It's usually iPhone users who get the monopoly on all the newest apps and tech, but when it comes to Android wear watches, they're the ones turning green with envy. Not that anyone's complaining about the fabulous Apple Watch, but some of the best Android wear watches on the market right now are packed with functions galore that could tempt even the most hardcore iOS devotee to jump ship. Android users prepare yourselves, because here comes the wrist wear elite.
LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition
The announcement of the LG Urbane 2nd Edition comes just months after its predecessor the original LG Urbane was launched, but there’s a good reason why this upgrade is being rushed to the shops.
As well as receiving notifications from your phone, tracking your heart rate and step count, and streaming music via Bluetooth, LG Urbane 2nd Edition has gone where no other Android watch has gone before. Owing to its own cellular connection, LG Urbane 2nd Edition can make and receive phone calls without needing to be tethered to your phone.
Like the original Urbane, 2nd Edition is a decent looker, with a round face, analog display, and three handy shortcut buttons – one for contacts, another to open the LG Health app, and one for dimming the display.
LG has hinted at “personal coaching” and “stress level monitoring” as well as its basic activity tracking functions, but it’s yet to be revealed how these will work.
Intrigued? Keep an eye out for its release at LG.com, which should be late this year/early 2016,
With a Live Dials shortcut, you can access all of you favourite apps in one place. It also has even more dials than before, like Shazam, which you can access at a touch.
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Its fitness tracker will monitor your activity levels and send a weekly email summarising your progress – a motivational little extra we know you’ll appreciate.
It’s fully customisable, comes in a smaller size for women, and is, frankly, rather gorgeous.
Prices will vary, starting at around £229. To bling it up with a gold paint job, you’re going to be forking out a little extra. Look out for its release at Motorola.co.uk.
The Huawei Watch
Aside from looking absolutely dreamy with its pure Sapphire crystal façade, customisable analog interfaces, and a gold option for added bling, the Huawei smartwatch is packed full of a ton of great functions.
Behind that pretty face hides a barometer, heart rate monitor, and daily activity tracker, for sending your vital stats straight to the app on your Android phone.
Its faux winder not only takes you to the home screen, but is in the 2 o’clock position rather than the standard 3, which makes it more comfortable on your wrist and places it in a more natural position to press.
With a screen swipe to the left you can access your apps, and to the right, your contacts.
Prices range from $349 (£229) to $799 (£525). Now available to pre-order from Huawei.com.
Tag Heuer Carrera Wearable 01
Much excitement surrounds the launch of the Tag Heuer Carrera Wearable in November this year, with Tag Heuer’s CEO Jean-Claude Biver promising extra dimensions of emotion, desirability, beauty, and sex appeal. Now that’s a lot to ask for in a watch, but it’s looking promising.
Tag Heuer has partnered with Intel and Google to create the Wearable 01, which is being hailed as the first Android device to be upgradeable, meaning it will be able to support future tech upgrades so that you’ll be able to keep it on your wrist for a lifetime.
Tag Heuer has kept quiet about the full capabilities of the Carrera Wearable 01, but we do know it’ll have a battery life of around 40 hours, and it’ll carry a price tag of $1400 (Around £912). Keep an eye out for the UK release at TagHeuer.co.uk.
To send a text message or make a call, instead of swiping or tapping at the screen, all you have to do is talk. Smartwatch 3 listens to your voice commands and does exactly what you say without you having to fiddle around with any wrist-based menus.
As well as listening, SmartWatch 3 will provide travel information, weather reports, and even personal commuting updates at a glance. You can customise it with loads of cool apps, like Todoist, which organises all of your important tasks, and syncs them with the app on your phone or other devices too.
If you want to head out for a morning run, SmartWatch 3 can work independently from your phone, holding all of your favourite tunes to entertain you on the go. Your activity and fitness stats will beam straight to the LifeLog app for you to see when you get home.
Depending on what colour and strap material you want, prices range from £189 to £229.
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