By Stephen Schenck | December 26, 2013 8:36 PM
With the releases of products like Pebble and the Galaxy Gear, it sure felt like 2013 could have been the year that wearables really took off. Maybe if Google Glass would have hit shelves this holiday season that might have come true, but as we learn more and more about devices right over the horizon, 2014 is starting to seem like it could really overshadow the present year: Glass should finally be ready for the public, and an Apple iWatch could be a huge catalyst in generating mainstream interest. Just the other day we were talking about new products Samsung might be cooking up, like a “Galaxy Band” fitness tracker, and today rumors turn to similar rumors from another smartphone heavyweight.
Now, issues with translation and questionable source provenance make these rumors a little hard to analyze, but LG is reportedly working on a number of wearable products. We already saw it trademark the name G Watch, and later heard an exec talk about plans for a smartwatch sometime in 2014 (and possibly with a flexible display, at that), but this new report expands on those and points to a possible name change.
For starters, LG is supposedly working on some kind of fitness tracker in addition to a more functional smartwatch. That would end up mirroring what we’re hearing about Samsung’s own plans, and suggests that even in this nascent state, OEMs involved in the wearable sphere are being wise enough not to approach their lineups with a “one size fits all” mentality.
As for the naming – well, here’s where it gets a little tricky. One of these models could be called the G Arch, evoking the hardware’s form and possibly even referencing a curved display. However, while one account we’ve seen suggest that the G Arch would be the fitness tracker, another seems to think that the G Arch would be LG’s primary smartwatch, and the tracker could be something more like the G Health. For the moment, we’re not sure exactly what LG’s thinking, but this idea of multiple wearable devices sure sounds promising.