LG will be one of the first companies to release a smartwatch powered by Google’s new Android Wear OS, the company announced today, offering a first look at the G Watch, which it says will launch in the second quarter of 2014 as a “low barrier” device. TechnoBuffalo previously confirmed that LG was working closely with Google on a new Android-powered smartwatch.
The G Watch is being developed through close collaboration with Google, LG says, and will work with a “wide range of Android smartphones.” The device runs Google’s newly announced Android Wear platform, which offers contextual information drawn from Google Now along with both voice and gesture controls. Google will also release an SDK for developers to create new apps for the wrist-based platform.
“The opportunity to work with Google on LG G Watch was the perfect chance for LG to really pull out all stops in both design and engineering,” said LG CEO and president Dr. Jong-seok Park.
The G Watch appears to offer a sleek but simple design, packing a small square display with a plastic (or possibly metal) chassis. Motorola’s own Moto 360 smartwatch appears to be Google’s first high-end Android Wear device, while LG has targeted the other side of the market with a low barrier option. The company says we’ll learn more about the new device including its specs in the “coming months.” Stay tuned.