BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Six months ago, Google announced they would be releasing their own smartwatches as complementary to Android Wear 2.0. They will be collaborating with LG for the manufacturing of the products. They are scheduled for release in early February.
The watches are still in development. Their names have already been revealed, though. LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style are programmed for launching on February 9th. After many delays, they might be launching Android Wear 2.0 on the same day.
LG Sport is the more sophisticated device. It features a high resolution display, 168 MB of RAM, 4 GB of storage, Wi-fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and NFC, everything supported by a powerful 430 mAh battery. The watch will come and titanium and dark blue colors.
LG Style is a little less complicated and more customizable. It comes with swappable straps and titanium, silver, and rose gold colors. The battery is less powerful (240 mAh) and supports a lower resolution, only 512 MB of storage, and only Bluetooth and Wi-fi.
For the design, Google inspired themselves from the Apple Watch. They also added a digital crown button for easier navigation. The crown is similar to that of the Apple Watch, but scrolling is added to Android menus. They are also water and dust resistant, so they are perfect for outdoor use.
Although these smartwatches are distinct, Android Wear 2.0 is bound to take the spotlight. After so many months of delay, it is ready to make an amazing comeback. It is easier to use, faster, and can even make phone calls. Moreover, it has other features that are meant to make smartwatches more versatile.
Regarding the apps, they can be downloaded and installed directly on the watches, thus making the presence of a phone not necessary. They also have an integrated keyboard, messaging features, an improved system of notifications, and enhanced connectivity. All these updates remove the former limitations that came with the smartwatches.
However, smartwatches may be facing a challenge. They are not so popular yet among customers, and many companies recorded decreasing sale rates. While other companies took smartwatches off the market, Google is one of the few who dare launch these devices this year. Their aim is to convince the masses that smartwatches are the gadgets of tomorrow and are definitely worth trying.
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