Although smartwatches haven’t caught on yet, we are about to see a major push from all the major manufacturers. We already know Samsung, Google, and Apple will come out with their own smartwatch in the near future. LG is the next manufacturer to jump into the ring as a source familiar with the matter told the Korea Times. It was also revealed that they are working on something similar to Google Glass
“It is one major part of many currently non-commercialized products under development by LG Electronics,” said the source. “The company has spared no efforts to invest in products that it believes are must-haves to stay ahead technology wise in the market, whatever the situation maybe.”
The assumption is the watch will sport the Android OS, but they could opt for Firefox since they will be launching a Firebox phone later in the year. Companies like LG and Samsung have an advantage over Apple in that they make their own display panels and could very well implement the flexible style in their first offering.
It will be interesting to see if LG and Samsung make these watches useful to owners of any Android phone or only their branded phones. By choosing the latter, they create more of an echosystem for themselves and force users to buy their products, similar to the Apple approach. I’m hoping for the former, but not having a good feeling about it.
source: Korea Times