LG Drops Its Latest Smartwatch Due to Hardware Flaw
The LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE is supposed to be rolling out to customers now but the company has ended its distribution.A week after LG announced the global distribution of its latest smartwatch—the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE—the company is dropping the new LTE timepieces due to an undisclosed hardware flaw. Based on an email the company sent to media members who are reviewing the watches, the problem, which LG has not fully detailed, involves a "hardware issue which affects the day-to-day functionality of the device," according to a Nov. 19 report by AndroidPolice. "We understand that you are currently reviewing our latest smartwatch; however, late in the quality assurance process for the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE, our engineers were made aware of a hardware issue which affects the day-to-day functionality of the device," the email states. "After further investigation, the decision was made to cancel the rollout of the Urbane 2nd Edition LTE due to the complicated nature of the issue." The action means the future of the watch is now in doubt, the note continues. "Whether the device will be available in the future will be decided at a later time. For now, our top priority is to ensure that only products that meet our very specific quality standards are available for purchase."
It wasn't supposed to be this way for the smartwatch. On Nov. 12, LG issued a press release describing the global rollout of the new Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE, starting with the United States and Korea. The wristwatch was to be the first that allows users to make 3G or 4G calls on it without the need for a smartphone, creating an intriguing new segment in the marketplace. The watch was to be compatible with both Android and iOS smartphones.