LG Chooses webOS Instead Of Android Wear For Its Next Smartwatch
CES always presents us with intriguing products and concepts. Few of them go on to become successful in consumers markets while many of them never become a reality. LG’s new smartwatch presented this year is a product that will require a lot of time making way to the markets.
While the majority of smartwatch manufacturers including LG itself have released Android Wear or Apple Watch wearables, this new smartwatch by LG doesn’t run these OSes obviously. Instead, LG has opted for open-source webOS for its next smartwatch which is yet unnamed.
LG’s webOS-based smartwatch is expected to debut by early 2016 and it is being developed in collaboration with Audi.
So what benefits does this smartwatch have over normal Android Wear or Apple Watch? AndroidCentral reported that the smartwatch will have some carrier bundled on the device. There is also a “Sound” page in Settings which suggests that it might have a speaker, unlike current Android Wear. Moreover, the device also has a dialer.
So the advantage of webOS-based smartwatch is that it can be used as a standalone device unlike Android Wear or Apple Watch that can only work in collaboration with a smartphone. It might also be able to make calls without requiring a pair with smartphone.
This could make the wearable different enough to attract a user base. LG needs to spend 2015 building a strong developer ecosystem for its wearable. Moreover, since Android Wear and Apple Watch are in its infancy, this is the right time for LG to make this move and shift a large consumer base towards its webOS-based smartwatch.
At CES, the watch was running several apps including email, calendar, music, and an Audi app for locking and unlocking a car using NFC. It also runs apps by LG like Voice Memo, Q Voice, Remote Shutter and Find My Phone.
As for the processor, it is powered by Qualcomm’s MSM8626, aka Snapdragon 400 which is found in most of the current smartwatches. LG has not given it a final name yet. Audi reps told AndroidCentral that they used a prototype of the webOS watch which didn’t have any name. However, the Settings page reveals an LG-W120L model number and “LG W” as device name. But this is not the final name of the watch.
This watch appears to be a fancier version of G Watch R as it is made of stainless steel, and sapphire crystal. It is also water resistant.
There is not any word on pricing but we can expect that it will be more expensive than $300 G Watch R considering its design and software capabilities.
Source: Android Central