Next-generation LG and Google Android Wear 2 smartwatch may have Apple Watch-inspired Digi...

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LG and Google's next-generation Android Wear smartwatch expected in early February is said to be adopting a Digital Crown -- similar to the technology Apple pioneered in its wearable Apple Watch.




According to prolific product leaker Evan Blass, Google's next major revision of Android Wear will be released to the public, and a set of new LG smartwatches built in collaboration with Google will debut in early February. Early product leaks suggest that LG and Google have chosen to add a the Digital Crown that "serves to facilitate navigation," according to Blass's report at VentureBeat.

Notably, Google had issues with the user interface in developer previews of Android Wear 2.0. After changing the default "back" to a swipe gesture from a press of a physical button, users protested the decision. Google has since gone back to the physical button press for the action, necessitating the crown's addition on the watches.

The addition of the digital crown may reverberate to other vendors. Google controls the "core" Android Wear spec, and hardware released by the company in partnership with other companies, like the Nexus series of phones, is generally considered to be the reference for other manufacturers to follow.

As far as the hardware goes, LG is expected to release a 14.2mm thick, 1.38-inch 480x480 circular OLED display "sport" model, with 4 gigabytes of storage and 768 megabytes of RAM, with a heart rate sensor. Connectivity is said to be provided by Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, LTE, GPS, and NFC.

A smaller 10.8-mm thick "Style" model is also expected, with a 1.2-inch 360x360 OLED screen, 512MB of RAM, and also 4GB of storage, and no heart rate sensor. Connectivity is said to be limited to Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth.

While rumors circulate about Apple products, with some details unclear until just before launch, Google's future products are often accurately described months before release. The specification for Google's smartwatch have been available for some time on Android Police, and remain unchanged.

Pricing is not yet known on either model. Both watches are said to be iOS-compatible.

The Apple Watch Digital Crown takes its cues from traditional wristwatch design, but instead of a mechanical linkage of gears, Apple's version uses an electro-optical system to translate rotation into UI data. Instead of using multitouch gestures like iOS devices, Apple tapped Digital Crown for zooming, scrolling and general user interface navigation.

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  • Reply 1 of 17
    coolfactorcoolfactor Posts: 1,488member
    So, as they say, Apple is going to "lose its Crown" to the competition.
    shapetablesbrakkenradarthekat
  • Reply 2 of 17
    gatorguygatorguy Posts: 20,757member
    Commenters on Android forums would prefer to see something more similar to Samsung's rotating bezel than a digital crown, claiming it's much easier to use. The digital crown rumor isn't getting all that much love. 
  • Reply 3 of 17
    MacProMacPro Posts: 18,309member
    gatorguy said:
    Commenters on Android forums would prefer to see something more similar to Samsung's rotating bezel than a digital crown, claiming it's much easier to use. The digital crown rumor isn't getting all that much love. 
    I'm heart broken for the Android people.
    caliapplepieguywatto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 17
    patsupatsu Posts: 429member
    Rotating bezel is too limiting.

    Must be a perfect circle, which is a little awkward for showing a scrollable list with the Crown.

    Perhaps gesture around the watch face would do the trick. Then again, should be doable on AppleWatch too.
  • Reply 5 of 17
    gatorguygatorguy Posts: 20,757member
    MacPro said:
    gatorguy said:
    Commenters on Android forums would prefer to see something more similar to Samsung's rotating bezel than a digital crown, claiming it's much easier to use. The digital crown rumor isn't getting all that much love. 
    I'm heart broken for the Android people.
    You shouldn't be. ;)
    edited January 2017
  • Reply 6 of 17
    MacProMacPro Posts: 18,309member
    gatorguy said:
    MacPro said:
    gatorguy said:
    Commenters on Android forums would prefer to see something more similar to Samsung's rotating bezel than a digital crown, claiming it's much easier to use. The digital crown rumor isn't getting all that much love. 
    I'm heart broken for the Android people.
    You shouldn't be.
    OK I'll work on that.  lol
    brakkenradarthekat
  • Reply 7 of 17
    gatorguy said:
    MacPro said:
    gatorguy said:
    Commenters on Android forums would prefer to see something more similar to Samsung's rotating bezel than a digital crown, claiming it's much easier to use. The digital crown rumor isn't getting all that much love. 
    I'm heart broken for the Android people.
    You shouldn't be. ;)
    I always feel a bit of sympathy for people using Android devices. ; >
    caliradarthekatapplepieguywatto_cobra
  • Reply 8 of 17
    If it has everything in it that this article says I can't see battery life being more than 2 hours. Wifi, Bluetooth, GPS? Really? Without a C sized battery strapped to your arm? That would be cool if they pull it off...but...
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 9 of 17
    MnMark said:
    If it has everything in it that this article says I can't see battery life being more than 2 hours. Wifi, Bluetooth, GPS? Really? Without a C sized battery strapped to your arm? That would be cool if they pull it off...but...
    My wife's Series 2 SS Apple Watch lasts all day and it has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. Even without a C sized battery. 
  • Reply 10 of 17
    MnMark said:
    If it has everything in it that this article says I can't see battery life being more than 2 hours. Wifi, Bluetooth, GPS? Really? Without a C sized battery strapped to your arm? That would be cool if they pull it off...but...
    My wife's Series 2 SS Apple Watch lasts all day and it has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. Even without a C sized battery. 
    He missed out LTE and NFC, although NFC is also in the Apple Watch.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 11 of 17
    gatorguy said:
    Commenters on Android forums would prefer to see something more similar to Samsung's rotating bezel than a digital crown, claiming it's much easier to use. The digital crown rumor isn't getting all that much love. 
    It's their cognitive dissonance so they don't have to acknowledge the copying, again. 
    radarthekatpatchythepiratewatto_cobra
  • Reply 12 of 17
    gatorguy said:
    Commenters on Android forums would prefer to see something more similar to Samsung's rotating bezel than a digital crown, claiming it's much easier to use. The digital crown rumor isn't getting all that much love. 
    Patented. /ironic
    caliwatto_cobra
  • Reply 13 of 17
    calicali Posts: 3,495member
    patsu said:

    Perhaps gesture around the watch face would do the trick. Then again, should be doable on AppleWatch too.
    I suggested this when the Watch was announced and got bashed to hell. I don't feel the Digital Crown is Apple-like but I also don't own a Watch so maybe it's not such a pain to twist a tiny outdated mechanical dial.
  • Reply 14 of 17
    cali said:
    patsu said:

    Perhaps gesture around the watch face would do the trick. Then again, should be doable on AppleWatch too.
    I suggested this when the Watch was announced and got bashed to hell. I don't feel the Digital Crown is Apple-like but I also don't own a Watch so maybe it's not such a pain to twist a tiny outdated mechanical dial.
    I have an Apple Watch v1. I never 'twist' the crown. I simply 'swipe' my thumb or finger or what have you across the top to 'roll' the crown, forward or back to scroll through menu items. Also not that you can push in on the crown as a 'select' mechanism, but you cannot pull outward as you can do with a standard, mechanical watch to set the hands. 

    The 'slide-roll' with thumb or finger works great! Quick, easy and very smooth scrolling. No twisting of a bezel with a MS scroll-wheel feel, like on a cheap 3-button mouse.
    radarthekatwatto_cobra
  • Reply 15 of 17
    gatorguygatorguy Posts: 20,757member
    cali said:
    patsu said:

    Perhaps gesture around the watch face would do the trick. Then again, should be doable on AppleWatch too.
    I suggested this when the Watch was announced and got bashed to hell. I don't feel the Digital Crown is Apple-like but I also don't own a Watch so maybe it's not such a pain to twist a tiny outdated mechanical dial.
    Sounds like a good idea to me. 
  • Reply 16 of 17
    mac_128mac_128 Posts: 3,448member
    patsu said:
    Rotating bezel is too limiting.

    Must be a perfect circle, which is a little awkward for showing a scrollable list with the Crown.

    Perhaps gesture around the watch face would do the trick. Then again, should be doable on AppleWatch too.
    I'm not sure I understand what you're saying. The bezel has to be a perfect circle, but how is it awkward for showing a scrollable list? How long is this list anyway? Regardless, it's no different than using the crown. The finger only rotates the controller so far, before it must be lifted and placed back to continue scrolling in a particular direction. That's true on either a bezel or a crown. I don't see how one is any more problematic for scrolling lists than the other.
  • Reply 17 of 17
    cali said:
    patsu said:

    Perhaps gesture around the watch face would do the trick. Then again, should be doable on AppleWatch too.
    I suggested this when the Watch was announced and got bashed to hell. I don't feel the Digital Crown is Apple-like but I also don't own a Watch so maybe it's not such a pain to twist a tiny outdated mechanical dial.
    It's not a pain whatsoever. I prefer it to on-screen scroll swiping (which you can do) because it 1) doesnt block my view of the screen, and 2) is more precise to speed adjustments.
    edited January 2017 watto_cobra
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