Android Wear 2.0 has arrived, ladies and gents. The new smartwatch OS from Google is a reality on LG Watch Sport and rumored to come on Huawei Watch 2. We’re happy to say you won’t be disappointed this time in terms of performance and speed #objectmagic
LG Watch Sport is the living proof that a smartwatch with Android software can be as good as an iOS powered one. Beneath the rounded display with rotating crown button and two quick-launch buttons, you can find sensors for every function imaginable, a 430mAh battery and IP68 water resistance plus dust resistance.
Expect the LG watch to keep tabs on your well-being, location and pressure with a heart-rate sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer, and ambient light sensor, besides the usual GPS, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. Quite a mouthful, right? Plus, Google and LG made sure to score extra points with their fans by bringing aboard a LTE connection. So, now you can leave your smartphone home and still get notifications on your smartwatch.
What can you do with the LG Watch Sport? Well, the side buttons help you quickly launch Google Fit and Android Pay. The interface has been modified so you can download apps easier directly on the smartwatch over WiFi or LTE. Google Assistant is there to answer any question and you can now monitor exercises done indoors, like crunches and squats.
Before you go thinking this is a dream device, let’s talk about drawbacks. LG Watch Sport is pretty chunky at 14.2mm thickness with an understated design. The plastic bands are pretty wide and non-removable (Google says the sensors extend into the bands). You can go for the lighter version, LG Watch Style, although you would have to give up on LTE, NFC, GPS and heart rate sensor along the way.
Both smartwatch models are going to be seen up close at MWC 2017. Until then, the rumored price is $350 for the fitness version and $250 for the standard one.