During Christmas 2016 I have bought one for me and another one as a gift to the same loser-owner of the Redmi Note 3 Pro .
5 years later I still believe that the LG G Watch is one of the best smart watches ever created.
The design is simple, elegant and proportionally pleasant to look at.
The watch is water-resistant, includes GPS and a microphone.
I remember using it all the time (Thanks Ma for gifting it to me!), mostly to reply to text messages and enabling timers.
And then I wore it all the time because of how stylish it was.
Sadly Google/LG decided to kill it. The companion phone app does NOT push any app to the smartwatch anymore, notifications included.
Just… why? Why kill a product that always worked perfectly and that was reliable?
The answer is pretty simple: planned obsolescence… and the lack of a physical button.
Android Wear 2.0 (Then rebranded Wear OS) required a physical button or wheel to interact with the UI.
I understand that they want to add more features to the OS, but killing off prematurely the LG G Watch was a very bad idea.
It does not give a sense of confidence to new customers, especially in a market that was just born.
Finally, the release price of the LG G Watch was around 200€, which is a fine amount.
If you are going to abandon something, at least make your code fully open source.
The companion app is closed source and only Google has control over it.
They purposely killed the LG G Watch and never looked back.
Many other smartwatches were then released, but due to them using only half a GB of RAM the performance was not that great while using Android Wear.
More customers were lost. And potential new ones just felt discouraged, so they never gave it a chance.
The only things keeping Wear OS alive are:
- Third party app support (APKs can be manually installed too through sideloading)
- Google Assistant
- Multi-Language Voice transcription working on the go, a feature I wished that BlackBerry smartphones had.
Apple is dominating the smartwatch market with the Apple Watch, a fully optimized smartwatch that perfectly (supposedly) integrates with the rest of the Apple ecosystem.
Since the Apple Watch only works with iPhone, many people are jumping off ship because there is no compatibility with Android or any other system.
To be honest, I have considered doing so too.
The third biggest smartwatch operating system is Tizen OS, primarily developed and used by Samsung for their lineup of smartwatches.
Little personal fun-trivia: After further research, I discovered that Tizen OS is one of the successors of another operating system named MeeGo.
MeeGo was a Linux OS focused on low-computing hardware, and apparently it was used on a few laptops and phones. It did not go that far though, being discontinued only one year later its release.
The Samsung NP-100 was sold with this OS and I think that was a good idea: it was extremely stripped down and had a simple UI to accommodate for the low resolution displays.