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I’mWatch Might Exist After All, the Colorful Android Watch Gets an Official U.S. Unveiling

The world was first introduced to the concept of having Android on a watch some time early this year from a company called i’mWatch. Most of what we saw was a bunch of renders leaving skeptics in the room (that would be us) to assume this product would never actually makes its way to the market. We may have been proven wrong, as the i’mWatch team has introduced their product officially in the states. From what we can tell though, the product won’t be available any time soon in the U.S., but with their announcement coming at the ARM conference this past weekend, we are at least getting closer.

So what is i’mWatch? It’s Android on your wrist. The MotoActv product that Motorola introduced will probably end up being much more polished and stable as they are a mega-company, but the i’mWatch team appears to be at least focusing on more than just the OS. These watches actually look pretty nice. They have a variety of colors, plus luxury versions to fit almost anyone’s price needs. Speaking of the OS though, it’s a custom version of Android that has its own app and music store that will be on display at CES in January.

A video has been released that details the product, starting with the foundation and going all the way through the team itself. If you want to get straight to the watch, just to the 2:30 mark.  

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To find out even more, hit up the i’mWatch site.

Does a watch running Android interest you?

  • Sittingbill

    Would Be Great For Endomondo

  • BA_Carroll

    I just wonder if it will have the ability to update itself? What version of Android it is running?

  • http://twitter.com/RocketPunch1221 Rocket Punch

    Locked bootloader!!?!? and no ICS?!!???

    TOTALLY getting GNex FTMFW!!

  • Doglove

    Ummmm……….no.

    • Billy Jenkins

      ummmmm…….. maybe?

  • Guest

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    • http://twitter.com/Rocko9999 Rocko Smith

      Like your turds.

  • Dominick DeVito

    “Sorry boss for me being late, my watch is rooted and my custom ROM crashed”

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/WLJ7ZQQXMDVQ3RNYF3VW65HJ5M Jason

    I think this is way more attractive than the motoActv, although I like the fact that the Moto is backed by a bigger name company. In any event, can’t wait till they actually start shipping these things (at the very least get reviews out)

  • http://twitter.com/Rocko9999 Rocko Smith

    That guy has the heaviest accent I have ever heard…..

  • Jdenman03

    Looks like it connects to your phone via bluetooth, not replace it. http://live.imwatch.it/en/smartwatch/features/

    • Tjcard03

      it says talk time with speaker 3 hours so i’m assuming it has a mic so you wouldn’t have to have the watch plus the phone plus the bluetooth. at least here’s hoping ha.

  • Silly Chiken

    That’s cool and all, but can it handle N64oid?

  • Mrpushpop

    Dude someone rich on here should open up an I’m store in the US… saw that link on the bottom of the page…

  • Scott

    I’ll stick with my Fossil watch.

    • http://twitter.com/Rocko9999 Rocko Smith

      What are you like 13?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Christopher-John/505253533 Christopher John

    So I don’t know how many of you have played with the Galaxy Nexus yet. I had a chance because the Best Buy in West Paterson, NJ has it. And let me tell you I am glad I bought a iPhone 4s. I have never owned an Apple product in my life. (Not even an Ipod) And have always been against the company. I have owned 3 droid phones (OG Droid, Droid X, and Thunderbolt) and I drew tired of the constant software problems, bugs etc etc. I decided to get the 4S and if I didn’t like it just sell it for the Nexus. When I went to pick up a car mount for my 4s I was able to play with the Galaxy Nexus. And it was a HUGE disappointment. For one its not very user friendly. Its not one of those phones you can just pick up and use. It will take A LOT of useless time trying to figure out what to do with this phone. Also the screen was nothing to right home about. In fact I noticed a lot of blurring when switching between and app and home screen. I am happy I didn’t wait to get rid of the junk that was my Thunderbolt and grab the 4s which just plain works. Sure you can’t pimp the phone out like a Droid and do what you want with it. But as far as what it promises and how it works, its nothing but great. I am wondering if anyone else has experienced what I did with the Nexus or if the phone I used was just shot. Let the Troll bashing begin lol

    • http://profiles.google.com/adamtruelove Adam Truelove

      So a Best Buy had a Galaxy Nexus, and they let you play with it.  Sure, we all totally believe you.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Christopher-John/505253533 Christopher John

        No they have it on display. If you don’t believe me call them its the West Paterson, NJ Best Buy. I am just telling you what I saw when I tried the display. And the only reason I posted it here was because I saw the forum was very active figured people could discuss it here. Its funny how mad people get when one person says they bought the Iphone over Droid. Ridiculous. Don’t have anything to prove to you guys just telling you what I saw. 

        • Anonymous

          It’s not that people are mad, per se, or even touchy, about the idea of choosing an iPhone over an Android device.  The problem was that you posted something completely unrelated to the comment with a very hard to believe story that promotes an Apple product. 

          Look at the information you report with the situation at hand: (1) A Best Buy location has a phone on display that’s not even available for pre-order, (2) You got to use a phone in said store without any gathering any info that would aid in reporting your findings, (3) the user experience  worse than your iPhone that you enjoy, (4) you posted this pro-iPhone information to a Droid blog, (5) you’ve only ever made one post in the past on this site as far as I can tell, (6) you noticed blurring on an AMOLED screen (a common trait in LCD’s based on the very  nature of the technology, but not with AMOLED; not to mention all other blog reports show the screen w/o blurring), (7) the format of your writing style emphasizes certain points that are not important to an earnest review (declaring your past disdain for Apple and never owning an iOS product, your happiness to get rid of an Android phone emphasized as “junk”, and the capitalization of words meant to emphasize negative aspects of the Android phone).  This sort of writing is usually indicative of someone paid to make blog comments of a certain nature and format, someone just trolling, or someone who just has no clue. 

          I hope you’re the latter and that your post is the product of you not really understanding how blog comments function (comment sections do not equal a forum).  Generally, you want to stay on topic.  If the story is hard to believe, you’ll get called out sans evidence (the net is full of FUD, lies, and elaborate hoaxes made by bored folks).  To be honest, before you started to reply, I read your post thinking that you were a paid blog commenter.  Now, I wonder if you just picked up a Galaxy SII, a Nexus S, or some other Galaxy-type phone not really understanding what you were using.  When you run into something so new, and well before it’s release date, capture the event.  Otherwise, you’ll appropriately face scrutiny, even if you posted it to an Apple-centric blog.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Christopher-John/505253533 Christopher John

            Don’t really have time for you to rant on about how to use a comment function of a blog like I am child. As I said earlier I will go later to take pics and a vid and will post them where ever its appropriate or email Droid Life to post it. Be careful you might fall off your high horse. 

          • Lolercopter

            how about you both go away and stop fighting like a bunch of 5 year olds.

          • Anonymous

            LOL, I got a kick out of that–I had to click the like button (not being sarcastic).  He didn’t seem to get why he faced such a negative responses so I thought I would spell it out.  I see your point though.

          • Anonymous

            I’m not trying to be an a$$ or sit up on a high horse, or even belittle you.  You legitimately didn’t seem to get why you met such criticism and scrutiny, or why off-topic comments aren’t always successful.  Go get your pic, handle your business, and post it here.  Done and done. 

          • http://twitter.com/Rocko9999 Rocko Smith

            There will without any doubt be NO picture posted. He is a sphincter troll.

    • Anonymous

      What the hell does your Iphone 4s or the GNex have to do with I’M Watch? 

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Christopher-John/505253533 Christopher John

        Just put it here like I said because I wanted people to talk about it and I saw the forum was pretty dead. People are so touchy these days. 

    • Josh Flowers

      it must be said. pics, or it didn’t happen.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Christopher-John/505253533 Christopher John

        973-812-9430 thats the number for the best buy all you gotta do is ask and they will say yes no need for pictures. But if I am in the area I will def do it. I didn’t relize that it was a big deal for the phone to be on display. If enough of you guys want me to go and take a pic or vid I will. 

        • Jdenman03

          Just called. They do NOT even have one in store for display. You fail troll.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Christopher-John/505253533 Christopher John

            Don’t know who you spoke to but I am going there soon to take a pic and vid since I will be in the area. 

          • Jdenman03

            You fail again troll. My buddy is a sales rep there for the mobile section. Go troll elsewhere.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Christopher-John/505253533 Christopher John

            Your buddy? Your as reparable as I am with that statement. Like I said I will go later and take pics and vids, and if by some insane reason its not there you can continue with the bashing.

          • Anonymous

            You enjoy the i*hone, since nothing will change for ten years…my tbolt works fine too by the way.

          • http://twitter.com/Rocko9999 Rocko Smith

            Now that is just a straight lie, not that I think there is a Nexus on display at any retail store in the US.

          • Anonymous

            And then we’ll all have a fancy pic of a Galaxy SII or a Nexus S or some other Samsung phone.

        • Anonymous

          You sure it was a G-Nex and not a Nexus S? If so, I’m going there right now. Right. Now.

          • Dominick DeVito

            Why would you honestly believe that?

    • http://twitter.com/Rocko9999 Rocko Smith

      If you had an X and other Droids, how was the Nexus hard to figure out?

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Christopher-John/505253533 Christopher John

        I didn’t say it was hard. I said it wasn’t USER FRIENDLY. As in, when you pick it up you will be like Okay what can I do that is so different from previous Droids. Or maybe thats a good thing if you like to take the time to discover things about your phone. For me it felt like a Thunderbolt with Ice Cream nothing more. But that is just my opinion. Loved my other Droids (minus TB towards the end) but I have turned to the Dark Side because it just plain works……(unless you guys find the valley and shoot into the one vulnerable opening…but thats another story)

        • http://twitter.com/Rocko9999 Rocko Smith

          Nice attempt. No Nexus is at any Best Buy. It’s just not going to happen. They won’t be released in the US for sale for many months.

    • Benjamin Landwehr

      I’ll see it for myself.  I doubt it’s that bad, but who knows.  I’ve personally never had any bad bugs with my phones.. especially the newer ones.  My OG got to the point where it was slow as balls, but that’s about it.

    • Anonymous

      There’s so much obvious fail here.. Could you at least try to be deceptive if you’re going to troll? Trolls are really starting to suck now..

    • Anonymous

      The thunderbolt isn’t a droid phone

      I kinda like the fact that someone can’t “just pick up” my phone and use it.  Somehow they tend to figure it out after a minute or two, though.

      If people didn’t want to pimp out there phones, they wouldn’t be reading a droid blog :P

  • Tvldone

    Im copping this watch as soon as it drops. If im able to view things on my phone from my watch, that would be awsome. Bluetooth enabled, Great…. That Sony Liveview was BULL$hit, I have a Kenneth Cole Touch Screen Watch which is better

  • Tferrell7368

    ”… the product that Motorola introduced will probably end up being much more polished and stable as they are a mega-company”

    Thats debatable, ever heard of the Bionic…

    • Anonymous

      Very weak attempt at being a smartass..

    • http://profiles.google.com/adamtruelove Adam Truelove

      Or Motorola’s pentile displays.  Yikes.

    • http://twitter.com/Rocko9999 Rocko Smith

      Bionic+Pentile+Blur=Horse Pucky

  • trumpet444

    i actually want one. 

  • Anonymous

    Looks like their site says 15 february for the U.S.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/RXFWXDUWRRHCGFV6NP2SDZ7YLU Ray

    Price?

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/RXFWXDUWRRHCGFV6NP2SDZ7YLU Ray

      300 euros is outrageous!

  • Anonymous

    As long as its around $150-$250 range I will consider it, otherwise its just a novelty item IMO.

  • Anonymous

    I can totally see android watches picking up steam. It would be awesome if we could do push-to-talk between watches.. 

    • Billy Jenkins

      like power rangers?

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  • Doug

    Cuz the trend of having over 4 inch screens is going to end? I don’t think the functionality merits the effort. I’d be happy with a simple bluetooth watch for caller id and maybe to use for fun as spy equipment(talking into a watch or taking pictures) but i think they went a little overboard.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    Bitchen.. I love shit like this!

    BUT I am holding out for the MotoACTV

  • GCurry

    About, oh, 30 years ago, the industry started making digital watches with those red LED numbers.   Timex was in, and everyone else it seemed.    Even Intel got in, cause hey, they’re silicon experts.   After a couple years, Intel got out of the watch business.   They had learned the hard way that wristwatches weren’t about electronics, or even about keeping time.   

    They were about jewelry.

    • Billy Jenkins

      That was 30 years ago. Before cell phones were even popular and long before smartphones even existed. Things are different now. Everything is much more advanced. Tv’s, phones, computers, radios, and even beds have their own remote. so I can deff see this being a success.

      • http://profiles.google.com/adamtruelove Adam Truelove

        You’re right, this will be a success…….in a niche market.  But the vast majority of people won’t care.  Watches are jewelry as GCurry said.  They’re there to look good first, and tell time second.  I, as a grown man, could never wear something like this out in public without feeling a bit silly. Don’t get me wrong, it’s awesome, but it won’t be a runaway success outside the nerd realm.

  • Dshudson

    That’s some bad ass James bond type ish! 

  • Kevin Parlee

    Great for cheating on tests in class. Text the answers and view them on your watch

    • Billy Jenkins

      10 years ago I had a watch with a built in calculator that I often used in math class during tests. so whats the difference between this watch and that watch? there will always be easy ways to cheat on tests if you can think of them without getting caught in the process.

      • http://twitter.com/dizknee24 Peter Wassel

        I think the difference is the primitive nature of the tiny calculator compared to this watch…either way cheating is bad and wont get you anywhere M’KAY.

  • http://twitter.com/timberwolfkw Kyle Wilkins

    Eh, doesn’t look bad. I would like to see one in person to see quality of the build and maybe some of their different models.

  • Anonymous

    So wait, does it need to be tethered to a phone or it IS a phone?

    • Anonymous

      Would assume bluetooth to a phone.

  • http://twitter.com/UFSanity Curtis

    I see people wearing iPod Nanos as wristwatches, so I can totally see a market for something like this.

  • Jeff

    Am I the ONLY one who immediately saw a penis in the preview frame of that video?

    • Anonymous
    • FortitudineVincimus

      I wonder if the watch has a Penile screen… err, I mean Pentile

    • Anonymous

      Jeff, I am concerned that you are seeing penis’s everywhere.

      • Anonymous

        LMAO  I am concerned what he might do to those Penis’s LMAO!!!!!  Sorry, I couldn’t help it :P

  • http://profiles.google.com/crazyrunner33 David Flower

    I’d be interested as long as if it has a good battery life.  I really don’t want to add a watch to my list of things to charge every night, my dorm room only has so many outlets.

    • Anonymous

      Good point. Would hope these things can last a couple of days, but have a feeling that won’t be the case.

      • Anonymous

        They won’t last days… But if they can at least get the kernel right and lighten up the resources used by softwares, I’m just they could squeeze at least two days minimum.

        • Anonymous

          seems like they could cheap out with the screen (it’s only an inch wide, how much does it need to display) and that would save battery.  but one of the good things about a watch is you just have to look at it, if you have to unlock this thing it’s not really worth it to me.

  • Dominick DeVito

    I’m the first one to admit I’m a nerd, but not even I would be caught dead wearing something like this.

    And with a smartphone within arm’s length at all times, is a watch even necessary these days anyway?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10215724 Raj Bhatt

      Riding a bike or working out at the gym.

      • Dominick DeVito

        I run with my OG Droid – but I guess I can see the use case for exercise.

    • Anonymous

      I carry 2 smart phones (a personal one and one for work), and I still wear a watch (a mechanical one, no electricity involved.  There’s just something to be said for the elegance and precision involved with a timepiece that has real spinning gears. 

      I guess it’s more a matter of taste than practicality…  

      • Anonymous

        I’m with you. I’m a watch fanatic. Try not to ever go anywhere without one.

        • Anonymous

          Watches are the creation of Satan to remind us of the little time that’s left in the weekend and how close we are to checking back into work. I hate em….lol

      • Anonymous

        by mechanical does that mean you have to wind it up?

        I like the citizen ecodrive watches – still uses electricity but never needs a new battery.

        • Anonymous

          Well, I mean either a mechanical windup, or an automatic winder.  I think the ecodrive is nice, but it’s not on the same scale of a good mechanical watch. I don’t mean that to sound snobby, I have a few Quartz watches that I wear all the time, but it’s nothing like a good mechanical…

    • http://twitter.com/PhilStout Phil

      I would only buy this if the three following clauses are met

      1) This is less than $300 (It is still a smartphone everyone)
      2) If it’s on Verizon
      3) If Verizon gets a shared data plan so that I don’t need to plans for a phone and watch

      How would an LTE chip fit in this little guy?!?! Maybe the people demoing it are giants?

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tony-Gultice/584049220 Tony Gultice

        Looking at the website, it’s more like a bluetooth addon than a wireless cellular device… you pair it with your phone and it takes over the functions. Think of it as a bluetooth speakerphone with extra bells and whistles.

    • Mctypething

      u a nerd bro?

    • BA_Carroll

      Dominick now that you said that…. I hope you don’t rock a bluetooth and if you do and walk around all day with it on in the store talking to yourself when your smartphone is at arms length to pick up to answer…… you sir have just lost all creditably with me sir! I said good day sir! GOOD DAY!!!!!! LOL I’m just saying.

    • Raven

      I agree.  I am a total gadget guy and watch wearer, but I would never where this thing either.  Too bulky and gaudy with I suspect a bad battery life.  I was on a mechanical analog kick and sported a nice German automatic watch, but I got tired of having to set it every time I didn’t wear it for a few days, so then I got an Eco Drive watch (solar) which has never let me down, but lately I have been looking for something a little more digital.  So, being a gadget guy I decided I wanted a watch that integrated with my phone via BlueTooth and displayed caller ID and maybe appointments and reminders.  I have not been able to find anything decent.  There were a few early attempt that got terrible reviews or are so ugly that I would never wear them.  I wish I had the resources to design and sell my own watch because I think the market is there for a decent looking digital watch that integrates well with (not attempts to replace) your phone.

      If anyone knows of any watches like this, please post links.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10215724 Raj Bhatt

    If it is priced reasonably (unlike the Moto offering) I might go for it.

  • http://profiles.google.com/adamtruelove Adam Truelove

    This is the coolest watch that I wouldn’t even wanna be caught dead wearing.

  • Anonymous

    Amazing