LG webOS smartwatch looking confirmed: hardware, software details

For all the formal announcements of new products we’ve seen at CES 2015, some of the most exciting developments have come from model that aren’t quite ready to step full-on into the spotlight yet. A couple days back, we learned of just such a stealth arrival, with a previously-unknown round-screened LG smartwatch spotted at an Audi presentation. Shortly thereafter, a report surfaced that claimed LG was working on a whole lineup of webOS-based smartwatches, adding fuel to the speculation that the model seen at CES wasn’t running Android Wear after all. Now the whole picture is finally coming together, as new interactions with this LG watch not only confirm webOS software, but also reveal some hardware features.

The team over at Android Central was able to get a look at the new LG smartwatch close-up, and unlike the first round of pictures we saw, these delve deeply enough into the UI to give us some new details. Sure enough, the watch is running Open webOS. We also see it assigned the model number W120L (the G Watch R is W110, and original G Watch is W100).

On the hardware front, we hear about NFC support, the possibility of a speaker for sound output (if not full-on voice support – something rumored for LG smartwatches). The face is apparently protected by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, and around back there appears to be the return of a heart rate monitor. The whole thing may be driven by a Snapdragon 400 SoC.

But is this actually going to launch at MWC, or is this just an early prototype? That last report we looked at mentioned these webOS smartwatches not landing until early next year: a long way off. As a result, we’re not so sure about those G Watch R2 MWC rumors, though there’s always that chance that’s a different device. In any case, we’re eagerly looking forward to seeing how this webOS wearable plan of LG’s matures.

Source: Android Central

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