Google has let it be known for quite some time that Android Wear would eventually be getting support for LTE connections. With this particular functionality in place, consumers would be able to take their smartwatch with them and still stay connected to the things they want or need most while out and about, but without having to take their phone with them. LG’s Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE is one of the Android Wear devices to come with cellular support, and not too long ago LG officially announced sales would begin this week for the watch at both AT&T and Verizon stores.
Following this announcement from LG, Google themselves have officially made cellular support for the Android Wear platform available as they state they are bringing the function to the software as of today. This doesn’t mean that all Android Wear watches will be able to sustain their own connection though, as the watch will need the hardware that allows a connection to LTE. Backing up LG’s announcement Google mentions the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition will be the first watch with LTE capabilities, and that users will be able to do everything from make and receive calls, to simply keep up on their notifications and keep in contact with friends and family through messages or email.
When users have an LTE supported Android Wear device, they can keep their watch connected through Bluetooth just like every other device on the market, but when the phone and the watch move out of range and disconnect, the watch will simply swap over to LTE for a connection to everything that comes in. It’s worth mentioning of course, that your phone will still need to have a connection to a cell or WiFi network to receive any incoming notifications, calls, messages etc. so that it can send them to the watch for you to view and interact with. While Google doesn’t explain any details about upcoming devices with LTE support, the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE won’t be the only watch to carry this feature, and now that Google has made the support for a connection to a cell network officially official, consumers can probably expect more options from various OEMs.