The pixel density wars could be coming to smartwatches. While many of today’s top-tier smartphones feature 400 or more pixels per inch, the highest-resolution smartwatches currently top out at around 320 x 320 pixel resolutions with around 240 pixels per inch.
But Phandroid reports LG may be working on an Android Wear smartwatch with a 480 x 480 pixel display that has a PPI of around 300 to 400. At that resolution, it might be hard to tell the difference between a digital watch face and an analog one without holding the phone to your eyeballs (or trying to view a color screen in bright sunlight).
Oh yeah… it also could be a Google Nexus device.
LG hasn’t officially unveiled the new watch yet, but Phandroid reports it’s codenamed “Nemo.” There happens to be a rather famous fish (and sea captain) named Nemo.
You know what else has a fishy-theme? Codenames for Google Nexus devices. The current Nexus 6 is code-named “Shamu.” The Nexus 9 is “Flounder.” And the Nexus 5 is “Hammerhead.”
On the other hand, its not like every Android device with a nautical codename ends up becoming a Nexus device.
The LG G Watch was codenamed “Dory” and the Samsung Gear Live was “Sprat.”
Now… those were the first two Android Wear smartwatches to launch, and it’s likely that LG and Samsung worked closely with Google on their designs. They also run stock Android Wear software, so in a lot of ways, they might as well be Nexus devices. But officially they’re not part of the Nexus family.
So it’s too early to say whether the upcoming LG Nemo will be a Nexus. But I wouldn’t be surprised if LG and Google are working together on the device in some way.
You know, assuming the Phandroid report is true.