Google obviously has a vested interest in seeing Android wearables succeed, so rather than watch its hardware partners flounder around in a sea of custom platforms, the sultan of search introduced the world to Android Wear
, a special version of Android specifically built for the wearable market. It's drawing interest from hardware players
, including LG, which just announced its working together with Google on a "G Watch" powered by Android Wear.
The collaboration makes perfect sense when you think about the cozy history these two firms have with each other (LG built the Nexus 4 and 5, along with the G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition). Their comfortable relationship will now extend into the wearable space and perhaps result in a blueprint design for other hardware makers to draw inspiration from.
"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," said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. "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."
Details are pretty sparse at the moment, though LG did put up a website with plenty of pictures and a spattering of information. There will be two color options -- Stealth Black and Champagne Gold. The device will feature an always-on display, which is both water and dust resistant. And of course it will respond to, "OK Google" commands.
LG didn't say when the G Watch will launch to retail or how much it will cost.