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posted by on Thursday April 20 2017, @02:24PM   Printer-friendly
from the they-make-things-now? dept.

Back in February, Verizon quietly unveiled a smartwatch of its own alongside the launch of Android Wear 2.0 in the LG Watch Style and Sport. Today, the carrier confirmed that the Wear24 watch will hit stores starting May 11.

Since the smartwatch sports the latest Android Wear operating system, it includes features that help it untether from your smartphone, such as 4G/LTE connectivity, an on-watch version of the Google Play Store and Google Assistant.

In terms of hardware and build, the Wear24 has a 1.39-inch AMOLED display, 450 mAh battery, and an IP67 water resistance rating. However, it lacks other coveted features like a built-in GPS, heart rate sensor, swappable bands, NFC mobile payment technology or an equivalent to the Apple Watch's Digital Crown. Judging from product images, it has a simpler aesthetic than some of its more aggressive counterparts.

But can it tell time?

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  • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 20 2017, @02:33PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 20 2017, @02:33PM (#496864)

    If not, you can fuck off!

  • (Score: 2) by WillR on Thursday April 20 2017, @03:11PM (1 child)

    by WillR (2012) on Thursday April 20 2017, @03:11PM (#496879)
    ...and can it do it without having to conspicuously shake your arm to wake the thing up? Smartwatches so far all make it hard to check the time without looking like a jerk making a pointed "THIS MEETING IS BORING ME!" show out of checking the time.

    If it can't, it's not very good at being a watch. Like some smartphones that weren't very good at being phones.
    • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Thursday April 20 2017, @07:00PM

      by DannyB (5839) on Thursday April 20 2017, @07:00PM (#497008)

      You're holding it wrong.

      If the smartphone is an Apple product, then it cannot possibly be a fundamental design problem. Therefore, logically it is user error.

  • (Score: 2) by kaszz on Friday April 21 2017, @05:33AM

    by kaszz (4211) on Friday April 21 2017, @05:33AM (#497253) Journal

    But can it tell time?

    It can tell how corporations can exploit you for profit and fun :p
    And government are in on it too. We are many you know.

    To make it obey you instead of you obeying it, better start figuring out how to poke the code signing out of the Quad ARM Cortex A7 @ 1.2 GHz. Nice processor you got there, nice if it would run my code..

  • (Score: 2) by takyon on Friday April 21 2017, @09:37AM

    by takyon (881) Subscriber Badge <> on Friday April 21 2017, @09:37AM (#497318) Journal

    Didn't hear anything about a Verizon Smartwatch 1.0 (for suckers).

    Only by a miracle (Phoenix666) did I hear about this one.

    If it doesn't have a holographic interface, I don't care. Ok, maybe if they pack in current desktop class performance into it at the 0.5-3nm nodes, and let it use WiGig to transmit to a monitor, with a 5x denser battery than is available today and would blow your arm off if it malfunctioned.

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