LG, Google create first Android Wear 2.0 watches
The LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style feature circular displays with a rotating side button for easy and convenient navigation
LG Electronics and Google have jointly launched the first smartwatch to come preloaded with Android Wear 2.0 operating system.
The LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style are powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor and run on Google's wearable OS, Android Wear 2.0. Both designs are embedded with the Google Assistant, enhanced messaging and advanced fitness features, however the LG Watch Sport features NFC technology with Android Pay.
With Google Assistant, users can reply to a message, set a reminder or ask for directions by using the power button or saying ‘Ok Google'. Plus, with Google Fit users can track their fitness with strength training and coaching and also set fitness goals. The LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style feature circular displays with a rotating side button for easy and convenient navigation. Users can turn the button with a finger to read messages or scroll through the app menu and notification.
The LG Watch Sport is ideal for those who enjoy athletic lifestyles, as it includes a photoplethsmogram (PPG) sensor to accurately track the wearer's heart rate during both rest and exercise. Plus it 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.
Despite being small and slim, the LG Watch Style offers convenience in an attractive design and three striking colors: silver, titanium and rose gold. 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.
David Singleton, vice president of Android Engineering, Google, said: "Android Wear 2.0 focuses on making smartwatch experiences better and faster - including watch faces that bring glanceable data, fast and fluid messaging, and a new fitness experience that helps you track workouts and stay motivated with music.
"We have enjoyed working closely with LG Electronics to craft a deeply integrated hardware and software experience taking full advantage of the new features of Android Wear 2.0 with these new flagship watches."
LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style begin their global rollout in the United States starting February and will be followed by key markets in Europe and Asia via the Google Store and select retail stores later this month.