LG announces the G Watch, the Android Wear-infused not-quite-Google smartwatch

LG announces the G Watch, the Android Wear-infused not-quite-Google smartwatchFresh from Google's announcement of its Android Wear platform, longtime Nexus partner LG has revealed its debut move into the brave new world of wearables: the LG G Watch.

Available towards the middle of the year, the G Watch has reportedly been developed in close collaboration with Google and will be compatible not just with LG or Nexus smartphones, but with a wide range of other Android devices too.

LG isn't ready to talk specs just yet but it reckons the G Watch will represent “a low barrier to entry for developers and offer the best Google experience for users” – sounds good in theory.

What we do get, though, is an image – or an image render, at least. It's attractive enough, if you like your watches square, but doesn't give a real sense of what the end product will look or feel like once it's attached to your wrist.

LG seems keen to emphasise that this is its fourth product developed in close collaboration with Google following the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 smartphones and the LG G Pad 8.3 Google Edition tablet.

But this doesn't seem to be the Google smartwatch we heard about last week with its 1.65in display and 4GB of internal storage – or if it is, something's been lost in translation as this is clearly an LG-branded device made with the help of, rather than on behalf of, Google.

Anyway, the details will no doubt become clear over the next month or two. LG says the G Watch will go on sale during the second quarter, and while UK availability has yet to be officially confirmed, it's surely something we can take as a given.

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