GOOGLE HAS LAUNCHED Android Wear 2.0 along with two LG watches: the LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style.
We knew Android Wear 2.0 was coming, with Google last month warning devs to ready their apps to support impending update, which is the first to the Google Play store. This means that users will be able to browse, search and download apps, including paid titles and beta tests, directly to a smartwatch instead of queuing them up on a phone.
This also means that iPhone users will be able to install Android apps directly on the smartwatches without requiring an Android phone.
Android Wear 2.0 also brings with it Google Assistant support, teeny-tiny fiddly onscreen keyboard, Smart Reply support, a full Material Design overhaul to Google's smartwatch platform and improved fitness-tracking sensors.
The newly-outed LG Watch Sport and Watch Style will be the first two devices to run Android Wear 2.0, although Google is promising that the update will be rolling out to all supported smartwatches "in the coming weeks."
The LG Watch Sport is the higher-spec of the two smartwatches with Google touting it as "Android Wear's most powerful watch," and as the device's name suggests, it caters to fitness-type people with its integrated heart rate sensor, built-in GPS and IP68 water resistance.
The Watch Sport, which measures in at 14mm thick, also packs a 1.38in 480x480 display, 768MB of RAM, and 4GB of storage, 4G support and an "all-day" battery life, according to LG.
The LG Watch Style is smaller than the Sport at just 11mm-thick and comes with 18mm swappable bands, a 1.2in 360x360 display and a "rotating power button", similar to the digital crown found on the Apple Watch.
The Style is 11mm thick with a 1.2-inch, 360-by-360 display, 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of storage, and it's IP67 water resistant. Both watches pack a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor, and both watches charge by sitting in wireless cradles.
Both watches run on the new Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor, and both watches charge by sitting in wireless cradles.
The duo of LG smartwatches will launch in the UK later this year, but no pricing or availability details have yet been announced. µ
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