Google has announced the LG Watch Style and LG Watch Sport, which will be the first smartwatches to have Android Wear 2.0. Designed in collaboration with Google, these LG smartwatches will arrive in the UK in the next couple of weeks.
LG Watch Style
The LG Watch Style has been designed to be thin and will be available in three finishes; titanium, rose gold and silver. Straight out of the box, the LG Watch Style is compatible with the snap-and-swap 18mm silicone and leather bands.
A rotating power button is featured and allows the wearer to scroll through their stream, get help from the Google Assistant or bring up the app launcher.
LG Watch Sport
The LG Watch Sport is the most powerful smartwatch yet and will be available in dark blue or titanium. The smartwatch is fitted into a high-performance elastomer strap and has cellular connectivity for making phone calls.
In-built GPS enables navigation and can be used to track exercise, along with information gathered from the heart rate sensor. There are dedicated buttons for Android Pay and Google Fit, as well as a rotating power button, with which you can launch apps. This LG Watch Sport also supports NFC payments.
Android Wear 2.0
Both smartwatches are powered by Android Wear 2.0 and this brings with it the Google Assistant, making it easier to get things done, hands-free. Say ‘Okay Google’ or hold down the power button and you can check the weather report, reminders, navigate to work or update a shopping list.
With Android Wear 2.0 you can respond to messages using your voice or by typing, handwriting or drawing an emoji. These input methods work with apps like Glide, Facebook Messenger, Hangouts, WhatsApp and Google Messenger. To reply discretely, use Smart Reply with intelligent suggestions of possible responses, based on what was in the message that you are responding to.
Google Fit will allow smartphone owners to track their pace, distance, heart rate (on smartwatches with a heart rate sensor) and calories burned. They can also measure weightlifting reps for squats, sit-ups and push-ups.
There is also more personalisation of the always-on watch faces. You can glance at your wrist to check your schedule, stock prices, fitness goals or whatever else is important to you. You can swipe through watch faces as you move from one place or activity, to the next. This lets wearers see useful and relevant information as they move between work, home, friend’s houses or the gym.