The LG G Watch will be one of the first smartwatches to run Google’s Android Wear software when it launches this summer (the Motorola Moto 360 will be one of the other first models). But LG has been a bit shy with detailed specs or launch dates.
Now a series of reports suggest the wait is almost over. If all of the reports are to be believed, Google will give away G Watch samples to attendees of the Google I/O conference later this month, and the watch could hit stores in July.
Here’s a roundup of tech news from around the web.
- Alleged LG G Watch spec sheet leaked
Among other specs, it looks like the watch will have a 280 x 280 pixel display, Bluetooth 4.0, and a 400mAh battery that provides just 36 hours of standby time. [@UpLeaks]
- Report: LG G Watch to launch in July
Sources say the watch will go on sale in the UK on July 7th for £170, which is lower than the price of a Samsung Gear 2 Neo smartwatch in that country. Odds are that the watch would launch in the US around the same time. [MoDaCo]
- Report: Google and LG to give away G Watches to developers at Google I/O
Don’t want to wait until July? All you need to do is get a time machine, and snag a $900 Google I/O pass while they were still available. Anyway, if this report is true, expect to see a lot of hands-on reports after the conference begins on June 25th. [Android Authority]
- Updated 1Password app for Android with new UI, premium service for free through August 1st
One of the most popular secure password management apps has stepped into the Android 4.x era with a new design. [Droid Life]
- Google’s “origin chip,” URL_hiding feature for Chrome OS gets put on the back burner
Last month Google started including an experimental feature in Chrome that would hide long URLs… some folks didn’t like the idea. Now it looks like Google’s not that fond of it either. [CNET]
- Tronsmart T1000 Miracast wireless display dongle adds support for Windows Phone
This inexpensive device plugs into the HDMI port of your TV and lets you beam content from your phone, tablet, PC, or other device. Now it supports Windows Phone as well as Android. [GeekBuying]
- Alienware takes its upcoming Steam Machine design and uses it for a new small $549 Windows gaming PC
Steam Machines might not be hitting the street until early 2015, thanks to a bit of a delay from the folks at Valve. But Alienware’s not letting the work it did on its small form-factor gaming desktop for SteamOS go to waste. The company’s loading the system up with Windows and launching it as the Alienware Alpha. [VentureBeat]
- Lens Blur Live Wallpaper app for Android turns Lens Blur photos into 3D-esque wallpapers
Google’s Camera app for Android lets you use a “Lens Blur” effect to adjust the depth of field in a photo by moving the camera a bit as you take a photo. This app uses that feature to create Android Live Wallpapers that move as you move your phone. [Android Authority]