LG G Watch to be the first Android Wear smartwatch, out next quarter

LG G Watch to be the first Android Wear smartwatch, out next quarter
Google just announced its "extension" of the Android platform that is designed for smartwatches and other wearables, called Android Wear. We've been hearing that LG had the inside track on being the first out of the gate with an official Android smartwatch, and LG's has officially announced its first Android Wear device will be hitting store shelves next quarter.

This confirms rumors that an LG-built smartwatch would be announced and released sometime around Google I/O, which would be at the end of the next quarter (it runs from April through June). LG is calling the device the "G Watch", which shows that the device will be carrying LG branding and not Google branding, but it does sound like it will have some of the ethos of the Nexus line behind it. President and CEO of LG, Dr. Jong-seok Park said about the device:

According to the announcement, LG wants the G Watch to be a "low barrier to entry" for developers, which is a hallmark of the Nexus line of devices. But, LG also wants it to be a device that will appeal to consumers. No specs have been announced, but if this is the same watch that has been rumored, it is said to have a 1.65-inch display and 4GB of storage. 

source: LG



1. Eonnaydra

Posts: 217; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

This project is gonna kill iWatch if Apple won't make a similar thing like iCar.

2. Sauce unregistered

http://www.idownloadblog.com/2014/03/18/moto-360/ Such a gorgeous watch. Made me believe Apple isn't the only one who has potential in aesthetics for a smart watch

6. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Metal band version is sexy, I'll be checking that one out when it hits the market.

7. Sauce unregistered

No doubt about that man. I love it. THIS is what a smart watch should look like..ahem ahem Samsung.... This watch reminds me of one of my favorite watches. http://www.movado.com/movado-collections/sapphire/sapphire-0606307.html

8. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Samsung is really going to have to bank on advertising this time around if their watches have any chance. People might sacrifice aesthetics when it comes to smartphones, but smartwatches are a different story. People are going to want something that looks good on their wrist, not just something that has cutting-edge specs.

9. Sauce unregistered

Very well said. +1

13. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Not really. Besides the moto 360, the Gear 2 Neo would be the next best looking watch so far IMO. I find the gear 2,Neo much better looking that the pebble steel and the Sony. I don't see enough of this LG to comment on that yet.

15. Reality_Check

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Well.... IMO, the Pebble Steel blew the competition to 'kingdom come' when it comes to design :) I liked the Gear Fit though. Ultimately, it all comes down to personal preference.

10. KillgoreTroutTime

Posts: 433; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

Are you thinking that the display will be on 24/7? Would you still consider it great if it was like most other smartwatches and the display wasnt on when not in use? Picture in your head the 360 watch with the display off....Do you still think it looks great? To me, it would pretty much look like the rest of them, just more round. In no way would it look like an actual watch.

3. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Well, I certainly hope they don't put the buttons on the back this time.

4. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

this! lol

5. Sauce unregistered


11. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Pure gold!

12. Topcat488

Posts: 1416; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

I only see unnecessary comments from Samsung haters.

14. winter_hat

Posts: 110; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

None of these will sell enough to make any money for any of the manufacturers. There's just not enough fans per company that will be interested in a watch. However, Apple's iWatch will sell many millions. They have the most rabid fans. And their design team isn't running this race...they are making sure it's right...the first time.

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