Following Google’s unveiling of its Android Wear platform, Motorola quickly announced its own contribution to the project in the form of the Moto 360 smartwatch. We didn’t have to wait long for another electronics manufacturer to join in the fun. The second company to confirm the release of wearable device powered by Android Wear OS in the near future is LG. The Korean company has just made official the LG G Watch running Google’s new Android Wear software.
LG G Watch powered by Android Wear OS
Unlike the Moto 360 which will bring a completely new design to the table, the LG G Watch will feature more traditional rectangular form. Judging by the photo, the device appears to be made of plastic with shiny face and matte sides. The profile seems to be quite slim, though the looks can be deceiving, especially since we can’t compare the watch to any other object to get the feel of its dimensions.
All the information we have at the moment includes the LG G Watch’s press render and a promise that the watch will be available in the second quarter of 2014. It means that the watch will be available earlier than the Moto 360 which is slated for launch some time in summer.
To disappointment of wearable enthusiasts, LG didn’t reveal any details regarding the specs. We do know, however, that the G Watch will run Google’s Android Wear software, which means that it will make use of a number of Google-specific abilities such as Google Now and the “OK Google” feature. LG also promises that the watch will be compatible with many different Android smartphones, not like the Galaxy Gear which can be paired only with Samsung devices.
LG wants to make the G Watch friendly to developers (“low barrier to entry” were the exact words the company used) and users. That said, we can probably expect the watch to launch at a pretty competitive price point.
The LG G Watch is not the only device that came to being as a result of close cooperation between LG and Google. Both companies worked together in the past on two smartphones (Nexus 4 and Nexus 5) and the LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition tablet. According to Dr. Jong-seok Park, CEO of LG’s Mobile Communications division, working with Google on the G Watch allowed LG to take important steps in terms of design and engineering.