LG introduced the world to its Android Wear-powered G Watch back in March, right around the same time the platform itself and Motorola’s Moto 360 debuted. In the months that have followed, the G Watch has gone up for sale (joined by Samsung and its Gear Live), while we anxiously await for the 360 to join it. But now that Motorola’s offering seems to nearly be ready for release, LG could already be thinking about a second-gen Android Wear model, as rumors suggest that the company could introduce a G Watch 2 at IFA next month.
The idea of a little over five months between G Watch launches may seem like LG’s moving extremely quickly, but this kind of momentum has some precedent in the smartwatch game: Samsung’s Galaxy Gear to Gear 2 cycle wasn’t much longer, and Gear 2 to Gear Live was shorter still. Really, the only notable difference is how it took LG a few months between its initial G Watch announcement and getting sales underway.
But what of this hardware itself? What could the G Watch 2 deliver? Only a few details have emerged, like word that the G Watch 2 could move from an LCD to an OLED display. Other specifics mentioned here, like support for voice commands and the use of a Qualcomm SoC, don’t really add anything to our understanding of the smartwatch, as they sound unchanged from the original G Watch. We do catch a brief allusion to LG’s own expected line of Odin SoCs, but those reportedly aren’t going to be ready in time for the G Watch 2.
The sources behind this rumor also aren’t quite clear on what the new smartwatch’s IFA presence might be like. It’s possible we could get a full-blown product announcement, but there’s also a chance that LG could keep the wearable private, only showing it off to specific business partners. One way or another, we’ll be curious to get to the bottom of this guy and learn if there’s anything beyond that new display tech to help distinguish it from the first G Watch.