LG Urbane 2, The First Android Wear Smartwatch With Cellular, Pulled From Stores

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Final week we introduced you news that the primary Android Wear smartwatch with entry to mobile knowledge — learn: doesn’t have to be paired with a smartphone — was on its approach to the U.S. market, however now we’re dialing down that enthusiasm after the device was pulled resulting from obvious points.

The watch in query is the LG Urbane 2nd Version LTE, which went on sale within the U.S. by way of AT&T final week and was resulting from come to Verizon on November 20. It’s all change, nevertheless, after LG yanked it from shops as a consequence of “a hardware concern which impacts the day-to-day performance of the device,” in response to a 9to5Google report.

The firm did contact media reviewing the watch — together with Android Police — with a note which, amongst different issues, famous that “whether or not the device will probably be obtainable sooner or later shall be determined at a later time.”

For now, neither the carriers nor LG have given a new date when the watch will return on sale. The truth is, AT&T is already providing refunds to clients whereas Verizon will reportedly not ship the watch to those that have made pre-orders. That doesn’t look too good.

This can be a main setback for each LG and Google, the latter having lately added mobile LTE knowledge entry to its Android Wear working system. That signifies that future smartwatches will have the ability to benefit from the feature — which, on paper, means you possibly can depart your phone at house when you head out for a run or errands — however this episode isn’t precisely the ringing endorsement that each corporations will have hoped for from the get-go.

LG has one other smartwatch that may run LTE, however it — the primary era Watch Urbane — makes use of the corporate’s personal platform, not Android Wear. With this second edition of the Urbane, LG returned to the Android fold, nevertheless it stays to be seen what it’s subsequent smartwatch transfer can be given the headache it’s facing proper now.

Source : TechCrunch