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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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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.

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