LG has announced that the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition Sale was pulled back due to hardware problems, retaking all products in order for them to be remanufactured and launched at a later date.
This hardware issue is claimed to affect how the watch works and a daily basis, with no further information coming from LG at all. Considering that LG was making a pretty big push with the watch’s marketing, this hardware issue must have been a pretty major one. This may have been a smart move by the company. If the watch was truly incapable of operating at all, it would have been an even greater hit to LG’s credibility overall.
Whoever has already pre-order or purchased the watch will either get their money promptly refunded by retailers or offered and exchange with another smart watch.
This news comes with a bit of a surprise, especially considering that the new LG watch was going to be the first Android-based smartwatch capable of a cellular connection, and the one first to come with Android 1.4 which enables gesture control. It also sported a classic watch design which differentiated itself from other futuristic-looking smart watches.
The LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition was supposed to be “the new thing” when it came to smart watches, having a bigger battery than regular ones, even though by using the gesture control functionality it would be drained in about five hours, and was even boasted to have a Power Save mode. But now we will never know how well the watch was facing on a day-to-day basis, unfortunately.
It’s safe to say that this watch was expected to be a rather profitable sale opportunity for LG, a fact that raises even more questions about what type of hardware issue they are talking about. Until further information from the company is released, if it will ever be released, everything is just speculation.
Because of its sudden pull from stores worldwide, the Android-based smart watch will have an immensely difficult relaunch because most of the hype surrounding it will be gone. Some people even say that the watch will most likely never see the light of day ever gain, or at least, not in this form. The possibility that LG will even lose the smart watch race due to this current predicament is not really a work of fiction anymore.
At least the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition sale was pulled back due to hardware problems, not software ones, meaning that an Android 1.4 watch might still be in the works.