SA’s first Android Wear smartwatch available 1st August

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Google’s Android Wear has been touted as the next big thing after Google Glass, and South Africa will from the 1st of August be able to get its collective hands on the first working example.

LG’s G Watch, a smartwatch that operates on Google’s newest operating system was unveiled at Google’s I/O developer conference in June – and it’ll be available here alongside the firm’s latest flagship phone from the start of next month.

The announcement was made at the LG G3 launch in Johannesburg, and TV personality Jen Su showed off a number of functions, including the voice commands.

“As one of the first Android Wear devices to market, we see this as the beginning of a long-term commitment to making wearables running Android Wear a household name,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company, in a media statement.

The estimated price for the G Watch should be around R3 500, and will be made available in a limited offer with Vodacom for R80 extra on a Vodacom LG G3 contract.

Key Specifications:

  • Chipset: 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
  • Display: 1.65-inch LCD IPS (280 x 280)
  • Memory: 4GB eMMC / 512MB RAM
  • Battery: 400mAh
  • Operating System: Android Wear (compatible with smartphones running Android 4.3 and above)
  • Size: 37.9 x 46.5 x 9.95mm
  • Weight: 63g
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0
  • Sensors: 9-Axis (Gyro/ Accelerometer/ Compass)
  • Color: White Gold/ Black Titan
  • Other: Dust and Water Resistant (IP67)

The G Watch will launch in conjunction with LG’s tablet, the G Pad, which will be made available in October in three different flavours – G Pad 7.0, G Pad 8.0 and G Pad 10.1.

“Customers tell us that they want a wider range of devices that offer sizable screens without compromising portability,” Dr. Park added.

LG touts the 7.0 unit as being perfect for one-handed operations, the 8.0 as their mid-sized tablet, and the 10.1 as their premium tablet with the largest display and battery. The tablets will also include LG’s proprietary UX features such as QPair 2.0 and Knock Code.

As well as the smartwatch, LG is also planning to bring its G Pad tablet to the country in October, although a price hasn’t yet been set for that.

Charlie Fripp

Charlie Fripp

Charlie started his professional life as a motoring journalist for a community newspaper in Mpumalanga, Charlie explored different journalistic angles since his entry into the fast-paced world of publishing in 2006. While fostering a passion for the arts, Charlie developed a love for technology – both which allowed him to serve as Entertainment and Technology Editor for an online publication. Charlie has since been heavily involved in consumer technology for various websites and publications. He thoroughly enjoys World War II films and cerebral documentaries; aviation; photography and indie music. Oh yes, and he also has a rather strange obsession with collecting coffee mugs from his travels.