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LG suddenly cancelled the launch of its first LTE smartwatch



AJ Dellinger


Posted on Nov 20, 2015   Updated on May 27, 2021, 3:02 pm CDT

The second edition of LG’s Urbane smartwatch was set to hit stores in time for the holiday season. As it turns out, the device will have to remain on your wish list indefinitely—LG has canceled the launch due to a unspecified hardware issue.

Despite the fact that the LG Urbane 2nd Edition is already out in the wild, made available for reviews by multiple outlets, the manufacturer has decided that the smartwatch shouldn’t see the light of day for the general public. 

According to a statement given to Android Police, LG engineers discovered a hardware issue that affects the day-to-day functionality of the device. The sudden discovery so late in the launch process led to LG cancelling the Urbane 2’s debut in its entirety. 

“Whether the device will be available in the future will be decided at a later time. For now, our top priority is to ensure that only products that meet our very specific quality standards are available for purchase,” the statement concluded.

The LG Urbane 2 was set to be the first Android Wear smartwatch on the market to offer mobile data connectivity via LTE, meaning it would not require a paired smartphone. AT&T had already begun selling the device and is now offering refunds. Verizon, which was set to begin selling the smartwatch on Friday, won’t ship the watch to customers who placed pre-orders. 

H/T Android Police | Photo via LG??/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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*First Published: Nov 20, 2015, 6:19 pm CST