The next logical step for Google is releasing smartwatches. There are phones, virtual reality headsets, and home-based digital assistants stamped with the company’s logo. Millions of people have purchased these products. They trust Google to produce hardware and software made for each other. Still, despite Android Wear being around since 2014, Google has stayed far away from directing a partner to design smartwatches.
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LG Watch Sport (left) & LG Watch Style (right)
This leak, courtesy of TechnoBuffalo, reveals what LG made for Google. It clarifies that Google is going to serve two very different types of consumers, hence the reason for two smartwatches. The Watch Sport is a little bulkier and features three physical buttons, and it comes with wireless connectivity. Google’s smaller model, the Watch Style, is slimmer and shows just one physical button.
The biggest difference between the two will be the Watch Sports inclusion of wireless connectivity. Owners of the Watch Style will only get to use their smartwatch to the fullest if a WiFi or Bluetooth connection is present. The Watch Style is also going to miss its siblings GPS and NFC capabilities, the latter of which enabling Android Pay access from your wrist.
Both, though, will be first to have Google Assistant integration.
If you’d like to know specifics on specifications, Evan Blass of VentureBeat passed along numerous details on the Watch Sport and Watch Style in a report published last week.
The launch of the smartwatches will coincide with the arrival of Android Wear 2.0 on old and new devices.
Blass, the mobile industry’s biggest insider, said Google will announce its LG-made smartwatches on February 9. No invites have been sent out at the time of this post being published, but that should happen by the end of this week if the aforementioned date is correct. Google will want to collect media members from around the world to witness its latest effort to compete in hardware.
It’s unclear how Google will brand these devices.