LG webOS smartwatch in the works

Developer portal hints at new operating system for Korean company's wearables
LG webOS smartwatch in the works

There are plenty of juicy rumours doing the rounds regarding a potential 3D LG smartwatch but it’s the latest whispers that have made Wareable’s ears prick up – that the Korean company could be adding a new OS to the smartwatch mix.

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The potential new platform is webOS – The Verge managed to grab some grabs of a developer website hosted by LG with the welcome splash: “Welcome to webOS SmartWatch for Developers”.

The page, which has been pulled since the original story was posted, also had the tag “Now powering LG SmartWatch” and stated “LG SmartWatch gets more powerful with the new web-centric platform”.

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The much travelled webOS began life inside the Palm Pre smartphone back in 2009, before being sold to HP and stuffed inside its TouchPad tablet in 2011; a commercial disaster for the computer giant.

The Linux code behind the platform went open-source in 2012 and, a year later, LG licensed the platform for its smart TV range. It now looks as if, like Samsung, LG doesn’t want to put all of its eggs in the Android Wear basket when it comes to wearables. A sensible decision.

webOS wins

While a LG spokesperson tried to play down the site, there’s still plenty to get excited about here.

LG’s two smartwatches are called the G Watch and the G Watch R – so the developer site seems points at a newly branded range.

Smartwatch is becoming a more commonly accepted noun in the tech industry but the bicapitalised SmartWatch term has only been widely used by Sony so far; although the Japanese company doesn’t own any trademark on that moniker.

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Also, another smartwatch OS is great news for development and also benefits to consumers. With Samsung pushing its Tizen OS, as well as Cupertino offering up its own propriety software with the Apple Watch, we could be seeing genuine rivals to Android Wear emerge and a replication of the smartphone industry, where buyers have a plethora of handsets and price-points to choose from as a result of intense competition in the marketplace.

We’ll be following this one closely. In the meantime, find out why we think Samsung’s right to go its own way with Tizen.

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