French site Les Numeriques is reporting that LG France has said that its G Watch will launch in the country in June, priced at €199. While a straight currency conversion would mean a U.S. price of $276, gadgets are typically priced higher in Europe than in the USA (partly due to taxes), so it’s likely that LG would match the $199 price of the Galaxy Gear 2.
If the watch does indeed launch in June, it’s likely to be the first Android Wear smartwatch on the market, ahead of Motorola’s Moto 360 expected sometime in the summer. Samsung’s Galaxy Gear 2 uses instead Tizen OS. Google announced the Android Wear platform and SDK last month. As we exclusively revealed last October, the platform puts Google Now functionality at the heart of the offering …
While specific functionality will depend on what LG and third-party developers choose to offer, Google has said that the Android Wear SDK allows smartwatches to display the latest posts and updates from social and messaging apps, and to provide voice control of Android phones, tablets and Chromecast.
Android Wear lets you access and control other devices from your wrist. Just say “Ok Google” to fire up a music playlist on your phone, or cast your favorite movie to your TV. There’s a lot of possibilities here so we’re eager to see what developers build.
LG has revealed the final design of the G Watch, which is rectangular like the Gear 2 rather than round like the Moto 360. It has also shown a gold-colored model on its official website, which looks relatively subtle with a white wristband.