We’ve heard claims that Apple will release the iWatch just as consumers are decorating the tree later this year. But a new report out of France today suggests that one of the first Android Wear devices, the LG G Watch, could hit store shelves as early as June.
According to French tech site Les Numeriques, LG’s office in France has confirmed that the company is gearing up to release the G Watch this June in that country for a reported price of €199. That release date would dovetail nicely with Google’s I/O conference that same month. And, naturally, it stands to reason that if the G Watch hit shelves in Europe in June, it’d likely come out in the United States at the same time.
Of course, despite claims of confirmation from LG’s French division, a spokesperson for LG declined to comment on the story when CNET inquired. As such, it’s still a bit too soon to rely on a June release date and a $200-ish price tag. Even still, a June launch makes sense given that Motorola had pegged its own Android Wear smartwatch, the Moto 360, for a summer release.
Whether the G Watch and Moto 360 come out in June, July, or August, any of those summer months would still handily beat Apple’s iWatch to market if the aforementioned reports slating it for a holiday release hold true. And with the Android OS enjoying a greater user base, it seems likely that devices utilizing the Android Wear OS would find a sizeable audience despite the slavish devotion of most diehard Apple fans.
But just because more people use Android, that doesn’t mean those users will be willing to drop even $200 on what’s essentially an OS extender onto their wrists. No – just as the iPhone single-handedly launched the touch-based smartphone industry, it wouldn’t be surprising if Apple’s iWatch similarly legitimized the smartwatch category in ways that Samsung’s only dreams about with its line of Gear devices. And since no one knows just what form the iWatch will take, it has the potential to blow Android Wear away just as it’s getting off the ground.