LG's launch of their latest Android Wear smartwatch, the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition, isn't going as planned. The company has announced that the watch, which launched on AT&T last week with on-board cellular connectivity, has been pulled from store shelves over a "hardware issue which affects the day-to-day functionality of the device."
The Watch Urbane 2nd Edition's hardware issue hasn't been specified, but clearly it's severe enough that LG felt it was necessary to cancel the product's launch entirely. At this stage it's not clear whether LG will re-release the product at all, with any sort of future re-launch depending on whether LG's engineers can address the quality issue.
Both AT&T and Verizon, the two launch partners for the smartwatch in the United States, have halted sales of the Urbane 2nd Edition. AT&T is offering any customers who purchased the watch in the past week a full refund due to the issues, or alternatively customers can exchange their Watch Urbane for a different smartwatch.
Verizon, who were set to begin sales of the watch today, have put all sales on hold and will not be delivering the watch to customers who pre-ordered it.
The LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition was a fairly unique device in that it offered LTE connectivity as well as Android Wear, allowing you to use the smartwatch without a connected smartphone. The watch also came with GPS and a high-resolution 348 PPI display, with a retail price of $300.