Time's up for the LG G Watch R?

Time's up for the LG G Watch R?
While LG hasn't yet made it official, it would appear that time has expired for the LG G Watch R. The latter has been disappearing from retailers' shelves. At the Google Store, where the timepiece launched last November, the listing for the timepiece in the states says that "This product is unavailable in your country." On LG's product page in the U.K., the LG G Watch R is "Discontinued."

According to LG, the Android Wear powered timepiece will still be available as existing inventory gets sold off. The manufacturer doesn't want to be in a position where it will have to take a huge write off for unsold watches. This should mean that patient consumers will be able to find a good deal on the watch even though it will no longer be produced. Just the other day, we told you that AT&T's online store was offering the LG G Watch R for $99, a $200 or 67% discount off of its usual price.

The LG G Watch R features a 1.3-inch P-OLED screen with a 320 x 320 resolution. The IP67 certification means that the timepiece can be submerged in up to 3.2 feet of water for as long as a half hour, and emerge unscathed. The watch is powered by a Snapdragon 400 CPU with 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage and a 410mAh battery. Currently, the LG G Watch R is in the process of being updated to Android Wear 5.1.1. An update next quarter will add Wi-Fi connectivity to the device.


source: AndroidPolice

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9 Comments

1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

That sucks. Unless they have a new model coming out. Much better than the 360.

2. ph00ny

Posts: 2026; Member since: May 26, 2011

They had a replacement model for a while (Urbane)

5. Feanor

Posts: 1346; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

I think we shouldn't be seeing smartwatches as we see smartphones; they're not only about latest specs but about style too. Considering that the Urbane is from a technological point of view identical with the G Watch R, it shouldn't be consider a replacement but a more upmarket complementary model. With these two watches LG had a good lineup with an everyday watch and a dress watch. But it seems that LG sees the concept more from a consumer electronics manufacturer point of view than from that of a watchmaker.... Or maybe the sales of the G Watch R plainly sucked.

3. waddup121 unregistered

aw man

4. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

The LG R is not build up to Google defined standard that why no WiFi connectivity even after the version 5.1.1 update.

6. JayFiveAlive

Posts: 67; Member since: May 30, 2014

They've already mentioned it will be getting wifi update later in august. The LG Watch will not, but the LG G Watch R will.

7. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I would not hold my breath when it comes to OEM promises especially LG. I buy their Optimus 3D phone with the promise of ICS update but later they just put the phone on EOL instead and ICS was never release for my region. That action also start me on getting Samsung phone more often because Samsung is better at updating their flagship phones. Google Android Wear 5.1.1 update makes me get Moto 360 instead. The WIFI feature is there and the watch is much more affordable now.

8. Comk4ver

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 17, 2013

The Real issue is in fact that LG has to unlock the wifi feature on the G Watch R because it's the same internal components the only difference is the outside casing. When the G Watch R pass through the FCC the paperwork showed WIFI capabilities. It was surprising when the feature wasn't turned on from the get out. Over at XDA it's already unlocked via other means.

9. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Watch Urbane took the spotlight

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