A new LG smartwatch could be in the works as the Korean manufacturer hints that it is currently working on new wearable devices.
Having launched the LG GD910 watch phone back in 2009, LG was early to the smartwatch game but has remained relatively quiet since the market was reinvigorated by the release of the Pebble smartwatch and Samsung Galaxy Gear last year.
Now, however, the LG G2 maker could be on the verge of a smartwatch return, teasing that it is monitoring “how wearable is going to evolve” and looking “closer at which new form factors we will pursue.
Speaking exclusively with TrustedReviews, Frank Lee, LG’s Head of Mobile Communications has teased that the company plans to launch a “portfolio of products” around the mobile sector, with wearables certainly up for consideration.
Commenting on the company’s future smartwatch plans he stated: “As we see the reaction of consumers on this and see how wearable is going to evolve we will look closer at which new form factors we will pursue.”
He added: “We are definitely going to have a family, a portfolio of products. How extensive that will be is really based on that balance of what is the market ready for. The technology is often ready, it is just a question of integrating it in a way that consumers go ‘hey, I’m in for that’.”
Remaining cautious on the still fragile smartwatch industry, Lee added: “You need to push evolution but you don’t know if it is always going to stick.”
LG, however, is no stranger to launching revolutionary, and potentially risky new products. As well as the 2009 watch phone, the company late last year unveiled the LG G Flex, the world’s first flexible phone.
On this, Lee stated: “What we have done is make a commitment. The global rollout of flexible phones is quite a statement on our behalf. We don’t know how the market is going to react.”
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