Google has just wrapped up talking about what's new in Android Wear, but the interesting small note at the end of the talk was that the LG G Watch will be on sale from the Play Store later today along with the just-announced Samsung Gear Live. LG has since provided us with several new pictures of the device in both black and white colors, as well as given up the full spec sheet on the Android Wear device.
The LG G Watch comes loaded with a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, a 1.65-inch 280 x 280 display, 512MB RAM, 4GB of storage and 400mAh battery. Unlike the Samsung Gear Live, the LG G Watch doesn't seem to have any mention of a heart rate monitor. It is IP 67 water and dust-resistant though.
LG EYES MAINSTREAM ADOPTION OF WEARABLES WITH FIRST DEVICE POWERED BY ANDROID WEAR
"Glance-able" Interface of LG G Watch to Appeal to both Consumers and Developers
SEOUL, June 26, 2014 ― With an eye on transforming wearable devices into more than just a conversation piece, LG Electronics (LG) today introduced the highly anticipated LG G Watch (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0k3KLjVUzF4), one of the first devices powered by Android Wear™, Google's new operating system which extends the Android platform to wearables. As a wrist wearable device featuring a button-less design, the G Watch will appeal to a mass audience with its simple minimalist design, quick and "glance-able" access to useful information and seamless connectivity with other Android devices, keeping users connected wherever, whenever.
"As one of the first to market with Android Wear, LG wanted to develop a product that functions as an essential companion device but most importantly, was simple to use," said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of the LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. "We wanted a device that would be simple to learn and so intuitive that users wouldn't even have to think about how to use its features. That's what the LG G Watch is all about."
"Watches powered by Android Wear aim to show you the right information and suggestions you need, right when you need them," said Sundar Pichai, SVP, Android, Chrome & Apps. "It's been great to work with LG on the launch of the G Watch ― especially given its simple, easy-to-use design."
At the core of the LG G Watch is a powerful and energy-efficient Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 400 processor clocking in at 1.2GHz. Paired with a low power consuming Always-On 1.65-inch IPS display with true-to-life color reproduction, the LG G Watch enhances the functionality of Android smartphones by providing quick access to useful information. The Always-On screen makes it easy to tell the time with a quick glance. Connected via Bluetooth, the LG G Watch displays messages, shows who's calling, controls music playback and more without the smartphone ever having to be removed from a pocket or bag.
Integral to the LG G Watch and Android Wear is a simple new user experience designed around cards, which provides useful information when it's needed, and voice recognition which allows one to ask questions and get things done easily. With voice recognition, LG was free to design the LG G Watch without any buttons or keys. Users can send text messages and search for useful information just by saying, "Ok Google". LG and Google worked closely together from the outset to design a truly integrated experience.
The LG G Watch combines form and function in a subtle, minimalist design with an intuitive touch-based user interface. And with an Ingress Protection rating of IP67, the LG G Watch is designed to be protected from dust and water resistant for up to 30 minutes to a depth of one meter. The LG G Watch will be available in two colors ― Black Titan and White Gold ― and is constructed of PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) coated stainless steel with a rugged silicone wristband in matching color. The LG G Watch can be personalized with any standard 22mm strap available in the market.
The LG G Watch will be available for pre-order on the Google Play Store starting June 25 in 12 countries including key markets such as the United States, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, South Korea and Japan. The LG G Watch will also be available soon after at retailers in 27 markets such as Australia, Brazil, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore and Russia. Additional details will be announced locally at the time of availability.
Key Specifications: Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 400 processor Display: 1.65-inch LCD IPS (280 x 280) Memory: 4GB eMMC / 512MB RAM Battery: 400mAh Operating System: Android Wear (compatible with smartphones running Android 4.3 and above) Size: 37.9 x 46.5 x 9.95mm Weight: 63g Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0 Sensors: 9-Axis (Gyro / Accelerometer / Compass) Color: White Gold/ Black Titan Others: Dust and Water Resistant (IP67)