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Report: LG Readies G3 With Fingerprint Scanner, G Arch Smartwatch, and G Health Fitness Tracker for MWC

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Don’t tell me you are surprised by the idea that LG is readying a follow-up to the G2 with its own set of wearable gadgets. It may seem too soon, but the company didn’t exactly sell its current flagship in the record numbers it was hoping for and are likely looking to rebound with something new. With smartwatches, even as rough-around-the-edges as they currently stand, you are looking at the hot tech topic of the moment right now that every company  is seemingly interested in creating. According to two separate reports out of Korean media outlets, LG will more than likely introduce the new G3 and up to two wearable devices by the time next year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) rolls around. 

The report is light on G3 details, but does claim that it will sport a fingerprint scanner much like we saw on the HTC One Max in that it requires a swipe. If that’s the case, I’d rather LG go ahead and trash the idea right now. Take a quick look at our One Max review to see how terrible of a move that can be. If you can’t implement a fingerprint scanner like Apple has done with such a little footprint, then I’m not sure we need one. Or maybe I should give LG a chance to prove that a fingerprint scanner can be useful if done right? OK, I’ll try. They did take innovation up a notch this year with…rear-mounted buttons…woof.

The two reports out of Korean media also claim that we’ll see a smartwatch called the G Arch accompany the G3 at MWC, along with a fitness tracker called the G Health. Little is known about the G Arch, but one could assume it’ll pair seamlessly with the G3 and other LG products. Here’s to hoping they don’t limit it to just LG devices, right, Samsung? The G Health on the other hand actually made a brief appearance at last year’s CES as a prototype, but never did meet LG’s “summer” launch time frame. In case you were wondering, the product looked identical to a Nike Fuelband, though it did have a swipeable touchscreen and support for apps on both iOS and Android.

Ready for smartwatches to disappear forever or are you still hoping someone can finally get it right?

Via:  Korea Herald | Engadget | Daum | Blog of Mobile
  • Aaron Lothian

    Apple fingerprint is quite a unique security system for a smartphone. I have the LG G2 and still use the swipe shape for my lock code. Less likely for me to forget that, being all the other things I have to remember. If you have a rooted handset and a different Bootloader like Clockwork Mod, which has password protection to prevent hard resets.

  • Shawn John

    When it comes to Smart Watches I doubt any of them measure up to the Qualcomm Toq, the New Mirasol display technology allows for viewing in any lighting condition, even the sun, that doubled with the horse power, none of the smart watches even come close. http://toq.qualcomm.com/product/specs

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    At this point in time it’s moto or nothing.

  • Bill Hill

    WHERE IS 4.4 LG?!?

  • Daniel Walsh

    Also LG might want to hurry up this time because if you release it after the SGS5 is released, it’s going to be much harder selling your phone.

  • Daniel Walsh

    Fingerprint scanners are pretty useless. Just sayin.

  • Ralph Luciano Padro Jr.

    I love the rear key. It didn’t take long to adjust. If they bring that kind of innovation to the finger scan, I could see it as a success. I won’t get it, though. I think the G2 and I will go very far.

  • LTEasy

    CAN I GET 4.4 ON MY G2 BEFORE I STARTED GETTING PISSED OFF ABOUT THIS G3.

  • Mike H.

    I know. How about they uodate their current flagship to 4.4?

    Also it wouldnt surprise me if Apple would sue any company that doesnt use a swipe method fingerprint scanner. I would think they would have a patent for a normal functional fingerprint scanner.

    • michael arazan

      Except laptops were using fingerprint scanners years before apple was, and they’re mobile so apple didn’t have the first mobile device to do so.

  • Ryan

    I really hope this isn’t the new trend for phones – Finger Print Scanners. Don’t need it, and don’t ever want one.

  • mgamerz

    I’m waiting for a weightlifting G-spot joke to come in somewhere, but I can’t find a good place.

  • AndroidUser00110001

    They should add the fingerprint scanner on the power button and make it function much like the iPhone scanner.

  • Rodeojones000

    When te he G2 first came out I immediately jumped on the Rear Buttons Are Stupid bandwagon. Then I desperately needed a new phone, did some ressearch, and picked the G2 because of its great developer following. I figured the back buttons were something I could live with. Little did I know that not only would I learn to love with them, but I actually prefer them now. LG was right, putting them there where your finger naturally rests just makes sense. Add in knock on/off and not one part of me misses the more traditional button layout.

    Regarding the new tech, I’m definitely interested in smart watches. There hasn’t been one released just yet that I’ve felt was worth purchasing, but I’m hoping that will change soon (and maybe it’s LG who finally figures it out).

  • Blue Sun

    Fingerprint scanners are so 2013. Can we move on from this silly feature already?

    • mgamerz

      Have you used one on a phone?

    • michael arazan

      Just for saying that, they’ll put fingerprint scanners on the smartwatch.

      Because companies seem to do the opposite of what customers want.

  • D.B.Evans

    Hopefully the G Health will be what I have been wanting on Android. I have always seen the smart watches as overkill – too many compromises for too little benefit. I always thought a “feature watch” rather than a smart watch was a better direction. No need for the watch to run apps, it just needs to sync with the phone and let the apps run on the phone. Simple APIs for some basic remote functionality on the watch is sufficient (simple music controls, etc so I don’t need to pull the phone out of my pocket), and incorporate health-band features into the watch. That’s it – less battery drain on the watch that way, and can limit the size somewhat.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Ahh yes! CES ….MWC. Can’t wait!

  • joejoe5709

    Well a fingerprint scanner kind of sort of makes sense with the rear keys, actually. Your finger naturally lands there anyway. But I still say fingerprint scanners are currently gimmicky at best. Knowing LG, they’re probably waiting to see how well it catches on with Apple and/or if Samsung adopts the idea. Oh and yeah it’s far far too early to be talking about a G2 replacement. Such is the hybebeast train, right? :-)

    • pappy53

      Not gimmicky when they work, i.e.Apple.

  • Ant
    • SplashMTN

      We get it man, you’re clearly plugging this smart watch. Plus I checked out the site and they don’t even offer a 64GB option. Quit spamming and move on.

      • Ant

        im actually a Kickstarter Backer Dumbass. Maybe you should have looked here instead. The 64GB was available while the Kickstarter project was live. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/neptune/neptune-pine-smartwatch-reinvented

        • SplashMTN

          That’s fine then, you got me there, but you’ve posted 5 separate times about this thing on the same forum. I get excited about new gadgets too, but this is ridiculous. You also never linked to the kickstarter campaign, so I went with the information from the link you so generously supplied twice.

    • Xiria Seven

      Might as well wear a Note 3 on my wrist! LoL

  • Ant

    The Neptune Pine is also GSM/CDMA compatible

  • Ant

    The Neptune Pine is untethered, unlike the galaxy gear and pebble. You can use it to make calls. It runs most native android apps not specifically made apps, battery life is 5+ days. I personally like the idea when i sell my phones to get newer phones i can now use my smartwatch until my new phone comes in.

    • Xiria Seven

      Also, the Neptune Pine acts as a smart watch and once you remove it from your wrist it acts as a tablet.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/MMcCraryNJ Michael McCrary

    If this is true, the fact that they are getting ready to go to market with the G3 doesn’t exactly fill me with confidence for long term software support for the G2.

    • mgamerz

      I see you haven’t seen the amazingly long lived software support of other LG devices, such as…


      yeah…

  • Guy Pierce

    Thanks goodness for “Jump”! I just got the G2.

  • chris_johns

    and smart watches arent even big yet…and i already want them to die

  • chris_johns

    how about trying to make a phone thats not gigantic and maybe youll compete more…my mother got her first smartphone last month and she went with the x when they were pushing her the lg for free because she liked how it looked…she liked that it wasnt a gigantic piece of plastic she would drop 100x bc she’d always need 2 hands to use and has arthritis

    • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

      The G2 is the same size as the S4

  • Richard Yarrell

    Following the footsteps of the TOP DOG of android will always be all LG can do. After all Samsung shows everybody the way that’s nothing new.

    • Dr_Buttballs

      Shut up, Richard.

    • joejoe5709

      For now, yes. But LG has the know-how and the motivation to start leading. At this point they’re using Samsung as a model just to get back in the game. They used to be THE phone maker just a few years ago and Samsung was the “me too” company.

      • Tim242

        LG has never been THE phone maker.

        • TylerChappell

          Exactly, they’ve been treading in Samsung’s shadow for as long as I can remember in virtually every product category. And they were one of the worst when it came to device updates before Google gave them the Nexus treatment. And while it was a budget phone, and my mom has since moved to the GS4, I still see no reason why the LG Lucid hasn’t received Jelly Bean yet when it was more than capable of handling it and LG’s other bastardized devices like the Vu or whatever were getting JB.

    • mustbepbs

      So does Samsung pay you per word, or is it per comment?

      I’d like to get paid to spout bullsh*t, too.

      • Adrynalyne

        Gotta be per word. This guy slobs Samsung knob on every android discus, and even youtube comments.

      • Data

        I bet he does it for free, Tuvok.

    • Adrynalyne

      I guess I missed the Samsung phone with a fingerprint scanner.

    • squiddy20

      Yeah, cause we all know how successful S Health and the Galaxy Gear are/were. Wasn’t there something like a 40% return rate on the Gear? Maybe, as it is with every other product out there, LG will build upon Samsung’s screwed up experiences and do them one better in both categories. You’re only fooling yourself if you think otherwise. Oh wait, you’re more than likely one of these guys: http://www.droid-life.com/2013/10/24/samsung-slapped-with-340000-fine-for-faking-online-comments-about-competitors/
      Also, “always” is a long long time. Remember how everyone “knew” Android would “never” amount to anything when competing against iOS and Blackberry? Yeah, that was just 4 short years ago. To quote one of your ridiculous sayings: “go buy a life”.

  • Chris

    lol. LG is trying to play it with the big boys.

    • Rodeojones000

      LG is one of the big boys.

  • Ryan

    I cant wait to see the next phone. Everyone knocks the phone because its LG but after using it people like it a lot. The buttons on the back work for me but if its doesnt for other people you dont need them with knock on/off. Even Kellen admitted to liking it after picking it up to use again and the G2 is the only device on his list with a skin to make the top 5 devices. Even though its personal with that review it still speaks a lot for the device since he has many phone options chose it.

    • aye_winchell

      ya but that skin is pretty horrible, i mean, i dont mind the white setting menu, but the folders and status bar were pretty bad, but if you root, and use a customer launcher (i use gel) it quickly becomes a really nice phone, that is super fast and clean. and knock on/off still work (with a caveat that while using a customer launcher knock off only works by knocking (off) on the status bar, but it seems to work well for me). To me the skin is the only draw back, and since i have no problem changing that stuff its a non issue for me, it is a great phone.

      • gonk24

        Simple work around to having knock off like feature to turn off screen when using a launcher like Nova
        1. Install a screen off app (I use Soft Lock Screen)
        2. Set double tap gesture to the app you just installed

        Now a double tap turns off your screen just like LG’s knock on/off.

  • Ant

    In regards to smart watches i have a 64GB Neptune Pine Smart watch being shipped to me in January. They have made a fantastic smart watch. So glad i backed them on Kickstarter to get a great deal. http://www.neptunepine.com

    • samosa king

      Why do we need a smartwatch with a 64GB memory chip? Heck I’d just a normal watch.

      • Chris

        I’d wear none and just use my phone…..

      • Big_EZ

        Maybe because most current smart phones don’t have enough storage and lack a microSD slot. I don’t at all want or need a smart watch (I never use a regular watch) but the 64gb is what caught my eye. I could get away from Samsung’s horrible phones (love the size of the Note series, and the microSD slot, but the love ends there) and have a decent amount of storage.

      • Ant

        For some having alot of storage for music, movies, apps isnt a bad idea. not to mention OTA updates can take up valuable space too.

        • Tim242

          ON A WATCH????

          • Big_EZ

            Well with most current phones we can’t have anything on the same phone.

    • martyjones100

      That looks dope. I’m gonna consider it, but I’d insist on trying it on first

    • Feed Jake

      Look at how big that thing is. That’s truly a case of just putting a smartphone on a wristband. Functionality looks great, but I don’t want to look like one of those people that works at Coldstone Creamery and only scoopes ice cream with one arm all day every day, haha.

    • Xiria Seven

      Thing is huge. No thanks.

  • samosa king

    I think it’s too early to announce the LG G3. The G2 just came out around 3 months ago.

    • StuckOnVerizonForever

      best phone of 2013. Need my successor.

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    • SamBoy

      This is why I stopped buying Moto phones

      • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

        The G2 is not made by Moto…

        • Adrynalyne

          My thoughts are that SamBoy has switched to LG and that is why he said it.

          • SamBoy

            No I have a Note 3 I said it because if they release this phone so soon it will be just like what Moto used to do.

          • Justin W

            “used to”

          • Adrynalyne

            Pity, I was hoping I could stick up for you. Guess not.

        • SamBoy

          Clearly it says LG right there read beetween the lines

  • aye_winchell

    you trash the rear buttons, but honestly, i never need them, knock on/off is a seriously good idea that works well, i was skeptical at first but i catch myself trying to do it on all sorts of devices, mostly my n7, so the buttons on the back make no difference to me, what was really terrible was the skin, but now that i’m rooted running gel and xposed, its nearly perfect, nearly.

    • samosa king

      I thought the rear buttons was a really good idea. Makes the sides look clean.

      • aye_winchell

        ya, i mean i never really had a problem with the buttons on the side, but you’re right, when holding the phone, it really gives it a clean feel, but it can be awkward, at least on the verizon version, if you have to use the buttons, like when i thought i bricked my phone a few days ago (or was alt least close to it), but i got used to it pretty fast, all in all its a nice trade off that i would make again, i bought 2 g2′s off contract for $500 a piece and haven’t regretted it yet.

        • samosa king

          The Verizon version is just… I agree with you on that.

          • aye_winchell

            Ya if we could get verizon out of the phone design business, that would be great. they make…not good decisions, ever.

        • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

          I am always accidentally hitting the power or volume buttons on my S3 all of the time. When I hand my phone over to someone to view a video they get pressed then too. I really like the rear design buttons and was surprised to hear so many people dislike it. I really wish I had a G2… with KitKat!

          • Jillxz

            I have the Verizon version and never have the problem of hitting the wrong button.

      • Eric R.

        Makes adjusting the volume while on a call a breeze

      • Tim242

        Makes the back busy, and the phone unlevel. No thanks.

        • Ryan

          Waaaaa… move along if you don’t like it.

          • Tim242

            You fan boys never cease to amaze me

          • TylerChappell

            lol, I played around with the G2 in Verizon and couldn’t stand the horrible button placement. And even if I were to adapt to it in about a week’s time, the buttons still felt really cheap and it hardly felt like I was even pressing them.

        • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

          The buttons are recessed.

          • Tim242

            The power button certainly is not.

        • Aj Scarpella

          The phone lays flat even with the buttons on the back.

          • Tim242

            Not the Verizon version.

        • Wilmer F.

          Unlevel? Big deal… Doesn’t affect anything besides the fact that it doesn’t lay flat by about 5mm.

        • Jillxz

          Huh ? Absurd.

      • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

        And allows for razor thin bezels

      • droidftw

        My only issue with the G2 is the fact that the screen and back scratch incredibly easily.

        • Jillxz

          I put a white Insipio Dual Pro case on mine and I love it with this case.

    • http://www.gorecording.com/ Nicholassss

      I try too knock on my N7 all the time -_-

    • Jillxz

      I like the rear buttons. They are more convenient on the back than on the side. I always had to look to see which button I needed when they were on the side , but now I know exactly which is which. I think buttons on the back should be mandatory for all smartphones.

  • samosa king

    sex

  • Tyler James Edward Hills

    Jesus. I was planning on getting a G2 in February too.

    • martyjones100

      “That tech is so 2013″

    • joejoe5709

      If LG follows a similar timeframe as their previous phones I wouldn’t expect a G2 replacement until atleast summer anyway. Samsung’s Galaxy S5 is literally “the next big thing”. Then HTC should have something in store. Then Motorola and then LG.

      • Tyler James Edward Hills

        Yeah I’m hoping this report is false. Then again if this fingerprint scanner is true, I might just prefer the G2 anyway.