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Google and LG to unveil first Android Wear 2.0 Smartwatches

Evan Blass (a.k.a @evleaks) told us that the delayed Android Wear 2.0 is finally going to launch on February 9, and now he’s back with a boatload of details about Google’s much-rumored flagship smartwatches for the platform. According to the report, the smartwatches, which will be called the  LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style, closely resemble the mockups published by Android Police back in July.

Both smartwatches will have round “plastic OLED” screens; the Watch Sport with a 1.38-inch screen (480 x 480 resolution) and the Watch Style with a 1.2-inch (360 x 360 resolution) screen.

The larger Watch Sport will also have a thicker 14.2mm case compared to the Watch Style’s slimmer 10.8mm case. For comparison, Samsung’s latest Gear S3 is 12.9mm thick and the 42mm Apple Watch Series 2 is 11.4mm thick. Both smartwatches will also brandish a button similar to the Apple Watch’s digital crown that’ll be used for navigation.

One thing the smaller Watch Style will reportedly have going for it is swappable bands (possibly with Google’s MODE watch bands. VentureBeat claims the Watch Style will come in three colors: titanium, silver and rose gold. The Watch Sport will apparently only come in two colors: titanium and dark blue.

The Google Assistant (available on the Pixel and Google Home) will also be integrated into the wearables in some capacity, although it’s unclear how much of a central role it’ll play.

With the exit of the Pebble and not so exciting products from Fitbit, there sure is a vaccum in the smartwatch segment, with Google entering directly, this may be able to cover up on the mid-range segment while Apple has successfully taken over the high end.

Android Wear 2.0 is slated to roll out to legacy devices on February 9.

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