If you haven’t heard the news, there’s a new smartwatch in town. This watch is not Android Wear or Apple based. It’s also different from other 3rd party watches out there because it’s made by a company that’s on good terms with Google. Mobvoi is responsible for getting Android Wear into China. Earlier this year we introduced you to the original Mobvoi Ticwatch, a pretty solid Android-based smartwatch from China, but today the company has made their debut in the United States with the Ticwatch 2. This latest smartwatch improves everything compared to the original all for a solid price point. At $199 it’s a great option, but when the Kickstarter debuted earlier today for just $100, you better bet they hit their goal FAST.
Just 10 minutes after the campaign went live, Mobvoi met their $50,000 goal and at the time of writing they’re at over $130,000!
Out of the box the Ticwatch 2 runs an updated version of Ticwear which is based on Android. The watch is compatible with both Android and iOS devices and has a round, always-on OLED display and no flat tire. There’s also built-in GPS tracking, step-counter, and heart rate monitor. The watch can do all of this without your phone. So, you’ll be able to go out for a jog and not have to carry your phone with you. In this writer’s opinion, you should have your phone with you anyway for security reasons. For charging you’ll also have wireless charging with 1-day battery life. Just like Android Wear devices, which, to be clear this is not, the Ticwatch 2 can display, interact, and respond to notifications on your smartphone as well as perform tasks and searches via the built in voice assistant, activated by the hot phrase, “OK Tico”.
Four color options and multiple band options are available with retail pricing starting at $199. But did I mention that you can get one for
$99 $129 $139? The original $99 early bird price has expired, so at the time of writing you’ll be paying at least $139, still a great deal. If you’re interested, check out the link below.