Virtually ending the need of a cellphone for those of us who use it just for calling/texting/mailing, Google has announced a major update to its Android Wear OS which will enable the cellular connection with a sim card in the Android Wear watch itself.
Till now, the watch and the phone used to be connected via WiFi or Bluetooth to enable you to receive calls. Now on though, the watch will automatically get connected to the cellular network once it goes beyond the Bluetooth/WiFi range.
Users will be able to perform usual operations with the watch like running apps, receiving notifications, send and receive messages, track fitness, get answers from Google, and most importantly, will also be able to take the phone calls through the watch.
The first Android Wear watch with a SIM slot along with this updated OS will be LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition. The watch was announced last month and is expected to be available in the US and South Korea this month. The watch boasts of a high resolution 480 x 480 P-OLED display with a built-in heart rate monitor.
It has three buttons used for accessing three major functionalities; contacts list, the LG Health fitness app, and for going back to the watch face to see the time.
With the first smartwatch to have a cellular support, Android may have beaten its rival Apple Watch in coming up with new functionality, but it remains to be seen if this feature would really make a difference in the ultimate buying decision of the user. The additional battery strain on the watch due to cellular support will also be a key factor in the decision as users normally won’t prefer charging a smartwatch at short intervals.