The battle for smartwatch supremacy may be set to heat up after a new Android-powered challenger emerged for the Samsung Gear S3.
Photos of the first devices set powered by the next generation of Google’s Android Wear software have emerged online.
The leak of the LG Watch Sport and the LG Watch Style comes as Google ramps up preparations for the launch of both its new software and the latest devices next month at Mobile World Congress 2017.
The photos, revealed by TechnoBuffalo, appear to confirm that the two devices are targeting different customer bases, similar to the Samsung Gear S3.
The LG Watch Sport appears to target fitness fans, featuring mobile connectivity and a rubber strap that should be waterproof and rustproof.
Reports have claimed that the Sport will be the larger and more powerful of the two new LG watches, sporting a 1.38-inch 480×480 display, 430mAh battery, and 768MB of RAM.
The LG Watch Style looks to appeal to those searching for a more compact solution, with a smaller face and battery.
It will also only sport one side button, as opposed to the three shown in the image of the Sport.
The Watch Sport will be available in a choice of titanium or dark blue, with the Watch Style coming in titanium, silver and rose gold.
Previous reports have suggested that both devices will come with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, with the Sport also providing GPS and NFC capability, meaning it’ll be able to support transactions made with Android Pay.
There’s also support for Android Nougat’s useful Google Assistant, and for sports fans, there’s a heart rate sensor to track your health.
Both watches will also be able to connect to your smartphone, including iOS iPhone devices, and will feature significant water and dust resistance, meaning they’ll be able to withstand outside use easily.
Google is reportedly set to reveal Android Wear 2.0 early next month, with these two devices the first to be powered by the new software.
The original version of the company’s wearable software was launched back in March 2014, meaning it is due an upgrade as Google looks to take on growing popularity of the Apple Watch.
Android Wear 2.0 will reprtedly also be available as a legacy update for older devices, meaning that users of previous Android smartwatches should also be able to enjoy the new features soon.
However one device that won’t be able to upgrade is the Tizen-powered Samsung Gear S3.
Samsung’s newest wearables, revealed at IFA in September, is available in two styles, dubbed Frontier and Classic.
Frontier has been designed to act as both a fitness-minded watch, as well as a leisure wearable, whereas Classic “pays homage to the minimalist, elegant style found in the most iconic timepieces,” according to Samsung.
Express.co.uk recently reviewed the Gear S3 Frontier, calling the device, “a superb smartwatch”, although the high price of £349 remains an issue – you can read our full review here.