Android Wear is a constantly evolving and maturing platform and today it’s taking a big step forward. Google is today officially announcing support for cellular data on Android Wear. The first device with support for this will be the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE. Aside from it’s long name, this watch will bring LTE radios and so far it’s been announced for both Verizon Wireless and AT&T.
So let’s talk about the elephant in the room, what does cellular connectivity offer to Android Wear as a platform? Essentially your watch will have the ability to connect to your phone without the need for Bluetooth or WiFi and still function as it normally would. Where is that useful? Perhaps you’re taking a jog and you don’t want to bring your phone along, you can simply bring your LTE connected watch and still get all your notifications, send and receive messages, perform Google searches, use apps, and much more. If you still need to answer a phone call, you’ll be able to as long as your device has a speaker built in.
The next time you’re running an errand or a marathon, try leaving your phone behind. With calling, messaging, and thousands of apps right on your wrist, you’ll always be able to stay in touch and on track. Say goodbye to bulky pockets and awkward armbands: cellular support for Android Wear lets you wear what you want.