[CES 2015] LG Working On Smartwatch Running WebOS
This year’s CES is not just about product launches only. The rumour mill inside CES has caught ear of LG’s possible smartwatch that is not powered by Android. Recently last year LG released the LG Watch R which was widely successful. The LG Watch R though is running on Android Wear. Of course we would expect LG to follow up with a Watch R2 version of the highly successful smartwatch, though we do not yet know.
An insider from LG though let out information that LG is looking to try to build a software ecosystem that they have more control over. This points directly to the restrictive nature of Google with their new Android Wear platform. In fact Google has been more restrictive over what manufacturers can change in their whole Android platform nowadays. So if any manufacturer wants to go ahead and customise their own smartwatch experience they would need to use a different platform. Lucky for LG they have just the thing.
in 2013 LG bought over the WebOS name and since then have been using the platform to power their smart televisions instead. There are plans to bring the platform over to home electronics and eventually mobile. Late last year as well LG accidentally opened up a website that is dedicated to the WebOS smartwatch but upon realising the mistake the site was taken down immediately. So the idea of a WebOS smartwatch may not be far-fetched after all. The only question is that whether LG will be fully banking on the WebOS smartwatch like how Samsung almost did with the Tizen OS smartwatches last year; which proved to be unsuccessful. According to the same source Android will remain as the main platform of smartwatches that are scheduled for release by LG but they will possibly release one smartwatch product that is powered by WebOS next year to test the market. Another source also states that LG is working to build a SIM enabled watch which could mean cutting off dependability of a smartwatch to smartphones. We have a feeling that it is the same piece of device we are talking about here since the Android Wear could only work while paired to a smartphone.
There are not much word about this WebOS currently other that the ones we already reported. There is also no mentions of a specific date of the launch or reveal of this product currently. Be sure that we at techENT will keep you updated on this device though so stay posted and watch this space.