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Ever since the reveal of Android Wear, we've been waiting for that awesome-looking Moto 360 watch with the circular screen. And waiting. And waiting. Though it looks like the release or at least the announcement might finally come next month, LG isn't missing the opportunity to get people excited for their second Android Wear device after the G Watch. Behold, LG's 30-second teaser for a watch announcement at the IFA show, which starts in Berlin in just under two weeks.

The trailer features an "R" logo, some not-so-subtle digs at the design of the Moto 360, and at the end, what appears to be an outlined render of the watch. The split-second freeze frame shows a completely circular screen and a more "traditional" watch design, with full diver-style lugs (the little arms that hold the watch strap). Contrast that to the Moto 360, which has lugs hidden underneath the watch body for a more contemporary look. An LG representative has confirmed that the device will be called the "LG G Watch R."

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A lot of our readers were disappointed when they found out that the Moto 360 would use a small cutout on the bottom of the screen. LG clearly sees a marketing opportunity here, and the exaggerated graphics linger on an outline of the semi-circular shape that the final version of the 360 uses. The teaser makes sure you don't miss it by claiming the screen is a "perfect circle."

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Cheeky.

There's no concrete evidence that this watch actually runs Android Wear, but with the "G Watch" branding, it's a pretty safe bet. We'll see more of the G Watch R, hopefully including a price and release date, at IFA from September 5th-10th.

Source: LG

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • Thomas

    That round display:
    http://i.imgur.com/KQlLror.gif

    Now question is, does the R stand for replacement for early adopters?

    • http://thegumshoe.com/ Michael Crider

      I think it's unreasonable to expect... uh, inherent risk of buying into a new platform...

      Sorry, I'm a bit off. That GIF is breaking my brain.

      • Thomas

        Yeah, not expecting that, but given the initial issues and the fact they seemingly got a vastly superior replacement ready a few months after the initial product is kind of disheartening. (Unless it's a paper launch/it's not that great)

        But that's the early adopter price :P

        • komrath

          Early adopters know the pain ;-) Still I'm super happy with my G Watch :-)

        • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad

          How do you know it's vastly superior? There is little to no concrete information about this device...

    • http://usamaisawake.wordpress.com usamaisawake

      Man that is such a crazy loop.

    • Tom Harman

      Maybe revolution, or revolutionary, but just a guess.

    • Dah3098

      It probably sounds for round.

    • Ian Aitken

      I don't see why should it :-)
      You wanted a wear watch as soon as possible you got the samsung or LG.
      You wanted a wear watch that was round you had to wait till the were ready Moto and now LG.

      Early adopter always had the choice to wait for the Moto 360, Now LG is giving them choice.

      I'm a owner of the LG G watch because i didn't want to wait for the M360 and i expected other brands to do a round watch. I will likely get a round watch when they come out as well.

    • Serge Cebrian

      Damn brain melted ....with this .

  • Dairox

    BREAKING NEWS: It's ugly.

    • Dairox

      No u

    • Thomas

      Well that's obviously a bad render in the teaser, but if you follow the render to reality I would probably (From the limited 2D render) prefer a more classic-looking watch than the Moto 360.

      • Dhaiwat

        Wouldn't it be considered more sporty rather than classy? If you look at the older watches you know what I mean. But it's all subject to opinion as well.

        • Dairox

          Yep, sporty it is. And it's not bad, but maybe the watchface and the top/bottom part doesn't feel right to me. The Gear Live has that ones too, and makes it look uglier than the G Watch.

      • Dairox

        Maybe it is, looks bad quality, but I don't understand the hurry. They know Motorola has a better product, but they think that if they launch first, it will be good for them, leaving details behind, just as it happened with the G Watch and the corrosion.

        It looks like LG it's trying to say "first", but we don't care about that, we care about quality.

        • Thomas

          That's true, but then again, they definitely have the display tech experience to back such a thing up, of course we'll see what happens at IFA.

          But looking at it at a distance the fact they're just giving us a 30 second non-actual product render is kind of different from Motorola where we've had a pretty final look at the design since the original Wear announcement.

          • Thomas

            Also, how will they run a completely round interface with 4.4W? Does that even support that?

          • abqnm

            The developers site for Wear shows a fully round face, so I'm sure this will not be an issue. I can't find it right now, but there was a comparison picture showing the main display area of each round and square and the round watch had an active area in the center that was square. The background fills out the rest of the circle.

        • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad

          How on earth can you possibly compare the two in any real way when you know virtually no specific details about the LG watch?

          • Dairox

            If you are referring to LG Watch as in LG G Watch, then, you should know that the device it's already out there, being sell and all. If you are referring to the "R", we are comparing the design here, and actually we don't know "virtually no specific details about" any one, because all about the 360 are rumors or leaks. So, we are comparing just two renders, nothing more, because that's what the two of them are until one goes on sale.

          • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad

            "So, we are comparing just two renders, nothing more, because that's what the two of them are until one goes on sale."

            Except that's not what you said, you made the claim that Motorola has a better product - how could you possibly know that given the lack of definite information about either product?

    • joser116

      The rendering makes it look bad. It's like a Paint render.

  • Mike Gonzalez

    i just dont know what Moto is waiting for TBH, its like they willing to lose all the hype

    • mustbepbs

      To actually release a complete product, unlike LG and Samsung that released half baked watches with tons of issues and corroding contact points.

      • Mike Gonzalez

        then what's the point of announcing it half a year earlier?! hype has killed so many other products that at launch day they were already dead and outdone by competition

        • Daniel Marcus

          Because they are one of Google's original manufacturing partners, and I am sure Google wanted to be sure they had a round watch to demo at I/O.

      • AbbyZFresh

        Who said Motorola won't release an updated 360 watch a year from now? Or even a couple months?

        • Jake

          LG just released their last watch like a month ago. Who would buy the G Watch now that they've teased this one?

          • Tom Harman

            Almost 2 full months ago honestly.

          • abqnm

            Someone that wants a square watch.

  • Fabian Pineda

    I think what they meant to say was "fill the gap" and not "feel the gap".

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      QUIET FABIAN LG IS NOT GOING TO BE HAPPY ABOUT THIS

    • abqnm

      They are just trying to appeal to younger Americans, because we clearly don't teach grammar to children anymore.

      • Anfronie

        Y U H8'n

        • abqnm

          Are you better then me? Did you feel your head with to many words?

          • Andrew

            I can tell you meant to say feel but can't tell whether or not you meant to say then instead of than and to instead of too...

          • abqnm

            thatsthejoke.gif

          • Nathan Walters

            *you're

          • abqnm

            Wow. Read it in the context of my post above it. It will make sense as written.

            It kinda defeats the point when internet grammar nazis correct a joke.

          • Nathan Walters

            No worries. I figured you would realize sooner or later.

          • abqnm

            Haha yeah I realized about 3 seconds after tapping post.

  • BiggiePhat

    yeah but still...no edge to edge. looks bulky

    • Mike Gonzalez

      ok, now please explain the world how do you know its not edge-to-edge?! cuz the video tries to say otherwise, the display may be edge to edge, but use different colors for the outer frame, heck it even looks like it may light up like the G3's Quick-circle case when a notification arrives

      • Anfronie

        It looks like it has a large bezel all the way around the screen. so either the screen is smaller or the watch over all is bigger. Still prefer the 360.

    • komrath

      You people and your "edge to edge" screens :D You don't leave anything to imagination, do ya!? ;-)

    • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad

      Am I the only one who prefers a reasonable bezel? Swiping in from the side is much easier with at least a little bit of bezel.

  • abqnm

    I am going to refer to this as the GWAR. G WAtch R.

  • Damian

    If it is normal watch then round shape is okay, but when it is with Android on board, circle is the ugliest shape for that kind of device.

  • TechGuy22

    so excited for this. i was excited for the 360 but not anymore.next week is gonna be insanse.

  • ChrisM40

    Thats better! It looks like a watch, not a low end 90s swatch.

  • Kevin Guinn

    I love how the music dipped as they made fun of the 360 for having the black bar (Non usable screen real estate) at the bottom. I'm still getting the 360 over this. GWAR is ugly.

  • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

    Well, THIS is interesting. Interesting enough to get me to hesitate on the guaranteed Moto 360 purchase. I like my G Watch, but there was no doubt I'd turn it in for the 360. But if LG manages to make this screen fully round and fills in their other gaps in comparison, I'm not opposed to it.

  • uopjo6

    Nice circular way to say FUCK YOU to 2 months old G Watch owners. Thank god it's fugly.

  • Frank

    To make it round, the watch will be much bigger. eh still prefer the 360 size

    • miri

      Either the watch will be bigger or the screen smaller.

  • RajeeV

    Its like Google wear Transformers Edition

    Damn that soundtrack

    • TechGuy22

      lmfao. i was gonna say the same thing too. only missing explosions LOL

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  • AbbyZFresh

    I This is the best thing about Android Wear. Since it is tightly controlled by Google, LG and other manufacturers have to try harder to create beautiful watches to differenate their products from one another.

    On the other hand, Motorola deserves this punishment because they waited too long. The hype is almost over. I'm considering the LG Watch instead.

  • rcrow490

    Ooooohhhhh, how I wish it had an E Ink display. Days of battery life. Who needs color on a messaging display.

    • Nathan Walters

      E-ink doesn't have fast enough response times to make a fluid touch screen interface viable, at least with current tech.

  • Vaotix

    Love it so far. If it has comparable battery life to the 360, better water resistence than the original G Watch, Qi charging, and is visible in sunlight then I'm sold on this over the 360.

  • sam

    LG Watch "R"ound

  • me me

    Shows why we should sit this wearables out for a year.

  • Fernando Pena

    Ugly

  • Fernando Pena

    LG G Watch "R"etard

  • http://visionaforethought.wordpress.com/ Oflife

    I tried a Sony Smartwatch 2 for a week and was very impressed. At under £100 here in the UK, they are a bargain and very very useful. Being able to walk around your home or office without the phone is quite liberating. If a message is urgent, go get your phone or call back later. The screen is superb in daylight, it charges through standard microUSB and just does everything well. No, you cannot answer calls, but having your essential info on your wrist (emails, texts, calendar etc) is priceless, as is being able to control any music player you specify, Spotify included. And that's a year old design.

    So, it will be interesting to see how good the Google wear models are in their second iteration.

  • Ordnas_selac

    the 30 at the bottom of the screen is inverted. /r/mildlyinfuriating

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