Smartwatches started hitting the markets since 2001. However, this niche took grip with the launch of platform ‘Android Wear’ a years back. Along with smartwatches, there has been invention in smart wrist bands as well.
Here is the list of smartwatches for your quick reference,
Sony is one of the early manufactures for smartwatches. Initial releases were compatible with Sony’s Xperia series of phones. Adaption of Android Wear platform has made its recent device compatible with all Android devices running Android 4.3 or later and Bluetooth 4.0.
- Sony Ericsson LiveView – Basic model which connects to Android phone and provides RSS feeds, Twitter feeds and synchronization with basic phone functionalities.
- Sony Smartwatch 2 – Known as SW2. Won iF Product Design Award of 2014.
- Sony Smartwatch 3 – Known as SW3 and successor of previous two devices and powered by Android Wear
- Smart bands Roxy and Talk – Activity trackers which sync with Lifelog application for entertainment, communication and sharing
Image: Sony SW3
Samsung is one the premium players in this niche and has a huge set of wearables. It’s been promoting its wearable tech under the brand name Gear.
- Gear S – Samsung’s first network connected wearable
- Gear 2 – Oriented more towards the entertainment aspect
- Gear Fit – Fitness band by Samsung
- Gear Live – Launch device for Android Wear. Compatible with devices running Android 4.3 and above.
Image: Samsung Gear
Other Android Wear powered devices
- G watch and G Watch R – Smartwatches by LG as launch devices for Android Wear. Later one is round dialer model of the earlier one.
- Moto 360 – Smartwatch by Motorola
Image: LG G Watch R and Moto 360
Though iPod Nano can be counted as a wearable, Apple launched its first smartwatch powered by Watch OS recently. They are compatible with iPhone 5 and later running iOS 8.2 or later.
- Apple Watch – Comes in highly polished stainless and space back stainless steel casing
- Apple Watch Sport – Comes in lightweight Anodized Aluminum casing
- Apple Watch Edition – Comes in hardened 18-karat gold casing
Image: Apple Watch, Watch Sport and Watch Edition
Pebble is the most conferred platform after Android Wear and Apple Watch. Pebble has been crowdfunding its projects with the help of Kickstarter and has received good support. It is the ONLY platform which supports Android and iPhone both.
- Pebble classic
- Pebble Steel
- Pebble Time and Pebble Time Steel – Announced in February 2015 and expected to hit the market by May 2015.
Image: Pebble Time and Pebble Time Steel
Microsoft had launched its first ever smartwatch in 2004 based on SPOT (Smart Personal Object Technology); a technology developed by Microsoft themselves. However, it proved a right move at the wrong time. Though an official smartwatch by Microsoft is not yet available, they have done a significant attempt to build an economy of devices by introducing Microsoft Band.
- Microsoft Band – Fitness tracker powered by Microsoft Health service and is compatible with Android, iPhone and definitely with Windows Phone and Windows tablets.
Image: Microsoft Band