LG 2016 hardware: no new Nexus phone, but plans for return of canceled smartwatch

With a new flagship smartphone, some recent mid-rangers, and no shortage of high-end accessories, LG hit Barcelona with all cylinders firing, giving us one of the better spreads of MWC gear. That puts the manufacturer in a great spot for early 2016, but what will the rest of the year bring? An LG spokesman has been talking to the press about some of the company’s plans, adding support to the idea of Google shaking up its Nexus program with new manufacturers and revisiting one of 2015’s failures.

LG’s been responsible for Nexus phones three of the past four years, but this year we’ve been hearing that Google could be looking to switch things up, and may turn to HTC for the construction of two new Nexus handsets. While LG can’t speak to HTC’s involvement, this spokesman attempts to confirm that LG will be sitting this Nexus cycle out, instead spending more time working on its own phones.

There’s also news about the embarrassing public cancellation of the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE, and while LG isn’t talking more about exactly why it pulled the plug like it did, the company now indicates that the smartwatch will be making a second try at things, and will return to the market sometime in H2 2016. It could come back alongside an all-new model, the details of which we’re still waiting for.

Finally, we get a slight update on the lack of a G Flex 3 this year, and while there’s no direct news on when (or if) we might hope to see that model, we’re told that LG’s still very much interested in the whole curved-screen thing – it just remains to be seen what will come of that interest.

Source: CNET

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