The LG Watch Urbane LTE Second Edition didn’t start off all that well after LG announced it. The device was released for sale, then pulled quickly, and then re-released. With the announcement of the LG Watch Sport and Watch Style, both running Android Wear 2.0, earlier this year with Android owner Google, it was apparent that the LG Watch Urbane LTE Second Edition wouldn’t get the new update overnight (though it did make Google’s official Android Wear 2.0 update list). What wasn’t as apparent, though, was just how long it would take.
Try six months on for size. Six months.
That’s how long it’s taken LG to release Android Wear 2.0 for the LG Watch Urbane LTE Second Edition. Well, to be fair, this is the AT&T model we’re talking about here, as the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Watch Urbane model updated earlier this Spring (and Verizon updated its cellular data Watch Urbane LTE last month). Cellular-capable smartwatches are usually late to the update party, which makes them unattractive for users who want quick updates. Despite the standalone capabilities, they also stand alone in the update cycle – and Android users prioritize updates too highly to wait so long for them. After the issues with bringing this product to market, though, we’re still thankful that LG is sticking by the product and not abandoning it because it didn’t have the best sales record.
As for Android Wear 2.0, AT&T LG Watch Urbane LTE Second Edition users can expect an on-wrist Google Play Store, customizable notifications, an on-screen, virtual keyboard, more standalone capabilities for Wi-Fi-only smartwatches, and so on. Google released Android Wear 2.0 in early 2017 after delaying its release in 2016 due to security and stability concerns.
AT&T LG Watch Urbane LTE Second Edition users, prepare to head over to your smartwatch update settings and “hit that button.” Then come back here and let us know what you love and/or hate about Android Wear 2.0. Is your device sluggish after the update? Did things “speed up”? Has battery life improved?