LG has just revealed that it is halting sales of the recently-launched Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE smartwatch, citing a “a hardware issue which affects the day-to-day functionality of the device.” The watch was the first Android Wear smartwatch with cellular connectivity and was launched by AT&T last week. Verizon was scheduled to put the device up for sale starting tomorrow, November 20th. Neither carrier will continue selling the device.
According to a email to The Verge from an LG representative, there is no set date for when the watch may return to store shelves. No further detail was given about the specific hardware issue, though we have asked for clarification and will update this article if LG provides more information. 9to5Google is reporting that AT&T is offering customers that already purchased the watch a refund or the ability to exchange it for another connected smartwatch.
No other manufacturers have announced Android Wear watches with cellular connectivity, though Samsung will soon put the Gear S2 with cellular connectivity up for sale through AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon. The Gear S2 works with the vast majority of Android smartphones, but it uses Samsung’s proprietary smartwatch software.
Written by Dan Seifert of The Verge
(Source: The Verge)