LG has confirmed this week during the Mobile World Congress being held in the city of Barcelona in Spain that it has plans of bringing back its LG Watch Urbane LTE 2nd Edition in the later part of 2016, as explained by a spokesperson for the South Korean tech giant. Back in November of last year, it was reported that LG had stopped taking orders for its Urbane LTE 2nd Edition smartwatch, due to an unspecified issue concerning hardware components of the wearable device (it turned out to be issues with the smartwatch’s display screen). But it appears that the company has fixed those issues, and should be able to re-introduce the Watch Urbane LTE 2nd Edition in the second half of this year. On top of that, the LG spokesperson has also stated that the company will be launching a second smartwatch offering around the same time, although there are no details yet as of this time.
In developing its smartwatch line of products, LG had experimented with using the alternative WebOS software for its wearable devices. The company had acquired the software from Hewlett Packard for use on its television sets, but LG has since confirmed that it no longer uses WebOS for its smartwatches. Instead, the South Korean mobile manufacturer is now focusing on Android Wear, Google’s mobile operating system for wearable devices. In comparison, fellow South Korean mobile giant Samsung makes use of both Android Wear and its own home made Tizen operating system.
With LG resuming its efforts on the smartwatches arena, this year should continue to be a good year for smartwatch shipments. Around a week ago, it was reported that the volume of smartwatch shipments have outpaced those of Swiss watches, providing evidence of the growing popularity of smartwatches and other wearable devices.
Aside from announcing that it will be re-releasing its LG Watch Urbane LTE 2nd Edition wearable device, LG also took the opportunity to state that it will not be launching a new Nexus device this year, which may come as a bummer for Android die hard fans. LG has collaborated with Google before in building the Nexus 5 and the Nexus 5X smartphones. But this year, it appears that the company will be putting all of its energy in pushing its newly unveiled flagship device, the LG G5, as well as its V series of smartphones. The LG G5 device marks the first time that LG has introduced a modular smartphone.
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