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World's First WebOS Smartwatch by LG Looks Promising

Between iOS, Android Wear, Samsung's Tizen and a host of proprietary systems, smartwatch fans have plenty of software options to consider. But LG is throwing in another contender into the fray that could prove a worthy opponent. The still unnamed smartwatch runs LG's webOS, which the company has mostly used on its smart TVs.

According to Android Central, the webOS watch will let you make calls, send messages and monitor your health, thanks to a built-in heart rate monitor. The device we briefly saw at CES 2015 was shown as a result of a partnership with car maker Audi; the Audio app will let you control parts of your vehicle, including unlocking the doors with NFC.

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This is one handsome beast. Not only is the band itself aesthetically pleasing, the OS also looks clean and easy to navigate. It features round app icons laid out in a circular fashion around the watch's round face.

LG has yet to officially announce the webOS watch, so we don't know when it will hit the market nor for how much. But based on the price of previous LG smartwatches, we can expect the new timepiece to cost around $300.

The hotly anticipated Apple Watch will be available in early 2015 at a starting price of $350, and will be compatible with devices running iOS 7 or higher. With companies like Alcatel making more affordable watches that pair with both iOS and Android, LG will have plenty of competition when it launches its next wearable.

Staff writer Cherlynn Low keeps losing her dumb watches. Follow her @cherlynnlow. Follow Tom's Guide at@tomsguide and on Facebook.