Wearables & Gadgets

Google unveils new ‘snap-and-swap’ Mode Android Wear smartwatch bands

Google today unveiled its new Mode watchbands, marking the company’s entry into the smartwatch accessory market.

Unfortunately, Canadians won’t be able to purchase these bands yet, but Google is selling them in the U.S. through the Google Play Store, Best Buy and Amazon, at $50 for the silicone version, and $60 for leather iteration.

According to Google, the concept behind Mode watch bands is to offer Android Wear users the ability to easily snap in and out new watch straps via a clasp mechanism.

In total, there are 16 available colours in 4 sizes (16, 18, 20, and 22mm) and mode is compatible with the following Android Wear smartwatches:

– Asus ZenWatch 45mm Gen2
– Asus ZenWatch 49mm Gen2
– Asus ZenWatch Gen1
– Fossil
– Huawei Watch
– LG Watch Urbane
– LG G Watch
– LG G Watch R
– Moto 360 For Men 42mm Gen2
– Moto 360 For Men 46mm Gen2
– Moto 360 For Women 42mm Gen2
– Samsung Gear Live

Furthermore, this also seems to be the first set of mode watchbands, as Google is stated it’s open to 3rd party accessory companies manufacturing bands.

It’s unclear when or if Google’s Mode watch straps will come to Canada, but we’ve reached out to Google for more information and will update this story when we learn more.


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