Android Wear 2.0, Google’s smart watch operating system based on the Android OS, will be released on February 9, according to a leak by “generally reliable leaker” Evan Blass.
While there were earlier rumors of two new smart watch models under development, we now think that they could be the LG smart watches that the leak says will be launched alongside Android Wear 2.0.
Details of the two LG smart watches were also included in the leak. Apparently, they are called LG Sport and LG Watch Style. Both are reported to have circular OLED faces, 4 GB of internal storage and a digital crown similar to the one seen on Apple Watch.
Sport seems to be the more premium of the two, with higher RAM, better screen resolution and a larger battery. The model will be Android Pay-enabled with NFC capability, a heart rate sensor and GPS.
Specs have been reproduced here from the source, CNET:
LG Sport specs
- Android Wear 2.0
- 14.2-millimeters thick
- 1.38-inch 480×480-pixel display
- 4GB of stroage
- 768MB of RAM
- 430mAh battery
- Optical heart-rate sensor
- LTE, GPS, NFC, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
- IP 68 rated
LG Watch Style specs:
- Android Wear 2.0
- 10.8-millimeter thick
- 1.2-inch 360×360-pixel display
- 4GB of storage
- 512MB of RAM
- 240mAh battery
- Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
- IP67 rated
Apart from these two launch models, Android Wear 2.0 will also be pushed to several current models. However, earlier information shows that not all smart watches running Android Wear will get the update for the new OS version. Our assumption is that devices that don’t support some of Android Wear 2.0 features will be given a miss for this update.
Android Wear 2.0 focuses on bringing more independence from being wirelessly tethered to a smartphone, which is why Google made it very clear to developers that their apps must be able to work on a standalone basis as well as paired with a device such as an iPhone.
Other Android Wear 2.0 features include an on-watch app store, Google Assistant support and a built-in keyboard.
As for the launch date, Google had already confirmed a release date of “early February”, so the 9th might actually be right on the button.
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