LG is reportedly building the next iteration of its connected watches. The company has now received certification for its two different smartwatch models by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The two smartwatches are listed with model number W270 and W280. The second model is further listed with two variants carrying model numbers W280A and W280V, suggesting that these will be carrier specific models for AT&T and Verizon, respectively.
Based on the listing, the smartwatches will continue with a round dial design as seen on the predecessors. It further reveals that one of the models — W280 — will have wireless charging capabilities and multi-band LTE connectivity support. The feature isn t new as LG has introduced the LTE-compatible LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition way back in 2015. According to a report on Android Headlines, while LG did not release any new model in 2016, the company will launch multiple smartwatches this year.
While there have been scarce details about LG s plans in the wearable segment, the company has reportedly applied for trademarks on a range of names for its purported line of smartwatches. These include monikers such as Watch Style, Watch Pro, Watch Force, and Watch Sole. Also Read: Google confirms Android Wear 2.0 release early next month
In terms of design, it is rumored that the upcoming LG smartwatches will boast a stainless steel build and come with IP67 rating. The certification for water and dust resistance would make the smartwatch waterproof up to 1 meter of water for 30 minutes. It is further speculated that at the heart of the new LG smartwatches will be Snapdragon Wear chipsets, but concrete details about the processor type and speeds are scant as of now. Some reports suggest that the smartwatch could make use of Qualcomm s Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor, which claims to offer up to 25 percent better battery efficiency than the older Snapdragon 400. The chipset also supports 3G and 4G connectivity, which falls in line with FCC certification that indicates the new LG smartwatch comes with network support.
Although LG has used both Android Wear and WebOS for its line of smartwatches, it is expected that for this year s lineup it will stick to the more widely used Android Wear version 2.0. Google s popular smartwatch operating system is reportedly set to mark its debut in Q1, 2017 and it is expected that other than LG, Samsung, HTC, and Motorola, Google could also release its set of self-branded Pixel smartwatches.
Besides improvements and new features, Android Wear 2.0 will bring a dedicated Play Store for smartwatch apps. Just like the regular Android Play Store, the Android Wear Play Store will allow users to browse through apps in the home view and search for apps using voice, keyboard, handwriting, and recommended queries, to facilitate app finding. With a standalone store for smartwatch apps, Google is also ensuring that users can opt for smartwatch-only apps, and don t necessarily require to download the same app on the smartphone.