LG’s New Smartwatch Will Support LTE But Won’t Run Android Wear


LG is developing its own software for smartwatches after the company announced that one version of its upcoming LG Watch Urbane will run its own “proprietary” platform.

The Korean company revealed details of its ‘premium’ smartwatch earlier this month. Initially, it was notable for being LG’s first all-metal timepiece, but that’s eclipsed by the fact that there will be an LTE version that runs the ‘LG Wearable Platform’. (The non-Android Wear model will pair up with smartphones running Android 4.4 or newer, and — interestingly — LG told The Verge that its new platform is not based on WebOS.)

LG’s decision to go beyond the Google platform appears to have been made to differentiate its smartwatch from the existing competition. The company boasts that the LG Watch Urbane LTE will be the first smartwatch to support 4G cellular connections — the aim is to be more than just a companion/notification device. That’s a description that, to this point, applies to…

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