Looks like Samsung won’t be the only major vendor with a 3G-enabled smart watch (Gear S) for too long, with LG planning to join the party in the near future.
Such device (smart watch with built-in 3G radio) has been caught at the FCC and from its listing, we think it’s heading to either Verizon Wireless or Sprint. The reasoning behind this conclusion is simple – that’s a CDMA- rather than HSPA-based 3G radio inside this watch.
It’s unclear how this device (marked as LG VC100/LG VC100P) will be known and whether it too — like two other LG smart watches — will use Android Wear or some other platform.
We would have to guess LG is working with Google as we speak to make Android Wear 3G friendly; on the other hand, they may be talking to Intel or Qualcomm and use their solutions, which are not based on Google’s wearable platform.
I would assume we’ll get all the missing details in the next few weeks, but you never know. Perhaps the carriers postpone the launch of this thing for some (not so good) reason. Chances are they want to benefit from the forthcoming Christmas shopping craze and offer its customers yet another contract, which this time round will be tied to the wrist-worn device. It remains to be seen whether a significant number of users decides to take this route.
We’ll let you know when we hear something new here, and in the meantime, we’re eager to hear – would you be willing to sign-up for yet another contract? Comments form is all yours…