LG's two new smartwatches might be the centerpiece of today's Android Wear 2.0 launch, but Google's making sure to spread the love, bringing its long-awaited wearable OS update to a whole slew of existing devices.
If recent leaks and reports turn out to be accurate, Google's Android Wear 2.0, along with LG's latest smartwatches, the LG Watch Sport and the LG Watch Style, should make their official debut later this week.
The LG Watch Style's battery, on the other hand, comes in at 240mAh and has a slightly smaller screen at 1.20-inch.
Android Wear 2.0 was first announced at Google I/O 2016. However, more information will be known next month when it will be on sale for $299 under two years contract.
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An overdue but welcome move sees Google finally offer an on-device Play Store, instead of installing apps via a tethered smartphone. The feature will allow users to make calls and also receive texts without the need to sync with a smartphone. Indeed, it is possible in some models to install apps and use them totally independent of a phone.
That sets up the LG Watch Sport as the new flagship smartwatch from the company, with a built-in gyroscope, accelerometer, cellular connectivity, heart rate sensor, and Global Positioning System sensors to fuel a fitness-focused lifestyle, as well as NFC for Android Pay.
Those with non-LTE watches will still depend on a Wi-Fi connection to download apps but having the phone version of the app will no longer be necessary to run the watch's counterpart.
There's no details on a United Kingdom price or precise launch date yet for either device, but users will be able to check out both new watches at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona later this month.
The Watch Style will be going on sale February 10 at Best Buy and the Google Store for $249, and the Sport will be going on sale at AT&T and Verizon for $349. LG Watch Style appears to have a circular dial with a single push button on the right side of the device.