LG and Sony both had a few things to say about their wearables Tuesday. LG published a new website providing a peek at its coming device, which will run Google's Android Wear platform. At the same time, Sony introduced a significant system update for its SmartWatch 2, which it says has access to 400 applications -- a claim no other smartwatch can make at the moment.
LG offered up two important details about its future smartwatch: First, the screen will always be on; and second, it will be water and dust resistant. Always-on screens aren't something all smartwatches offer. The displays of Samsung's Gear line of wearables, for example, go dark after a few moments in order to conserve power. This requires the user to either shake his wrist or press a button to wake the display to read the time. Granted, these aren't taxing requirements, but most people would rather not futz with waking the screen of the watch before glancing at the time. The whole point of a wristwatch is to offer the quickest-possible access to the time. Qualcomm's own Toq smartwatch includes an always-on screen, but it uses Qualcomm's Mirasol display technology, which was developed specifically to be low-power.
LG's revelation of an always-on screen also suggests LG has done some work with respect to power management. Perhaps Android Wear itself, made by Google, is good at managing resources. However LG is making it possible, an always-on screen for a smartwatch is something to look forward to.
The LG smartwatch will use Google's Android Wear technology.
For the full story, see EETimes sister site InformationWeek.
— Eric Zeman is a freelance writer for InformationWeek specializing in mobile technologies.