MB of RAM.
The display is 1.2-inches and is P-OLED and a resolution of 360×360 and the Watch Style will be running Android 2.0 with the Google Assistant. The actual body of the Watch Style is made from stainless steel and plastic. You’ll also find 4GB of internal storage, a 240mAh battery with support for wireless charging. It is also IP67 rated water resistance.
The Watch Style will come in three colours, Silver, Titanium and Rose Gold and will retail for $249 USD ($279 USD for rose gold) and it will go on sale in the US on February 10th.
LG Watch Sport
The Watch Sport is much more packed with features. It has Wi-Fi, barometer, speaker, LTE, GPS, NFC, Heart Rate, ambient light sensor (which is built-in to the display, so no flat tire here) and two buttons in addition to the digital crown. The Sport has a 1.38-inch P-OLED display with a resolution of 480×480. It has the same Snapdragon 2100 processor but it has slightly more RAM at 768MB.
Just like the Style, the Sport will also be running Android Wear 2.0 with the Google Assistant.
The Sport still has 4GB of RAM and the battery is 430mAh with wireless charging. The watch is made completely from stainless steel as compared to the Style’s plastic feel. The Sport is IP68 rated water resistance.
The Watch Sport will come in two colours, Titanium and Dark Blue (the latter of which is exclusive to the Google Store) and will retail for $349 USD and be available starting on February 10th.
Both watches will be available in Canada, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, UAE and the UK in the next couple of weeks but Google didn’t provide any international pricing.
In addition to the new LG watches, Google also revealed some details about Android Wear 2.0 and which watches will be getting the update.
Android Wear 2.0
With the new update, you’ll be able to completely customize your watchface, from things like information and actions from your favourite apps. You can do things like checking your next meeting, stock prices, fitness goal progress or you can even set it to so a one tap to order an Uber.
There will also be more fitness integration, you’ll be able to do workouts without needing your phone. Also in the 2.0 update, you’ll be able to download new apps via the Google Play Store that’s available on the watch itself. So that should make it easier to use an iPhone with a watch with Android Wear 2.0.
Android Pay is also coming with Android Wear 2.0 and there is more ways to respond to messages. You can respond via voice, typing or using handwrite recognition.
The Google Assistant is also coming in the new update and you’ll be able to ask things without pulling out your phone.
Android Wear 2.0 will be rolling out over the next few weeks. Here’s a list of all the watches that will be getting the update.
- ASUS ZenWatch 2
- ASUS ZenWatch 3
- Casio Smart Outdoor Watch
- Casio PRO TREK Smart
- Fossil Q Founder
- Fossil Q Marshal
- Fossil Q Wander
- Huawei Watch
- LG G Watch R
- LG Watch Urbane
- LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE
- Michael Kors Access Smartwatches (Dylan and Bradshaw)
- Moto 360 2nd Gen
- Moto 360 for Women
- Moto 360 Sport
- New Balance RunIQ
- Nixon Mission
- Polar M600
- Tag Heuer Connected