CES 2015: Audi & LG Partner on Smartwatch Running webOS

Subject: General Tech, Mobile, Shows and Expos | January 8, 2015 - 03:26 AM |
Tagged: smartwatch, LG, ces 2015, CES, audi

There is a unique smartwatch at CES this year, which unfolds to become a camera quadcopter. I guess surprisingly, for some people, a selfie stick is not offbeat enough. And that's fine, more power to them.

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Image Credit: Android Central

There is also a second, unique smart watch at CES this year because it does not run Android (or iOS). The unnamed device, which is a collaboration between LG and Audi, is powered by webOS. In case you missed it, LG has licensed webOS from HP for use in its smart TVs. The operating system is open source under the permissive Apache license.

When Android Central was playing around with the watch, they noticed the listing of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC (MSM8626). The 8626 is a quad-core, ARM Cortex A7-based processor (up to 1.2 GHz) with a Qualcomm Adreno 305 GPU. This is a fair amount of power for a smartwatch, although core count and frequency could be reduced for battery life.

With Mobile World Congress coming up in February (update Jan 9th @ 11:30am: sorry for the mistake... it's the first week of March), we might see more details soon.

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January 8, 2015 | 04:20 PM - Posted by Gikero

Was always a fan of WebOS. Curious to see if this will come to the market.

January 9, 2015 | 05:49 AM - Posted by lantian (not verified)

the one smart watch that actually looks expensive and has a good styling that doesn't make it look like a children toy, if i would need a watch and had a bit more causes lifestyle i would probably want this, but in reality i cant have nice thing on my wrists for longer than a day without damaging them, still kudos for the proper styling

January 9, 2015 | 08:39 AM - Posted by collie

So, question for the room. Does anyone want a smartwatch? Does anyone have a smartwatch? Does anyone NEED a smartwatch?

Personally the answer is just NO! I simply dont understand the hype. So instead of taking my phone out of my pocket to see who's txting me, I look at my watch, THEN take out my phone to reply and pay $300-$400 for the privilege? It's a stupid idea with no wings at all that the tech corporations are trying to get us to want, because they can't figure out any new products that are gona be the next "OMG there is a PHONE IN MY POCKET" must have world changing thing. A lot of people are still waiting for the next big announcement on smartwatches, the one that is gona make them say "OHHHHHH, now it makes sense, I'll get one now," but I dont see that happening.

Of all the smartwatches, and I still think this is a stupid idea, OVERALL, but of all the smartwatches currently on the market, this is the only one that makes sense to me. https://getpebble.com/ Why? 6-7 days on one charge, does exactly what it's supposed to do, no bells and whistles like color or touchscreen, just a functional product that does what it's supposed to for $100. And as the website says, "Breathe, everyone It's just a watch"

January 12, 2015 | 12:17 AM - Posted by Sebastian Peak

The answer in this particular case: It's WebOS!!! Who cares if you "need" it, you've got to want the novelty of carrying that OS around on your wrist. I mean, it's either that or tape an HP Veer to your arm. (Wait a minute, that's an amazing idea. Got to go find duct tape.)

January 12, 2015 | 08:46 AM - Posted by collie

You do make a GREAT point. :)

January 9, 2015 | 02:22 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

The entire Tech./Computer marketplace is so full charlatans, and shills, what there needs to be is some pushback from consumers, in the form of closed Wallets, and purses.

PcPer, needs to review that Pico form factor computer that was shown at CES, with the AMP APU. I'm getting tired of these obviously sponsored "Articles" for crap like this, just to get a few pence for the writer.

January 12, 2015 | 12:13 AM - Posted by Sebastian Peak

When (I'm assuming Zotac?) makes that product available it should make an interesting review. APUs have the potential to shake up the SFF space, but it's hard to argue with perfomance per watt even when performance per dollar is often different. Who knows, maybe next year we'll be talking about ARM desktops! (Not really - who wants to run WinRT?)

One more thing... The quality of the content on the site should speak for itself, and it really does if you read through our reviews. While the $0 we receive from manufacturers might seem like it could be of influence, the staff actually cares about this industry and that's the motivation for the articles.

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