The LG G Watch was LG's first foray into Android Wear and the smartwatch market, but the device itself was too "plain Jim" for me: it had a square form factor but no decoration, and looked like the most basic Android Wear device on the market. Motorola showed LG how to craft a smartwatch when it emerged with the Moto 360 -- which turned LG's smartwatches into something fashionable afterward. The G Watch R was more of a ruggedized smartwatch with a Plastic OLED (or P-OLED) display designed to showcase a bright screen while protecting it by way of plastic coating. The G Watch Urbane and Watch Urbane LTE models, though, have put the Korean manufacturer at the front of the Android Wear watch market - with many customers preferring these to LG's first AW model.
Well, it seems as though the G Watch has come to its end. According to the company's statement on Twitter recently, the LG G Watch won't get the upcoming Android Wear 2.0 update announced at Google I/O 2016. The company was asked about the model's potential for the Android Wear 2.0 update, but LG USA Mobile responded with the words, "Sorry it's not on our current software update list and it's been discontinues [sic]."
While the original G Watch is out, it seems as though LG has confirmed that the G Watch R, G Watch Urbane, and Watch Urbane LTE (second-generation) will all be eligible for Android Wear 2.0.
The Android Wear 2.0 update will bring Smart Reply, customized notifications on any watchface, an on-screen, virtual keyboard, and standalone apps to further free consumers from their smartphones.
What do you make of LG's decision to abandon the original G Watch with Android Wear 2.0? Will this announcement move you to purchase a more current Android Wear smartwatch, or give up on AW altogether?