LG Introduces their first non-Android 4G smartwatch

WebOS has gotten a second wind thanks to LG and their latest smartwatch, the LG Watch Urbane.

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The LG Watch Urbane LTE has finally been show, and it is one of the greatest hardware pieces we’ve seen in a while: capable of connecting to 4G networks and running on the proprietary LG Wearable Platform operating system based on WebOS also used on LG TVs is a breath of fresh air on an industry where everything seems to be either Android or iOS.

LG had introduced a previous version of Urbane which did run Android Wear, Google’s OS for wearable gadgets, so it seems that for the time being LG plans to support both, which in the end is a clever decision, as no one knows as of now what exactly they want on their smartphones.

The Urbane LTE is the fourth smartwatch released by LG, and just like previous models it sports a 1.3 plastic-organic-light-emitting diode circular display with an always-on “ambient mode”, a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor and 4 GB of memory. The new details, though, include the fact that it works on its own without pairing it with a smartphone and can receive calls and send text messages, while also using a better battery that makes it last (at least on stand-by mode) for days.

But the Urbane LTE has a few key differences from its non-LTE sibling. With an independent LTE connection, it can make and receive calls and text messages. It also has a heftier 700 mAh battery, offering several days in standby mode. The physical buttons on the side serve to access settings, switching between apps, and even an option to send a distress beacon to a preset contact. Users will be able to get a better look at the Urbane Watch LTE at the next WMC 2015 in Barcelona.


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