Did you have your eye on one of those new LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition from AT&T? Well tough. LG just yanked the smartwatch from store shelves citing “a hardware issue which affects the day-to-day functionality of the device.” The device was the firstAndroid-based smartwatch to include a cellular connection. It had debuted on AT&T only a week ago and was supposed to come to Verizon tomorrow, November 20th. Nope, not any more.
“Late in the quality assurance process for the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE, our engineers were made aware of a hardware issue which affects the day-to-day functionality of the device,” the company said in a statement. “After further investigation, the decision was made to cancel the rollout of the Urbane 2nd Edition LTE due to the complicated nature of the issue.
“Whether the device will be available in the future will be decided at a later time,” the statement continued. “For now, our top priority is to ensure that only products that meet our very specific quality standards are available for purchase.”
A setback for LG, the cancellation is also a setback of sorts for Google. The smartwatch was touted as the first smartwatch on Google’s Android Wear software to feature cellular connectivity built in, meaning you could make calls and receive notifications even when your handset wasn’t close at hand.
Smartwatches are still limited in that they generally need to be synced to a smartphone to make and receive calls and messages and carry out certain other tasks. That poses a problem if you’re out and have left your smartphone at home or somewhere else.
There’s no word on specifically why the watches were pulled or when/if they’ll return.According to 9to5Google, Verizon will not ship to pre-order customers while AT&T has told its retail outlets to offer customers who have already purchased the 2nd Edition a full refund.