A Wear OS smartwatch could be right around the corner having passed through the FCC earlier this week. This is usually one of the last stops a product takes in gaining its approval and certification for sale in US markets. Can you guess which company it’s from?
If you guessed LG, perhaps you’ve been keeping up with our reports. Two weeks ago just prior to LG’s G7 ThinQ event in NYC, LG Watch Timepiece surfaced in rumors. The “hybrid” smartwatch said to merge both the traditional round watch and smartwatch, did not launch at the event like many thought it would. However, we’re getting one step closer toward a release this week, which could be any week now.
We don’t have any images of the actual device to share, but a few screenshots were posted on the handset’s FCC document. The model number is LM-W315 and it is indeed running the new version of Google’s Wear OS (formerly Android Wear). Few smartwatches are running the version that includes both the name change and new functions. LG Watch Timepiece is expected to be among the first, and first Wear OS smartwatch of the year from an Android OEM to give some hope to Google’s platform that has lost its way and needs unique offerings. LG has partnered with Google in the past, and stuck by the company with its wearable platform since the beginning. Therefore, it’s no wonder LG might be first to come out with a Wear OS watch. Other than that, we know this device will board both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
LG Watch Timepiece could be sold in addition to last year’s Watch Style and Watch Sport, which continue to see support. There might also be a ‘plus’ model of the watch that will be priced higher that the rumored $250 price tag of this watch. It’s expected to work with moth Android and select iPhone. We haven’t heard much about Wear OS yet at Google I/O 2018, but there are still two days left of the conference and we’ll keep our eyes and ears open.
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