LG Watch Style and Sport, the first Android Wear 2.0 watches, are now official

Nearly three years after its launch, a few lessons learned and a few bruises healed, Android Wear is ready to reinvent itself. Google has just officially unveiled Android Wear 2.0, the biggest change to the smartwatch platform, and just like 2014 with the G Watch, it has again partnered with LG for the introduction of the first two Android Wear 2.0 powered watches: the new LG Watch Style and LG Watch Sport.

The two watches make great use of the key new features of Android Wear 2.0: the more informative watch faces, the improved work-outs, new ways to use apps, and more ways to stay connected with your friends and family. And yes, these new watches also support the fast and knowledgeable Google Assistant (the Assistant works with English and German only on the watches, but support for more languages is in the plans for the coming months).

They are also beautifully round and feature a rotating dial, a feature that was so far only available on the Apple Watch.

LG Watch Style

Just as its name implies, the LG Watch Style is the more formal, more refined of the two. It features an elegant body with a round display and no sight of the annoying deflated tire design of previous round Android Wear watches.

The body is available in three colors: silver, rose gold and titanium, all of which supporting snap-and-swap bands of the smaller, 18mm standard size for bands. The watches launch with a selection of leather and silicone bands that you can swap between to match the style or occasion.

The rotating dial is a key element of the navigation in these watches: you can turn it to scroll through menus, you can push it to bring up the app launcher and you can also use it to quickly summon the Google Assistant.

LG Watch Sport

While the LG Watch Style is thin and elegant, the LG Watch Sport is completely different: big and brutal, it seems like a natural fit for the athletes and the bigger guys out there. It's Android Wear's most powerful watch yet.

The bigger form factor allows LG to put a lot of additional features and functionality in the Watch Sport. While the Watch Style lacks a GPS and a heart-rate monitor, the Sport has both of these for more accurate tracking of your workouts and runs. It also adds NFC that is not present on the Watch Style, and this enables wireless payments.

There are two additional buttons on the Sport: one dedicated to launching the Google Fit health and fitness tracking app and another one to quick-start Android Pay, a simple yet neat convenience.

What is particularly impressive is that the Watch Sport also comes with cellular connectivity, so you don't actually need to rely on your phone to use it. It is a completely independent watch and you can use it for phone calls and payments, and not worry too much about those times that you forget to take your phone -- you will not miss that important call, you will just get it on your watch.

The LG Watch Sport comes in titanium and dark blue, and is bundled with high performance elastomer band.

LG Watch Style and Sport price and release date

Both the LG Watch Style and Sport will go on sale almost right away, on Friday, February 10th. The LG Watch Style will be sold at Best Buy and on the Google Store, while the LG Watch Sport will be available at AT&T and Verizon Wireless.

The two new watches will also be available in Canada, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, UAE and U.K within weeks.

Rumors peg the price of the LG Watch Style to be $250, while the beefier LG Watch Sport is rumored to cost $350.

source: LG



1. vincelongman

Posts: 5761; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I'm disappointed with the Style, was hoping for the smartwatches to be the same except size And still waiting for Project Soli in smartphones

25. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I'm disappointed that they are a step back from LG's previous smartwatches in looks.

26. belosava

Posts: 127; Member since: Apr 14, 2014

Lg hater trolling

27. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Actually I'm loving what the G6 is shaping up to be, you obviously missed my comment on that Samsung Galaxy S8 article the other day. Besides I don't hate bruh I just state facts and these new LG smartwatches are worse than the LG watch urban in the looks department.

2. MikeG77

Posts: 427; Member since: Nov 24, 2008

I'm surprised by how ugly these watches are especially the Watch Style

24. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

IKR, the style looks like a round Apple Watch.

3. Zomer

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2013

Smartwatches, the next big thing! HAHAHAHAHAH

4. peace247 unregistered

Samsung s3 frontier is still the best.

15. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I must agree. The Apple Watch being the only thing better.

17. Feanor

Posts: 1421; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Haha, yeah. Like when you want to check the time and you realize that the screen is dead, because after three software versions, Apple still hasn't figured out how to make an always on screen mode...

22. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

They can enable always on if they want to, but that will make the already horrible battery life much worse.

18. ColinW

Posts: 413; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Sorry, the Apple Watch is an ugly square joke, that lags, splutters and dies on you before the day is out, even though it does not have an always on screen. It is a poor excuse for a smartwatch. The S3 is the best smartwatch available at this time the AW does not come close.

31. ColinW

Posts: 413; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

One day Apple may make a half decent watch, but it has to go back to the drawing board.

5. jellmoo

Posts: 2660; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

These are hideous. How thick are these things?

8. DavMor0069

Posts: 266; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

I belive the sport is 14mm

10. jellmoo

Posts: 2660; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Wow... I may as well just strap a Palm Pixi to my wrist.

6. Tziggy14

Posts: 626; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

The Gear S3(heck even the Gear S2) already has all these new implements LG is boasting about. Google and LG are simply playing catch-up.

7. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

OK, no one asks the most important question. WHAT ARE THE BATTERY LIFE IMPROVEMENTS? I don't know that I'd ever have a need for such a device, but I sure as hell dont if it can't last a couple of days minimum without recharging. I don't find myself at home at the same time every night... if I come home.

9. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1850; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Will have to take my Urbane 2nd edition to a att store and compare and see if Android Pay on my watch is worth the upgrade...

11. cozze02

Posts: 132; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

am I seeing what I think is another LG watch without a removable watch band, somethings needs to change at LG as far as the leadership and decision makers!

12. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Ugly and boring......typical Google hardware....

13. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Gear S2 Classic on $250 in amazon

29. Lauticol

Posts: 404; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

bought mine for $120 in Amazon..

14. talon95

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Rotating dial isn't half as good as a rotating bezel.

16. Feanor

Posts: 1421; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

All the Samsung fanboys think they know better even if the haven't even used a smartwatch; Rotating bezel may be better than rotating crown, but: a) Android Wear 2.0 supports any rotating input (crowns and bezels, it's up to the manufacturer) b) Android Wear gestures are better than both rotating bezel or crown, because it doesn't occupy your other hand.

23. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Chill dude, the guy was just posting his opinion. Also, did you just assume that he haven't even used a smartwatch just because his opinion differs from yours?

30. Lauticol

Posts: 404; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

Had a Moto 360 and upgraded to a Gear S2 Classic. The gestures are fine but really useless because you need to make a lot of movements to be able to scroll through a list, for example

19. combatmedic870

Posts: 986; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Does this have a new chipset that supports Bluetooth 5.0?!? That's the biggest question!

20. ColinW

Posts: 413; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

You need one hand to turn the crown, bezel or make a gesture so how is the latter better? On a round watch the rotating bezel not only looks right but feel right too

21. pocketdrummer

Posts: 32; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

So, you can either have a fashion sense or useful features, but not both. Who designs this stuff? How did something as common as NFC not make it into the Style? I don't necessarily need GPS and a heart rate monitor on my watch, but throw me a bone here. Paying with the watch would be good for Android Pay, unless they've given up on it already.

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