LG might have a webOS smartwatch in the pipeline

LG might have a webOS smartwatch in the pipeline
Although it's currently making use of Android Wear, LG might be looking forward to making a webOS smartwatch, which will be its homemade alternative to Google's platform for wearables. Up until now, LG has only used the successor to Palm OS to power a wide array of its smart TV sets, but was also regularly tipped to be developing webOS as a full-blown rival to Samsung's in-house Tizen platform. Which makes a lot of sense, when you get to think about it. The company initially released a software development kit for such a device on one of its websites, but it seems that the site in question is currently down.

A possible candidate for the webOS goodness might be the LG-made smartwatch that was recently caught in the wild at FCC. Rolling under the LG VC-100 model number, the wearable in question is a standalone CDMA device that won't have to be tethered to a smartphone in order to be made full use of. Thanks to the on-board SIM card, wearers will be also capable of awkwardly making phone calls, pretty similar to Samsung's solution with the Gear S.

We are yet to see if this rumor actually holds water, but it is more than certain that LG will carry on with its wearable endeavors and might soon launch another Android Wear devices soon, which will join the ranks of the round LG G Watch R and the company's previously-announced smartwatches.

source: The Verge

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7 Comments

1. ilayron8

Posts: 22; Member since: Apr 15, 2014

I really hope that they wont. I mean, it's a better OS for TVs than the others, but on phones... Compare to Android.

2. bucky

Posts: 3784; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Webos was smooth, fast and wasn't a resource hog. I think it's a good idea something new comes in.

3. DaveElliott

Posts: 148; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

Anyone who thinks this is not a good idea has never used webos on a phone. If anything, the competition will have Google and Samsung "borrowing" some of the features.

6. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

They already are. All the major OSes have "borrowed" from webOS. The spiritual father of webOS, Matias Duarte, has been with Google for some time now. How do you think those wonderful swipe gestures made their way into Android?

4. FerneyZan

Posts: 114; Member since: Jul 21, 2010

WebOS was good for sure while it lasted before it was bought out by HP at one point, but the reason why it didnt went too far, was mainly due to the lack of development support as well as the very low sells and carrier variability.. If webOS had been around a bit longer while continuing to improve, it would have had a good chance of going some where and it might had been a top competitor today As for wearables? I guess we will see soon. Not sure this will pick up big, but as long as it can connect with other gadgets and what not, it might just have a good chance. :)

7. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

The major reason webOS fell was garbage hardware. There was, and still is, a vibrant homebrew community. Except for T-Mobile, all the carriers had webOS devices or you could get carrier unlocked. It was that douchebag Apotheker that ruined webOS.

5. galanoth

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

So LG will have a WebOS watch and Samsung has a Tizen watch. But Samsung sucks?

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