Going deeper inside, this LG-made smartwatch boasts of NFC connectivity, which isn’t just a fancy gimmick for quick unlocking. Compared to WiFi or LTE, NFC offers more secure identification that industry standards require, making sure that it is really the owner, or at least the wearer, that is accessing the car’s features. The central arm rest provides both NFC identification and wireless charging, though Audi says it is still trying to work out the ergonomic design of the features. It is also looking into Bluetooth secure identification to make the system more open to other devices, particularly smartwatches that don’t have NFC inside.
The good news for Android lovers is that the Android Wear version is more generic, usable on any Android Wear smartwatch of choice, which already exists in the market compared to LG’s webOS prototype. The bad news (again!) is that, given how Android Wear works, it will need to work with a smartphone, unlike the LG smartwatch that has its own cellular connection and can run independently of any mobile device. But the good news (yet again) is that the core functionality you will find in the webOS version is also in here, just with less fanciness.
Setting up authorized devices is done through a web-based management tool and would-be owners can pair up smartwatches, smartphones, and tablets for Audi’s Secure Key system. As to when that will happen, Audi is keeping mum aside from a vague 2015 launch. Another good news for Android Wear users is that the app will be a free download when the time comes, while Audi still isn’t sure when the webOS smartwatch will be available, which all depends on LG’s manufacturing schedule.
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