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Nov
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Did you know that some companies and products have the same name as other companies and products? Crazy, right? To use a geek-friendly example, there's a brand of laundry detergent called "Linux." Now, Try to follow along with me here: there's a brand of conventional automatic and quartz wristwatches called Android. The American company has been around since 1991. They've never really blown up as a brand, but they've been making reliable watches for two decades. The Android watches have nothing to do with Android, the company founded by Andy Rubin that created Android, the mobile operating system.

Until now, that is. The watch maker has posted a video on their website, Android-USA.com, showing a smartwatch. The video shows it working with most of the features you'd expect from the newfangled product category, including a speakerphone, music remote, voice recorder, and a few other apps. The watch is shown working with a Galaxy S4, just in case we didn't get the message. It will also have multiple watchfaces, a pedometer, a calculator, and a calendar, according to this UI layout. Multiple colors and leather(ish?) wristbands are shown. I can't find any actual evidence that the watch runs on Android code, but it's a safe bet that it does.

The website says that the watch will debut in December, though they don't say if that's a sale target or just when we'll see more information, like a price. The design (and, to be honest, the video) don't inspire much confidence - the plastic build and chunky dimensions aren't anywhere near as alluring as the Galaxy Gear, a device that's not exactly a looker in the first place. Also, I don't see any notifications aside from the phone functionality, and there's no indication of support for third-party apps. It almost seems like some product manager kept getting heckled about an "Android watch," and decided to make one just for the hell of it.

I hope someone at that company is really good at branding - this thing is going to be really hard to Google for in December.

Source: Android-USA.com via AndroidCentral

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Shamu

    droidception!

  • ih8legal

    using a smartwatch while driving. :(

    • Dave Waites

      Getting pulled over for checking the time on your watch is going to suck big time (the Google Glass incident).

    • http://androiddissected.com/ Nick Schiwy

      The car was sitting still 0.o

  • Andrew

    Meanwhile at Apple HQ California... Again...
    "They're making a smart watch." "So what, it's only compatible with the Note 3" "No, this one is compatible with all android devices. "...Get me Tissot on the line." "But sir, they said they don't want to be partners." "I'm gonna make them an offer they can't refuse!"

    • Frekko

      i wonder what is the word meaning of "Android"

      • Andrew

        Android
        (in science fiction) a robot with a human appearance.
        "there were no android security guards to stop him"

  • sssgadget

    Apple would have sued if there was a detergent named Apple!

    • AmicusBrief

      I'm surprised Apple hasn't already sued Granny Smith and Red Delicious.

    • Wesley Modderkolk

      What has apple got to do with this

    • louched1

      Apple has sued a Polish grocery store named A.pl before.

      http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2409669,00.asp

      • Jadephyre

        Apple has also sued a cafe in germany called "Apfelkind" because they also have an apple in their logo. After much back and forth Apple decided to drop the case though, probably because there was no way they would win over THAT in a german court. Not to be a dick towards americans, but there's less people here you can pay off to win cases.

        • Elliot Kotis

          They also sued the Australian supermarket called (Biggest store in Australia) "Woolworths" for the same reason.

          • Ratan Parai

            Thanks God! They didn't sued any farmer for growing apple!

  • http://www.deathbycone.com Jared Kotoff

    Makes me think of my ipod nano that i wear as a watch right now. So in short, terrible.

  • http://androiddissected.com/ Nick Schiwy

    SO UGLY! Pretty cool, though. The Android-USA Android Smartwatch! Looking forward to this advertisement!

  • abqnm

    This is great news if they do it right. I have two Android watches, one of which I am wearing right now. It gets so many compliments with its red bezel and has been working perfectly for about 3 years now. I even just took a photo for reference to show that people actually own them.

    • smeddy

      Lana... Lana.... Lana.... LANA!!!!!!!

    • AmicusBrief

      Looks like a gyro compass off the AH-64 Apache.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Can you take one without the flash? Does it light up?

      • abqnm

        The unfortunate downside is that it does not light up. The hands are luminous, however the red bezel impacts the ability of it to energize from daylight alone. Ten seconds with a flashlight and it glows for a bit, but I just live with it because I still like the watch. Anyway here is an overhead lit pic now that I am home.

    • Kcls

      Get some gas!

      • abqnm

        I figured that comment was coming. Was the next stop on the way home. Haha I put it in the trunk though. Is that where it goes?

  • http://www.ebog.me/ ebog

    I'm really looking forward to very much in this information. If they can give birth to smart watches with the same technology, the mobile phone real time performance is superior technologies are approaching us

  • Hayden Andrew

    ..

  • Andrew

    Wow, I was driving by yesterday and saw their facility here in Broward County. I live right down the street from it and my wife was like, "Hey, look, Android-USA" I didn't know what the company made, but I assured her it was Android OS related. That's nuts.

  • Davis Hernandez

    if it runs android then im sold, i havent really found a smartwatch that runs android that i like apart from the motoactv

  • squiddy20

    I remember stumbling upon a listing that read "Android Watches" a few months back while channel surfing... Man was I disappointed when I started watching it.

  • David J Greenspun

    I've got a couple DOZEN Android-USA watches, and through experience have complete confidence in their products and customer service, This is Android-USA's second touch screen watch, although their first smartwatch. Wing Liang (President and designer of all Android USA watches) has said the product will be available for purchase in December. Wing always delivers!

  • Matthew Fry

    Silly Jeremiah. They'll just search for Android Android Smartwatch.

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