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While we're all excited for Android Wear in general, Motorola's Moto 360 has really been the product on everyone's minds since the announcement. Of course, LG has its own thing a-brewin' with the G Watch – while not quite as exciting as the 360 (because round and other reasons), it's still shaping up to be an interesting offering for those who may prefer a square watch face. Today, the company has launched a teaser site of sorts for the G Watch, which reveals some info that we didn't know about it before.

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For starters, the microsite highlights the fact the watch will ship with two color options: Stealth Black and Champagne Gold, which LG claims gives the unit "timeless style." Probably not the best choice of words to describe a watch.

Both units look to have generic rubbery-type bands, which may detract from the premium look and feel some users are likely after. On the upside, however, the watch is both dust- and water-resistant (which could actually explain the lack of a metal band), so it can be worn all the time without fear of ruining it in the shower, swimming, or other water-related activities.

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Speaking of always wearing it, LG is touting the G Watch's display as "always-on." This, of course, raises the question of battery life – with a display that never shuts off, the battery drain has to be substantially more than one with one that times out automatically. Perhaps there will be a setting for those who would like the latter option, though that's just speculation at this point. If not, however, I have a feeling this device will be hitting the charger nightly...assuming it can make it through an entire day of use in the first place, of course. I'm skeptical at this point, though maybe LG has some new battery-saving technology up its sleeve that the rest of the world isn't yet aware of.

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There are several images of the G Watch, which include a couple of generic-ish slides about Android Wear, over at the microsite; if you're interested in this particular wrist accessory, head here to check it out.

Cameron Summerson
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  • Ahmad Nadeem

    Mirasol possibly?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Very unlikely. If that display is Mirasol, those mockup images are straight-up lies. I'm guessing OLED. Mirasol's refresh rate is also far too low to be all that usable.

      • Aooga

        Thats what I thought, but even using an oled display, the Android Wear interface doesn't really have a whole lot of black in it. This is getting really interesting now to see if LG can make this watch last at least as much as my gear fit (lasts about 4 days). Insta-buy then!

      • jesuguru

        Isn't OLED too susceptible to burn-in to be an always-on device? Hence apps like Burn-in Savior for amoled devices. Unless LG's perfected the technology somehow.

  • William

    Always on display you say?

    • ddpacino

      Hope this means same for Moto 360... **fingers crossed**

      • jamesfuston

        As much as I love putting my watch in my pocket when I go to see a movie...wait, no I don't.
        If "always on" displays become a trend for smart watches, I will not be purchasing one.

        • jamaall

          What I hope they'd do is have a way to manually turn the display off, and otherwise, it would be always on.

          • ddpacino

            I think thats part of the function of that button on the 360.

          • jamesfuston

            I agree. That's just not the sort of thing "always on" indicates.

        • William

          Really this problem exists regardless of the movie theater situation. Any place where it would be pitch dark u would not want a super bright device. These devices should have light sensors, and at least in the case of the Moto 360 an amoled screen. It is obvious and trivial to adjust display brightness to the situation. It would not be a problem.

          • Jdban

            Pebble's solution to this is that you twist your wrist to activate the backlight

          • jamesfuston

            Yep. "always on" just doesn't sound like an option. If driving with Glass is a ticketable offense, night time driving with an "always on" smart watch certainly will be.

          • Firehawkws7

            You do know a lot of cars have big screens now, right?

        • ddpacino

          That why its good to have Options.

      • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

        Already strongly rumored for the 360, in some form or another.

        • ddpacino

          People were throwing around the idea that it may not because the guy said something along the lines of it showing the time when you pick up your wrist, alluding to it only waking up when there's a gesture. He could be referring to always on, too, though. We'll see.

          • Aooga

            This actually works pretty well on the gear fit. I don't need the display on all the time if it has this feature.

    • Emill

      How could smartwatch get always-on while my flagship smartphone can't?

      • ddpacino

        The screen is the biggest battery drain on devices, and it's soooooo much larger on your phone. (common sense)

  • vyktorsouza

    it's beautiful and it doesn't look like a prototype anymore
    I might buy it

  • htowngtr

    Probably a low power setting similar to Moto X that only activates part of the screen

    • Aooga

      Android Wear doesn't look like it does that though (based on the screenshots and sdk).

  • Air Powered

    It charges itself

    • Martim

      No, it's air-powered.

      • Emill

        Can't use on outer space then

        • Benjamen Meiers

          LG fail.

  • WhoaManWtF

    If they pull off anything like they have with their G2 it will have the best battery life of all the smart watches.

    • Bryan Pizzuti

      This is true, no one does battery life better.

  • Bryan Pizzuti

    I'm going to assume the bands are replaceable. I"m an LG guy already, I find myself wondering if, despite the Android Wear standard, there will be a few extras available when used with an LG Android device.

  • Oilersfan74

    Waterproof/resistant doesn't mean you can wear it in the shower, steam isn't the same as water..

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      You know, I'd never thought about this, but it's definitely a point. Gaseous ingress is not included in an IP rating.

      • Oilersfan74

        It was a known problem that happened with some owners of the Sony Smartwatch 2. I love my SW2.

      • Bryan Pizzuti

        Technically that's true, but generally if something is watertight it's usually airtight as well. Of course, IP doesn't actually measure "ingress" it only measures "harmful ingress." As in an ingress rendered non-harmful by a water repellent film is not measured.

        Of course, dust ingress is measured, and it's not "harmful" dust ingress, it's dust ingress, period. An IP6x device should theoretically be dust-tight, which means water vapor would at least have a difficult time getting in.

    • jamaall

      Not to mention the heat wouldn't be very good for it.

  • jamaall

    LG says Q2, Motorola says Summer, so hopefully June will be the general release date for these watches?

    • Aooga

      I/O most likely.

  • frafri

    I just want the Moto 360 , I dont really like the square smartwatch !

  • Matthew Fry

    I'm really interested in wearables.Or is it the other one...? Disinterested. I'm really disinterested in wearables.

  • youareme7

    Newer tech "transflective" display could be always on but with the backlight off it could save a lot of battery. The Wimm One (company bought by google) had this kind of display 2 or 3 years ago and made it through most of a day with wifi and bluetooth. I'd think by now the tech would be much better

    • Oilersfan74

      That is what the Sony Smartwatch 2 uses

  • robert

    Where's my 64 bit octacore with 2k display on-screen buttons 4 gigs of ram smartwatch at?

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      Do you want it to die from no charge left in bout a couple of hours?

      • robert

        Lol I'm kidding

  • Badouken

    Waterproof and dustproof as well as always on is pretty big news! But price?! What's the price!!! Also do they have a circle design as well as the square? I feel like a circular smart watch would get less wtf is that looks than a square one. Unless you want the attention haha.

    • Benjamen Meiers

      Price has already been announced...

      • Badouken

        Well what's the price if you know? Sure people would appreciate it!

  • jamesfuston

    Also, why in the world is "timeless" a buzzword for watches?

  • http://nicholashrycun.com Nicholas Hrycun

    It could mean that it is always listening, but the display might be off.

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