Google’s Android Wear 2.0 has finally made its way to the markets after a long wait. It features a standalone Android Play Support and bring on-watch Google Play Store with an integration of Google Assistant. The tech giant has partnered with LG and brings two all new watch segments for the users with an enhanced Android experience, LG Watch Style and the LG Watch Sport, running on the Android Wear 2.0.
Made by LG, the $349 Sport and $249 Style will take on Apple with Android Wear 2.0, and the software is expected to be available on other watches within weeks as well. The new software has an improved interface, including a new Google Maps app, and can also double as a Android Pay credit card.
The new LG Style smartwatch sports a 1.2-inch display, and is fabricated with a basic set of features, and supports interchangeable straps and runs on a 240mAh battery, 1.1GHz Snapdragon Wear processor, 4GB of internal storage and 512MB of RAM, making it one of the basic yet aesthetic budget smartwatches in that price range.
The Watch Sport is more power packed watch with enhanced features and would be sporting a heart rate monitor and an NFC chip for payments. It will also be featuring LTE, for wireless data and calls, which can be made through an on-board speaker and mic system. Users will also have the perks of a better battery life as compared to the Watch Style. It has a 1.38inch always-on display features a pixel density of 348ppi, with better water and dust resistance.
Apart from LG Watch Style and LG Watch Sport, current models in the market are also getting Android Wear 2.0 support in the coming weeks. The list includes Asus ZenWatch 2, Asus ZenWatch 3, Casio Smart Outdoor Watch, Casio PRO TREK Smart, Fossil Q Founder, Fossil Q Marshal, Fossil Q Wander, Huawei Watch, LG G Watch R, LG Watch Urbane and 2nd Edition LTE, Michael Kors Access Smartwatches, Moto 360 2nd Gen, Moto 360 for Women, Moto 360 Sport, New Balance RunIQ, Nixon Mission, Polar M600, and Tag Heuer Connected.
The watches will be available through Best Buy and the Google Store, along with carrier partners AT&T and Verizon (for Sport).