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Google adds cellular support to Android Wear

LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE with Google Android Wear featuring cellular support
Google Android Wear on LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE
Thanks to this software update, users of the new LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE can use cellular data as well.

Some of those consumers who considered smartwatches and smartphones to be somehow redundant can finally drop their handsets and keep the wearables, as Google has finally added cellular support to Android Wear. Obviously, going online with such a small device does not even compare to the Web browsing experience offered by a smartphone, but it is always good to know that a smartwatch can use all its features without the need to connect to its smartphone companion.

The first Android Wear watch to provide cellular support is the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE, a round smart time piece with a high resolution (for its niche, of course) of 480X480 pixels and LTE connectivity. Unfortunately, international customers will have to wait for it at least a few weeks, because this smartwatch is currently available only in the US.

Android Wear Product Manager Peter Ludwig encourages users to leave the phone behind the next time they face a marathon or have to run an errand. "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," he writes. 

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Codrut Nistor, 2015-11-12 (Update: 2015-11-12)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.