Sunday , October 22 2017

LG’s Watch Urbane 2nd Edition is the first Android Wear watch with LTE connectivity

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LG’s Watch Urbane caught our attention as one of the first high-end stylish Android Wear devices, and today LG’s taken the wraps off a second edition of the watch, this time with LTE connectivity in tow – a first for Android Wear.

Announced on the company’s Korean site, the watch has a sleek design with three physical buttons (the new buttons appear to be linked to contacts and apps) and black, white, blue, or brown straps.

Specs-wise, we’re looking at a slightly larger and higher resolution screen (480×480) and a larger capacity battery – presumably a necessary addition given the LTE connectivity on offer. It’s also IP67-rated and features Gorilla Glass 3 for better protection against the elements.

With its cellular connectivity, the watch can make and receive phone calls (likely leaning on Android Wear’s support for Bluetooth audio devices) and messages (likely using voice recognition). Android Wear hasn’t – despite rumours – officially added support for cellular connectivity yet, so this might be a case of an OEM letting some future developments out of the bag early, similar to what we saw last month with Huawei’s Watch listing iOS support.

There’s no indication of pricing or a launch date yet, but we’ll be keeping our eyes peeled.

Are you excited for a premium LTE-connected Android Wear device? Tell us in the comments!

 
Source: LG Newsroom.

Jason Murray   Deputy Editor

Before discovering the Nexus One, Jason thought he didn't need a smartphone. Now he can't bear to be without his Android phone. Jason hails from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane depending on his mood and how detailed a history you'd like. A web developer by day with an interest in consumer gadgets and electronics, he also enjoys reading comics and has a worryingly large collection of Transformers figures. He'd like to think he's a gamer, but his Wii has been in a box since he moved to Sydney, and his PlayStation Vita collection is quite lacking. Most mornings you'll find him tilting at various windmills on Twitter - follow @JM77 and say hi!

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2 Comments on "LG’s Watch Urbane 2nd Edition is the first Android Wear watch with LTE connectivity"

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Oh very keen for this to replace my LG G Watch R. Only thing is i’m not a fan of custom fit bands…
I do like the ability of using it as a phone even if my phone is no where in site. i wonder how that will work with Optus sim card – do they clone the card, or is it just a data sim i’ll need?

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awesome…..LG doing it right….Wish Samsung had spent time on android wear rather wasting it on Tizen….so looks like we can accept calls from phone…but is it going to be same as phone no or a different no?

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