LG G Watch

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 (http://goo.gl/Ie8TB0), 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)

 
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But it's not a 360

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False_Aesop says:

Agreed. I really want that All The Cooks functionality they showed, but I want it round!

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Judging by the groan in the I/O crowd, no one would have bought the LG or Samsung watches had the Moto 360 been released today as well. Google probably made some deal with LG and Samsung to release theirs first.

Why does everyone always think there's a deal going down?

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OK we get it. It is not the 360. Some people still want this. Not everyone is stoked for the 360.

Oh... Did not hear the overwhelming groan from the I/O Crowd? Seems like most are waiting for the 360...

Yeah, I get that. but that does not make this product obsolete. Every I/O post is someone bitching that they haven't heard about the 360 yet. Over it.

Exactly. Some people are round while others have sharp edges.

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ybcthanerd says:

Exactly, I want a smart watch that looks as such not one that looks like a normal watch

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CNET has a quick hands on with the 360 on their YouTube channel.

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ctk4949 says:

Ill get the LG G watch now and then Moto 360 later.

Take my money!!

Zig261 says:

Motorola screws up as usual. By the time the 360 releases. Everyone will already have Samsung or the G Watch.

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tdizzel says:

Sadly this.
I love Moto but they were just stupid with this

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jlczl says:

No. Many of us will wait for the 360.

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Zig261 says:

The public won't. And some will also wait for the iWatch. It's only us Android fans that will wait.

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ultravisitor says:

How do you know this is Motorola's fault and not a Google directive?

Because not everything is a conspiracy.

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codiusprime says:

This is a ridiculous statement, right now they're only available on the play store and as far as I know we haven't heard of any official retail partners yet. These smart watches aren't going to change the world overnight and I'll be surprised if tons of people buy these first gen products.

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vhicke says:

Did anyone see the watch the VP was wearing at the start of the keynote. It was the 360 for sure. It looked a little thick to me.

aitt says:

Just the way I like em. Mmmm thick. Oh wait...

It will go side by side with my Invicta watches.

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itr themes says:

I've been saying this since the first few pics of the 360, and especially after that google hangout gave us a better look. Yes round looks fantastic from the top down, but the view from the side is way too big for my taste. I've got small hands/arms (insert joke here) and really don't want some big tall watch!

SeanFL says:

Any thoughts on the LG vs the Samsung? Anyone seen them side by side other than those standing in line at i/o to pickup their goodies?

kochjm says:

no HRM kills the LG for me

Seriously. You need to know your heart rate on a minute to minute basis?

Do I get the girl running with the watch??? If so.. SOLD!

Retinella says:

The smart watch fad needs to die. They're next to worthless.

Wrong.

imneveral0ne says:

Incorrect.

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It's barely even begun yet. Take off the bifocals, gramps, and give 'em a chance.

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hemiclaus says:

Lol

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sehnsucht says:

Are you the guy who used to say texting would never catch on, or "I don't want a smartphone; I just want something I can make phone calls on"?

flychinook says:

Stop liking what I don't like!

Seriously, just because you find them worthless, doesn't mean everybody else will. Don't like smartwatches? Don't buy one.

Apparently they're worth a few hundred dollars.

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Impulses says:

Price?

Definitely will be a big factor. My guess is $160-$220 area.

$229

bez54 says:

Price please? I want the g watch. I'm not a fan of the round 360 watch. And its named after a Microsoft product. :-)

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cwmont13 says:

LG, Samsung, Moto. All I want to know is which one Dick Tracy would choose? As with any tech device one has to wonder how long-term these 1st generation devices will be viable. How long before the next generation of lighter, more powerful, and thinner watches comes out?

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flychinook says:

While these are the first watches running Android Wear, I would hardly call them 1st generation devices. That honor goes to watches like the Pebble, Sony Smartwatch, MetaWatch, and others. But even if you do insist on calling them 1st gen, who cares? Almost everything in the tech world has a "next generation" version right around the corner at any given time.

Rox598 says:

Releasing in the uk swell??

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ACADM says:

According to the press release, yes, tomorrow.

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fuzzylumpkin says:

We needs pricing!

Anyone else notice under connectivity it says "Bluetooth 4.0" without those two magical letters "LE"? Hopefully just a typo.

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aitt says:

I'm sorry, but I just don't like this watch.

Don't buy it.

Which Play Store countries?

ACADM says:

It's in the press release.

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lindseybp says:

Needs to be $199 like the samsung watch or fail.

littleemp says:

Where's my removable battery and SD Card slot? :P

Ronanyyc says:

Does anyone know when they start selling the watch on play store? I assume this will be in devices.

Ikeman90 says:

What would you do with the 4 GB?

ybcthanerd says:

Apps

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Elsaaliyah says:

No camera on either watches? And can you make phone calls from these watches? The camera not too much of a big deal. But I do like recieving calls thru my gear 2 especially when I'm driving. It's really convenient.

If I remember correctly and my eyes didn't deceive me, Sundar was wearing a 360. Then his sleeve covered it up at one point.

deeb215 says:

Moto's too busy releasing cheap phones. If the Samsung or LG drops to $150 I'm grabbing one.