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LG to announce circular smartwatch to take on Moto 360

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Even though Google formally introduced three Android Wear smartwatches at I/O this year, it was Motorola's Moto 360 that stole the show. Indeed, you could hear the crowd's disappointment when the 360 didn't launch that day the way the Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch did. It looks like LG had a crowd-pleasing ace up its sleeve all along: Engadget reports that the company plans on launching a round, more elegant smartwatch at IFA 2014 next week, right on the heels of the official Moto 360 debut.

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LG may have a new flagship just months after releasing the G Watch

The LG G Watch R is teased in a currently unlisted video on LG's Mobile Global YouTube channel. While heavy on flash and light on details, the video does seem to indicate that the watch's interface will be a perfect circle — possibly a dig at the Moto 360's black bar so many have taken issue with. While this certainly makes the original G Watch look like a prototype by comparison, we'll need to wait for official news from Berlin to see if LG intends for the R to be its true flagship.

Competition is certainly heating up in the smartwatch space. HTC is still expected to launch a wearable of their own in time for the holiday season, and Apple's iWatch is very much on the way. Expect the fall to be littered with the devices at this rate.


The Verge's LG G Watch hands-on at Google I/O 2014