Wearable Tech World Feature Article
December 10, 2013

The Omate TrueSmart, an Android Smartwatch Free from Phone Dependence


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 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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