LG has just announced the second version of its Urbane smartwatch, which will be the first Android Wear model to feature cellular connectivity. Officially called the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition -- terrific name, chaps -- you'll be able to use all of its features without having to keep your phone on you at all times. I know, I know, this one might actually be useful!
With the new Urbane, you'll be able to answer calls and catch up on your messages right on the watch, without relying on your phone's Internet connection. It's great news for anyone who wants a smartwatch, though runners will be especially pleased.
The LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition doesn't look bad either, featuring a stainless steel body and a circular P-OLED touch display with a pixel density of 348ppi. LG's also worked on stamina, packing in a 570mAH battery and a Power Saving Mode option, but we'll believe it's capable of comfortably lasting a whole day when we actually use it. It’ll land in the US and Korea this month, hitting Europe shortly after. Pricing has yet to be announced.
“No more worrying about Bluetooth or Wi-Fi,” wrote Peter Ludwig, Android Wear’s product manager, in a blog post. “Your watch will automatically switch to a cellular connection when you’re out of range. As long as your watch and phone are connected to a cellular network, you’ll be able to use your watch to send and receive messages, track fitness, get answers from Google, and run your favorite apps. And yes, you’ll even be able to make and take calls right from your watch, for when your hands are full, or your phone is elsewhere.”