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It's about time: Weeks late, Verizon's $349 Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch to launch on May 11

In early February, Google formally announced the release of Android Wear 2.0, the latest version of its OS for wearable devices. Alongside that announcement, Verizon unveiled its own smartwatch running Android Wear 2.0: the Wear24.

At the time, Verizon said:

The Wear24 smartwatch will be available online and in Verizon stores next month for $299.99 with new two-year activation.

Its planned release in March never materialized, but today, Verizon said that the Wear24 will finally be available from May 11. In addition to buying it on a two-year plan, buyers will also have the option to purchase the device for $349.99 upfront. It will be available in three colors: Stainless Steel, Gunmetal Black, and Rose Gold.

The Wear24 has built-in 4G LTE connectivity; a circular 1.39-inch AMOLED display; 450mAh battery with wireless charging support; and IP67 water-resistance, allowing the device to withstand immersion in up to a meter of water for up to 30 minutes.

The reason for the delayed launch of the Wear24 remains unclear, although it may be related to the late discovery of a bug in Android Wear 2.0 last month, which halted its rollout for several devices. The OS update had already been delayed by several months.

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