Android Wear no longer limited to Bluetooth and WiFi; cellular support on board

by: Edgar CervantesNovember 12, 2015


Android Wear works amazingly as a secondary device, but these wearables have never been self-sufficient enough. It’s the main reason why options like the Samsung Gear S and Omate TrueSmart were so enticing to some of you; these things can run on their own. But with the release of the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE, Google takes things to another level.

This happens to be the first of a new breed of Android Wear products that will need no connection to WiFi or Bluetooth. Just leave your phone at home, because Android Wear can now handle cellular connectivity, which allows it to use data, as well as sending or receiving both calls and texts. Of course, these is aside from all the usual Android Wear features.

Mainly, the Search Giant wants you to know LG’s option won’t be the only one coming.

LG Watch Urbane 2 2nd Edition Hands On -4

Google doesn’t have much else to say about the topic, but this is actually pretty huge news. It’s something we have been begging for, as taking your phone everywhere is not always convenient. I would love to go on my crazy adventures without having to worry about taking my phone with me, for example. But there are better advantages to this new feature than my silly weekend craze.

Workout clothes happen to be quite limited in terms of pockets and storage. Imagine being able to leave to the gym or take your morning jog without carrying around a bulky phone? These are only a couple scenarios – the point here is that we are really looking forward to seeing these new cellular-connected Android Wear smartwatches taking off. Are you thinking of buying one?

  • GiL_01

    Looking forward, but price will tell.

    • A.i. Wintermute

      $299 from ATT, $499 from Verizon OFF CONTRACT. $199 from ATT on contract, $449 from Verizon. What a surprise Verizon charging more than double for the same thing. A-HOLES!

  • Assembly Language

    I think these Android SmartWatches will start flying off the shelves now. This feature is amazing.

  • Gareth Hailes

    Does it have GPS? When first announced it was reported to have GPS but I can find no mention of it on the LG website.

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  • jpswain

    Yes, GPS is one of many features available on the new smart watches. The Samsung Gear 2s 3g will also have GPS.

    • n900mixalot

      The Gear S had GPS and 3G what, last year?!!! And Android fan boys laughed and talked so much ish their teeth still have corn in them. Suddenly it’s a good thing?!

      • WestSiide

        Yea. Because those vocal few that didn’t want or need those features represents the entire Android community.

  • A.i. Wintermute

    I will definitely be replacing my current URBANE with one of these. My only complaint is that I want the Verizon one and they seem to be ripping their customers off with a $200 premium ABOVE ATT’s watch.

  • WestSiide

    I guess it’s a cool feature to have, but not necessarily a must have. Has everyone become so dependent on their phone that they have this need or urge to be connected somehow every minute they’re awake?

    It’ll be ok to put the phone down and enjoy some activities that doesn’t involve a cellular connection. Sheesh.

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  • Gro Berg

    I think it’s what smartwatches need to break through.. Being a gadget geek, I must have one of course..