LG was one of the first companies to supply an Android Wear watch, the LG G Watch. The company’s most recently launched smartwatch was the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition, though this was announced over a year ago. Android Wear went through a very quiet time in 2016 as the Android Wear 2.0 update failed to materialise, but now there's rumour of a pair of LG smartwatches to be launching in cahoots with Google. Rumored to be called the LG Watch Sport and Watch Style.
These LG watches have been built with Google, initially being referred to as Nexus watches. The version of the OS for wearable devices will be available to all those who own compatible smartwatches in early February.
Evan Blass, writing on Venturebeat, claims to have seen marketing material for the new devices. His report states that the watches will be called the LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style. Meanwhile, Techno Buffalo claims to have the first picture of the watches, which you can see below.
LG Watch Style
The LG Watch Style leaked image reveals the design in clear detail. This shows a fuss-free and elegant design, firmly focused on the fashion market, carrying a leather strap, which appears to have a quick release mechanism, suggesting easy change straps.
The central button is said to be a digital crown, rather like the Apple Watch. The LG Watch Style is said to be 10.8mm thick, with a 1.2-inch display, and offering an IP67 protection rating.
LG Watch Sport
Watch Sport would have a thickness of 14.2mm, IP68 environmental protection, with display 1.38-inches, and titanium and blue colours. The LG Watch Sport appears to have a rubber strap, being pitched towards a sportier market than the Watch Style. It also features a heart rate sensor, and offers LTE connectivity, NFC and GPS, for a completely independent experience. Although we suspect there will be different versions of it, both cellular and Wi-Fi only, hinted at in an FCC filing.
LG Watch Sport: 1.38in, 480 x 480 pixel display, LTE, GPS, HRM
The LG Watch Sport is said to have a 1.38-inch display with a 480 x 480 pixel resolution, 768MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, and a 430mAh battery. Specs-wise, the LG Watch Sport is the better geared.
LG Watch Style: 1.2in, 360 x 360 pixel display
The LG Watch Style features a smaller 1.2-inch OLED display that supports 360×360 pixels resolution, 512MB of RAM, 4GB internal memory, and a 240mAh battery.
LG Watch Sport and Watch Style come with deep Google Assistant integration, but the former also features heart rate sensor and “unthetered telephony with the same phone number as a user’s primary handset." Both smartwatches come with iOS compatibility and multiple connectivity options including Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
Android Wear 2.0. Android Wear 2.0 was shown off at Google I/O in May 2016, but then seemed to vanish. Customisation is fairly rare on Android Wear, basically extending to a watch face or two and not a lot more. But we can expect a full run of refreshes to come with Android Wear 2.0 come launch date.
Release date and price
The announcement of these two watches is thought to be 9 February, as they should appear alongside the wider availability of Android Wear 2.0. We don't know if they will be available internationally, but early rumours have suggested a price of $249 for the LG Watch Style. The LG Watch Sport is expected to cost $349.