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Ticwatch S / E Android Wear Smartwatches are Powered by Mediatek MT2601 SoC

February 9th, 2018 2 comments

Android Wear is normally used in products from larger companies such as Huawei, LG, or ASUS. In the past, some smaller companies claimed to have designed their own Android Wear smastrwatch  with approval from Google, but eventually their products went nowhere, even though one was listed on some sellers as a pre-order.

But last summer, Mobvoi launched a Kickstarter campaign for their Ticwatch S & E smartwatches powered by Android Wear, and they managed to raise over $3 millions dollars from close to 20,000 backers with pledges starting at $99. The watches can now be purchased online for $127.99 and up from sites like Amazon, GeekBuying, GearBest, or directly from Mobvoi store.

Ticwatch S (Sports)

Ticwatch S (Sport) and E (Express) share many of the same features, but Ticwatch E is a bit lighter and more elegant, while Ticwatch S comes with a breathable band design with an integrated GPS antenna.

Specifications:

  • SoC – Mediatek MT2601 dual core ARM Cortex A7 @ 1.2GHz with ARM Mali-400 MP GPU
  • System Memory – 512MB RAM
  • Storage – 4GB flash
  • Display – 1.4″ OLED round multi-touch display with 400×400 resolution; anti-scratch glass
  • Audio – Microphone and speaker
  • Connectivity – 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1 LE
  • Localization – GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou
  • Sensors – Heart rate monitor, proximity sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, e-Compass
  • S model only – GPS integrated watch band, watch bezel for superior display
  • Misc – Vibrator, fuel gauge
  • Battery
    • 300 mAh, usually good for over 48 hours depending on usage
    • Magnetic connectiong pin charging
  • Dimensions
    • S model – 45mm diameter, 13mm thick
    • E model – 44mm diameter, 13.55mm thick
  • Weight – S model: 45.5 grams; E model: 41.5 grams
  • IP rating – IP67

Ticwatch E (Espress)

Both watches run Android Wear 2.0, and are compatible with smartphones running Android 4.3 / iOS 8.0 or greater. We can confirm Android Wear is indeed the operating system used as the watches are listed on Android.com website.

Since the devices have been around for a while, we have user reviews on Amazon, which are mixed, but still over 70% of users are satisfied (5 and 4 stars reviews). Complaints are mostly related to battery life (8 to 12 hours), but some also reported problems with display (dead pixel, vertical black line…), or that it will stop working after a few weeks. There are also a few full reviews on the web such as the one embedded below.

LG Watch Style and Watch Sport Smartwatches Launched with Android Wear 2.0

February 9th, 2017 2 comments

Google released an Android Wear 2.0 developer preview  last May at Google I/O 2016, with the new operating system now supporting standalone apps and keyboard and handwriting input method, featuring a new user interface with material design support, integrating Google Fit & Google Assistant support, and supporting many of the features available in Android 7.0 Nougat like data saver, and emojis. The first two devices running the latest Android Wear 2.0 will be LG Watch Style and Watch Sport smartwatches.

LG Watch Style (Left) and LG Watch Sport (Right) – Click to Enlarge

LG Android Wear 2.0 watches specifications can be found in the table below (Source: XDA)

LG Watch Style LG Watch Sport (W280A)
Display 1.2″ 360×360 P-OLED (Gorilla Glass 3) 1.38″ 480×480 P-OLED (Gorilla Glass 3)
Processor Snapdragon Wear 2100  @ 1.1GHz
RAM 512MB 768MB
Storage 4GB
Connectivity Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2 Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, LTE, NFC, GPS
Sensors Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyro sensor Heart Rate Sensor (PPG), Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Barometer
Battery 240 mAh 430 mAh
Resistance IP67 IP68
Dimensions 42.3 x 45.7 x 10.79 mm 45.4 x 51.21 x 15.5 mm
Straps Leather, 18mm (User-replaceable) Fixed (Contains hardware?)
Price $249 $349

The watches support Music Streaming with Google Play Music, Android Pay via NFC (Watch Sport only), and Google Fit. A wireless charging dock will be included with the watch as shown in the picture below.

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The actual launch will be on February 10, when, if you’re based in the US, you’ll be able to buy  LG Watch Style at Best Buy and the Google Store, and the LG Watch Sport at AT&T, Verizon and the Google Store. These watches will be available at carriers and retailers across Canada, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, UAE and UK in the coming weeks. You’ll find a few more details on LG Watch Sport product page. LG Watch Style page is not up yet.

If you already own an Android Wear device, the following models with get updated to Android Wear 2.0:

  • ASUS ZenWatch 2 & 3
  • Casio Smart Outdoor Watch, Casio PRO TREK Smart
  • Fossil Q Founder, Fossil Q Marshal, Fossil Q Wander
  • Huawei Watch
  • LG G Watch R, LG Watch Urbane & 2nd Edition LTE,
  • Michael Kors Access Smartwatches
  • Moto 360 2nd Gen, Moto 360 for Women, Moto 360 Sport
  • New Balance RunIQ, Nixon Mission, Polar M600 and TAG Heuer Connected.

Giveaway Week Winners – November 2016

November 9th, 2016 24 comments

Ladies and gentlemen, I’m going to announce the results the whole world is eagerly waiting for today, and as you’ve probably guessed it, by that I mean CNX Software Giveaway Week 2016 contest… obviously… We had seven winners sharing the prizes shown below from Android TV boxes, to a Linux TV stick, and an Android virtual reality headset.

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2016 has been an interesting year so far, putting statisticians, pundits, pollsters, and generally speaking odds to shame, and random.org apparently decided to join that trends, as while most of the blog’s traffic – and I’d assume entries – come from the western world (North America / Western Europe), random.org mostly selected winners from other countries:

  • VR SKY CX-V3 VR headset – Dainis, Latvia
  • WeTek Core TV box – Homer, Morocco
  • Vana Player Hifi Linux audio player – Fakham, Pakistan
  • MeLE PCG02U Ubuntu TV stick – Ziggy, Singapore
  • Coowell V4 Android tv box with camera – Pavlos, Greece
  • K1 Plus T2 S2 Android STB – Lasent, Hungary
  • Zidoo X9 Android TV box with HDMI input – Upsakas Kontoritarve, Estonia

I’ve just sent the 7 parcels to the above winner this morning.

giveaway-winners-parcelsThank you everybody for playing. Let’s do it again sometimes.

Android Wear 2.0 Developer Preview Release

May 19th, 2016 No comments

Google I/O 2016 has started, and among several announcements, Google released Android Wear 2.0 develop preview which according to the company is the “most significant update” since the launch of Android Wear two years ago.

Android_Wear_2.0Some noticeable changes include:

  • Standalone apps Android Wear apps can now access the Internet directly over Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or cellular, without relying on a paired smartphone or tablet.
  • New system UI – New notification design and app launcher, as well as a new watch face picker.
  • Material design for wearables
  • Keyboard and handwriting input methods added
  • Google Fit platform – Improvements to the Google Fit platform make it easier to app developers to use fitness data and detect activity.
  • Android N Support – Data Saver, Java 8 Lambda support, emojis, etc…

A new Complication API has also been added to display small pieces of information directly on the watch face.

Preview images for LGE Watch Urbane 2nd Edition and Huawei Watch, so you can give it a try if you own any of these two smartwatches, or alternatively you could run the preview in the emulator. Bear in mind that it only a developer preview, so there should still be some bugs. Android Studio v2.1.1 is required for development on Android Wear 2.0.

Bluboo Xwatch Android Wear Smart Watch is Now Pre-selling for $99

January 13th, 2016 9 comments

Bluboo Xwatch is a smartwatch based on Mediatek MT2601 SoC that runs Android Wear. So far, we only knew the factory price would be around $80, but the watch has now showed up on several website such as GearBest and GeekBuying and is pre-selling for as low as $99.99 according to Bluboo, which would likely make it the cheapest Android Wear watch on the market today.

Bluboo_XwatchThe specifications have not changed much since the first announcement, but there are lots of differing specs across the sites:

  • SoC – Mediatek MT2601 dual core ARM Cortex A7 @ 1.2GHz with ARM Mali-400 MP GPU
  • System Memory –  512MB RAM
  • Storage – 4GB flash
  • Display – 1.3″ round muti-touch display with 360×360 resolution
  • Connectivity – Bluetooth 4.0, GPS
  • Sensors – Gyroscope, barometer, heart rate monitor, altimeter, compass
  • Battery – 400 to 480mAh polymer battery (80 hours standby time)
  • Dimensions – 5.4 x 4.5 x 1.3 cm (Geekbuying thickness, Bluboo still claims 9.8 mm thickness)
  • Weight – 60 grams
  • IP Rating – IP67

Cheap_Android_Wear_WatchBluboo_Xwatch_PriceThe specifications differ from sites to sites, especially when it comes to sensors, but at least the HRM should be there. While GeekBuying does not list GPS as a feature at all, GearBest confirmed to their customers Xwatch does have GPS in the FAQ. Battery life at 80 hours on standby will probably means 1 or 2 days on a charge for typical use, which is pretty poor, but usual for Android Wear smart watches.

The company also provided some pictures with the actual sample, and expect to launch the watch in February 2016.

Exact pricing is sort of mystery, while the company claims a $99.99 retail price, GearBest used to show a $99.00 price tag with free shipping, but is now only showing an arrival notice without price, while GeekBuying has listed the watch for $129.99 including shipping, and delivery scheduled for January 15, 2016. That date is clearly wrong, as even Bluboo don’t expect to launch the device before February.

You can find more pictures on Facebook, and the watch should soon be listed on Bluboo product page.

Bluboo Xwatch is an Android Wear Smartwatch Powered by Mediatek MT2601 SoC

October 21st, 2015 3 comments
So far, we’ve only seen Android Wear devices by large companies such as Motorola, LG, or Huawei, simply because you have to sign an agreement with Google in order to be allowed to load Android Wear on your device. Last year, a startup launched their own “Android Wear” watch on Indiegogo, but when Google found out the campaign got pull out since it was not going to happen. But the situation may have changed since then, as I’ve been contacted by Bluboo, which should be brand from Shenzhen Huihua Exploit Technology Co., Ltd, about their upcoming Bluboo Xwatch sports smartwatch running Android Wear, and the company confirmed they were “working with a third-party company to help them get this agreement”. I’m guessing/hoping the third party company might be Mediatek themselves.
Bluboo_XWatchBluboo Xwatch preliminary specifications:
  • SoC – Mediatek MT2601 dual core ARM Cortex A7 @ 1.2GHz with ARM Mali-400 MP GPU
  • System Memory –  512MB RAM
  • Storage – 4GB flash
  • Display – 1.3″ round muti-touch display with 360×360 resolution  (allegedly better than MOTO 360, and close to Huawei Watch)
  • Connectivity – Bluetooth 4.0, GPS
  • Sensors – Barometer, cardiotachometer (better known as an heart rate monitor…), altimeter
  • Battery – 480mAh polymer battery (battery life information is not available at this stage)
  • Dimensions – 9.8 mm thickness (vs 11.4mm for MOTO 360, and 10.5mm for Apple Watch)

The render above looks pretty nice, but Charbax interviewed the company at the Hong Kong Global Sources Exhibitions 2015 where they showed a mockup of the watch, and while the watch looks OK to me, the watchband does look of poor quality, so hopefully they’ll improve that or have more options.

Factory price will be $79.99 (MOQ), while the retail price have not been decided yet. Charbax understood mass production would start this November, considering they only have a mockup right now this seemed overly optimistic, and one of the sales person confirmed to me it would be later. More information will eventually be available on Bluboo’s products page.

Huawei Watch May Be the Best Looking Android Wear Smartwatch So Far

March 2nd, 2015 3 comments

If you think Motorola Moto 360 looks good, but find the black zone at the bottom of the display ruins it all, Huawei Watch may be what you’ve been looking for, with a similar rounded shape design, Android Wear, and when it is in watch mode it really looks like a standard watch without obstructions.

 

Huawei_WatchLet’s go through the specifications first:

  • SoC – Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (APQ8026) quad core Cortex A7 @ 1.2GHz with Adreno 305 GPU
  • System Memory – 512MB RAM
  • Storage – 4GB ROM
  • Display – 1.4″ full circle AMOLED display; 400×400, 286ppi; Sapphire crystal
  • Audio – Built-in MIC
  • Connectivity – Bluetooth 4.0/4.1
  • Sensors – Gyroscope + Accelerometer, PPG (photoplethysmogram – for heart rate), Barometer, Vibration Motor
  • Misc – Watch button at 2 o’clock
  • Battery – 300mAh
  • Material – Watch: 316L Stainless Steel; Watchband: stainless steel or leather
  • Dimension – 42mm diameter by 11.3mm thickness
  • Weight – N/A

The watch runs Android Wear, and is available in Silver, Black, or Gold colors. The package includes a charging cradle, a USB Cable, a power adapter, and a Quick Start Guide. Like other Android Wear smartwatches, it will interface with your smartphone over Bluetooth LE, and exchange data allowing you to receive notifications, send SMS, check email, answer calls, get directions with GPS data, use “OK Google” voice search, and so on. You’ll have a choice of over 40 different watch faces, and the watch can also be used as a fitness tracker thanks to sensors like PPG.

You can watch the promo video below, where Huawei interviewed some “random” people that just happen to look like models, and want a “timeless design” for their watch.

The company has not talked about price yet, but you’ll be able to buy Huawei Watch around June in more than 20 countries including United States, United Kingdom, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Norway, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates. Visit Huawei Watch product page for more details. Huawei also released  Talkband N1 headphones + activity tracker, and Talkband B2 fitness band / BT headset. You can get more information about these two on Huawei MWC page.

$125 Com 1 Android Wear Watch Powered by Ingenic JZ4775 MIPS Processor (Crowdfunding)

September 15th, 2014 5 comments

If you’d like to get an Android Wear watch, but are not quite ready to spend $200+ for the models currently available, the Com 1 Android Wear smartwatch could be interesting as you may get one for as low as $125, albeit with higher risks since it’s part of a flexible funding Indiegogo campaign. The watch is powered by Ingenic JZ4775 MIPS processor, features a 1.6″ AMOLED display, and is IP67 rated (Water- and dust-proof).

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Com 1 watch hardware specifications:

  • SoC –  Ingenic JZ4775 XBurst (MIPS) processor @ 1.0 GHz with 2D graphics, and VPU (MPEG-2, MPEG-4, VC-1, H.264, VP8, RV9), [email protected]
  • System Memory – 375 MB LPDDR1
  • Storage – 4 GB eMMC
  • Display – 1.6” AMOLED touchscreen display, 320 x 320 resolution, 16.7 Million Colors , LED back light, Brightness: 300 cd/m^2.
  • Connectivity – WiFi (802.11 a/b/g/n at 2.4/5 GHz), Bluetooth 4.0 + EDR (BLE Compliant), FM, and NFC
  • Sensors – 3-axis gyroscope, accelerometer, magnetometer, pedometer, GPS, heart rate sensor, pressure, humidity and temperature
  • Audio – DMIC, speaker
  • Ingress Protection Rating – IP67 (Waterproof up to 1m deep)
  • Power – USB and 400 mAH Battery, with PMU and a custom magnetic lock 4-pin charger. Battery life: Around 2 days.
  • Dimensions – 37x40x10mm
Back of Com 1 Smartwatch with 4-pin for Charging

Back of Com 1 Smartwatch with Charging Pins

The watch body is made either of “aircraft grade” aluminum 6061 or stainless steel, depending on models, and straps are available in silicone, leather or stainless steel.

You can pledge $125 (early bird) to get a Com 1 smartwatch with an aluminum body and a black silicone strap, or $145 (early bird) for a stainless steel watch. Options for white silicone, leather, or stainless steel strap respectively add $5, $10, and $20. Shipping is free to the US, and $15 to the rest of the world with delivery scheduled for January 2015. Several stretch goals are also planned: Charging Cradle ($20,000), Wireless Charging ($80,000), and Paywave and Paypass Contactless NFC Payment System ($150,000).

The project also has its own website com1watch.com, but there’s not much too see over there for now.

Via Connectedly