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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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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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