In addition to launching the LG G Pad 10.1 Android tablet on Monday, LG Electronics also unleashed a new Google Wear-based LG G Watch, which is now available on the Google Play Store for $229 USD. The watch sports a 1.65-inch screen that is "always on," meaning users can glance at information without having to press buttons or wake the screen.
"As one of the first Android Wear devices to market, we see this as the beginning of a long-term commitment to making wearables running Android Wear a household name," said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. "We're confident that once consumers see how useful and compelling LG G Watch can be, it will be integrated into their daily lives, just as smartphones have done."
In addition to the screen, the smartwatch is powered by a snappy Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.2 GHz, 512 MB of RAM and a "large" 400 mAh battery. Also included in this watch is 4 GB of internal storage, Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, three sensors and a dust and water resistance rating of IP67. The watch arrives in Black Titan and White Gold.
Some of the watch's main features include compatibility with any Android phone using Android 4.3 or higher. The device also provides a simple new user interface that relies on cards, which provides useful information to the wearer when needed. The watch also boasts accurate voice recognition that allows users to get things done by asking questions.
As a comparison, Samsung's Gear Live, which is available now, also uses Google's Android Wear platform, and costs $199. This device includes a processor clocked at 1.2 GHz, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage, and Bluetooth 4.0 LE connectivity. Unlike LG's model, Samsung has included a heart rate sensor along with the accelerometer, digital compass and gyroscope. The 300 mAh battery promises one full day of use.
"LG G Watch will be available both online and offline in twelve countries: United States, Canada, France, Ireland, Germany, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, Australia, India, Japan and South Korea," states the press release. "In fifteen other countries, among which include key markets such as Brazil, Mexico, Russia, Singapore and New Zealand, the LG G Watch will be available at retailers. Prices will be announced locally in each market."
To purchase the LG G Watch now, head over to Google Play Store here.