LG Watch Style: Google Launches Android Wear 2.0 - More Intuitive, Smarter OS But Falls Short On Design [Reviews]
Android Wear has finally released its latest version via the LG Watch Style. Google debuts its new wearable OS on two LG Android watches - the Watch Style and Watch Sport.
According to Engadget, the LG Watch Style is a smartwatch that boasts of Android Wear 2.0 in a simple and petite frame priced at $249. Aesthetically speaking, the watch has no special designs or physical features that can make consumers take a second look. The only edge of the said watch is the all new software inside. For short, it pretty much looks like a normal watch but equipped with a powerful OS.
What's new with the Android Wear 2.0? Did it get a 360-degree revamp or only little tweaks and minor differences? USA Today reports that a lot of pressure has been building up for Android Wear 2.0 especially since it goes head to head with the Apple Watch and Samsung Gear S3.
Engadget laid out the pros and cons of the new LG Watch Style and the new unit seems to clean up well. For the pros, the Android Wear 2.0 is reportedly faster and more user-friendly than before, with rotating dials that makes navigation easier. The watch is also water-resistant and has a handy Play Store integration feature.
However, the LG Watch Style also has cons which include inconsistency in actions, terrible battery life and an average design. A terrible battery life is a big downer especially for potential consumers who are engaged in a very busy lifestyle. As for the average design, Android Wear might be able to get away with it by saying that they focused more on the OS rather than the physical appearance of the watch.
For the consumers who have been expecting a lot from the Android Wear 2.0, their expectations for a smarter and more functional watch have unfortunately been unmet. Given that it is made primarily for Android devices, the LG Watch style loses two major functions when paired with an iPhone - the ability to reply to messages and initiate calls.