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LG’s New Round G Watch Gets Another Teaser, Watch Almost Fully in View

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LG posted a new image of their round G Watch to Facebook late last night, an image that tries its best to hide the actual watch without really hiding it. I say that because the image is of the watch surrounded by dark, but with a bright light shining over its shoulder that attempts to distract us from the prize. Thankfully, a little tweaking in any image editing program lets you see the watch in full form, for the most part. We have done that for you below. 

The rest of the teaser mentions that “smart comes full circle” at the end of next week at IFA in Berlin.

The image doesn’t necessarily tell us anything new, but we can see that this new watch could sport a sizable amount of bezel when compared to the Moto 360. We can see the dial on the right side again, along with a strap that looks a lot like the strap on the current G Watch (not a good thing, by the way).  Here’s to hoping LG hasn’t just created a G-Shock for Android Wear. We want premium, LG.

After seeing the original teaser, where LG took a shot at the Moto 360, and now this, what are your new thoughts?

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  • dray

    I will wait for the Samsung version .. lol.. no really…. I have a galaxy gear1 and i really like the camera in the watch for taking quick snapshots of products when I’m working. Hopefully someone will jam a camera into their round watch.

  • akazerotime

    Hmmm… this looks nice I will say that much. Might just have to wait for a side by side to make a final decision. I would say Moto360 has the edge but only because I would want a metal band version.

  • StargateNH

    Is it just me or does this look TOO much like a normal, plain, everyday watch? And not even a good nice watch like a Citizen. Looks more like a Casio.

  • droidrazredge

    I had no doubts that I would still get the Moto360 even after hearing about this LG G watch R and after getting a more defined feel for how the LG G watch R will look I can rest assured I’ll be happy with the Moto360.

  • tech07

    Samsung’s round watch will out sell all of them. Don’t believe me, just watch.

  • http://godshand79.tumblr.com/ Dorian Brooks

    Bezel on a diving watch = form & function.

    Bezel on an electronic watch = beta wear

  • morteum

    I feel like everyone is reacting too quickly. We don’t don’t know what either product is like yet. The G Watch R could suck, as could the 360. Yes, Motorola probably shouldn’t have talked about their watch for so long, but they did and now we have two options instead of one. That’s all there is to it.

  • John

    Yup the G Watch strap is awful. Well it was since I lost it along with the watch. Still don’t know how it happened. People it doesn’t matter that other people are producing a round watch. It comes down to the quality, overall design and price! If the LG really does have huge bezels, how likely is it that you people will get it over the Moto 360? The LG could be another plastic piece of crap of the square version.

  • mcdonsco

    For all those hating the 360 for the black bar, here’s your alternative, black bezel all the way a “round”.

  • Myself

    I like this design for the reason being it looks more sporty and that can be good for athletic uses if it has a heart rate monitor.

  • chris_johns

    i dont see how people are saying they outdid moto…this looks like a screen with a plastic circle watch face frame planted around it…the didnt do any advaced tech here to get rid of that bottom bezel of the 360 they just hid it behind the watch face….i prefer the 360…the face is all screen and all watch in a metal housing and you can make it look as dif as you want unlike this

    • jimt

      Choices, choices. I still like the 360, I will now have to wait and see.

  • NexusMan

    It’s better than that garbage they dished out the 1st time around, but it’s no Moto 360. The design, at least from this render, doesn’t look bad as a casual watch, though. Key factors will be comfort, and screen size.

  • RGiskard

    I’m glad to see this – a Timex- or G-Shock-style watch has a niche. As everyone knows, there are a gazillion different watch designs out there, as watches are fashion accessories. Having a dozen choices of Wear watches is far better than 3 or 4, and will probably help to grow the Wear market, rather than cannibalize potential sales of any one model.

    As many know, most “guts” of fashion watches are made by only a couple companies, and are largely the same. ETA movements, for instance, are in a thousand different watches. Google has standardized the software, and Qualcomm/TI/etc. will, in essence, standardize the hardware. All that is left is design. This is a key advantage of Google’s approach over Apple’s rumored iWatch. Unless Apple can convince everyone to wear the *same* watch design (which, hey, is actually possible [insert iSheep joke here]), they are limiting adoption of their product. Google can sell Wear to folks who want a G-shock, or a Timex, or a TAG, or a Tissot, or Oris, or Omega, and on and on – as long as the barriers to entry are low. I mean, can you even imagine what Fossil will do with this? They’ll sell 100 variants on the same “guts” and allow non-geeks to indulge their fashion sense.

  • Gfame103

    Competition??? It is clear from this picture that this thing is fugly in comparison to the Moto.

  • hfoster52

    I bet all the people that were waiting for the 360 might wait for this to see what its about. Moto I think flubbed this one.

    • sirmeili

      They were likely developed at the same time (the LG and the Moto). LG probably released the G Watch when Google announced Android wear because they could start selling them then. LG also probably held off on the round version because there was no need to show it off yet.

      Motorola on the other hand is still owned by Google. If Google wanted to show a round watch and no one else wanted to show theirs off yet, Google could easily say “Well, Moto, you’re up!”. So Motorola gets to show theirs off months earlier than perhaps they like and people get so say they flubbed this one.

      The actual announcements for the 2 watches seem to be within days of each other (perhaps with the LG actually being announced first), so there is no “waiting” to see what this is about as this might actually be announced and available before the 360.

      • hfoster52

        They hyped it for the last 6 months all to be undone by LG. That’s an issue.

        • hfoster52

          Sorry marketing issue.

          • sirmeili

            As I said above, perhaps they tried to capitalize on a bad situation (being asked to show it months before it’s official release).

        • sirmeili

          They “showed” it at Google I/O which was barely just over 2 months ago (June 25th). they released some videos to capitalize on it being shown. I’m still a firm believer that they were likely asked to show it by Google so they could show a round option. Motorola then said “We might as well release some videos as well”.

          They did not show off any of the “features”. Those were leaked later by a tester (Heart beat monitor, wireless charging, battery life, etc). So I wouldn’t even call it officially “announced”.

          That said, yo uare saying they are going to be undone by LG, but you have only seen a really dark image that has been brightened so you can barely see the watch.

          • jimt

            Moto should have released the 360 months ago. They made a big mistake. I still think the 360 may be better but now there is a question in my mind. Bad move Moto.

        • NexusMan

          undone how?

          • jimt

            Loss of sales is the undone, that may be premature, but some people may buy some of the other round watches that would have bought 360.

          • sirmeili

            How can they lose sales if they weren’t planning on ever releasing it until late summer? Would you really rather they rush out an unfinished product and deal with the nightmare of dealing with all the bad publicity?

            Would you say that same if they just never announced it and the 2 watches were still released at the same time?

          • jimt

            That is not what they did. What if they released the product first, what if they were the only watch and phone makers on earth.

          • sirmeili

            You’ve probably read my other responses. For all we know Google basically had them show of the phone because Google owns Motorola. Good bad or indifferent, it could be that it was the hand they were dealt. That being said, I would rather know about it for 6 months and buy it when it’s ready than for them to rush it out because they might get more sales, but a horrible product and user experience.

          • jimt

            I hope apple doesn’t have a better “Experience”. By the time the 360 actually launches.

          • sirmeili

            I think you’ll find that the announcement on the 4th is the announcement for the full feature list and it’s release date. I don’t see any other reason for it to be in the announcement either. Of course that is my guess. I don’t know if Apple will release one between now and then.

            That said, I think those that had to have a smart watch have bought one already. Those that had to have android wear have already bought it. Right now at the least people could be waiting for a round smart watch. I haven’t seen any kind of hint to suggest that apple is release a round watch. I also think that if someone is looking for an “Apple” watch, they will wait for it. Apple will likely lock it down to iPhones anyways as that is their MO.

          • jimt

            If it has a heartbeat sensor that works and is android it will have my consideration. Waterproof would also be a plus along with wireless charging.

          • NexusMan

            And you really think this will be released BEFORE the 360?

    • NexusMan

      um, not me.

    • mcdonsco

      Not with that huge dead black space bezel around the entire face of it…PASS.

  • Cael

    I’m still for the Moto 360.

    • jimt

      360 does look sexier and haven’t heard about heartbeat sensors yet.

  • Victor Who

    Hopefully, this watch will make other people think twice about purchasing the Moto 360. I mean,…LOL….how ridiculous would THAT be with everyone wearing the same watch. It’s like everybody driving the same car. We need more watches like the new LG,…like the Moto360…more, more, more!!!

    • jimt

      Competition is good, tends to lower prices and create features.

    • NexusMan

      Moto offers customizations, so everyone would NOT be walking around with the same watch.

      • jimt

        You could always just change the band.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    sadly this thang looks really good!!!!!! just gotta wait for details.

  • MichaelFranz

    Brightness +10,000

  • http://www.greenless.com Lex Lybrand

    I feel like Pippin…. I’m getting one.

    Sucks for Moto. Their watch looks better, but that flat tire is a deal breaker for me.

    • chris_johns

      they coulda hid that “flat tire” behind a huge plastic housing like this watch…but they chose to make it all screen no bezel…which is a way nicer more premium design

      • http://www.greenless.com Lex Lybrand

        Riiiight. I’ll take my tires fully inflated, thank you, even if my rims aren’t that nice.

        • NexusMan

          And you’ll also take your bezels bloated, your screens tiny, your chargers corroded, your batteries dead, and your screens dim. I’ll take a Moto 360, please.

          • http://www.greenless.com Lex Lybrand

            I would rather have a full circle display than a flat tire display. Simple as that.

            Obviously, if the rest of the device is garbage, then it makes it undesirable. I’m just excited to see ‘full circle’ already happening after the disappointment of Moto’s first attempt.

          • sirmeili

            I wouldn’t call it a disappointment since they basically have only that 1 piece of bezel at the bottom. Motorola wanted to create as close as possible to a bezel-less device and they had to make a compromise with the “flat-tire” shape (As you call it).

            I would say that Motorola’s attempt, while perhaps some don’t appreciate it as much, is much more advanced than LG’s method of just covering it all up with a bezel all the way around.

            Comparing the two, I think LG took the easy way out and is in that sense a bit more “disappointing” to me.

            However, in the end, the consumers get 2 different styles to choose from which is always a win for us.

          • http://www.greenless.com Lex Lybrand

            I’m calling Moto’s attempt a disappointment. I don’t really know what the general industry consensus is, though I imagine that “fully circular” is going to trump “almost circular” in most cases.

          • blix247

            You can tell Motorola tried to make the watch premium. Metal, wireless charging, leather band. I don’t think anything LG has ever done has been premium. While their components can be nice, the build is always cheap plastic. I’m wearing a G watch right now with huge bezels, a dim screen and corroded charging pins. What makes you think this watch is suddenly a turning point? It looks like a plastic tank to me.

          • http://www.greenless.com Lex Lybrand

            For starters, I don’t want a leather strap. Borderline vegan here, haha.

            Also, my only real beef with the Moto 360 is that they are releasing the tech before they’ve mastered it. Lesser quality watches are going to hit shelves with full circular screens and they’re going to have a higher end device that missed out on the one thing I personally cared most about.

          • blix247

            Well would ya look at that. LG releases official shots and their watch looks a lot nicer than I thought it would. The diver circle might not work stylistically for some, but its definitely a reasonable way to hide the bezel. Assuming they actually deliver on the pretty renders then I’ll be eating crow and LG looks like they might finally be starting to care about the construction quality of their devices.

          • http://www.greenless.com Lex Lybrand

            I was surprised, too. I’m hoping I can just pull the diver ring off of the face. The Moto 360 still looks better as a general piece of fashion, but this LG thing doesn’t look too shabby at all. At worst, it looks like a watch… and that works for me!

          • NexusMan

            And I’d rather have a gorgeous display, with an ambient sensor, over a full bezel display. Simple as that.

    • NexusMan

      I don’t think your one lost sale sucks that much for Moto.

      • http://www.greenless.com Lex Lybrand

        I mean it sucks for them that while they wanted to be first to the game so badly, other companies are swopping in and doing “round” right.

        • NexusMan

          LOL. And you know LG is doing round “right,” from a distorted, darkened photo of a render? Wow you got a lot about a non existent product from that obscured promo.

          • http://www.greenless.com Lex Lybrand

            Dude, there’s an enhanced photo in this article. You can see the whole thing. No flat tire on this one.

          • NexusMan

            1st off, its a render. That aside, my point is an ambient sensor missing is not all that makes round “done right.”

        • mcdonsco

          You call the massive all the way around bezel on this thing done right? Looks like a cheap joke to me.

          • http://www.greenless.com Lex Lybrand

            I would definitely want to hold it and try it on in person to make sure it isn’t awful in practice, but yeah, I would much rather have a bezel around the device than a flat tire screen shape.

    • mcdonsco

      So apparently you’d rather haaavee a complete circle bezel around the entire face of the watch as this has?

      No thanks.

      • NexusMan

        I’ll pass too.

      • http://www.greenless.com Lex Lybrand

        I would rather have that than a flat tire screen shape, yes. Absolutely.

        • mcdonsco

          To each their own I guess…looks hideous to me with that massive circular bezel.

  • Razball

    Damn now that round beauty makes me rethink my life lol

  • dukenilnil

    My problem with both this and the Moto360 is how thick the watch itself is. I imagine its mostly for the battery. I’d like to see an innovative design that incorporates a thin, flexible battery into the watchband itself to reduce the thickness of the watch face and still maintain battery life.

    • jimt

      Solar

  • jimt

    It looks to be plastic, not sure about that, better for wireless charging.

    • Razball

      Look again a little closer that seriously looks like nicely finished metal

      • jimt

        Kiss wireless charging goodbye, unless some metal like aluminium. The plus would be waterproof, either way.

        • sirmeili

          They could easily use a metal casing with a plastic back ala the moto360 which we know is metal with a plastic back and has wireless charging.

          • jimt

            Yes but that probably kills waterproof.

          • sirmeili

            Does it really though? I have no idea, but you’re saying that they can’t waterproof it because there is a plastic -> metal join? I mean the screen is glass, so there is a seam there as well.

            Seriously, I have no idea on “waterproofing” stuff, but having 2 materials next to each other like that seem like a little hurdle to overcome.

        • Razball

          360 is metal and plastic this could be the same

  • Droidzilla

    “Here’s to hoping LG hasn’t just created a G-Shock for Android Wear. We want premium, LG.”

    Here’s to hoping they do. I don’t want a “premium” watch; all I wear are crappy jeans and old shirts and I’m a dork, so having a nice watch would be like putting mag wheels on a Jeep.

    • Back2Back

      Yeah I agree I actually want it to look like a g shock but with the smart notifications.

  • Dan

    looks like a watch. don’t wear a watch now, and can’t imagine any “smart” watch changing that.

  • jimt

    This looks more like a regular watch than moto 360. Moto may have waited too long.

    • Razball

      They did

    • sirmeili

      How did they wait too long? Both watches are to be officially announced with-in days of each other, possibly with the LG coming first. They were likely developed at the same exact time and the only reason Motorola announced it at Google I/O is because perhaps Google wanted to show off a round version of Android Wear and well, they own Motorola, so guess who gets to show off their watch months before they might actually have preferred to do it.

      That being said, I think both watches have their own “style” and I think that’s great for the consumer. We aren’t being locked into one specific style and we all have a choice.

  • lgreg64

    Waiting on specs, battery life, visibility In the sun, charging

  • s.m.

    One thing they said stood out about the moto 360 was how good the face was, almost fake….like a sticker. It’s gonna come down to features for me.

  • Under the bridge downtown

    Wireless charging or no chance.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      I don’t think wireless charging really matters that much for these things.

      • sirmeili

        I think it does if you want any kind of serious water proofing, but I could be wrong about that. I know some phones are water proofed to a degree.

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          I see. From that perspective I guess they could take the Sony route and add a port flap.

      • Under the bridge downtown

        I disagree. My current watch is perpetual. My tablet and phone both use wireless charging. I require a device that does not require wires to charge. I may be the only one, but since a smartwatch is far from a necessity, it is the creature comforts that will win me over.

  • jimt

    Waterproof and heartbeat sensor and light sensor for the win.

  • KB

    That raised bevel might be helpful in preventing scratches to the watch glass

  • Beamish

    No flat tire…immediate winner.

    Yes. I am shallow and the flat tire appearance on the 360 bothers me.

    I expect the bezel also helps with that issue.

    • Walter Partlo

      I can’t believe how overblown this has become.

    • chris_johns

      ill repeat what i said above…
      they coulda hid that “flat tire” behind a huge plastic housing like this watch…but they chose to make it all screen no bezel…which is a way nicer more premium design

    • mcdonsco

      So you’d rather have a complete black dead space bezel wrapped around the entire watch face…got it.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    This is what MOTO gets for Dragging their feet. They did the same thing last year with the Moto X…then made all the cool stuff At&t exclusive… Now they drag their feet again and bump into direct competition for something that was supposed to be unique…5 months ago.

    • Bryan Mills

      Apple/LG/Samsung. Not looking good for Lemoto.

    • Tony Byatt

      Ok…but in the end the real winners are the consumers. So many options will be available at one time and that’s nothing to complain about…

      Competition may be Moto’s problem, but I’m not sure why a consumer would be against that or see a negative in that…

      • Bryan Mills

        Nobody is saying it’s a consumer problem. It’s a problem when Moto takes their time and it shows from poor sales.

        • Tony Byatt

          I guess what I was referring to more was the “That’s what Moto gets” comment…

          Don’t really understand that animosity, that sentiment…

    • jerflash

      moto really killed themselves by showing it off and making everyone want it then waiting like morons to release with the moto x…they will pay for it

      • sirmeili

        Don’t you think that perhaps there was some pressure by Google (since they own them still) to show it off? Perhaps the original relaase plan was to release it in September and Google said “You can do that, but you’re GONNA show it off at I/O anyways”.

    • EricMayBell

      Motorola hasn’t been dragging their feet. I think everyone agrees that current android wear watches were rushed and not good products. I’d much rather wait for them to optimize hardware and software first. If first reports are true, 2.5 the battery live of the LG G watch is worth waiting for.

      • sirmeili

        That’s what I don’t get. Motorola announced it at I/O likely because Google made them (since they still technically own them). They were probably wanting to hold off on announcing the watch on the 4th of September when they are announcing the next MotoX and MotoG. I mean, they didn’t even show off all the features at I/O, just “Look, it’s round”.

        • stang68

          Actually Moto announced it the day Google announced Android Wear back in March. That’s the day Moto released that video about the “premium materials” in the 360.

          • sirmeili

            Ahhh…Ok, I admit I’m wrong then. I still wonder how much of that was influenced by Google to have them show it off.

      • DanSan

        God I hope for you sake and every other person jumping on the moto 360 bandwagon that the juice will be worth the squeeze. If this watch is anything short of mind blowing god help them.

    • Victor Who

      Seriously,…..who cares? I don’t care if Motorola drags their feet or LG for that matter. Also round watches are not unique.

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        I care. I care about Moto being successful. And round watches are unique in the smartwatch space…. Which what we’re talking about.

        • Daistaar

          You should only care about Moto being successful if a.) you invest in the company, and b.) you are afraid that without them competing companies will take advantage and inflate rates while removing features. I personally believe, neither of these are the case.

          • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

            Chose your own reasons for caring/not caring. I have my own.

          • Daistaar

            I’d like to hear them. I wonder how logical they are, fanboyism excluded.

    • Miguel

      I have to agree with you, I said this a month ago, they had a chance to take over the platform by releasing the M360 right away, now the heat is on.

    • chris_johns

      wow you people are amazing…ill repeat again lol i dont see any innovation here…moto coulda hid that “flat tire” behind a huge plastic housing like this watch…but they chose to make it all screen no bezel…which is a way nicer more premium design

    • NexusMan

      What are they “getting” exactly? A bulky bezeled, small screened, plastic watch with a docking station that hopefully is better quality than the corroded one of its 1st rushed version? I’m sorry, but a render for a product that does not exist yet, that looks less premium than the Moto 360, from a company who rushed out a poorly constructed ugly watch just weeks prior, is doing nothing to exclusively win me over.

    • mcdonsco

      This is by far an inferior watch…just look at the complete dead black space bezel around the face…DOA compared to the 360.

      • 4n1m4L

        i dont know if id say doa, but i still think moto has a better design.

  • Carlos Lopez

    It looks cool reminds me of a sports watch

  • Bryan Mills

    Looks like something that will be waterproof. I hope so. Keep it below $249 and you got a sale.

    Also dont have a TI processor…lol

    • xFrozenMANGO

      ehh I don’t like the black circle around it.. You know, kinda looks like a BBC. We’ll see at the reveal.

  • legalkill

    Since I have the G3, I feel obligated to the LG watch.

    • Carlos Lopez

      I’ll feel the same way about the moto 360 if I get the x+1
      Edit: If I even get a smartwatch

      • Razball

        You will

    • Bryan Mills

      Yep, glad LG and Moto keeping it available to all phones.

    • Asmodai

      I have a Droid Mini and I feel the same way about the Moto 360.

    • Razball

      Same to a degree lol I feel like they’d compliment well and lg may had extra function for those lg phone users like not having to use hangouts

  • Kevin Choi

    It looks like it maybe rugged, like a Casio watch…