News by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday May 13, 2014.
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It's been five months since we first saw the LG Lifeband Touch and Heart Rate earphones unveiled at CES 2014. The wearable devices that connect with smartphones for fitness tracking and other controls have finally been given a launch date. LG revealed today that both the Lifeband Touch and Heart Rate earphones will go on sale in the United States beginning Sunday May 18.
LG has remained silent on the Lifeband since its CES debut, and there were some concerns that the company might not launch the accessory given the coming launch of the G Watch, but the fitness-focused Lifeband shows LG plans to approach the wearables market in various ways. Lifeband, which we have detailed in a product report and a hands-on video here, will connect to Android devices to share detailed workout reports, monitor long-term goals, control music playback, and notify users about incoming calls or messages. The Heart Rate Earphones are wireless Bluetooth earphones that fulfills its name and measures the user's heart rate.
The LG Lifeband Touch will cost $149.99 when it goes on sale this Sunday. The Earphones will cost $179.99. Both devices will be sold at BestBuy.com, and availability will expand this June to include Fry's, HH Gregg, and Newegg. A smartphone running at least iOS 6 or Android 4.3 is required to use the Lifeband Touch (an exception is made for the Android 4.2 LG G2 and Samsung Galaxy S4)
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.