After Google made a shock announcement about the new wearables operating system, Android Wear, LG put its hand right up to show off the LG G Watch. It then sat back down and didn’t really mention much else apart from the fact the device would run on Android Wear and provided a quick snapshot.
Now LG has shared a load more details to tech site Pocket-lint, which was lucky enough to get a hands-on with a non-working prototype. That means there’s no real details on features but we do know a load more about the final design of the watch.
The images included here come from Pocketlint’s hands-on with the smartwatch. Below is a snap showing the LG G Watch next to Samsung's Gear 2.
Pocket-lint explains, “As the original mock-up pictures, already revealed by LG suggested, there will be no buttons on the device at all. The design offered a solid, seamless build that wasn’t heavy but certainly felt premium.”
It also revealed there will be interchangeable straps available for the smartwatch. LG wouldn’t unveil anymore hardware details but said those would be coming in the next few months.
The publication also revealed the accessory will be available before July in the UK and it will cost around £180. Not exactly cheap but we’ll have to see what features are included before we can judge if it’s worth it.
Sony previously revealed it would not be using the Android Wear OS for its own upcoming smartwatch.
LG G Watch First To Use Android Wear
LG has announced it will be the first manufacturer to release a smartwatch using the Android WearOS. The LG G Watch will be announced properly in the second quarter of this year.
We've now got a photo from LG themselves through Twitter. It's quite similar looking to Samsung's Galaxy Gear range. Here's what it looks like.
A spokesperson for LG said, “The LG G Watch powered by Android Wear will present a low barrier to entry for developers and offer the best Google experience for users. LG engineers worked closely with Google from the initial stages of development to ensure that the LG G Watch worked perfectly with Android Wear.”
— LG Electronics UK (@LGUK) March 24, 2014
The LG G Watch will be the fourth device LG has collaborated with Google on after the Nexus 4, Nexus 5 and LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition.
Not much else is known about the LG G Watch just yet. It’s also not certain LG will be launching the G Watch in the UK, but we at KYM think it will arrive, wearables are a competitive market in the UK.
“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,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics.
“With the LG G Watch, LG is continuing the milestones we’ve set in wearables following in the footsteps of the world’s first 3G Touch Watch Phone in 2009 and the Prada Link in 2008. We’re confident that a well-designed device has the potential to take the smart wearable market by storm.”