LG Watch Urbane Won’t Use Android Wear, Supports LTE
LG recently announced its fully metal Watch Urbane and we can expect to see it in Barcelona next week. However, according to new details about the product, one variant of the smartwatch won’t use Android Wear; instead it would go for a new software developed by LG itself.
That’s not all, the variant will also support LTE which is highly impressive. Speculations suggested that Watch Urbane LTE will use WebOS, similar to Audi’s unnamed smartwatch. However, that isn’t the case as LG has denied any relation with the Audi prototype and the software side of things using WebOS.
It’s a strange decision, but considering the fact that Watch Urbane will support LTE, people are likely to try out the new device despite it using a completely new platform. It’s also understandable that LG wants to make its smartwatch stand-out and different from the ones available in the market. Still, it’s gamble as the success of this device will be highly based on the reception of LG’s new software.
If LG fails to impress users with its new platform, we may see this variant completely off the market at one point. LG wants their device to be more than your average smartwatch, but I guess that’s how every company likes to describe their product. We’ll know what the device is capable of once it is shown in full at World Mobile Conference.
LG using their own platform doesn’t mean the smartwatch won’t work with Android phones, it will. Moreover, you won’t necessarily need a phone as Watch Urbane LTE has its own cellular connectivity. It supports VoLTE in addition to a walkie talkie feature that will let many users speak at the same time.
The LTE variant will also feature an emergency speed dial function, to make calls using just one press. As for the battery, LTE version has 700mA, which I guess is enough to last for a while. Adding to its features is smart wallet and NFC functionality.
Sensors are also in abundance: gyroscope, compass, Accelerometer, atmospheric pressure, heartbeat and GPS.
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