After Google showed interest in the smartwatch segment, it's time for yet another player to be bowled over intelligent watch. Is that LG? Reported by The Korean Times has reported that the South Korean giant, is believed to be working on a smartwatch. The same source also dished out plans of Google Glass competitor in the making.
Interestingly, LG is not keen to use Android mobile OS to power up these upcoming devices; instead, the company would like to adopt Firefox OS. LG is on the board to make a series of handsets based on Firefox OS. GizBot believes that Google's very own smartwatch will likely to remain the only Android powered smartwatch.
"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.", an unofficial statement by source representing LG.
As of now, it's too early to comment upon LG's foray into intelligent watch segment. But one thing is clear: now every manufacturer is working on some form of wearable computer device. This year, Google will likely to sell Google Glass for Rs.80, 000, which is like over the roof. There should be enough demand of such devices then only market will respond to so-called smartwatch.
Samsung on the other hand could opt for Tizen OS to power up Galaxy watch. Sony, another player in the intelligent watch segment is believed to be working on SmartWatch 2. Currently, the first generation Sony SmartWatch uses proprietary OS.
The concept of intelligent watch goes back to late 80s. Remember Casio Databank series? In 2009, LG launched a luxury watch cum mobile phone (GD910). The device had a 1.3-inch color touch screen display, 3G connectivity, video calling, Bluetooth, Voice recognition software among others. Want to know the price - Rs. 41,391. It never took off as a device, as consumers were more passionate towards high-end smartphones instead of intelligent watch. Stay tuned to GizBot.