On some level, smartwatches are accessories to your accessories, thanks to their need to be tethered to your smartphone. Smartwatches are generally created as companion pieces to your phone, but Google’s latest Android Wear watches will feature cellular connectivity for the express purpose of allowing you to leave your phone at home.

Android Wear watches already support wi-fi, so you’ve been able to perform online tasks with them, but now they’ll be able to tap into the mobile grid and make calls, send and receive text messages, and perform other Internet-related tasks without needed a wi-fi connection or a smartphone that they’re tapped into via-Bluetooth.

It sounds like cellular support will become standard with Android Wear watches and LG’s Urbane 2nd Edition LTE smartwatch, which is available for purchase now, is the first to feature it.

It’s really hard to imagine a future where we’re not all glued to our smartphones, but it’s interesting that the watch movement is going in the opposite direction. Obviously smartwatches can accomplish a lot, but those tiny screens aren’t made to be stared into for minutes at a time, so maybe this is the solution to what’s considered to be a pretty rude epidemic.

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