Google and LG unveil LG Watch Style and LG Watch Sport, with Android Wear 2.0

Rapid Susan
Posted on February 09, 2017, 9:10 am
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Google has teamed up with LG in to produce the first devices powered by Android Wear 2.0: the LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style.

Both watches are cut from 316L stainless steel, and have resistance from the elements (IP68 for the Sport, IP67 for the Style). They have Gorilla Glass 3-covered circular P-OLED displays with ambient brightness sensors (even without a “flat tire”), as well as new Snapdragon Wear 2100 processors and rotating crowns for a new form of input. Beyond those shared basics, they couldn’t be more different.

The LG Watch Sport picks up where the last-gen Android Wear watches left off. With a 1.38-inch display it’s large and full of features, including LTE, GPS, NFC for Android Pay, a PPG heart rate sensor and a large 430 mAh battery to handle the extra workload. Of course that all has to fit somewhere, and the Watch Sport is over 14 mm thick, with a case size of 45.4 x 51.2 mm and integrated straps to hold necessary radios. You can choose between a deep silver case with a dark grey band, or a dark blue case with a black band (exclusive to the Google Store).

Meanwhile, the LG Watch Style, which is the most compact Android Wear watch to date, has a smaller 1.2-inch display and a 10.8 mm thick case that is finely sculpted to fit on even small wrists. Of course that means it has a smaller battery, 240 mAh, as well as a lack of a heart rate sensor, GPS, NFC, LTE and the two extra side buttons. It comes in three colors — silver, titanium and rose gold — with genuine leather straps, which can also be swapped out for any 18 mm strap of your choosing.

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Aside from the handful of hardware-dependent features, both watches run the same new software: Android Wear 2.0. The latest revision includes a redesign watch face design that integrates complications from apps, a fresh take on notifications that are easier to act on, and standalone apps that can do even more without the need for a connection. Android Wear 2.0 also introduces Google Assistant on your wrist, and new methods of input like gesture typing and emoji drawing.

Both watches will go on sale starting Friday, February 10, through a variety of retail channels. The simpler and sleeker LG Watch Style comes in at just $249 and will be available from Best Buy and the Google Store. The powerful LG Watch Sport will set you back $349 at the Google Store, AT&T and Verizon — data plans, which are not required, will run $5-10 per month from the carriers.

Internationally, the LG Watch Sport and Watch Style will come to various carriers and retailers across Canada, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, UAE and the UK in the coming weeks.

LG Watch Style Specs

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Software Android Wear 2.0
Display 1.2-inch 360×360 P-OLED
Gorilla Glass 3
Processor Snapdragon Wear 2100 1.1GHz
Memory 512MB
Storage 4GB
Battery 240 mAh
Wireless charging
Connectivity Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Resistance IP67
Straps Italian genuine leather
User-replaceable 18 mm
Dimensions 42.3 x 45.7 x 10.79 mm
Colors Silver, Titanium, Rose Gold
Price $249


LG Watch Sport Specs

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Software Android Wear 2.0
Display 1.38-inch 480×480 P-OLED
Gorilla Glass 3
Processor Snapdragon Wear 2100 1.1GHz
Memory 768MB
Storage 4GB
Battery 430 mAh
Wireless charging
Connectivity LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC
Accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer
PPG heart rate sensor
Resistance IP68
Straps TPU
Dimensions 45.4 x 51.21 x 14.2 mm
Colors Titanium, Dark Blue (Google Store only)
Price $349

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