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Irony: Android SmartWatch doesn’t even run Android

Published Mar 6th, 2014 6:00PM EST
Android SmartWatch Specs, Price

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“Android SmartWatch” would be a very apropos name for Google’s own smartwatch, but that’s not going to happen, as such a product already exists. Sadly for Android fans, the Android SmartWatch doesn’t have anything to do with recent Nexus smart wristwatch rumors. Instead, it’s produced by Android Watches USA, and while it can be paired with Android devices, it doesn’t even run Google’s operating system, CNET reports. Instead it runs Android USA’s own software.

As it turns out, the Android SmartWatch is not that new, being first unveiled on November 5, but the device was recently shown at the Luxury Technology Show in New York City. Interestingly, while it doesn’t have anything to do with Android, the company did tell CNET that it has to frequently fight other companies that want to grab the Android watch trademark.

The Android SmartWatch can offer several smart features, in line with what other similar wearables have to offer, including support for phone calls and messages, music controls as well as calculator, alarm and voice memo apps. However, it only has a pedometer when it comes to fitness features. The device’s battery offers up to 90 hours of standby time, or up to three days of moderate use. From the looks of it though, this wearable certainly lacks the kind of features that would generate the kind of hype that’s surrounding certain smartwatches of the future, including the iWatch and Google’s rumored Nexus smartwatch.

The Android SmartWatch does focuses on style, the publication reveals, offering potential buyers access to “more than a dozen band designs, including ceramic and alligator skin options.” The watch costs $199 after instant $101 in savings and ships in 3 to 5 business days.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

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