Motorola’s Moto 360 has proven to be the most popular among the three Android Wear-based smartwatches presented at Google I/O earlier this year due to the Moto 360’s circular face which makes the device look classic compared to the other square-faced smartwatches. Now it looks like LG has realized this too and has teased, through a newly released video, a new circular-faced smartwatch that’s currently rumored to be called the LG G Watch R.
The teaser video doesn’t reveal a lot of detailed information on the new G Watch R but it does show a few of the possible features and watch faces that will be available on the new device including a pedometer/digital step counter, distance meter, a compass, and a timer. The video seems to also take a jab at the Moto 360 by discreetly reminding us of the blank black bar that exists at the bottom of Moto 360’s display which LG is also discreetly saying won’t exist on the G Watch R.
The tease of the new LG G Watch R so soon after the launch of the original G Watch makes it seem like the new smartwatch was in development alongside the original G Watch but was only unveiled because the company wanted to see the response to the G Watch first. More information on the new G Watch R will be released at this year’s IFA conference happening from September 5 to 10. The new device could also be fully and officially unveiled at the event itself.
Other manufacturers are also revealing their own smartwatches at IFA including ASUS. HTC, Samsung, and even Apple are also expected to reveal new smartwatches sometime later this year. Wearable device shipments have increased exponentially since Google revealed its Android Wear platform alongside the original G Watch, the Moto 360, and the Samsung Gear Live.