iWatch rumours suggest LG also planning a smart watch

The hotly rumoured Apple iWatch has competition, with reports suggesting LG is planning its own wrist-worn smart phone.

Apple's probably doing it. Google's maybe doing it. Samsung's definitely doing it -- and now it seems LG could do it too. The hotly rumoured Apple iWatch  has competition from LG, with reports the Korean company is also planning a new wrist-worn smart phone.

The iWatch rumours ignited with reports Apple is working on a wristwatch that echoes the features of a phone. Where Apple is rumoured to be heading, others are quickly rumoured to follow: and so the Korea Times reports unconfirmed claims that LG is another major mobile manufacturer working on a smart watch, which could run Android or Firefox OS software.

It's actually not much of a stretch. LG made a watch phone back in 2009, but it never took off. The LG GD910 Watch Phone , pictured above, included voice control, a camera, a music player, Bluetooth and 3G Internet.

It was horribly bulky though, and at £850 was prohibitively expensive. Not to mention that it had a mere two hours of talk time. Ouch.

More recent examples of the watch phone include the Pebble , which has a battery-conserving E-Ink screen showing notifications of what's going on with your blower. But the only major mobile manufacturer to confirm it's definitely looking to win over your wrist is Samsung .

LG's purported new attempt at a smart watch is one of a number of reported projects, including a smart visor that would rival  Google's Glass

Whoever produces a smart phone for your wrist, they'll have to solve the biggest problem: creating a usable interface on a wristwatch's tiny screen. Can LG solve that problem? Do you think the iWatch is worth watching? Watch your language in the comments, or on our watchable Facebook page.

 

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