Android Wear officially gets cellular support with LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE launch

Android Wear officially gets cellular support with LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE launch
Google hasn't really done major updates to Android Wear, preferring instead to add features in bursts, and sometimes along with major device releases. Offline music and GPS support came along with the Sony Smartwatch 3, then the LG Watch Urbane was one of the first to get Wi-Fi support and always-on apps, and now Android Wear has officially gotten cellular support to go along with the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE.

According to Google, starting with the LG Watch Urbade 2nd Edition LTE, any Android Wear device that has a "cellular connection", you'll be able to do anything you want. Of course, this means that on a hardware front, your watch will need a cellular radio and you'll also need to have a SIM card with some sort of data plan from your carrier. And, if your smartwatch has both a microphone and speaker (or if you have it directly connected to a Bluetooth headset), you'll even be able to make or receive phone calls. 

All that said, this update does not make your Android Wear device independent from your phone in the traditional sense. Sure, you can leave your phone at home, but this won't help you if your phone battery dies, because all this is really doing is the same as the Wi-Fi support, which is to connect to your phone via a cellular connection to perform tasks. Your smartwatch still can't do anything without your phone existing somewhere and being powered on and connected to the web. 

The LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE is also officially launching as the first Android Wear smartwatch to be LTE-enabled. The Urbane 2nd Edition also offers a fully circular 480 x 480 resolution P-OLED display (not sure why a circle has a length and width pixel measurement, shouldn't it be 480 diameter?), Snapdragon 400 SoC, 768MB RAM, 4GB storage, and 570 mAh battery. 

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10 Comments

1. aegislash

Posts: 1425; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

The one feature I am dying to have is sound notifcations from Android Wear watches. Stupid, I know, but my boyfriend's Apple Watch makes all of these cute sounds and I am so jealous of it for that simple fact.

2. NFSHesham

Posts: 297; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

Your BF's Apple watch is a lot less useful and more expensive for nearly nothing than any android wear

4. aegislash

Posts: 1425; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Right....but I was merely pointing out a feature I like. Nowhere in my post did I say that the Apple Watch is a gift from God that surpasses Android Wear. The slightest mention of Apple products in a positive manner hits a nerve for some of you, honestly.

5. rick_mobile

Posts: 358; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

I think you can download any sound and set it as a rigntone or system sound. just look up some fairy sounds or bell sounds, lol.

3. sgodsell

Posts: 6587; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Android Wear could always play music from any Android Wear watch if you paired your watch to a Bluetooth headset or speaker. So it makes sense that they are now enabling speakers on this new LG Urbane 2 LTE watch. The Huawei watch also has a speaker, but no LTE.

6. shinywindow unregistered

This b is a stupid. Krapple troll.

8. aegislash

Posts: 1425; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

*yawn*

9. Topcat488

Posts: 1409; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Maybe you should get an iWatch if you're too stupid to set sounds on an Android Watch...

10. aegislash

Posts: 1425; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Feel free to explain how to set sound notifications on a watch (Moto 360 in particular) because I sure as hell can't find out how. It just vibrates for notifications, and that's it.

7. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1779; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

I think the Asus zen watch 2 has a speaker as well. But no cellular connectivity of course.

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