LG Shows Off WebOS Smartwatch at CES
LG May Be Dropping Google’s Android For Its Next Generation Of Smartwatches.
As noted by The Wall Street Journal, a new LG smartwatch lineup will launch early next year. “We’re going to slowly try to build [a software] ecosystem around areas we can have more control over,” an anonymous LG source told the Journal during this week’s CES in Las Vegas. Earlier reports suggest that, Android Central had received a confirmation from LG that there is an LG watch made for Audi, running a variation of Android Wear. LG, which had introduced the G Watch R running on Android Wear at IFA last year, has plans to release another smartwatch that can make calls without it being linked to a car.
Still, some remain skeptical about bringing webOS to mobile devices; the Journal quoted a person familiar with LG’s plans as saying Android would remain its major mobile platform in the near future. Skott Ahn announced the company’s plan to move the operating system into other areas outside the fancy TVs it sells, such as digital signage and hotel TVs. The world got its first look at Android Wear in March, when Google teased its wearable OS, which allows users to simply say “OK Google” to ask a question, make a reminder, or complete an activity—all from their wrist. That could make the webOS watch different enough to attract a user base—especially if the company spends 2015 building a strong developer ecosystem for its wearable.
Ahn following the Monday press event where he stated that LG’s plan is to move WebOS into many other devices in your life–everything from thermostats and refrigerators to cars. He explained that a lighter version of the OS could be released to provide the user experience for every new device out there. “We can eventually expand WebOS into other Internet of Things products,” said Dr.
Ahn in the interview. “We have to communicate well with other platforms like Android and iOS while also growing our own platform. … We’d like to make a lighter, smaller version of WebOS to apply to home appliances or some other possible mobile devices—but not mobile phones, it’s already been done. But since its acquisition, LG has adopted WebOS in a variety of products, such as televisions, and is considering using the platform for its home appliances, the person said.
The company said in June 2014 that it shipped more than 1.1 million WebOS-based televisions, which compares to some 20,000 mobile devices sold through H-P. At CES this week, Samsung, for example, outlined plans to widely adopt its homegrown Tizen operating system on televisions after several failed attempts to introduce them on smartphones.
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