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LG has also posted a new video showcasing its upcoming Android Wear-based G Watch

For those already familiar with LG’s G Pad Android tablets, you know that the South Korean electronic giant already makes available it G Pad 8.3. While the G Pad 8.3 strikes a nice balance between smaller 7” and larger 10.1” tablets, LG isn’t content with providing a “one size fits all” solution.

So today, LG has announced three new models to the family that include 7”, 8”, and 10.1” G Pads. All three of the tablets will feature QPair 2.0 (software which pairs via Bluetooth with your smartphone and provides incoming call/messages notifications on your tablet) and Knock Code (allows users to power and on and unlock their tablets by “knocking” on the display in a pattern of two to eight taps).
Pricing, availability, and specifications for the new G Pad 7, G Pad 8, and G Pad 10 haven’t been presented at this time, but LG promised to provide details in the coming weeks.

In other LG news, the company has posted a teaser video that showcases its upcoming G Watch that runs Google’s Android Wear mobile operating system. Like the new G Pads, full specifications aren’t available at this time, but the G Watch will features a metal body that is water- and dust-resistant and can last all day on a single charge.

Sources: LG [1], [2]

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RE: G Watch
By Brandon Hill on 5/12/2014 8:52:36 AM , Rating: 2
I still think that the Moto 360 is by far the best looking Android Wear smartphone in the pipeline.

However, I still can't really find a usage scenario where a smartwatch would actually work for me.

RE: G Watch
By retrospooty on 5/12/2014 8:57:19 AM , Rating: 3
"However, I still can't really find a usage scenario where a smartwatch would actually work for me"

LOL... Exactly. We have already crammed all of that functionality into our phones, and now they want us to take a small portion back to our wrist, but not enough to operate alone without the phone, so we still need our phones too.

The whole smartwatch push seems to be OEM's hyping up a product category that doesnt have a huge need or a large amount of people that are clamoring for it.

RE: G Watch
By Brandon Hill on 5/12/2014 9:07:58 AM , Rating: 2
Exactly. I barely use my regular "analog" watch, so I can't really see forking over the money for a smartwatch.

RE: G Watch
By quiksilvr on 5/12/2014 9:55:49 AM , Rating: 2
I think it all boils down to price point. Smart watches should not exceed a $100 price point. It's just a small touch screen with a tiny processor and maybe a bluetooth/wifi chip. I don't think manufacturers are exactly breaking the bank designing these things.

Having said that, at $100 it is definitely a good price for what it offers. Now instead of pulling out your phone from your pocket during social outings you can check on messages, reply back, etc. I definitely see the benefits of such a device at work or if you are on the metro/bus and don't feel comfortable taking out your phone. Plus I think having GPS on a watch is a brilliant idea for walking/biking around in a new area.

RE: G Watch
By hughlle on 5/12/2014 10:22:05 AM , Rating: 2
Value or not, a lot of the issue is that they just do not presently offer any features that the majority of people could actually benefit from. In it's present form, it's more a gimmick than anything else.

RE: G Watch
By retrospooty on 5/12/2014 6:48:05 PM , Rating: 2
I wouldnt say "gimmick" as much as just OEM's trying to create a new market that doesnt have alot of "need" like smartphones did... Smartwatches would be good for the runners or the exercise/fitness crowd in general. Working out with a watch instead of a phone bouncing all over would work well... I think they would do better to focus marketing there.

RE: G Watch
By brentadernolnsw on 5/12/2014 4:26:52 PM , Rating: 2
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Also new this week and available through iProTablet is the Pipo T9 ($277) - with an 8.9" full HD display and features comparable to the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9" tablet; plus offers a 3G HSPA+ SIM card slot with Internet and voice calling function like a regular Android phone.

RE: G Watch
By Spuke on 5/12/2014 4:36:32 PM , Rating: 2
WTF! Much shillicious today.

RE: G Watch
By retrospooty on 5/12/2014 5:10:34 PM , Rating: 2
"including the iFive mini4 ($199) - which is the first 8-inch Android tablet on the market with a retina-quality, 2048x1536 display"

What? The Nexus line and many other have had higher than "retina quality" displays for a long time now. The Nexus 10 and a bunch of others are at 2560x1600 and the Nexus 7 and a bunch of other in that size range are at 1920x1200 - all of the above are higher density than "retina"

But those prices do look good for thos specs...

RE: G Watch
By bug77 on 5/12/2014 9:52:40 AM , Rating: 2
However, I still can't really find a usage scenario where a smartwatch would actually work for me.

I think they're going with the walkman approach: a product for a non-existing market that will create a market for itself. So far, it hasn't been able to bring anything to the table (except for the necessity for a recharge every few days and in one case a dependence on particular phone models) so the market rightfully ignores it.

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