Google’s message to developers last week confirmed an early February release date for its smartwatch OS update, Android Wear 2.0. Now a new leak suggests the release date will be Feb. 9 and floats some interesting information on Google’s promised hardware.
Longtime mobile news leaker Evan Blass believes Android 2.0 will launch early next month with Google’s first two smartwatches. Google has gone on record saying it would not produce its own devices, but will rely on a Nexus-like partnership with another manufacturer. According to Blass that manufacturer will be LG, and he goes on to suggest the company will launch the LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style in collaboration with Google, and alongside the release of Android Wear 2.0.
If true, both watches will have similar specs to the company’s Urbane 2.0, featuring circular OLED displays, 4GB of internal storage, Wi-Fi, LTE, and Bluetooth connectivity.
The Urbane 2.0 was released in late 2015, but canceled soon after due to a fault in the screen component. It was later released through AT&T, but never gained mainstream attention. That watch has been featured in a number of Android Wear 2.0 hands-on demos, so don’t be too surprised if LG’s upcoming watches aren’t very different from the previously released Urbane 2.0.
In fact, Android Police released a few concept drawings of Google’s Urbane-looking smartwatches back in July, based on “Recreations of primary source material.”
We’ll let you decide how they compare.
H/T The Verge