LG smartwatch to be powered by Google's new Android Wear platform
By Stu Robarts
March 18, 2014
LG has announced the G Watch, one of the first smartwatches to be powered by Google's new Android Wear operating system. The news was released as part of a coordinated launch by Google and its partners on Tuesday. The G Watch continues LG's foray into the wearables market following the Lifeband Touch.
The G Watch is the latest in a line of devices that LG has developed with Google, following the Nexus 4, Nexus 5 and the LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition. LG says it will be compatible with a range of Android phones, and will present users with information from their phone and its apps. Users will also be able to interact with the G Watch using the "OK Google" command.
Information about the device is limited, but LG Mobile Communications president and CEO, Dr. Jong-seok Park, promises that the company has taken the opportunity to "pull out all stops in both design and engineering."
As a lead partner for Android Wear, one can expect that the G Watch will show off as much of the potential functionality as possible. Google is touting the ability for Wear users to receive timely and relevant information, answers to questions asked via the "OK Google" functionality, health and fitness monitoring and the ability to access and control other devices.
According to LG, additional details about the G Watch will be released later this year, but it is expected to be launched by the second quarter of 2014.