There’s a prevailing sense that the first wave of Android Wear wearables is essentially scrambling to market before the Apple iWatch touches down in September or October. Cry if you like, Android diehards, but as Darth Vader once said: "Search your feelings. You know it to be true."
That notion is given credence with the rumour of an LG G Watch 2, possibly launching just a couple of months after the first guy (above). Wow.
That’s the story over on The Korea Times, relaying phone-based speech bubbles from an unnamed LG official.
"LG Electronics was working on a September release for the new smartwatch alongside Google's wearable platform. The IFA fair may be the venue to see the upgraded smartwatch," reveals the offical.
But why, LG? Why, when the LG G Watch has only just touched down? This smells a bit like Samsung’s admission that the Galaxy Gear was “lacking” just weeks after launch.
"LG Electronics is being approached by a lot of authoritative watchmakers for strategic collaboration,” explains Joe Anonymous. “They need us and LG also wants to use their well-known brand image to boost the awareness of our smartwatches in key target markets.”
The LG G Watch 2 is tipped to compete more directly with the Apple iWatch, though the former may be shown exclusively to clients at IFA 2014, as opposed to receiving the full launch treatment.
Tying in seamlessly with the above, Paul at sister site Wareable recently crooned: “Like the first Android smartphones, the LG G Watch feels more like a taster of what’s to come rather than a game-changing device in itself.
“Sure, it’s well made and works efficiently but it’s also pretty dull looking and Android Wear features feel a bit like a work in progress.”
Just call him Paul “Prescient” Lamkin.