LG Watch Urbane Smartwatch Goes on Sale in U.S.
The smartwatch is selling for $349 and can be ordered for an early May delivery from the Google Store, with other retailers likely to be announced in the future.The LG Watch Urbane smartwatch, built with an all-metal body and a leather wristband, is now on sale in the United States through the Google Store after being unveiled by LG at Mobile World Congress back in March. The watch will sell for $349 and will ship by May 8 in silver or gold colors, according to an April 27 announcement on the Google Store Website and on the company's Twitter feed. The LG Watch Urbane has a classic round watch face that's aimed at fashion-conscious luxury goods buyers, and is joining a smartwatch marketplace that just saw the entry of the Apple Watch back on April 24. The LG watch includes the same 1.3-inch full circle P-OLED display that appeared on last September's LG G Watch R smartwatch, but it's built into a narrower bezel with sleeker lines. The new watch is aimed at wearers who are seeking a more formal device, compared with the LG G Watch R, which is aimed at more active users. Running on Android Wear, the new smartwatch has a stainless steel body that can be purchased in a polished silver or gold finish, as well as a stitched natural leather strap that can be swapped out for any 22mm watchband, giving users a lot of styling choices. The watch is designed and styled for use by both men and women. The new smartwatch will be the first to run the latest version of Google's Android Wear, which earlier in April received key upgrades that now incorporate WiFi and wrist gesture capabilities into the software, according to an earlier eWEEK story. Now, when the smartwatch is connected to a WiFi network, users will be able to get notifications, send messages and use their favorite apps, greatly expanding the device's capabilities.
Another key addition to Android Wear that will improve usability is a new wrist flicking gesture that will make smartwatch apps simpler to use, especially while wearers are in motion. Users will now be able to just flick their wrist to scroll through the stream of information they are receiving.