We’ve all assumed from the beginning that Android Wear was a platform that was dependent on your phone to serve notifications and use a data source, but a new report shows that we could be wrong. Possibly, the LG G Watch may feature an inbuilt SIM card in order to function independently of a companion phone.
The SIM card will reportedly be built-in and not removable, and this could perhaps be similar to the implementation we may see in Samsung’s reportedly-upcoming Gear Solo. More information is expected to be revealed at Google’s I/O developer conference in late June.
It’s not exactly apparent why LG would want to make this device — isn’t the whole point of Android Wear to get out of your way and enhance your smartphone experience, rather than replace it? Despite this, more credence is lent to this report by the fact that a Korean carrier may already be planning to launch this device on their network.
One possibility is that there will be two variants of the smartwatch — one standalone, and one working in conjunction with a companion device. We will, of course, learn more as we get closer to the official introduction of this fabled smartwatch.