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Google this morning unveiled Android Wear, the project that will bring Android – and more importantly, Google Now – to smartwatches. Really, it's the project that will make smartwatches relevant. As part of the announcement, El Goog announced that it has already partnered with the likes of Motorola, LG, HTC, and Fossil for upcoming watches. Now, LG has made available information about its watch, which is dubbed the G Watch (as if it would be called anything else).

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According to PR, the G Watch will be announced "in the coming months." Engadget suggests that we could actually see it as early as Q2 of this year, which is just right around the corner. Unfortunately, there still aren't any specific details about what sort of hardware the device will run, nor is pricing information available. However, LG is looking for the watch to be a "low barrier to entry" for devs, so it will likely be very competitively priced.

SEOUL, Mar. 19, 2014 ― LG Electronics (LG) is working together with Google on LG G Watch powered by Android Wear™, which extends the Android platform to wearables. LG G Watch will be compatible with a wide range of Android™ smartphones and will present relevant information to users just when they need it or whenever they say “OK Google” to ask questions or get stuff done. As one of Google’s lead partners in this effort, LG is planning to introduce its first watch powered by Android Wear in the second quarter of 2014.

The LG G Watch powered by Android Wear will present a low barrier to entry for developers and offer the best Google experience for users. LG engineers worked closely with Google from the initial stages of development to ensure that the LG G Watch worked perfectly with Android Wear. This is LG’s fourth device developed in close collaboration with Google following the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, and the LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition.

“The opportunity to work with Google on LG G Watch was the perfect chance for LG to really pull out all stops in both design and engineering,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “With the LG G Watch, LG is continuing the milestones we’ve set in wearables following in the footsteps of the world’s first 3G Touch Watch Phone in 2009 and the Prada Link in 2008. We’re confident that a well-designed device has the potential to take the smart wearable market by storm.”

Additional details of the LG G Watch powered by Android Wear, including hardware specifications, will be announced in the coming months.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://creativezane.sg Zane Lee

    LG just lost the battle to Moto. Because if all these upcoming "smartwatches" are gonna be running Android Wear, then it's battle of the design and craftsmanship. Oh, and battery life. Let's hope it will last at least 2-3 days. I strongly believe initial releases will be Bluetooth-only, because putting cellular data in these watches will crush the battery life. Fingers crossed, remember, concept videos are just concept videos.

    • Trent

      No, they didn't. What a ridiculous statement to make. We haven't seen pricing, battery life or other important information, or been told by unbiased reviewers how fast they feel or anything like that. Chances are they're going after different consumers who want different things, but we won't know and such silly statements don't help at this stage.

      • darkdude1

        At least there will be competition and a range of choices, which is always healthy.

    • Mike Reid

      They will again try to differentiate with software, as well as hardware.

      But Google likely has contracts that will even MORE fiercely fight against fragmentation than for Android proper. So app bundles perhaps.

      I don't need or want cell voice or data in a wearable device, not with current technology. BT tethering is the best we can do for now. Maybe in 5-10 years we'll have the TRUE self-contained "Dick Tracy" videophone watch.

    • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

      I think we'll have to wait and see about pricing. I'm guessing there might be a major disparity.

      And there won't be cellular data in these. That's very, very clear already from everything they've told us. I don't even think that's an "initial release" thing. I'll be very surprised if they EVER do cellular connectivity in these. There's no point. It's a companion piece to your phone.

  • Tomáš Petrík

    I find it funny how all these promotional images show the flight status as a cool feature, while you really only use it a few times a year (if at all), when you actually fly somewhere.
    (I know there are some people who fly regularly, but they are just a slight minority.)
    Moreover, (USA may be an exception, but I am speaking on behalf of the rest of the world here), people seldom fly within a country, they can take a train. When they fly, they go abroad, where you won't get any of these notifications without an internet connection. And roaming charges for data are still too high...

    • Michael J Carroll

      Honestly, that image looks kind of dull... I mean, sure it's supposed to look high end given the sleek black colors, but they really aren't giving people much of a reason to buy a smartwatch if there really isn't much more it can do versus a phone.

    • Matthew Fry

      It's a business thing. Fancy business people often travel a ton. It's also great when you have those multiple airlines deals where you are rushing to (oftentimes) leave the terminal and enter another terminal to get to your flight.

      I love love the QR code tickets and I've probably only used them a dozen times but I still think they are a worthwhile idea.

      • Mike Reid

        Yes.

        Ads cater to images of how we want to see ourselves. Like beer commercials with good looking, fit young people having fun. Most people want to see themselves as successful. Air travel has that image, moreso to people who never or rarely travel.

        • hp420

          I want to see a Pabst commercial with a fat sweaty redneck and his toothless meth head girlfriend for once!!!

      • Wyatt Neal

        Hey, not all of us are fancy ... some of us just travel a lot :)

      • hp420

        That's a dozen times more than me. I haven't set foot on a plane in over 10 years. No reason, other than I have no reason to fly anywhere. While it's definitely cool and I see a benefit in using this, it remains 100% worthless to me....exactly the point being made above.

    • NF

      There's a lot of internal us flights. It's just too big a country for transcontinental trains.

      • Tomáš Petrík

        Sure, as I said, USA may be an exception.

      • HSR

        High speed rail.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      This will be useful for A LOT of people. I'ts a very unique feature.

      • hp420

        Unique????? Seriously???

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          That's what I said.

          • hp420

            How is it unique when every smartwatch in existence can tell you your flight schedule. You need a dictionary, my friend.

          • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

            Unique useful information. Not unique to one platform dumbass

          • hp420

            Even the info isn't unique....now you're just grasping straws. You can get this info from any device with internet. You can get a similar feature from any smartwatch, and you can even just make a phone call to get updated flight info. NO PART OF THIS IN ANY WAY, SHAPE, OR FORM IS UNIQUE!!! It's useful. That doesn't make it unique.

            It's pretty obvious you haven't got the slightest clue what unique means. Is English not your first language?

          • hp420

            Even the info isn't unique....now you're just grasping straws. You can get this info from any device with internet. You can get a similar feature from any smartwatch, and you can even just make a phone call to get updated flight info. NO PART OF THIS IN ANY WAY, SHAPE, OR FORM IS UNIQUE!!! It's useful. That doesn't make it unique.

            It's pretty obvious you haven't got the slightest clue what unique means. Is English not your first language?

    • John Smith

      I'm European and I know what you mean - train service is EXCELLENT in Europe. However, in the U.S. trains suck! They are slow and tickets are only slightly cheaper than flying. I have taken a train between Portland and Seattle and it's a really nice experience! Pro tip: Go first class to avoid the screaming kids.

      • Ryan

        Some of us bring our screaming kids to first class as well ;-)

    • hp420

      Train???? They still make those? In the real world we use a contraption called a car

      • Tomáš Petrík

        Yes, here in Europe it is the most efficient means of transportation. And of course you can take a car, but for rides over 8-12 hours, you need to stop, spend a night etc... Whilst on a train you do not need to care about anything, you can read, eat, walk, sleep - can you do that while driving a car?

        • hp420

          You can if you have a Google car....duh lol

          • Tomáš Petrík

            Right, let me time-travel to 2030 and bring it back with me :P

  • Abhijeet Mishra

    Really want to know how things like software updates and support will work. Will we need to buy a new watch after a year or so to get the latest version and to make sure new apps continue to work, or will these watches have a different method of how the software runs and works (instead of the standard "put Android 4.3 on it like Samsung did.")

    • mustbepbs

      You better believe it. You think this is a game? They want your money, pal. All of it.

  • Martim

    Do any of these watches have a color e-ink display instead of an LCD one?

    • frafri

      they should implement that mode

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      No.

      • Martim

        I bet you're lying.

  • switchblade_bravado

    *Insert Tim242's LG products cause cancer comment*

  • switchblade_bravado

    I think the big thing to look at when it comes to Android Wear devices is price. I think the Moto 360 looks great, but if it costs $399, I'd pass.

  • mustbepbs

    LG's marketing department needs some serious help. G Watch? I guess it'll go with the G Pad and G Pro.

    • sixtyfour

      G Spot - combo wireless charging station and NFC tag

    • ddh819

      Casio might have a problem with the name, a little close to G-Shock

    • Themask007

      LG is update disaster in Android World

  • power_pizza

    I mentioned previously that a watch would be a good fit for LG's flexible screen technology. Too bad they didn't go that route.

    The Moto 360 looks much nicer, design wise.

    • Ryan

      It's a shame, I like uniformity, since I've got the G2 and G pad, I get the G watch... I love the round look of the moto 360 though, just not a fan of my moto x

  • Bill Stebbins

    Nothing but a G thing, baby.

  • Themask007

    Beware :::::: LG Never Updates. This LG Clock will stuck without Updates of future.

    • NF

      What about the Nexus line? This is a Nexus watch...

      • Themask007

        oh! is it!!! OK for me if that is the case

      • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

        It's not a Nexus watch by any stretch of the term. But that said, I see no reason at this point to think updates will be a problem. In fact, I strongly suspect a core element of the Android Wear OS is going to be ensuring that isn't an issue, since they're able to control it with hindsight they didn't have when designing Android originally.

        • c3vzn

          "LG Electronics (LG) is working together with Google on LG G Watch powered by Android Wear™, which extends the Android platform to wearables." That's close enough to a Nexus.

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            Not remotely so, no. The same likely describes ALL of the companies developing watches for this platform. This is a press release. They're designed to sound as good as possible and as special as possible.

    • Ryan

      G2 has gotten timely updates

      • Themask007

        Timely?? forget about 4.3 & 4.4 in most areas? No where in Asian area. What about G & G Pro updates. still at 4.1 where demoed on launch.
        .
        Yes this is called timely updates. Irony just died.

  • http://www.toysdiva.com Toys Samurai

    Someone please tell Google that they have to stop requiring the hot words to be "OK Google" and "OK Google" alone. Let's say I am a die hard Google fan boy -- I will be using Chrome, having an Android phone, an Android tablet, and an Android watch. "OK Google" would trigger ALL OF THEM!

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      None of those devices you mentioned are "Always Listening" so, no. That wouldn't be an issue.

      • hp420

        what??? ummmm....any device with Google Now Launcher is 'always listening' when it's on a homescreen or in the search app or Google Now

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          No its not. "Always Listening" is being able to wake the device from screen off like the Moto X. No other device does that.

          • hp420

            There are levels of always listening. Moto X just has the highest level.

          • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

            Look up "Always" in a dictionary.

          • Tomáš Petrík

            Well technically, when the battery is dead... :D
            (I am leaving now, no hard feelings please.)

          • Tomáš Petrík

            Well technically, when the battery is dead... :D
            (I am leaving now, no hard feelings please.)

          • hydroponicFour20

            Is English not your first language?

    • Mike Reid

      We'll have to eventually address the device.

      OK phone.

      Wakeup Tablet.

      Nexus on.

    • hp420

      You can get creative with the trigger. I like to mess with my phone and see what else it recognizes...so far my favorite is 'Gay poodle'....and yes, it really does work...try it yourself, but be prepared...after you start playing around for a while you'll laugh so hard you may pee yourself!

  • John Smith

    I'm waiting for someone to release a circular watch and call it .... DRUMROLL...
    "G Spot"

  • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

    That picture has nothing do with it though, has it?

  • hp420

    Well, it's official.....LG has done more collaboration with Google than any other smart-device OEM worldwide

    • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

      What do you mean? This isn't a Nexus device. It's just one of many brands making an Android Wear watch.

      • hp420

        I didn't say Nexus....I said Google. It's blatantly obvious this is an LG/Google collaboration. They announced hardware for an SDK that hasn't even been official more than a day. They worked hand-in-hand with Google, making this as much a Google device as the Moto Xoom, the HTC One GPE, the Samsung S4 GPE, etc. It may not be branded as a Nexus, and it's yet to be seen if Google adopts it as an official AOSP (or whatever they call their wearable devices) but it is definitely very much a Google device.

        • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

          They announced well over a dozen "partners" today. LG rushed the gates to announce it, but that doesn't prove they got special treatment or that Google worked with them hand-in-hand to design it. You're jumping to conclusions. This is no more an official Google device than the Moto 360 is, or the unannounced devices from HTC, Fossil, and others. It's simply one of the first two devices to actually be announced. More so, they themselves announced it, and not Google, like Google did with every one of the devices you mentioned above at their own events. Google even made an effort to demo the 360 most of all in their own videos, suggesting that, if anything, that's closer to being their design partner than LG in this case.

          • hp420

            Google doesn't always demo GPE or official devices....look at the G-pad GPE. LG announed that. Same as the Xperia Z1 and the Xperia S and T (both officially adopted into Aosp by Google). Also, every rumor leading up to this suggests it's a collaboratibve effort. This is not simply speculation.

            Also, this quote:
            "LG Electronics (LG) is working together with Google on LG G Watch powered by Android Wear™, which extends the Android platform to wearables."

            Working together....aka: collaboration.

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            I did, indeed, forget about the G-Pad and Z1, but neither really broke new ground at that point. And I don't think GPE devices count for much of a special segment anymore. I'd take a bet that literally ANY good phone maker could go to Google and ask to be included in the GPE program and would be let right in without Google needing any major level of "official" support for them. But this is an entire new product segment, and has to work differently for now, with more fanfare.

            The rest is still a stretch on your part. This is LG's press release, in which they'll make every effort to make themselves look awesome, as they should be expected to do. It doesn't say they're working with Google on developing Android Wear, just their watch. I'm quite certain that with the OS just launching, ALL of their partners could accurately word it in exactly the same way. I'm sure Fossil is working with Google, I'm sure HTC is working with Google, etc. This is brand new territory with a yet-unreleased OS. They all will have no CHOICE but to work with Google to ensure their devices, with an unfinished OS, work properly, and Google will be sure to work with all of them to make sure none reflect poorly upon this new initiative.

            Until we see Google brand this thing, or actively promoting it above others, I see no reason to think this watch has any special Google status above all of the other watches being worked on right now. That's all I'm trying to say. I don't think Google has ANY official partners. Merely products they're highlighting because they look good, and that's primarily the Moto 360.

          • hp420

            Seems to me the Moto 360 was chosen for the Google video because Google has 24hr access to the lab that was producing it. Hell, they own the lab, and even the watch (albeit indirectly).

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            Well, not anymore they don't. But regardless, that's every bit more the reason to assume it's their flagship. Their company, their focus, their primary display in the ad. If the LG was their main partner they would have avoided all that and focused on it.

          • hp420

            I'm not disagreeing about the Moto 360...seems like they have a few official ones.

            On a sidenote, I thought Google retains ownership of the 'experimental dept.' at motorola which would, presumably, include any hardware related to Android Wear, since at the time of the sale the SDK was still under development??

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            No, they held onto the Advanced Technology and Projects Group, which is now known as Google ATAP. Nothing they make now will have the Motorola name as it's no longer a part of Moto. Their main project now is Ara, but they have other things they're working on. This watch is pure Motorola.

            Also, Google made a big deal out of how Motorola was being run as a separate company and had no special access or treatment. So assuming that's true, and their history does suggest it, the same likely applies here. So them highlighting the 360 further enforces that at best it's their flagship, at worst it's the coolest model. Either way, they'd be highlighting their own official model if it existed because they wouldn't have allowed another option to so severely outclass it if they knew what was going on the whole time.

  • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

    Until the I saw the Moto 360, I was excited about this, as I love my Nexus 4 and 5, and figured LG would do great work with this. But it's going to be hard to compare to the 360 now, unless there's a dramatic price difference.