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Report: LG Plans Sequel to G Watch, Unveiling Possibly Set for IFA in September

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According to Korea Times, who source an unidentified LG official, the Korea-based manufacturer is almost finished on the second version of the G Watch, its Android Wear-powered smartwatch that was made available only a couple of months ago. Reportedly titled G Watch 2, the smartwatch is apparently a bit more high-end, set to compete with Apple’s upcoming “iWatch” device.

While the LG official claims that the G Watch 2’s unveiling is set for IFA, it was not specified if the watch would see a global unveiling or simply a client-only behind-closed-doors unveiling for VIPs. The one thing made certain was that it would be ready in time for IFA, though. 

Only one major difference was highlighted in the report, that being that the G Watch 2 would feature an OLED display, instead of an IPS panel. LG is reportedly working closely with other LG affiliates such as LG Chem (battery) and LG Innotek (display, LED) to make the G Watch 2 more premium.

In addition to a better display, LG is said to be in talks with notable watchmakers, possibly looking to brand its watch accordingly alongside well-known watch brands. The following quote, said by an official at LG Group who wished to be unidentified, claims that watchmakers and LG need each other in this growing market.

LG Electronics is being approached by a lot of authoritative watchmakers for strategic collaboration. They need us and LG also wants to use their well-known brand image to boost the awareness of our smartwatches in key target markets.

As mentioned the G Watch was made available only a couple of months ago during Google I/O. Does it seem a bit early for LG to already replace it with a new model? During our review, we had a few not-so-good things to say about the G Watch, so maybe it is not that bad of a move for LG to quickly move on from it.

If LG does indeed show off a new G Watch model, one that is more premium, are you interested?

Via: Korea Times
  • EvanTheGamer

    They failed the first time with their so-called LG G Watch and so I’m sure they’ll fail the second time, as well. They should just give up.

  • mcdonsco

    Note from LG to those that bought an original G Watch last month and can no longer return it: “Sucka’s!!!”

  • Maxim∑

    Bought the Gwatch 2 weeks ago, nice to know its already being updated…………………..

  • Michael Bassett

    And 2 days after IFA is over LG will be announcing the more premium LG G watch 3!

    Good thing the LG G watch 2 comes with fleshlight attachment.

    • Maxim∑

      flashlight*

      • Michael Bassett

        Nope, fleshlight. That way when they release the LG G Watch 3 the G Watch 2 owners can go f*ck themselves.

  • LionStone

    This ‘collaboration’ should have happened already before the first watch came out. Samsung and LG came out too quick to the market and released utter crap. Charged twice as much also so the customer can help them eat the cost to “figure” it out.

  • ClickFire_

    Asus is said to be releasing a wear device around $99. Waiting to see that before I consider the 360.

  • Tenaj

    LOL.

  • AbbyZFresh

    LG was obviously rushing to meet the deadline for Google I/O when they were working on the first G Watch.

    Now that the event is over, LG can actually take their time to make their improvements on the second version. A premium round watch perhaps? Cheap price?

    • NexusMan

      It won’t be round. The Gear Live is not round. LG doesn’t copy Motorola.

  • Miguel
  • ITGuy11

    So at this time next year we should be expecting the G Watch 8 right???

  • pyro74boy .

    Smartwatches are just a gimmick and a huge waste of money for rich people to flush down the toilet,

    • Bryan Mills
      • pyro74boy .

        I’m not going click on any link that Bryan Mills sends me because I don’t want to get a virus on my computer LOL

        • Justin W

          Hmm. Not even if the link ends in .gif? Someone needs to take his tin foil hat off.

          • pyro74boy .

            If I don’t know the person sending me the link then I don’t click on it regardless of what it ends with. Why is this so hard for you to understand?

  • Miguel

    Welcome to the Watch games.

  • koopadoop

    Weird, smartwatch news instead of Moto S news… Perhaps not so MotoLife after all?

  • Thomas O’Brien

    Man I’d be pissed if I bought this watch…given LG’s track record, it won’t get any support once the new one comes out…

    • Bryan Mills

      G2 and G Pro 2 and G Pad are all on 4.4.2. What chu talkin bout, willis?

      • Thomas O’Brien

        I have the LG G2 and the update to 4.4.2 “Official Update” came before the release of the G3…now that the G3 is out, there will not be another official update…LG always ignores their older devices in favor of their latest and greatest.

        • Bryan Mills

          Uh huh. What other updates are there? 4.5 will come later.

          • Thomas O’Brien

            True, and the G2 won’t be getting it officially. It will be left for the Devs to get a ROM working of any future updates.

          • Bryan Mills

            4.4.2 will last a long time. This isn’t like before where it was ICS to JB, etc. But thinking about it, i doubt any OEM will update past phones to L.

        • Tim

          Um no the Optimus G and G Pro got 4.4 so the G2 will get an update. You are speaking on assumptions because you have no idea what is happening. LG ignored past updates but they are not on the new G series of flagships. Your so stuck in the past you can see the present.

  • r0l

    If it’s at another price point with another set of features I don’t see the problem. Especially if they wind up dropping the G watch to $199 and have another at $250. Same as phones with high end and midrange. To most people here who love the tech the extra $50 might seem like a no brainer, but price points matter for mass market.

  • MistaButters

    To all those people afraid that your smartwatch will become obsolete in a year. Well, actually it seems like it only takes 2.5 months. :P

    • Bryan Mills

      That and Moto seems to be late.

      • MistaButters

        They said late summer. It’s going to be here late summer. I’m not trippin.

        Besides, would you rather it be rushed and have problems, or be delayed a little and get those problems ironed out?

        • Bryan Mills

          True, but they should have planned it out. I’ll still buy the 360 then upgrade. No big deal.

          • pyro74boy .

            You buy everything that says LG because you are their CEO LOL

          • Bryan Mills

            That’s why i buy Sony and Moto , too?

            Calm down buddy.

          • pyro74boy .

            Then why all this hate about Samsung?

          • Bryan Mills

            Because they suck. It’s simple.

          • pyro74boy .

            Saying that something sucks is a childless act. I have used them all buddy but Samsung has worked the best. I see you hate on everyone that likes Samsung and I’m not even kissing Sammy booty my Next phone might be the LG G3 because I’m getting sick of bloatware on all the new Samsung phones.

          • Big EZ

            He doesn’t have a child just because he said something sucks?

            I also say Samsung sucks, but that’s only because I used one of their phones for a year and a half. Motorola or LG for me.

          • pyro74boy .

            Repeating yourself over and over again on every single post about Samsung and saying it sucks is a very childish act. I prefer Samsung and LG but this that mean that I think everything else sucks? absolutely not. This is why he get’s in hot water on this site because of the way he acts.

          • Big EZ

            I was poking fun at “childless,” I’m assuming that was auto correct?

          • pyro74boy .

            Sorry about the spelling error.

          • LionStone

            I’d say they planned it out fine, these other guys rushed out crap too soon… The 360 seems like it’ll last a good while

        • pyro74boy .

          I would much rather save my money and buy something that I would truly use and not buy something that my phone can already do.

          Also I’m not even big of wearing anything on my wrist but if I was to buy a watch I would buy a real watch [NOT A SMARTWATCH] because the battery performance on them is the difference between summer ans winter night and day ect ect.

          • MistaButters

            Well then clearly this isn’t meant for you.

            Honestly, I’m excited about getting one. I’ve spent far more than $250 on watches that don’t do anything except tell the time, so $250 for something more capable seems justifiable.

          • pyro74boy .

            To each their own I got nothing but respect for your post.

          • ClickFire_

            You miss the point of a smartwatch then. Its not meant to replace your phone or do something completely new its meant to do simple tasks faster and be an extension of your device saving time pulling out your phone waking up and unlocking it just to give a quick text response or just notifications or reminders or calander events etc. It essential makes you more efficient.

            Its definitely not for everyone but I know many use cases for my personal needs and usage.

          • LionStone

            Yep, me too… This reminds me of early tablet adoption, many said they didn’t need it because they have a laptop. I had a need for the tablet and I have a need for the smartwatch.

          • pyro74boy .

            Even I will admit that outside of work I’m a lazy person but really I must not be as lazy as you seem to be because it takes little or no energy whatsoever for me to take my phone out of my pocket and use it. My almost 2 year phone is still lighting fast to this very day and I get things done extremely fast just as is so I still fail to see your point. Plus on top of all of that it’s just one more thing that someone might steal from me or that I might lose. Okay so I already have a phone that is valued at $800 full retail price that’s in my pocket and now I have $250 smartwatch if you do the math that’s over $1000 bucks that I bring with me and that I could lose. These Android wear devices are gimmicks. I’m still waiting for someone to show me one single thing that a smartwatch can do that my phone can already do. STILL WAITING.

        • jamaall

          Exactly. I feel like Motorola watched what went wrong with other watches and made sure the moto 360 would be the best it could be when its released. I feel like it won’t feel like a first gen device like the G Watch or Gear Live.

      • Christopher Moore

        Motorola should have never showed it unless it was ready to launch. The 360 is getting old and their giving the competition too much time to react. Just how Apple reacts to the competition; slowly.

        • Qwerty

          I really don’t think any company will have something just as good as the 360 to compete with it by the time the 360 is released to the public. I agree with you in that Motorola should have released it a little sooner and gained a sizable share of the smart watch market from the lack of compelling devices, but they’ll still reap plenty of customers if it’s released at the end of September.

    • ClickFire_

      Well with no OEM skins I don’t think any of them will become obsolete it may lack certain new features but will easily last several years since there are no skins. The Nexus 10 and Nexus 7 2012 are still supported no reason wear devices can’t be considering development for them is very simple.

      • MistaButters

        It was meant as a joke

    • EvanTheGamer

      Also, it’s probably because the LG G Watch sucked the first time so they are just trying again and hoping they succeed the second time.

      Doubtful though.

      Once the Moto 360 gets released, all others should just give up trying.

  • Derek Traini

    Sorry to comment info from another blog, but Android Police received a response from LG – “LG will continue to support the Android Wear platform beyond the G Watch. But to date, no details of future Android Wear products have been confirmed.”

    • Bryan Mills

      Not confirmed = it’s happening

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

      that’s what we call a non response lol

  • Bryan Mills

    I like the sound of that.