By Edward Cardenas

SOUTHFIELD (CBS Detroit) – A new smartwatch powered by Android Wear will be available in May from retailers including AT&T, the Google Store and Verizon Wireless.

The LG Watch Urbane is compatible with any Android 4.3 or higher smart phone and is the fist Android Wear smartwatch enabled with Wi-Fi which allows users to disconnect from their  smart phone.

“LG Watch Urbane is a perfect example that Android Wear watches can be functional and beautiful, making it a useful accessory that complements any wardrobe,” said Juno Cho, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “No one would mistake LG Watch Urbane for a computer on your wrist.”

The announcement of the release of the stylish Android watch comes the week after Apple began shipping its Apple Watch to consumers.

But unlike Apple’s newest device, which needs an iPhone to operate, the Watch will be able to receive notifications, send messages and use Android Wear compatible apps if the device is connected to a Wi-Fi network.

The metal watch design has a thin profile, with a 1.3-inch circle display and replaceable 22mm stitched leather straps. It is also water resistant up to 1 meter for 30 minutes and has a non-removable battery which can run the watch all-day on a single charge.

Prices start at $349, and the watches will be available in AT&T stores starting on May 15.

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