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It seems as though LG has employed a bad good, better, best strategy with its Android Wear smartwatch family. The company first released the G Watch, which was a blandly-designed smartwatch that probably shouldn’t have left the LG labs. Next up came the G Watch R, which brought with it a fully circular display and a sport-oriented design. Finally, LG stepped up to the plate with the Watch Urbane, which also includes a circular display but ups the style factor immensely compared to its predecessors. The Watch Urbane went on sale earlier today via the U.S. Google Store for $349 and as a result, the G Watch R is receiving a price cut to distance itself from its newer, flashier sibling. The G Watch... Read more...
Good, Better, Best? LG underwhelmed most with its first entry into the Android Wear game: the G Watch. While it was a competent smartwatch, it was far from stylish and looked more like a factory prototype than something that you’d actually want to wear on your wrist. The company stepped up its game with the G Watch R, which brought a lot more style to the table a fully circular watch face (unlike the Motorola Moto 360, with its “flat tire” display). And now, LG is looking to up the ante even further and steel a bit of thunder from Apple’s upcoming premium Apple Watch offering with the Watch Urbane. The Watch Urbane is LG’s first all-metal Android Wear smartwatch and is a clear evolution of the... Read more...
The smartwatch market is finally starting to gain some traction. Samsung is shipping smartwatches that run its own Tizen operating system and numerous OEMs (including Samsung) are shipping smartwatches that run Google’s Android Wear operating system. And we can’t forget that the Apple Watch will soon hit the market (as soon as March, according to 9to5Mac) running Watch OS. LG was one of the first to hit the ground running with Android Wear, launching the G Watch in June. The company followed up shortly with the more premium, better-looking G Watch R, which also ran Android Wear. However, Google doesn’t leave much room for differentiation with the operating system with Android Wear, and other... Read more...
One of the risks of being an early adopter of technology is that at any given moment, a price cut is bound to appear. In fact, that's an inevitability in most cases. Be that as it may, it's still a gut punch when it happens, especially so quickly, as is the case with LG's G Watch. Having only been on the market since July, Best Buy just slashed the price of the G Watch to $160. That's down from the smartwatch's original MSRP of $229 and it applies to both the black and white models. It's not known if the price cut will turn into a temporary one or if Best Buy is trying to clear out inventory in advance of something new, but either way, that's a significant reduction for something that's only... Read more...
LG thinks it may have found a fix for an annoying issue that was causing corrosion build up on its LG G Watch and subsequent skin irritation. Some users are reporting an over-the-air (OTA) update that flashes the firmware from KMV78V to KMV78Y. There doesn't appear to be an official changelog associated with the OTA update, though LG confirmed the primary purpose to stop the corrosion buildup on exposed POGO pins on the back of the smartwatch. "Recently it has come to our attention that a small number of G Watch devices have been reported to have developed discoloration and residue buildup on the terminal pins located on the back. While completely safe and unlikely to affect charging, LG will... Read more...
Google obviously has a vested interest in seeing Android wearables succeed, so rather than watch its hardware partners flounder around in a sea of custom platforms, the sultan of search introduced the world to Android Wear, a special version of Android specifically built for the wearable market. It's drawing interest from hardware players and developers, including LG, which just announced its working together with Google on a "G Watch" powered by Android Wear. The collaboration makes perfect sense when you think about the cozy history these two firms have with each other (LG built the Nexus 4 and 5, along with the G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition). Their comfortable relationship will now extend... Read more...