LG Watch Style spotted at a Best Buy

UPDATE: LG's lifestyle-centric smartwatch looks as good as the leaked photos

This is a little unexpected, but LG will debut the first two new smartwatches with Android Wear 2.0.

Google has been closely collaborating with LG on the devices - the LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style set to debut 9 February, and begin selling in the US the very next day.

UPDATE 7/02/2017: GSMArena's gotten its hands on photos of the LG Watch Style in its box, pretty much confirming earlier leaked photos. It looks pretty good and it might be a good option for those who don't need all the bells and whistles the bigger LG Watch Sport has. Because it doesn't have a heart-rate monitor, NFC or 3G/4G or GPS, the watch will probably be much cheaper and more for those who want a smart device but health monitoring isn't a priority.

UPDATE 30/01/2017: Venturebeat's Evan Blass has released clearer images of the new LG Watch Style with previews of the silver and rose gold versions. The silver is seen paired with khaki straps and the rose gold with cream straps in the photos. It is likely though that users will be able to mix and match strap colour.

As far as designs go, the LG Watch Style look pretty good. Whether that will be enough to entice Android Wear buyers? We'll have to see.

[Source: Androidcentral]



Test bed for Android Wear 2.0

The watches will of course be highlighted at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month.

What to expect? The Watch Sport will be 14.2mm thick with a 1.38in 480 x 480 display, 768MB RAM and 4GB flash storage, with a 430mAh battery. For the 10.8mm thick LG Watch Style, it will have a smaller 1.2in 360 x 360 display, 512MB RAM, 4GB of storage and a 240mAh battery. Both watches' display will be circular plastic OLED displays.

Colour-option wise, the Watch Sport will come in titanium and dark blue, while the Watch Style will have titanium, silver, and rose gold options.

The Watch Sport will support 3G, LTE as well as GPS and NFC, while both models will come with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Another interesting feature is that both watches will work with iOS and similar to the Apple Watches, will have a digital crown button for navigation.

Both watches will have water and dust resistance, with the Sport complying to the IP68 standard while the Style is IP67 certified. For heart rate monitoring, the Sport has its own heart rate sensor and supports untethered telephony, using the same phone number as the designated primary phone.

Also expect to see Google Assistant integration as well as handwriting recognition on the touch-sensitive displays.

Other supported smartwatches will also get the Android Wear 2.0 update. For smartwatch updates, follow our news roundup.

[Source: Venturebeat]