Android Wear was initially launched in 2014 and has seen major success on the wearable tech market. A new version of smart watch called the Android Wear 2.0 is due to be released on the 8th of February, it is a developed project produced by the established Google and LG partnership. The design is mainly based on original watch strap which is only based on a certain size and this was the only option for all buyers. LG-Google claims that the watch will come in a variety of sizes which are suitable for all wrist diameters. There will be two different varies of the Android Wear 2.0 these are the Sport variant designed to be sturdy with a 1.38 inch, 480×480 screen and the Petite style watch having a 1.2 inch 360x360m screen.
“Based on what we’ve learned from users and developers, we’re evolving the platform to improve key experiences on the watch, including watch faces, messaging, and fitness,” said Google.
The both watch designs have apps which are capable of accessing the internet directly through Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and cellular this allows the watch to function without the need of an android or smartphone. This is a new feature as early Android Wears were not inoculated with internet connection; the new models are also capable of receiving messages via Google cloud massager.
One of the best features of the new android wear is the support for android pay which includes credit cards, debit cards and loyalty cards with the Google wallet. The near field communication chip is required to be built-in for this particular function which will primarily be in the Petite model. The sports model will have features which are needed in sport activities these include an LTE, GPS, a barometer and a heart rate sensor both are water proof up to 3feet in a time limit of 30 minutes.
Both models have a chargeable battery in different capacities according to the size difference; the Sport watch will have a 768MB of RAM and a 430mAh battery whilst the Petite model has a 512MB and a 240mAh. Charging the batteries will differ between the models, the larger model will feature a Gear S3-style cradle, while the Petite model will include a magnetic puck-style induction charger.