LG Watch Sport, Watch Style User Manuals Spotted; Leaked Retail Packaging Tips Google Partnership

Ahead of the expected launch of Android Wear 2.0 on Wednesday, the user manuals for LG Watch Style and Watch Sport smartwatches have been leaked online. Apart from the user manuals, the retail packaging for the Watch Style variant has also been leaked and mentions the South Korean company’s partnership with Google to design the device.

The leaked user manuals for both LG Watch Style and Watch Sport, shared by Droid Life, do not reveal all device specifications but do mention features like Google Assistant, a digital crown for browsing through apps, and a USB Type-C charging dock.

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LG Watch Sport
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Google Assistant can be accessed by saying “OK Google” or pressing and holding the power button on the smartwatches. Both smartwatches will come with a rotating digital crown to help users browse through the apps but the Watch Sport, which has been tipped to be the higher-end variant, will come with two additional buttons. The function of these buttons can be customised, but by default the top-right button takes you to the Fit Workout app while the bottom-right button takes you to Android Pay by default.

The LG Watch Sport’s manual suggests that the smartwatch will come with a heart rate sensor, GPS, NFC support, and a barometer while LG Watch Style lacks these features. Notably, these specifications fall in line with earlier leaks regarding the smartwatches.

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LG Watch Style
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While the Watch Sport will come with a charging cradle, the Watch Style variant will use a flat charging pad. Both these charging pads will come with USB type-C port. The LG Watch Sport additionally comes with a removal tool to open the rear casing of the watch while putting the SIM card into the slot.

Apart from the user manuals, the retail packaging for LG Watch Style has also been leaked. The leaked packaging, obtained by GSMArena, interestingly says, “Designed with our friends at Google.” Although it was already tipped that Google has formed a Nexus-like partnership with LG to develop the smartwatches, it seems like the South Korean company will be displaying the search giant’s moniker right on the packaging of the smartwatches.

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The LG Watch Style has been tipped to be priced by the company at $249 (roughly Rs. 17,000) while the pricing for LG Watch Sport is tipped to start from $349 (roughly Rs. 23,500). The Android Wear 2.0 wearable platform is expected to be launched alongside the two smartwatches on Wednesday.

Apple Sees Decline in China Smartphone Shipments, Oppo Leads: IDC

Corporation (IDC) has revealed.

According to IDC’s Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker report, Apple dropped from 58.4 million iPhones in 2015 and Xiaomi from 64 million Mi phones, drops of 23 percent and 36 percent, respectively.

Apple Sees Decline in China Smartphone Shipments, Oppo Leads: IDC

Oppo, which shipped 78.4 million phones – more than double the 35.4 million it shipped in 2015. Huawei came in at second, shipping 76 million phones, while Vivo managed to almost double its shipments, going from 35 million in 2015 to 69 million last year.

“Increased dependence on mobile apps has led to consumers to seek phone upgrades, thus helping drive the large growth in fourth quarter of 2016. In lower tiered cities, there was a similar demand by consumers, which Oppo and Vivo met by aggressively pushing mid-range smartphones in these cities,” said Tay X iaohan, Senior Market Analyst, IDC Asia/Pacific’s Client Devices team, in a statement.

Despite the decline, IDC does not believe Chinese vendors have actually eaten away Apple’s market share. Most Apple users are expected to be holding out for the new iPhone that will be launched this year, and that will help the brand to see a growth in 2017.

Apple’s 10-year anniversary iPhone will also likely attract some of the high-end Android users in China to convert to an iPhone.

“The smartphone market in China saw a 19 percent year-on-year growth and 17 percent quarter-on-quater growth fourth quarter of 2016. For the full year of 2016, the market grew by nine percent with top Chinese smartphone vendors taking up a larger share of the market,” the findings showed.

At present, out of the top three Chinese vendors in China, Huawei is the most successful with half of its shipments coming from markets outside China in fourth quarter of 2016.