LG is gearing up for the release of their G Watch. This smartwatch is hotly anticipated. Here’s what we know so far.
1. LG G Watch Runs Android Wear
— Yahoo Tech (@YahooTech) April 16, 2014
The LG G Watch will run Android Wear, an OS designed specifically for wearables. Android Wear has specific functionality for notifications, as well as for fitness tracking. The LG G Watch is expected to be one of the first Android Wear watches to hit the open market.
HTC, Samsung, ASUS, Fossil, and Motorola will also offer Android Wear products in the coming months.
2. LG G Watch Will Be Water-Resistant, Dust-Resistant
— Bud Industries (@Budbox) February 25, 2014
The LG G Watch teaser site indicates that the G Watch will be protected from dust and water damage. It is not year clear what IP rating the G Watch will have.
Samsung’s latest Gear line of wearables have a IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, meaning they are dustproof, and water-resistant at up to one meter (but only for about 30 minutes.) The G Watch is likely to have an IP67 rating, but it could score even more fans if it was totally water-proof or even dive-friendly.
3. LG G Watch Likely to Cost $300, Ship This Summer
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According to PC Advisor, the LG G Watch is expected to cost $300 at launch. The watch will begin shipping in July.
4. LG G Watch Never Sleeps
— David Pierce (@piercedavid) April 22, 2014
CNET reports that, unlike some other wearables with a screen that goes to sleep, the LG G Watch is expected to have a display that’s always on. They jokingly note:
“The screen won’t go to sleep and will always display the time — a watch that always tells you the time, why did no-one think of that before?”
5. LG G Watch Available in Multiple Colors
— Droid Life (@droid_life) April 22, 2014
Phandroid reports that the G Watch will be available in black and “champagne gold” varieties. The black watch has a black wristband, while the champagne gold watch face is paired with a white band. It is not yet clear whether the bands will be easy to swap out for different colors or finishes, but this is likely to be possible for those owners who want an additional degree of customization.