LG Wins Race to Make First Android Wear 2.0 Watches

By James O Malley on at

Google is presumably breathing a sigh of relief today as it appears that someone, at least, cares about its Android Wear platform - as LG has become the first manufacturer to announce new devices that will come with Android Wear 2.0 baked in.

The LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style both run on Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processors - though the former has 768MB of RAM versus just 512MB on the Style version. The Sport has a higher resolution screen (480x480 vs 360*360) and even has built in 4G - so presumably the idea is that you can leave your phone at home and go for a run wearing just your watch. (Umm, and hopefully some clothes).

It’ll be a welcome vote of confidence in Android Wear, which has struggled to take off as a platform. Version 2 of the operating system has added support for the Google Assistant, so you’ll be able to bark questions and commands at your wrist rather than have to faff around with a screen. Though if you do prefer touching the screen, both will also support Google’s “Smart Reply” tech, which uses machine learning to figure out what your handwriting actually says.

Pricing and availability has yet to be announced, though LG says the pair will be released in the US on February 10th, and “key European markets”, which we optimistically assume still includes Brexit Britain, soon after