LG G Watch R already on the way out, after just nine months

LG launched its first round-screened smartwatch in the days leading up to IFA year, the G Watch R. Although the number-laden bezel wasn’t for everyone, it did give LG what it needed to accomplish what Motorola couldn’t: creating a round smartwatch without that “flat tire” obstruction at the bottom of the display. Months later, LG would would spruce up the wearable’s design with the debut of the Watch Urbane at MWC, giving users a shinier, arguably more premium-looking alternative. But now that’s looking less like a new option and more like the only choice from here on out, as LG puts a halt to G Watch R sales.

The original G Watch R is no longer available on the Google Store in most nations, and is disappearing from other retailer listings, as well. When asked about this situation, LG has reportedly indicated that it’s winding things down for the smartwatch, suggesting that we won’t be seeing those sales return.

For as nice as the Watch Urbane might look, its revamped design isn’t necessarily for everyone, and those changes came at a cost, with the new model selling for a $50 premium over the G Watch R. Especially with the price cuts watches like the Moto 360 have been enjoying lately, that threatens to put LG’s remaining Android Wear offering at a significant disadvantage.

Support for the G Watch R will continue, as LG prepares an update to enable the model to support the WiFi connectivity arriving with the latest platform release.

Source: Google Store, Android Police

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