When it comes to smartwatches, Google has Android Wear which is a version of Android developed for wearables. Heck, even the Apple Watch appears to be running a modified version of iOS. Now as far as other platforms are concerned, Tizen is another player in the market and can be found in the Samsung Galaxy Gear and Gear 2. While LG has released Android Wear devices like the G Watch and the G Watch R, it seems that the South Korean tech company has plans to release a webOS based smartwatch as well.
The world’s favorite abortive mobile operating system, webOS, refuses to go away quietly. After being open-sourced by HP and then sold off to LG, webOS is now apparently returning to mobile devices in the form of a new LG SmartWatch. A developer website hosted by LG teases a software development kit for a webOS SmartWatch, while the familiar Bean Bird from LG’s webOS TVs also shows up, this time supporting a classically styled analog wristwatch. LG is already an active participant in the developing smartwatch market with two Android Wear models: the G Watch that inaugurated Google’s wearable software platform and the G Watch R, which is going on sale later this month. Like fellow Korean manufacturer Samsung — who has adapted the Tizen smartphone OS to its Gear smartwatches — LG may be looking to ensure it has an alternative to the Android platform when constructing its future watches. Given the relative immaturity of Android Wear and competing platforms, there’s plenty of opportunity for webOS to indeed be a compelling new option, provided LG’s SDK is taken up and used to its full potential.