iWatch has been occupying the dominance in smartwatch market for a long time. Although many Android smartwatches have been launched, the leading position of iWatch can not be changed. Now Google will work with LG to unveil a Google smartwatch running Android Wear 2.0 operating system, which can be compatible with iPhones.
It is reported that both of these companies are expected to launch two versions of the smartwatches at a launch event on February 9th, Watch Style and Watch Sport, which are produced by LG and technically supported by Google.
The Watch Style is 10.8 millimeter thick with a 1.2 inch 360 x 360 screen. It has 512M RAM and 4GB internal storage. It supports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections. The Watch Style will be available in titanium, dark silver, and rose gold, with swappable straps.
The Watch Sport is 10.8 millimeter thick with a 1.38 inch 480 x 480 screen. It has 768MB RAM and 4GB internal storage. Apart from Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, it also supports the networking and communication functions with both 3G and LTE data, as well as GPS and NFC radios, so it can be used for online payments. Besides, this watch has a built in heart rate sensor which can be used to monitor the related health data for users. The Watch Sport will come in titanium and dark blue.
The both smartwatches will run the Android Wear 2.0 operating system which has not been released yet. Compared with the previous systems, Android Wear 2.0 is heavily updated, including optimized and improved user interface, Android Pay support, standalone apps that do not require a smartphone to work, and the recently released voice controlled Google Assistant. Most importantly, iWatch does not support Android phones, while both of these Google smartwatches are compatible with iPhones, which is the biggest difference from iWatch.
It is expected that these two smartwatches will go on sale on February 10 in the US and will be available to other markets around the world gradually after the Mobile World Congress from February 27 to March 2.