LG readies smart watches using updated Android Wear - Mobile World Live

LG readies smart watches using updated Android Wear

18 JAN 2017

LG Electronics is likely to offer smart watches powered by the latest version of Android Wear when it becomes available next month, according to reports.

Two new products – Watch Sport and Watch Style – will be introduced alongside the anticipated platform update, which is scheduled to take place in early February.

According to VentureBeat, notable features of the LG smart watches include Google Assistant integration.

Watch Style is a less well specified device, with a circular 1.2-inch 360×360 pixel display, 512MB of RAM and 240mAh battery. Watch Sport features a larger 1.38-inch 480×480 screen, 768MB of RAM and a 430mAh battery.

Both include 4GB of storage, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. They also feature a “digital crown”, enabling navigation in a similar way to Apple’s Watch.

The Sport model also includes 3G and LTE mobile connectivity, GPS and NFC – the last of which enables Android Pay compatibility.

The Android Wear market remained somewhat stagnant in recent months, as vendors shied away from launching new products against a backdrop of lukewarm market demand for older smart watches.


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