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Grayson and Sofie, the new Michael Kors Access watches, go on sale

Android Wear is undergoing an interesting transformation. While tech companies like Motorola and ASUS are abandoning the platform, fashion brands like Michael Kors and TAG Heuer are showing interest. Michael Kors announced two new watches back in March, the Access Grayson and Access Sofie, and now they are finally on sale.

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[Deal Alert] Get a Michael Kors Access Bradshaw for $262.50 (25% off) on Amazon

In the past year or so, more and more fashion companies have begun to produce Android Wear smartwatches. Michael Kors is one of those fashion companies, having released quite a few AW-powered watches. One of its first watches, the Access Bradshaw, can currently be had for just $262.50 on Amazon, which is 25% off its MSRP of $350.

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Comparison: All of the Android Wear devices announced or released in 2017 so far

Android Wear started off, as many Google products do, as something closer to a proof-of-concept than a finished product. The first watches had problems, the software was unfinished, and tech companies were the only ones producing them. Now that Android Wear is becoming a more mature platform, mostly thanks to the long-awaited 2.0 update, we're starting to see more watches than ever hit the market.

It was fairly easy to compare Android Wear watches in years past - only a handful of tech companies even bothered. But now, a vast amount of wearables are being released, with most of them by actual watch companies.

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Android Wear 2.0 update is arriving on six more watches, but still no mainstream ones

Yesterday, Google finally gave a reason on why most Android Wear watches still haven't received the long-awaited 2.0 update: "a bug found in final testing." Some commenters speculated that this might have something to do with Snapdragon chipsets, given how the first few watches that received the update used chipsets from other manufacturers. That being said, five of the six watches on today's list sport the Snapdragon 2100.

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Michael Kors announces the new members of the Access line, Grayson and Sofie, both will start at $350

In continuing with the cavalcade of smartwatch announcements, Michael Kors has unveiled two new Android Wear offerings in its Access line. Both the Grayson and Sofie are the next step in the luxury brand's attempts at blending design, personal style, and technology.

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Michael Kors smartwatches pulled from Google Store after barely lasting one season

Having been on the Google Store just three and four months, respectively, the Michael Kors Access Bradshaw and Dylan smartwatches are no longer available from Google's online shop. Part of the Fossil Group, the Michael Kors Access line of Android Wear smartwatches were really little more than re-bodied versions of Fossil's latest Q-series watches with slightly different dimensions and battery specs. That they started at $350 probably didn't help things in the sales department.

The watches can still be found on the Michael Kors website, of course, but their removal from the Google Store probably means they're being wound down (no pun intended).

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A second Michael Kors Android Wear model, Access Bradshaw, pops up in the Google Store for $350

Really, Michael Kors? You're calling your new Android Wear-powered smartwatch the "Access Bradshaw"? That sounds like the worst new podcast on the Fox Sports website. Oh well, if you really must - at least it's somewhat consistent with the equally awful name of the Access Dylan. The former is up on the Google Store for the same $350 price as the latter. It's shipping right now, if you're desperate to get into the depressingly shrunken wearables market before the end of the year.

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[Update: Nixon now available] Michael Kors Access, Nixon, and Polar smartwatches, Philips Hue Starter Kit, now on the Google Store

Earlier this month, Google removed a number of products from the virtual shelves of the Google Store, most notably the Nexus 5X and 6P. Today the Google Store has begun selling a few new Android Wear wearables and the Philips Hue Color A19 Starter Kit.

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Michael Kors Access smartwatch line now available, powered by Android Wear

One of the more interesting aspects of Android Wear, and smartwatches in general, is how they are being embraced by traditional watch companies. Michael Kors, one of the most well-known fashion brands in the world, has officially released their Michael Kors Access brand of smartwatches.

There is a total of seven smartwatches to choose from, with four of the 'Bradshaw' lineup (seen above) and two more of the 'Dylan' line. The price range from $350 to $395, while expensive for an Android Wear watch, isn't nearly as pricey as the TAG Heuer Connected. All watches include exclusive Michael Kors watch faces, wireless charging, and interchangeable bands.

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Michael Kors Announces An Android Wear Smartwatch Line, Michael Kors Access, Coming Fall 2016

No matter how convincing something like the Moto 360 or the Huawei Watch may be, some people won't pick up an Android Wear device until real watch makers start offering them.

That time has come. Fossil released a watch last year, and it announced two more this month. So has Nixon, a California-based company that makes products for extreme sports enthusiasts. Now we have a grown up watch on its way from Michael Kors.

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