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LG Testing Smartwatch With 3G Connectivity

LG already has two Android Wear devices under its belt, but it looks like the company is gearing up to release a third smartwatch this year with at least one exciting new feature. The South Korean firm appears to be developing a 3G-enabled watch according to some recent FCC documents, which would put the new device in direct competition with Samsung’s upcoming Gear S.

These FCC documents don’t reveal much. They do mention multiple times that the smartwatch will offer CDMA support, essentially confirming it will have access to a direct Internet signal without needing to connect to Wi-Fi or leech off your smartphone’s data plan. The new filing also includes one image of the device’s rear panel, which appears to be a medium-sized rectangle with rounded edges. Of course, there’s no guarantee this is anything more than a rough sketch, but it makes sense to offer a bigger screen to go with that 3G connection.

Samsung took a similar strategy with the Gear S, which offers the biggest display we’ve seen on any smartwatch from a major tech company this year. The Galaxy-maker also opted to use curved AMOLED for a unique design, and we’re curious if LG will adopt a similar strategy. There’s also no word on whether the new device will run Android Wear, though we’re not sure Google’s strict hardware guidelines include 3G support.

Either way we’ll be keeping an eye out for any more news on LG’s mysterious 3G smartwatch Now that it’s approved for landing here in the U.S., it might not be much longer before the device makes its official debut.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...


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