LG's G Watch will be water resistant and always on

LG is getting ready to enter the increasingly competitive smartwatch market

LG Electronics has revealed that its upcoming smartwatch G Watch will be water resistant and have an always-on display.

When LG announced the Android Wear-based device last month, hardware details were sparse. But in a bid to build hype ahead of the launch later this year, the company has started to spill the beans.

The smartwatch will just like Samsung's Gear 2 family be water and dust resistant, according to the G Watch website.

How well a device can handle water and dust is rated using a specification called Ingress Protection. The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo are rated at IP67, which means they are totally protected against dust and can survive in up to 1 meter of water for 30 minutes. For now, LG doesn't say what the G Watch's rating is. Irrespective of what it is, buyers should keep in mind that water resistant isn't the same thing as waterproof.

Additionally, LG's website said the G Watch will be available in "stealth black" and "champagne gold" and the screen is always-on. What that means for battery life remains to be seen, but the number of hours between charges has been a weakness of many existing smartwatches.

LG hasn't announced the pricing and an exact launch date yet for the device, but recently told PC Advisor that it won't retail for more than £180 (US$300) including local tax and start shipping in July.

Wear is a platform that extends Android to wearables. To make the OS a better fit for the small screens smartwatches have, the new user interface relies on voice control and Google Now to present relevant information to the user.

Thanks to Android Wear, smartwatch competition will increase, which is usually a good thing for users. The G Watch will compete with not only Samsung's Tizen-based products, but also Motorola's round Android Wear-based Moto 360 and products from Pebble and Sony.

Send news tips and comments to mikael_ricknas@idg.com

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags mobile applicationsAndroid OSconsumer electronicsLG Electronicsmobile

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Mikael Ricknäs

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?