LG G Watch coming in 2nd quarter 2014, will utilize Google’s Android Wear platform

March 18, 2014

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    Today is a pretty big day for smartwatch fans. Not only did Google just unveil its Android Wear program with the promise that several Android manufacturers will bring us devices that utilize the platform, LG has now officially announced the G Watch.

    In an official blog post, LG has unveiled that its Android-powered watch will run on the Android Wear platform, bringing us the ability to use Google Now features via the familiar “OK Google” command. Unlike devices like the Gear 2, the LG G Watch will have a wide range of support for various Android handsets. Unfortunately, that’s about all we know about the watch’s features for now, though LG promises to bring us more details in the coming months. 

    The opportunity to work with Google on LG G Watch was the perfect chance for LG to really pull out all stops in both design and engineering.
    Dr. Jong-seok Park
    President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications

    As for when the LG G Watch will be available? Though LG has yet to give us a specific date or pricing details, the upcoming smartwatch is expected to be introduced sometime in the second quarter of this year. To learn more about the Android Wear platform and what it brings to the table, check out our announcement article and/or watch the video below:

    What do you think, excited for the LG G Watch and other Android Wear-based devices? Can Google and its partners finally make smartwatches truly mainstream?

    Comments

    • http://geekinkuwait.blogspot.com/ Abhishek Kumar

      Looks sleek. Hope it is priced well.

    • MasterMuffin

      The real wave of smartwatches is coming and if Google did everything right, maybe this will be an area where Apple never gets very big market share!

      • D’Ander McSullivan

        Sadly, I won’t matter. Apple’s smartwatch will sell like crazy.

      • AbbyZFresh

        Sorry, Apple’s brand name alone will already guarantee over 20 million iWatches sold in the opening weekend.

        • MasterMuffin

          No plz :’/

          • Mur

            Should the iWatch be announced, everybody would (probably unfairly) accuse Apple of copying because they came second.

            • MasterMuffin

              Smartwatches have been around a long time, they’d be like 100th :)

            • Mur

              None of them have been any good though :). And I was mostly referring to the actual OS, which blows the competition away. We can probably expect an iWatch to share many features, hence the inevitable accusations.

            • MasterMuffin

              Well if there’s a golden version, I’ll just cry. Just sayin’

            • Mur

              *shiny*

    • JonDuke19

      That watch looks exactly like my Sony SmartWatch 2…

    • Alex Espinosa

      Can’t wait to see all of the smartwatch options this summer, thought of getting a Sony Smartwatch 2 but good thing I decided to wait. Moto 360 is the best looking smartwatch right now.

    • Mur

      This looks ugly after seeing the moto 360 :P.
      EDIT: Let’s have a minute of silence for all the poor souls that bought a pebble steel/gear 2, because android wear is about to crush them all.

    • http://galaxynote3tips.blogspot.com/ Martens Nkem

      Did LG not see the Gear before designing this watch. It’s fugly.
      Can’t wait til these watches become standalone phone

    • Timmy

      This device is why LG put Knock on its G2 device…and those Windows phones that did it too but no one talks about.

      This may not be as sleek as the Moto 360 but with all day (and beyond) battery life and a decent price point, it could be a success.

      At the moment, I struggle with having a need for such a device that does little else (well) than tell time. And don’t even try to tell me you can text with this because it’s too small and does anyone make phone calls anymore? Voice recognition isn’t reliable yet so we’re back to telling time, a stopwatch and streaming music all of which I have a phone for now. Then again, I didn’t think I needed a smartphone to do all those things and check email or manage a calendar when all I “thought” I needed was something to make phone calls.

      Of course, when our phones have 10K+ PPI displays, take 100+ MP pictures while running 16-core processors on batteries that last all day long, we’ll need something new to play with.

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