LG's Urbane Smartwatch Swaps Plastic Design for Metal
LG today unveiled the Urbane, its latest smartwatch based on Google's Android Wear platform. The Urbane's most compelling feature is the design. It trades the plastic shell seen on the LG G Watch R for a metallic enclosure that comes in gold or stainless steel. The Urbane has a thinner profile than the G Watch R, giving it a classier, more polished look that LG says works for both men and women. The specs are almost identical to those of the G Watch R. It has a 1.3-inch 320 x 320 P-OLED display, Qualcomm 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage, 410mAh battery, and a bevy of sensors for tracking motion and other metrics. The Urbane is protected from water and dust thanks to its IP67 rating. LG said more details, such as pricing and availability, will be announced on a market-by-market basis later this year.
Huawei's Android Wear Smartwatch Goes Upscale
Huawei today said its Android-based smartwatch will go on sale this month for $349, putting it in Apple Watch territory. The wearable will come with several face variations, including stainless steel, black stainless steel, and rose gold, with leather, steel, and gold strap options.
LG Adds LTE and NFC to Watch Urbane
LG today announced a variant of its Watch Urbane smartwatch that adds support for LTE and NFC. Because Google's Android Wear platform doesn't yet support LTE and NFC, the Watch Urbane LTE runs LG's proprietary wearables platform.
Google Home Max Now Available for $399; Verizon Discounts LG V30
Verizon Wireless today began selling the Google Home Max in-home assistant and speaker. The Max relies on the same Google Assistant that powers the Google Home and Google Home Mini devices, but packages the voice-based tool in a larger, music-focused box.
LG Adds Cellular Radio to Urbane Smartwatch
LG today rolled out an updated version of its Watch Urbane that includes a cellular radio and the ability to make calls without a cellphone. The LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition runs Android Wear and is compatible with Android and iOS devices.
I'm not overly excited to purchase another product that requires charging every night and have problems that require trips to a service center. Do we not have enough of these things?
I picture a room that has 14 rechargeable battery products we use daily on a shelf that resembles a restaurant with all the pagers lit up like Christmas trees.
No thanks. If I want a watch, I'll revert back to my Timex.