Android Wear switches on LTE so you can run without your smartphone

LG Watch Urbane
LG Watch Urbane

Android Wear has now switched on LTE compatibility meaning you can leave your phone at home when you go out for a run or pop to the shops - problem is, you need the right watch.

At the moment it's only for the LG Watch Urbane second edition – all other smartwatches are still restricted to Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections.

Your watch will share a phone number with your phone, but it won't need to be nearby to the device.

Running without Bluetooth

The LG Watch Urbane second edition was prepared for the update already - unlike every other Wear smartwatch - because it has an LTE radio inside. Hopefully future smartwatches will come with an LTE radio ready to work out of the box.

Availability for the LG Watch Urbane second edition is going to be a slow roll out - first up is the US and Korea by the end of November. The UK and Australia will see it in the coming months. We've reached out to LG to find out when, but so far there's been no response.

Smartwatches will soon become a much more attractive proposition if we can leave our phones at home and do our daily business from our wrists instead.

But for that to happen, we need to see more devices from manufacturers - and preferably as soon as possible.

James Peckham

James is the Editor-in-Chief at Android Police. Previously, he was Senior Phones Editor for TechRadar, and he has covered smartphones and the mobile space for the best part of a decade bringing you news on all the big announcements from top manufacturers making mobile phones and other portable gadgets. James is often testing out and reviewing the latest and greatest mobile phones, smartwatches, tablets, virtual reality headsets, fitness trackers and more. He once fell over.