That's because Google has announced Android Wear 2.0, which brings a host of new features including personalized watch faces, Google Assistant, fitness improvements, and more.
LG Watch Sport is backed by a 430 mAh battery. Each lives up to its name, with the Sport featuring a more rugged and thicker 14.2mm watch face with a rubberised fixed strap and stainless steel casing. Given that these were the new hardware of choice to show off Android Wear 2.0, they are obviously both considered the best examples of what an Android watch can now be.
For example, a complication for the Calendar app puts your next appointment on your watch face at all times.
Both watches have P-OLED (plastic OLED) displays. According to LG, the display has a resolution of 480-by-480 and 348 pixels per inch, which puts it among the best in the smartwatch market.
Hands down, the Sport wins when it comes to sensors and connectivity. The device features speaker as well as microphone.
The new software allows users to download apps directly from the Google Play app store to their watch. Users can hold the device up to a payment terminal and send payments wirelessly. The smartwatches with 4G LTE support work effortlessly over mobile internet. Users will be able to see how far they've traveled, track their steps and calories and more. However, expect about the same amount of battery life from both watches. Gosh this is really a feature packed watch! The Style's IP67 rating means that it can withstand splashes and brief accidental submersion in shallow water (less than one meter deep). According to LG, the smartwatch can be immersed in almost 5 feet of water for 30 minutes with no damage.
Considering that the Watch Sport is packed with more features - LTE capability, slightly larger display, and a speaker - it shouldn't be that surprising that it houses more powerful components. The LG Watch Sport is priced at $349 and is available in titanium or dark blue. On the LG Watch Style and Watch Sport, the digital crown scrolls through the list of installed apps.
In fact, sending a text or instant message is easier than ever with Android Wear 2.0, as users can tap on a notification to respond via typing, dictation or for the first time, drawing with their finger.
And now the LG Watch Sport and Watch Style are available at the Google Store. So this slide show will focus on the Sport model. In the following slides, eWEEK will talk about the LG Watch Sport's features and explain why both Google and LG believe it will be a fine competitor to the market leader Apple Watch.