Not too long ago, Google officially unveiled Android Wear 2.0 with plenty of noteworthy changes on board.
LG G Watch: Reviews, Specs, Apps, Features & News
Google has started rolling out the Android Wear 4.4W.2 update for the LG G Watch that adds support for GPS and offline music playback to the watch.
Smartwatches, it seems, are all the rage. Heck, we’ve featured them numerous times recently on Android Beat. Partly because they’re tech and cool, but also because they work really well with Android smartphones. The OS is flexible enough that a connected smartwatch can, in principle, do almost anything. You’ll have gathered that you can (cough) tell the time(!), see email and messaging notifications, perhaps even get a basic weather forecast, but there are other benefits that only become apparent when you actually start to use a smartwatch.
The LG G Watch may already have a round successor coming to the market soon, and the Nexus 5 may be just about ready to head for the sunset, but that doesn’t mean either device is a bad purchase. Google has just started a limited time offer on a discounted bundle that includes both devices from LG, but only in select markets across the globe.
It has been just over two months since LG released its first Android Wear running smartwatch, and now if sources from The Korea Times are to be believed, the company is already planning on releasing its successor at IFA next month.
We don’t apologise for the wealth of smartwatch coverage on Android Beat recently – with smartphones themselves plateauing to a degree, the next big usability enhancement is to take some of the more mundane things you do with your phone and put them on your wrist, on a watch. Dating from a couple of years ago, the Pebble is the best known and most successful smartwatch in the world, but it’s a rapidly expanding area and you’ll have detected a lot of enthusiasm from Rita and I for Android Wear – so roll on a direct comparison!
Android Wear is still in its infancy as a platform. The main SDK was announced a few months ago, and the LG G Watch as well as the Samsung Gear Live have barely been available for a few weeks in the market. As a result, the day-to-day experience with Android Wear has been a series of awe-inducing moments followed by frustrations. In the following post, I will detail the best and worst features of the platform (you can also check my separate LG G Watch impressions and Steve’s G Watch / Wear review).
It’s very easy to be dismissive of the LG G Watch and its other Android Wear stablemates, mid 2014. They’re easy targets, bulky on the wrist, with hardware that’s demonstrably sub-optimal and with functionality that usually stops short of seamless. But don’t be fooled. The G Watch – or at least whatever follows it – is set to make a major impact on your life and the lives of your friends and colleagues. But don’t write the smartphone off – the ‘smartwatch’ is completely and utterly joined at the hip to its ‘host’ Android phone, so you’ll need both.
While I have only had the LG G Watch for less than a week, I have been completely immersed in the experience, wearing it all day, trying different apps, using it to handle my notifications, control my music, track my activities, and more. Below are the best, acceptable, and worst features of the watch itself — I will tackle Android Wear in a following post.
During Google’s I/O event, the company outlined their plans with their foray into the wearables space with Android Wear, and at the same time made it possible for anyone interested in jumping on the bandwagon to do so through two options: LG or Samsung. The watches have been on sale through the Google Play Store since the end of June, but if you prefer another outlet to buy your electronics, Best Buy has you covered. Sort of.