Verizon is now carrying two new LTE-connected Android Wear timepieces, LG and Google’s Watch Style, and the carrier’s own Wear24 smartwatch. The LG Watch Sport is the latest in LG’s portfolio of Android Wear watches and the first in the industry to ship running Google’s new Android Wear 2.0 platform, which was originally announced last year and although scheduled for a release in the fall 2016, was delayed until a few days ago.
As the LG Watch Sport can be independently connected to Verizon’s wireless network, users are able to keep in touch with friends, family and business colleagues without always having their smartphone with them. The device also includes NFC for Android Pay functionality, meaning that customers can make payments using their smartwatch. The smartwatch is fully compatible with Google Fit 2.0, so it includes the latest activity tracking and fitness coaching technologies, and because it may connect to the internet via LTE, it is able to stream music from the user’s Google Play Music account.
LG has given its Watch Sport a rotating crown mechanism complete with a top and bottom button to make the interface easier to navigate. This rotating crown sits next to a 1.38-inch, 480 x 480 high-resolution POLED display, which Verizon says is optimized for outdoor use. The Watch Sport costs $329 on Verizon with a two-year agreement or $379 at a full retail price. It’s available in carrier today.
The Verizon Wear24 smartwatch (pictured to the left in the above image) is an exclusive product through the carrier. The underlying device is manufactured by third-party manufacturer, Quanta, and has broadly similar hardware specifications to LG’s Watch Sport, as it comes with a similar sized 1.39-inch AMOLED panel, although of a lower resolution. Note that this by no means has any connections with LG’s recently announced Watch Style. Wear24 also includes built-in LTE and NFC radios for independent operation and Android Pay compatability respectively. Verizon is including a location-aware watch face, meaning customers can have the device automatically change faces depending on their location. For example, it can show different information when at work compared to being at home. The Wear24 is smaller than the LG Watch Sport but it’s also correspondingly cheaper at just $299 with a contract. The timepiece will become available to customers beginning this March. We’ll bring you the product links once it releases.