According to fresh rumours, Google will soon launch two new smartwatches which are being developed by LG and which will run on Google's upcoming Android Wear 2.0 platform. Named Watch Style and Watch Sport, the two smartwatches will feature circular displays and will be priced from $249 onwards.
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LG Watch Sport and Watch Style run Android Wear 2.0 and are dust and water resistant.
LG have finally confirmed the arrival of the LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style, two new smartwatches which they developed in partnership with Google.
Both smartwatches will release in the United States on 10th February and will roll out in Europe later this month. Because of a series of leaks over the past month, there's very little about the smartwatches that we do not know already but for those who missed out on the news, here are detailed specifications and features of the two smartwatches.
The LG Watch Style arrives with a 1.2-inch P-OLED Display with a resolution of 360x360 pixels and a pixel density of 299ppi. Running Android Wear 2.0 OS, it features Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor, 4GB of internal storage, 512MB of RAM, a 240 mAh battery and an IP67 dust and water resistance rating. The watch will be available in Silver, Titanium and Rose Gold colours.
The larger LG Watch Sport features a 1.38-inch P-OLED Display with a resolution of 480x480 pixels and a pixel density of 348ppi. Compared to the Watch Style, it comes with a larger 438 mAh battery and a larger 768MB RAM. While the Watch Style will be Wi-Fi capable, Watch Sport will arrive in Wi-Fi and LTE variants. Both watches will also be displayed at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona between February 27 and March 2.
Here are detailed specifications of LG Watch Style and LG Watch Sport:
Chipset: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Wear 2100Operating System: Android Wear™ 2.0Display: 1.2-inch P-OLED Display (360 x 360 / 299ppi)Size: 42.3 x 45.7 x 10.79mm Memory: 4GB eMMC / 512MB LPDDR3Battery: 240mAhNetwork: Wi-Fi 802.11 b, g, n / Bluetooth 4.2 LESensors: 6-Axis (Accelerometer / Gyro) / Ambient Light Sensor Colour: Silver / Titanium / Rose GoldOther: Dust and Water Resistance (IP67) / Microphone / Wireless Charging
Chipset: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Wear 2100 featuring 4G LTE Operating System: Android Wear™ 2.0Display: 1.38-inch P-OLED Display (480 x 480 / 348ppi)Size: 45.4 x 51.21 x 14.2mm **Memory: 4GB eMMC / 768MB LPDDR3Battery: 430mAhNetwork: LTE / 3G /Wi-Fi 802.11 b, g, n / Bluetooth 4.2 LE / NFCSensors: 6-Axis (Accelerometer / Gyro) / Barometer / PPG / GPS / Ambient Light Colour: Titanium / Dark BlueOther: Dust and Water Resistance (IP68) / Speaker / Microphone / Wireless Charging
Noted leakster Evan Blass has revealed two detailed renders of the LG Watch Sport which is expected to be unveiled by Google on 9th February along with sister smartwatch LG Watch Style as well as Android Wear 2.0 OS.
I think my work here is finally done. Happy timekeeping, all. pic.twitter.com/WOywzOpUHt— Evan Blass (@evleaks) February 8, 2017
I think my work here is finally done. Happy timekeeping, all. pic.twitter.com/WOywzOpUHt
The leaked renders reveal Titanium and Blue coloured variants of the LG Watch Sport, which is expected to feature a larger display, more storage, more RAM and a larger battery compared to the Watch Style. It is also expected to feature all the bells and whistles that are expected to arrive with Android Wear 2.0. These include a new on-screen keyboard which will let you reply to texts and notifications from chat apps using your voice, saving you the effort of trying to type on your smartwatch. Other enhancements include added permissions for apps requesting personal information and Google Allo-esque smart reply tools.
The smaller LG Watch Style, whose images were leaked earlier, may feature a 1.2-inch AMOLED display, 512MB of RAM and a 240 mAh battery and will be the cheaper of the two. Rumours suggest that Watch Style will be priced at $249 which means that the larger Watch Sport could be a tad pricier compared to its smaller sibling.
Some fresh leaks on Google's LG-made Watch Style and Watch Sport are now available with us, thanks to Droid Life. The website leaked user manuals of the two upcoming smartwatches which make it clear that the smartwatches will not only feature Google's new Android Wear 2.0 OS, but also USB Type-C charging ports as well as rotating crowns.
On the new smartwatches, you will be able to access Google Assistant either by saying 'Ok Google' or by long pressing the power buttons on their sides. The watches will let you make calls, send texts, perform contactless transactions using NFC and change watch faces whenever you please.
The rotating crown in both watches will let users navigate through apps and notifications and also launch new apps. Using the crown, you will be able to access default apps like Google Fit and Android Pay and also control volume levels during calls. For charging the Watch Sport, you will require a charging cradle but the Watch Style can be charged on a flat-lying charging pad.
We have seen a couple of images of the upcoming smartwatches but Evan Blass, who previously revealed that Android Wear 2.0 will launch 9th February, recently leaked some hi-res images of the LG Watch Style, one of the two upcoming smartwatches. Despite the fact that it will be launched by Google, LG Watch Style has an LG logo on its back and will probably arrive in Silver and Rose Gold colour options.
LG Watch Style, in silver (top) and rose gold (bottom) pic.twitter.com/JlHaq35bZ0— Evan Blass (@evleaks) January 28, 2017
LG Watch Style, in silver (top) and rose gold (bottom) pic.twitter.com/JlHaq35bZ0
The Watch Style will also feature a 1.2-inch AMOLED display, 512MB of RAM and a 240 mAh battery and will be the cheaper of the two. The Watch Sport will probably feature a larger display, more storage, more RAM and a larger battery, says 9to5Google. Rumours suggest that Watch Style will be priced at $249 which means that the larger Watch Sport could be a tad pricier compared to its smaller sibling.
The new smartwatches are expected to feature all the bells and whistles that are expected to arrive with Android Wear 2.0. These include a new on-screen keyboard which will let you reply to texts and notifications from chat apps using your voice, saving you the effort of trying to type on your smartwatch. Other enhancements include added permissions for apps requesting personal information and Google Allo-esque smart reply tools.
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These two smartwatches were code-named Swordfish and Angelfish when they got leaked first back in October. At that time, rumours suggested that these two would feature circular displays and LTE connectivity and would launch in the first quarter of 2017. It was also known that there will be three variants, out of which one could be a Wi-Fi only device. As it turns out, there will be only two variants, unless leaksters missed out on the third one.
Google's two smartwatches will be released with Android Wear 2.0 in Q1 2017 [image courtesy of: https://t.co/so8uJyEZCy] pic.twitter.com/ruejqXSNSy— Evan Blass (@evleaks) October 13, 2016
Google's two smartwatches will be released with Android Wear 2.0 in Q1 2017 [image courtesy of: https://t.co/so8uJyEZCy] pic.twitter.com/ruejqXSNSy
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Android Wear 2.0 is expected to evolve with increasing smartwatch capabilities unlike the ones that were launched in 2015. Today's smartwatches feature Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity and some even feature in-built SIMs for internet data in places where Wi-Fi isn't available. Hence, Google is bringing in Pay Store integrations to let Android Wear smartwatches run standalone apps rather than depending on companion smartphones.
"With Play Store for Android Wear, users can browse recommended apps in the home view and search for apps using voice, keyboard, handwriting, and recommended queries, so they can find apps more easily. Users can switch between multiple accounts, be part of alpha and beta tests, and update or uninstall apps in the "My apps" view on their watch, so they can manage apps more easily," said Google when the company introduced Android Wear 2.0 for the first time last year.