Curse of the early adopter: the original LG G Watch won't get updated to Android Wear 2.0

Curse of the early adopter: the original LG G Watch won't get updated to Android Wear 2.0
LG has announced that the original LG G Watch, which was originally launched back in July 2014, will not receive an update to Android Wear 2.0. 

This past weekend, we've learned that fragmentation - one of Android's traditional weaknesses - will extend to the Android Wear platform. What some might consider as disappointing but not unexpected news for those running older Android-based smartwatches was apparently mistakenly revealed by Motorola's support team; responding to an unrelated question on Twitter, the company announced that the original Motorola Moto 360 smartwatch will not be updated to Android Wear 2.0

Motorola's decision not to update the Moto 360 to Android Wear 2.0 has apparently raised the alert level among first-gen smartwatch owners, and for good reason. Unfortunately, it was recently brought to our attention that, back in late May, LG announced on Twitter that the LG Watch has been discontinued and that the wearable will not get the revamped Android Wear version. 

Many first adopters of the smartwatch trend are being denied access to what's actually one of the biggest updates to Android Wear in the platform's young history. The Motorola Moto 360 and the LG G Watch are probably just two of many first-gen Android smartwatches that will not be updated to Wear 2.0. 

Android Wear 2.0 is a major update that introduces support for standalone apps, third-party watch face widgets, handwriting recognition, as well as a revamped visual interface. If you want to get on the latest Android Wear version, you're going to dig into your pockets and get a new smartwatch. Now that's a problem that you don't have with analog watches!

source: LG

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11 Comments

1. iushnt

Posts: 3105; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

It's great that Samsung chose Tizen for their smart watch.

2. sgodsell

Posts: 7383; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I can see why this watch was chosen not to get the update, even though it has a SD 400, like a lot of newer Android Wear watches. It has no buttons, and it has the lowest resolution display for an Android Wear watch. I still have this watch, but I don't use it. It would still be nice to have the latest update on it when it arrives. But LG limited this watch from the beginning. As far as Tizen is concerned. It's a pretty good OS, but Android Wear can do more, and has more apps.

10. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Why would i bother with another Apple wannabe? People these days are quick to become fanboy and fangirl. To me proprietary ecosystem that lock me in, limit my choices and data accessibility is a no go with my cash.

3. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Outside smartphone, Android is nothing

5. KingSam

Posts: 1453; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Outside PA you are nothing!

4. Busyboy

Posts: 731; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

This is where the Apple Watch dominates

7. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

lets see if apple watch will get as much feature update as apple watch 2, lol

8. Unordinary unregistered

As of their newest keynote, Apple STILL supports the iPad 2.

6. androidrocks

Posts: 63; Member since: Apr 14, 2012

Fragmentation in smart watches too? Sigh!

9. Unordinary unregistered

What about your username?

11. androidrocks

Posts: 63; Member since: Apr 14, 2012

Well, back in 2012, when I've registered in PA, I was a blind fanboy. Hence my username. Things have changed though.

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