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ASUS looks to undercut its rivals in the Android Wear market

Is $199 (Samsung Gear Live) or $229 (LG G Watch) too rich for your blood when it comes to Android Wear-based smartwatches? Now it appears that ASUS is aiming quite a bit lower for its entry into own entry into the nascent market.
According to TechCrunch’s sources, ASUS is set to launch an AMOLED-equipped Android Wear smartwatch that will be priced between $99 and $149. With Motorola definitely looking trending the high end of the market with its much-lauded Moto 360 (estimated MSRP of $249), ASUS’ entry — at least at a $99 price point — just might be enough to trigger an impulse buy from consumers that have already bought into the Android ecosystem.

As you may have already known, Android Wear smartwatches require a smartphone running Android 4.3 or higher (check compatibility here) to function as anything other than a glorified watch. 

Source: TechCrunch

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Low price for low style
By Belegost on 6/27/2014 7:41:11 PM , Rating: 2
At least ASUS makes it cheap to look that ridiculous, not that the SS or LG devices look any better mind you.

RE: Low price for low style
By Monkey's Uncle on 6/30/2014 6:55:17 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed. All of them look comical.

At least with Asus you are not paying thru the nose to look like the biggest nerd in the room. Would hate to pay $200-$300 for a watch that I would be embarrassed to wear in public.

RE: Low price for low style
By FaaR on 6/30/2014 9:04:01 AM , Rating: 1
+1 for being an elitist hypocrite slandering people with nerd epithet on Dailytech.

...Always a first for everything it seems. ;)

RE: Low price for low style
By retrospooty on 6/30/2014 9:31:08 AM , Rating: 2
I have to agree with that... I don't want any sort of smartwatch, but a guy taking time to post on a tech site comment section making fun of a guy wearing a smartwatch? That is more than just a bit of pot and kettle.

RE: Low price for low style
By Monkey's Uncle on 6/30/2014 10:12:52 AM , Rating: 2
Aw c'mon guys, Admit it it.

These 'smartwatches' are the goofiest looking things on the planet! :P

At least with Asus you are getting one cheap!

RE: Low price for low style
By Monkey's Uncle on 6/30/2014 10:14:39 AM , Rating: 2

Did I say I didn't like them? ;)

RE: Low price for low style
By Monkey's Uncle on 6/30/2014 10:20:46 AM , Rating: 2

I guess that last line of my op was pushing it a bit far.

sowwie! Didn't intend to twerk any noses.

RE: Low price for low style
By retrospooty on 6/30/2014 10:45:51 AM , Rating: 2
Lol. This reminds me of a Simpsons line

"I'm not that kind of nerd." -Millhouse

RE: Low price for low style
By Monkey's Uncle on 6/30/2014 10:18:19 AM , Rating: 2
When it's written it's libel not slander :p

And what's wrong with looking like the biggest nerd in the room anyway? Isn't that something to be proud of?

We're all nerds here son whether you want to admit it or not :D

I have a smart watch and...
By ProfFarnsworth on 6/27/2014 7:45:57 PM , Rating: 2
It's pretty cool. I have the pebble one. My biggest gripe is that with new updates comes with issues. So far I haven't too many issues but the one I would say is annoying is the random disconnects. Also controlling pandora is wonky, doesn't display music info.

I think these smart watches are pretty much are for gadget freaks, like me!

I can answer any questions, if anyone is interested.

RE: I have a smart watch and...
By Samus on 6/28/2014 12:24:25 AM , Rating: 2
I like my Pebble a lot too. Wear it every day. And I agree. The watch has gotten buggier over time. The experience on Android was much better, too. Since getting an iPhone, it has trouble keeping connection to the host app after 24 hours.

So basically, I need to go in and open the Pebble and SmartWatch+ apps every day. On Android, the service ran in the background flawlessly.

By ProfFarnsworth on 6/29/2014 4:54:14 AM , Rating: 2
I have noticed that if there is a lot of wireless in the area, it does lose connection. Not often to the point of annoyance. I do think the software needs some work but Pebble so far is the best one. The other watches look promising but bulky looking.

We'll see what the future holds.

RE: I have a smart watch and...
By tonyswash on 6/30/2014 1:06:23 PM , Rating: 2
I find it hard to see the value proposition of the current crop of wearables. As far as I can see they all do the same things as your phone does except on your wrist. And you have to have your phone with you so they can work. So the total value proposition is that you don't have to take your phone out of your pocket. Is that worth $100 - $300 bucks plus the need to have something strapped to your wrist? No doubt some people will love these things but I suspect in very low numbers.

I saw a joke after the google wearable announcements: save yourself several hundred bucks and just use a felt tip pen to write "You always have email" on your wrist.

Interestingly I see much more of a value proposition in Google Glass but not the one they seem to be punting (using them as a creepy fashion accessory in social situations) but rather in a wide range of work and professional situations when being able to access info and record video hands free would be very useful.

So on balance the world of wearables seems a bit like the world of smart phones prior to January 2007, full of clunky half baked products failing to catch fire in the market. A world ripe for disruption. The knack of disrupting wearables will be in bringing new functions delivered via a new (or at least restructured) user interface. Plus wearables will need many more hooks into other structures, functions and systems. I don't know whether Apple is working on such a thing, or will produce something succesful, but they certainly have the right business model (vertical integration) and the technical chops to do it, plus a brand that means people will accept wearing something with the Apple logo more readily that say ASUS.

RE: I have a smart watch and...
By retrospooty on 6/30/2014 1:39:28 PM , Rating: 2
"I find it hard to see the value proposition of the current crop of wearables. As far as I can see they all do the same things as your phone does except on your wrist."

That is all they do, other than a few additions for the fitness crowd. I actually agree with you here, in fact have said the exact same thing before... Smartwatches in general aren't filling a need for customers, it's filling a need for OEM's to create a new market. The hype you hear isn't customers clamoring for smartwatches, its OEM's trying to create the clamoring... But what is it you think Apple will bring to this market?

RE: I have a smart watch and...
By tonyswash on 6/30/2014 4:16:28 PM , Rating: 2
But what is it you think Apple will bring to this market?

That's a good question. I don't have any inside info on what Apple is up to but they have been hiring top league sensor and medical data people for a while now so I am expecting something that has a lot of sensors. Apple is about to roll out it's Touch ID fingerprint sensor to all or most of it's devices and has just opened the system up to developers with Touch ID sensors so the inclusion of Touch ID in a wearable is possible. If that happens then it unlocks some very intriguing ecommerce possibilities. If you have a look at the two links I posted in an earlier comment you can see how the inclusion of sensors unlocks some important uses in the area of sports and health and how Disney is already using a very impressive bespoke wearable solution that Apple could take mainstream. Of course one would also expect links to notifications, locational services, email, etc, but if that's all there is then I think the wearable proposition remains weak. It needs new functions, new use scenarios. Wearables need to offer functions that a phone cannot, even one linked to your wrist.

The wearables market is not going to be a business of the same scale as phones or even tablets, at best it would add a few billion to Apple's revenues but given the scale of those revenues that's not so much. What a wearable solution could do is add a tremendous amount of value to the Apple ecosystem and act as a lynch pin in a web of Apple initiatives ranging from TV to home automation and financial services.

It's certainly an interesting time.

RE: I have a smart watch and...
By retrospooty on 6/30/2014 4:58:29 PM , Rating: 2
I don't really disagree, just think maybe it will be an even smaller scale than you do. Outside of fitness buffs that are into gadgets, it really doesn't seem to have a lot of purpose.

don't buy
By Nnnnnnyy on 6/28/14, Rating: -1
RE: don't buy
By Milliamp on 6/29/2014 11:28:48 PM , Rating: 2
It's anecdotal. I had to RMA a router once and they were good about it.

RE: don't buy
By Monkey's Uncle on 6/30/2014 6:52:07 AM , Rating: 3
Never had those problems with Asus and I have been dealing with them for over 20 years.

They have always stood by their warranties whenever I needed to exercise them and the product quality is as good as or better than its competitors.

RE: don't buy
By retrospooty on 7/1/2014 8:53:05 AM , Rating: 2
Same here, Asus is actually pretty well known for quality in most products. Is he thinking of Acer?

This will flop
By tonyswash on 6/28/14, Rating: -1
RE: This will flop
By Gio6518 on 6/28/2014 10:29:27 PM , Rating: 3
How did he nail it, there were so many errors with his viewpoint such as

This is the primary reason why Android’s tablet share is much less than its phone market share, and its usage share lower still

But in reality android has dominated it (62%) and continues to grow


or this obvious and biased opinion
Because a phone is a necessity – everyone is going to buy one – there is going to be a very large segment of the market whose purchase decision is driven primarily by price. In turn, this means the minimum acceptable product with the lowest price is going to garner the largest market share. Indeed that is exactly what has happened with phones: while the iPhone is actually increasing its dominance of the high end



But it's an obviously Apple biased opinion like yours....

Now that there is going to be a true Android wearable ecosystem, not one Samsung tried to create or even attempted with Tizen, it will grow now especially when all manufacturers start turning them out i.e. LG, ASUS, MOTO etc.

RE: This will flop
By retrospooty on 6/29/2014 1:42:57 AM , Rating: 2
Tony regularly links blogs of like minded people to himself. They live eat and breath, and evangelize Apple so much that they really dont have a clue what the rest of the planet is doing.

Not that I think smart watches are going to be all that big, just that the sites T links are as myopic as he is.

RE: This will flop
By tonyswash on 6/29/14, Rating: -1
RE: This will flop
By Monkey's Uncle on 6/30/2014 6:47:47 AM , Rating: 1
Yeah that tl;dr post would make sense if Apple had a product to compete with it. As it stands Asus will sell 100% more when it launches than Apple's competing product. Why? Because Apple has nothing to sell and when it does, it will be priced 2-3 times as much.

Yep! Big flop there Tony boy!

Oh! And of course IF Apple ever gets around to actually producing their iWatch, they will of course be pounding on their chests saying "Look what we invented!".

RE: This will flop
By tonyswash on 6/30/14, Rating: 0
RE: This will flop
By retrospooty on 6/30/2014 9:02:26 AM , Rating: 2
OK, come back to Earth Tony. Apple doesn't deserve the pedestal you put them on. At least let them announce a product before you start the goo filled spin machine.

RE: This will flop
By chripuck on 6/30/2014 9:10:39 AM , Rating: 2
Except he's kind of right. Apple may not win the market share metric, but they'll be of the highest build quality and command a price premium that no one else can come close to.

RE: This will flop
By retrospooty on 6/30/2014 9:27:48 AM , Rating: 2
"and command a price premium"

That part is true. Somehow Apple manages to consistently come out with products that do a lot less and cost more to do less. Then they copy the features of the products that have better features and Apple fans "oooh and aaah" about it as if Apple did something amazing. They do have something there. More smoke and mirrors than actual good products IMO, but if buyers want to buy, go for it.

RE: This will flop
By Monkey's Uncle on 6/30/2014 10:09:37 AM , Rating: 2
Apple is rarely first into a product category but when they do enter a new product category their initial products disrupt the established market and set the template that redefines the market. They did this with PCs, music players, smart phones and tablets.

True enough while Apple was still under the direction of Steve Jobs. They are not any more and with him gone so is their creative heart.

Problem then is that while Apple may put out a nifty paradigm changing idea, it ends up going out half-baked and stays that way while Apple's competitors take that paradigm shift, improve it and offer it on a far wider range of products than Apple ever could hope to match. Because of that Apple's competitors end up outstripping Apple's product sales by huge margins.

The only thing is that in this case, I think Apple will be playing catch-up, cause honestly this is going to be a tough act to follow.

RE: This will flop
By tonyswash on 6/30/2014 10:59:16 AM , Rating: 1
Because of that Apple's competitors end up outstripping Apple's product sales by huge margins.

Minus the actual profit margins? Every PC and device OEM would die to have a business with a commercial profile like Apple's

RE: This will flop
By tonyswash on 6/29/14, Rating: -1
RE: This will flop
By Piiman on 6/29/2014 12:52:55 PM , Rating: 2
"what Apple might have in the pipeline, and therefore what a well designed and thought through wearable strategy/device might look like."

Try not to come in your pants as "speculate"

RE: This will flop
By themaster08 on 6/30/2014 10:15:13 AM , Rating: 3
I wish people would stop replying to Tony brain SWashed. This is his entire viewpoint summed up:

Apple good. Everyone else, bad.

No amount of debate, logical or otherwise, is going to change his views, or even cause him to think openly about anything that anyone says.

Apple is his religion.

Resist the temptation to bite. It's a lost cause. Just -1 and move on.

"If a man really wants to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion." -- Scientology founder L. Ron. Hubbard

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