Android Wear updates to transform your smartwatch into an LTE-enabled smartphone

Android Wear updates to transform your smartwatch into an LTE-enabled smartphone

Google has announced an update to Android Wear that transforms your smartwatch into an LTE-enabled smartphone. The transformation comes from cellular support that Google has finally added to Android Wear smartwatches and the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE is the first hardware to use the same.

With the new update, Android Wear smartwatches will now let you make voice calls using a cellular network even when a connected smartphone is not in range. There is also the option to send and receive text messages. However, this nowhere means that Android Wear finally becomes a standalone platform for smartwatches. You still need an Android or iOS running device to make a connection with your smartwatch.

The update actually enables Android Wear smartwatches to offer cellular support only when they are paired with the compatible devices. You don’t need to stick to a limited Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connectivity but pairing is required to let you make and receive voice calls or send and receive text messages.

LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE

LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE with cellular support

“As long as your watch and phone are connected to a cellular network, you’ll be able to use your watch to send and receive messages, track fitness, get answers from Google, and run your favorite apps. And yes, you’ll even be able to make and take calls right from your watch, for when your hands are full, or your phone is elsewhere,” Peter Ludwig, product manager, Android Wear, said in a blog post.

To experience the new support, you must need a special hardware and so far there is just the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE with cellular connectivity. The smartwatch is available as the successor to the previously launched Watch Urbane LTE and has features like LTE, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 768MB of RAM and a 1.38-inch 480×480 P-OLED display.

LG has provided not just one power/lock key but three buttons on the G Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE that provide an access to contacts list, LG Health fitness app and a menu for ambient mode, theater mode and brightness boost. The smartwatch is already available in the US through AT&T and Verizon and will go on sale for global customers in the coming months.

Google has not exactly revealed whether the new cellular support would be available on other Android Wear models, though it mentions that the new support will let you always stay in touch with voice calls and messaging. The update would help the search giant grow its presence in the smartwatch market that presently led by the Apple Watch.

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