LG G Watch will be always-on and water resistant

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More news has come to light about the LG G Watch, the South Korean firm’s first smartwatch and second wearable product, coming to markets around the same time as the LG LifeBand Touch, their other wearable.

While the LifeBand Touch may be all but released, we still want to know more about the LG G Watch. Previously we have heard about price and availability, coming for under £180, but the news today shows the design and features coming to the smartwatch.

The LG G Watch will come in two flavours, Champagne Gold and Stealth Black. Gold is becoming a more of a standard color on mobile devices and it looks like this trend will shift into wearables. The watch-face is also water resistant, note that this doesn’t mean it is waterproof.

Android Wear plays a big part in the design of the LG G Watch in terms of software capabilities. Google is pumping a lot of new features into their wearables SDK, including slimming down the UI to a set of cards and voice applications.

LG also revealed the G Watch will be “always-on”, meaning even when the screen is black it can be woken up with a simple “Ok, Google” command. There are no buttons on the device, a feature that has been added to the Moto 360 as well.

This could be a new feature on Android Wear, making it harder to simply turn off the device. We hope Google will add some low-energy modes into Android Wear, in order to sustain a few days of battery life when in standby.

That’s about all we need to hear before the official release in Summer and enough for potential buyers to think on. While the Moto 360 may be a more attractive device for those looking for the regular watch meets smartwatch, the LG G Watch will come at a more consumer friendly price.

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