LG plans to launch a new smartwatch next week. Like the company’s first G Watch, it’s expected to run Google’s Android Wear software. But while the LG G Watch has a square design, the new LG G Watch R will be… round.

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The Korean electronics company posted a teaser video on YouTube… and although it’s “unlisted,” a tipster sent a link to Engadget, as well as details about the watch’s name. If you go through it frame by frame you can get an idea of what the new watch will look like.

Android Wear supports round and square designs, but up until now Motorola has been the only company to announce an Android Wear device with a round face… and that model has generated an awful lot of buzz, even though it’s not yet available for purchase. So don’t be surprised if LG isn’t the only company to follow suit with a round model.

Google’s smartwatch software is designed to let you pair a watch with an Android phone and view and interact notifications on your wrist or use voice commands to search the web, create appointments, initiate phone calls, and perform other actions. LG, Motorola, Samsung, and Asus are among the first companies to launch products based on the platform, and Engadget notes that it looks like additional features for the G Watch Round could include a compass, distance meter, and digital step counter.

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4 replies on “LG to round out its smartwatch lineup with… a round watch”

  1. I wonder how big it’s going to be. I’m not really into huge watches but I do see some people wearing ridiculously large watches which aren’t even smart watches (they’re just big for “fashion” purposes). Anyway, I’m still waiting to see where these go in the future. Maybe in a few years I’ll eventually buy a smart watch.

    1. All watches are pretty much only worn for fashion these days. I have a friend who wears a huge watch but when he wants to know what time it is he looks at his phone from habit. Of course we kid him about it.

      1. That’s true. I’m just saying wearing a huge watch compared to your wrist/hand doesn’t look good to me. Then again, I think similarly with other fashion trends. I guess I’m just not a fashionable person.

        As for smart watches, if I ever get one, I’d get it more for what it does than what it looks like. Of course, I still care about what it looks like after it’s function. Right now, the marketing and what I’ve read/heard what users are/plan to do with these aren’t good enough for me to want to buy one yet. I’m interested enough to keep track of smart watches though.

  2. The ad is over the top; I mean, we’re talking about a wristwatch. Still, if I were to buy one if these, I think I would want a round one.

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