News & Reviews: LG smartwatch
Dec 12, 2014
According to anti-Virus company Bit defender, the data transferred between an Android wearable and a smartphone is not secure. Wearables like smartwatches use a Bluetooth connection to send and receive information from the paired smartphones. While this connection is secure to some extent, it can easily be intercepted by hackers who would like to take a peek at the user's conversations. Bluetooth is usually considered secure because it can be accessed only from a short distance, about 10 meters or less. This restricts hackers from attacking a live connection from a long distance. Bluetooth also has its own six digit encryption system to keep hackers at bay. However, Bit defender reports that this six digit passcode is easily crackable by a computer program since there are only 1 million possible combinations. Once this encryption is cracked, hackers can get hold of all the information communicated from the smartwatch to the paired smartphone. Bit defender has also demonstrated a proof of concept video which is shown below. In the video, the company successfully brute-forced the six digit encryption between the Android based LG G Watch and the Nexus 4 smartphone running the developer preview version of Android L.
Dec 11, 2014
Next year may be even more eventful for the wearable industry. According to Business Korea, LG is all set to announce the successor to its G Watch R at the MWC event to be held in March 2015 in Barcelona. LG will probably stick to its traditional naming scheme, so the next version could be called the LG G Watch R2. If the rumored launch date turns out to be true, then the upcoming G Watch will have to compete directly with the Apple Watch expected to be released around the same time. Unfortunately, the source didn't mention much about the tech specs or features of the device apart from one thing - 4G LTE connectivity. Yes, the G Watch R2 may feature a 4G LTE radio, which means it could be a standalone smartwatch, much like the recently unveiled Samsung Gear S smartwatch. The G Watch R2 will be the third smartwatch from the South Korean giant till now. Given that the current generation G watch's design was well received, the company may stick with it for the next version too. However, none of these details have been confirmed, so make sure you take this news with a grain of salt.
Aug 28, 2014
Preferring to do it themselves, LG have released a sneak peak of their upcoming LG G Watch R smartwatch. While the official announcement is set for the IFA 2014 event, this sneak peak reveals nearly everything, including how the smartwatch looks and key tech specs and features. First of all, the LG G Watch R will be using a 1.3-inch full circle P-OLED display along with a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor. 512MB of RAM and a 410 mAh battery. It will run on Android Wear and have an IP67 certification for water and dust resistance. According to LG, the G Watch R will offer health and fitness tracking on it's own and provide smart notifications for calls, messages, events and weather from your compatible smartphone. In terms of design, the watch will be stainless steel with an interchangeable 22mm leather strap but for now it will only be available in black. No news yet on Malaysia release dates or pricing but LG will announce these details at the launch during the IFA 2014 event. LG say that the G Watch R can be expected in Q4 of 2014 but in the meantime you can check it out for yourself.
Aug 25, 2014
Rumours about a new LG G Watch 2 have been going about and LG have finally confirmed it with a teaser video for their LG G Watch R. The teaser reveals that the R in the name probably stands for Round, as the LG G Watch R will likely be a round smartwatch like the Moto 360. While it doesn't reveal actual tech specs, it does show features like a compass, notifications, fitness tracking and that the smartwatch will have a metal body. The teaser reveals it will also be coming at the upcoming IFA 2014 event in September 2014 so no specific Malaysia release dates or pricing just yet. Check out the video for yourself in this article.
Jul 10, 2014
LG Electronics has just announced their new LG KizON smart wristband to help parents keep track of their kids. The device uses both GPS and WiFi to track kids wearing the device while also providing kids with a way to communicate with their parents through the One Step Direct Call feature. This feature uses a simple single button which calls a pre-configured phone number (usually the parents). The communication is two way as the device can also receive calls from pre-configured numbers and if the child fails to answer within 10 seconds, the device will automatically connect the call and activate the built-in microphone.
Jun 27, 2014
Google recently unveiled devices for their new Android Wear wearable operating system with three new smartwatches from major brands. This includes the LG G Watch, Motorola Moto 360 and Samsung Gear Live. While the Motorola Moto 360 and LG G Watch have both been announced, the Samsung Gear Live makes it's first appearance here. However, it is more or less the same in both look and feel as a Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 smartwatch. Check out the tech specs and features of the LG G Watch, Motorola Moto 360 and Samsung Gear Live below:
- LG G Watch
- 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor
- 1.65-inch display (IPS, 280 x 280 pixel resolution)
- 512MB RAM
- 4GB storage
- 400 mAh battery
- Compatible with device running Android 4.3 + Bluetooth 4.0
- IP67 certified
- $229 (RM740)
May 14, 2014
Announced earlier in CES 2014, the LG Lifeband Touch smartband and Heart Rate Earphones have just been released by LG Electronics. The LG Lifeband Touch is a touchscreen smartband that looks like a bracelet but offers motion sensing and a responsive OLED touchscreen. The Lifeband Touch is compatible with Android and iOS devices and powered by a 90 mAh battery for five days worth of usage. The bracelet can be swapped out for three different sizes, so you don't have to worry about it dangling if your wrist is a bit small. The Heart Rate Earphones on the other hand provide accurate health tracking by measuring the blood flow signals in your ear. A clip-on Bluetooth medallion relays these statistics to the Lifeband Touch. While there isn't any specific Malaysia release date or pricing we expect both devices to be available in Asia and subsequently in Malaysia in the coming weeks. Check out the LG Lifeband Touch and Heart Rate Earphones tech specs below:
- LG Lifeband Touch
- 0.9-inch display (OLED, 128 x 32 pixel resolution)
- 90mAh battery
- supports Bluetooth 4.0
- 196mm (XL) / 181mm (L) / 166mm (M)
- 53.1g(XL) / 50.1g(L) / 49.9g(M)
Mar 26, 2014
The LG G Watch smartwatch recently appeared on the LG UK twitter feed, showing off a bit more about the size of the Android Wear using smartwatch. While the overall slab of touchscreen design hasn't changed, the picture does reveal how it might look on someone's wrist. Truth be told, it isn't as bulky as we first thought but we're still not sure how thin it is just yet. Tech specs for the LG G Watch include a 1.65-inch display with 280 x 280 pixel resolution 512MB RAM and 4GB storage with an expected release date set to be Q2 of 2014. Unfortunately, we still don't have exact Malaysia release dates or pricing so stay tuned for more updates.
Mar 19, 2014
Word that Google was working on an extension of Android designed for wearables has been around for quite some time. In a surprise move, Google have announced Android Wear, a mobile operating system for wearables. The main focus of Android Wear looks to provide location and context related information when and where you need it while offering voice commands, much like the current Google Now. Rather than use buttons, most of the interface that we could see relies on gestures like swipes. Both LG and Motorola have already announced their Android Wear driven smartwatches and we're thinking other smartwatch devs like ASUS, Samsung, HTC and Huawei could be developing Android Wear wearables as well. So far, most Android Wear devices seem to be smartwatches, and there is no information yet on how it might run smartglasses or a different kind of wearable, but these are still early days. For now, check out the videos in this article.
Mar 18, 2014
LG have officially confirmed that they are currently working with Google to develop a smartwatch which will be called the LG G Watch. They have also confirmed that it will be powered by a version of Android designed especially for wearables like smartwatches called Android Wear. While they haven't mentioned any tech specs they have also confirmed that the LG G Watch will be mostly driven by voice commands utilizing the now famous "Ok Google" line, hinting that it will be similar to Google Now. Here's what they had to say about it:
“The opportunity to work with Google on LG G Watch was the perfect chance for LG to really pull out all stops in both design and engineering. With the LG G Watch, LG is continuing the milestones we’ve set in wearables following in the footsteps of the world’s first 3G Touch Watch Phone in 2009 and the Prada Link in 2008. We’re confident that a well-designed device has the potential to take the smart wearable market by storm.” Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company.
No news yet on any specific Malaysia release date or pricing but we expect it to come during the Google I/O conference in June 2014 so stay tuned for the latest updates.