The smartwatch has become sort of the breakthrough technology that’s bringing wearable technology into people’s homes. Even though it seems that the long-rumored Apple iWatch is a big part of this craze, until it actually comes out — if it comes out — it’s open season for Android (News - Alert) manufacturers.
The latest contender in this relatively specific market is called the Omate TrueSmart, which claims that its uniqueness compared to other Android-based smart watches stems from its independence from smartphones. Indeed, while offerings like the Galaxy Gear may offer some neat features, they tend to rely on a limited pool of smartphones — or, at the very least, any Android phone — for a lot of their base functionality, namely push notifications.
Obviously, a lot of people are craving the smart watch experience without wanting to rely on an Android device as the Omate TrueSmart recently cleared its $100,000 Kickstarter funding target and is now available for pre-order. As it so happens, the TrueSmart chose an appropriate week to be launched as the Wearable Tech Expo is also live this week from December 10 to 11.
The TrueSmart offers a remarkably complete Android experience considering it fits comfortably on a person’s wrist. For one thing, it offers 720p video capture, a 5 megapixel camera and Android 4.2.2 with an update to 4.3 said to be coming shortly. The most impressive feature the device offers, though, is actual, honest-to-goodness calling capabilities. In other words, the TrueSmart sounds more like a mid-range phone than a smartwatch and, considering it aims to provide a complete experience without relying on a phone, this makes sense.
Despite its feature set, the TrueSmart is roughly the size of the less-capable Galaxy Gear and, despite its goal of independence, the new smartwatch may be able to pair with other wearable devices in the future.
Edited by Cassandra Tucker
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