Heard around CES: LG will introduce webOS powered wearable at MWC this spring

Heard around CES: LG will introduce webOS powered wearable at MWC this spring
Just as it seemed as though the fate of webOS was settling on the reality that its future would lie in smart televisions, LG is gearing up to go head-to-head against Samsung and its Tizen OS in more ways than one, add wearables to the list.

We have learned on good authority that LG will introduce a new wearable at the Mobile World Congress this year in Barcelona, and that wearable will be powered by webOS.

Rumors of a webOS powered smartwatch came to light a few months ago when an LG device, model number VC-100, made a visit with the FCC. Based on the information at the time, this device would be a standalone unit, much like the Samsung Gear S, able to make and receive calls on its own. Aside from the pending announcement, that is all we really know about the device.

What makes this news so exciting is it brings webOS back into mobile. It may not be in a smartphone, but if LG can properly execute on a webOS smartwatch with its own connectivity, what is to stop them from going to work on a smartphone down the road? The original webOS-powered handset, the Palm Pre, was one of the highest rated devices we ever reviewed. The smooth experience, nifty form factor, and ease of use helped Palm generate a devoted following.

Unfortunately, Palm was not in a strong enough position to put real iron in webOS’ glove to make the platform grow. So, with what seemed to be a great development at the time, HP bought Palm and decided it was going to get into mobile. We all know how that worked out, and if you ask a webOS devotee today about the debacle that was HP, chances are the thought will still set him or her on a rant.  Fortunately, LG saw webOS for what it was, and acquired the technology from HP.  

We hope to learn more about the webOS smartwatch as MWC looms closer. Of course, PhoneArena.com will be there to cover the news as it develops.

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6 Comments

1. zachki17

Posts: 294; Member since: Sep 14, 2014

Life is Good ..

2. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3098; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Send a webOS devotee on a rant? You kiddin' me? I still want to pimp slap Leo Apotheker.

5. snowgator

Posts: 3614; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Still own my Palm Pre Plus. Pull it out to just slide it open and watch the comforting "Palm" logo come up, then flick a couple cards away..... How much money did HP pay Apotheker to go away? It wasn't enough.

3. threed61

Posts: 259; Member since: May 27, 2011

I would give it a big welcome back! Hope it's true.

4. DaveElliott

Posts: 147; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

Competition is a good thing. Maybe a new idea or two will be implemented to help improve the category.

6. snowgator

Posts: 3614; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

This would really be a perfect compliment to WebOS on their TVs. Nice interaction and controls, and throw in some basic mobile functions and this is a unique opportunity for LG to go after the Smart TV/wearable markets. Not holding my breathe for anything more though. WebOS would make for a nice Tablet/convertable OS, but the smartphone market is app driven and developer dependent. That is why I think Tizen and Firefox OS are wastes of resources. It isn't that WebOS couldn't be a better OS than iOS, Android, or WP (I still think it is), it is just there is so much investment needed in infrastructer that has nothing to do with the OS that LG might go broke just THINKING of doing it. I think LG is being really smart about salvaging my all time favorite OS. Considering I thought LG was only going to use WebOS on their appliances, I am excited it is being used this creatively.

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