Android Wear watches can now work without your phones

Android Wear was launched by Google back in 2014, and it’s only now that devices bearing the wearable platform have been liberated in order to work on their own. That means you won’t need a companion smartphone in order to access its main functions, and it also means that you’ll be able to place and receive calls through your smartwatches.

The release of this Android Wear update coincides with the US launch of the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE. This offering is the first and the only product in the market right now to provide the full cellular functionality.

The Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE or any future product having the necessary hardware, will be able to switch to a cellular connection when you’re out of your phone’s Bluetooth or Wi-Fi range. The smartwatch will be connected to the same cellular number as your phone by the way.

LG Smartwatch

When you’re on cellular connectivity, you’ll be able to use your Android Wear device for sending and receiving messages, tracking your fitness, getting Google search results and using your favorite apps. More importantly though, you’ll be able to place and receive calls right from your wrists even when your phone isn’t around.

Here’s a neat look at the specs of the new LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE:

– Display: 1.38-inch P-OLED, 480 x 480 pixels
– OS: Android Wear
– CPU: 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400
– Memory: 768MB of RAM, 4GB of storage
– Battery: 570mAh
– Size: 44.5 x 14.2mm
– Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi, LTE, 3G, GPS
– Sensors: Accelerometer, gyro, compass, barometer, PPG

The LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE will be made available on AT&T and Verizon in the US this month. You can moreover also expect other manufacturers to come up with their own cellular supporting Android Wear devices in the near future.