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LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE pulled from shelves due to hardware issues

Only a week after its launch by AT&T, LG is stopping all sales of the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE smartwatch. According to 9to5Google’s sources, AT&T has notified its retail stores that those who bought the second-edition watch are eligible for a refund due to the “quality issue.”

The reason for this halt in sales and soft recall is, according to LG, “a hardware issue which affects the day-to-day functionality of the device.” The news comes as disappointing to many Verizon subscribers, as the device was slated to launch in their stores tomorrow morning, November 20th. LG has given no date for the smartwatch’s return to the market, and it might even be gone for good.

The Watch Urbane 2nd Edition was the first Android Wear smartwatch to offer cellular capabilities. This was received with much enthusiasm by fans of Android Wear, as it made the device far less reliant on an accompanying cell phone. It seemed like Android Wearers were leaving the days of leaning so heavily on Bluetooth and wifi networks behind. Unfortunately, no other manufacturers seem to have plans in the works to bring a similar Wear device to the market in the near future, although Google insists that we can expect them down the road.

Although it’s sad to have the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition pulled away before we even really got to know it, this move is far better for LG and consumers alike, rather than having compromised hardware plague the device. If we’re lucky, LG will get to the root of this unspecified issue and we’ll see the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition rise from the ashes like a mighty phoenix. Only time will tell.

What are your thoughts? Are you a Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE owner? Have you noticed any suspicious issues with your device, and will you be taking it back to AT&T to take advantage of their trade-in? Let us know in the comments!

Published at: 08-01-2016
Tags: Android Wear AT&T LG LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE

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  1. Comment by Dlux408

    I purchased the LG Urbane 2nd edition on launch day (Friday), and just returned it today because even with a bluetooth headset connected, it would not let me take the call through it. I had to use the speaker on the watch for the calls. Why use the speake

  2. Comment by Dwayne Bailey

    I bought mine on Wednesday, and I haven't observed any issues yet. I'm really hesitant to return it without knowing the specifics of the problem, since there's nothing else in the android wear space to replace it. And, given that I had to drive to a store

  3. Comment by gencodeinc

    I am not having any issues like others, so what is wrong with the watch they won't tell anyone? I use the AT&T version on T-Mobile, is the issue that its not locked or something, if so I like that issue ;-) I called they wont tell me whats wrong with it,

  4. Comment by Edge of Surreality

    It would have been nice if someone told at&t about the cancellation, they kept cancelling my order as it was preparing to ship...Let's hope LG can streamline the device a bit and figure a way to have interchangeable watch band, a less bulky height, and wa

  5. Comment by Marc Perrusquia

    I bought mine Monday and I have had zero issues. I think I will keep it and hope for the best. This is hands down the best smart watch on the market. All the other smart watches I have used were more of a novelty. The Urbane 2 is a useful tool. I love thi

  6. Comment by northalabama

    this is not the first time lg has shipped a product with known issues. lg now has a history of shipping pricey products with known failures (in order to meet commitments/bonuses?), and their backup plan has been to deal with customers under manufacturerâ

  7. Comment by Timothy Donoghue

    Samsung has had 2 cellular independent watches. the first over 2 years ago.

  8. Comment by Stephen Glasskeys

    If it seems to work OK I'd keep it too. Especially now that everyone knows you can use it on any 'ole carrier you want. You could probably sell it on eBay and get mega $ for it .

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