Google released an Android Wear 2.0 developer preview last May at Google I/O 2016, with the new operating system now supporting standalone apps and keyboard and handwriting input method, featuring a new user interface with material design support, integrating Google Fit & Google Assistant support, and supporting many of the features available in Android 7.0 Nougat like data saver, and emojis. The first two devices running the latest Android Wear 2.0 will be LG Watch Style and Watch Sport smartwatches.
LG Android Wear 2.0 watches specifications can be found in the table below (Source: XDA)
|LG Watch Style||LG Watch Sport (W280A)|
|Display||1.2″ 360×360 P-OLED (Gorilla Glass 3)||1.38″ 480×480 P-OLED (Gorilla Glass 3)|
|Processor||Snapdragon Wear 2100 @ 1.1GHz|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2||Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, LTE, NFC, GPS|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyro sensor||Heart Rate Sensor (PPG), Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Barometer|
|Battery||240 mAh||430 mAh|
|Dimensions||42.3 x 45.7 x 10.79 mm||45.4 x 51.21 x 15.5 mm|
|Straps||Leather, 18mm (User-replaceable)||Fixed (Contains hardware?)|
The watches support Music Streaming with Google Play Music, Android Pay via NFC (Watch Sport only), and Google Fit. A wireless charging dock will be included with the watch as shown in the picture below.
The actual launch will be on February 10, when, if you’re based in the US, you’ll be able to buy LG Watch Style at Best Buy and the Google Store, and the LG Watch Sport at AT&T, Verizon and the Google Store. These watches will be available at carriers and retailers across Canada, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, UAE and UK in the coming weeks. You’ll find a few more details on LG Watch Sport product page. LG Watch Style page is not up yet.
If you already own an Android Wear device, the following models with get updated to Android Wear 2.0:
- ASUS ZenWatch 2 & 3
- Casio Smart Outdoor Watch, Casio PRO TREK Smart
- Fossil Q Founder, Fossil Q Marshal, Fossil Q Wander
- Huawei Watch
- LG G Watch R, LG Watch Urbane & 2nd Edition LTE,
- Michael Kors Access Smartwatches
- Moto 360 2nd Gen, Moto 360 for Women, Moto 360 Sport
- New Balance RunIQ, Nixon Mission, Polar M600 and TAG Heuer Connected.
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