As expected, LG has officially announced the launch of its Android Wear 2.0-based Watch Sport and Watch Style smartwatches. The LG Watch Sport will be available for $349, which is approximately Rs 23,300, while the Watch Style is priced at $249 (Rs 16,600 approximately) for titanium and silver versions, and $279 (Rs 18,600 approximately) for the rose gold. Also Read - Your Window PC can now run Android appsAlso Read - Microsoft OneDrive update brings photo editing tools and other improvements
The smartwatches will be available for purchase starting February 10 in the US. LG has also announced that customers in the UK, Canada, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan and the UAE will be able to purchase both watches at carriers and retailers sometime next week.
As said earlier, the main highlight of the smartwatches is Google s latest operating system for wearables, Android Wear 2.0. The latest update brings in a slew of new features and improvements. While the previous version depended on your phone, Android Wear 2.0 now has its own app store and independant apps optimized for the wearables. Both Android and iPhone users can use the Android Wear 2.0-based watches to access apps like AccuWeather, Android Pay, Bring!, Foursquare, Google Fit, Google Messenger, Google Play Music, Lifesum, Robinhood, Runkeeper, Runtastic, Strava, Telegram, Uber and more. ALSO READ: LG G6 MWC invite teases near bezel-less display; leaked cases give closer look at design
Another major highlight of Android Wear 2.0 is inclusion of Google Assistant. This feature is available in English and German languages on Android Wear and will be available in other languages in coming months. Other minor changes include a new input method on Android Wear with a small keyboard that works with swiping and also supports smart replies. You can also now personalize Android Wear always-on watch face with content and actions from select apps. ALSO READ: Google Assistant to soon get support for keyboard input, gestures
Google has also revealed which of the smartwatches will be getting Android Wear 2.0 update. The list includes ASUS ZenWatch 2 & 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 & 2nd Edition LTE, Michael Kors Access Smartwatches, Moto 360 2nd Gen, Moto 360 for Women, Moto 360 Sport, New Balance RunIQ, Nixon Mission, Polar M600 and TAG Heuer Connected.
Both LG Watch Sport and Watch Style are compatible with snap-and-swap 18mm leather and silicone bands. The two watches come with a rotating power button that lets you scroll through your stream, bring up the app launcher, or get help from your Google Assistant.
LG Watch Sport specifications
Out of the two smartwatches, the Watch Sport is the higher end model. The smartwatch measures 45.4×51.21×142.mm. It boasts a 1.38-inch circular POLED display. It is powered by 1.1GHz Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor paired with 768MB RAM and comes with 4GB storage of internal storage. Armed with a larger 430mAh battery, the smartwatch comes with an IP68 certification for dust and water resistance rating.
The smartwatch comes with sensors like Accelerometer, gyroscope, PPG (heart rate), barometer and ambient light. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, LTE.
LG Watch Style specifications
The LG Watch Style measures 42.3×126.96.36.199mm. It comes with a 1.20-inch circular POLED display. Under the hood, the smartwatch is powered by 1.1GHz Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor coupled with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of onboard storage. It is powered by a 240mAh battery.
The smartwatch comes with sensors like Accelerometer, gyroscope and ambient light. Do note that this version doesn t come with GPS or heart rate sensor. The smartwatch supports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for connectivity.