We had introduced you guys to the affordable and powerful Com 1 smartwatch a few weeks ago. The Com 1 smartwatch would have been running on Google Android Wear platform, and that’s where the current issue with Google and Indiegogo might have started. The Android Wear platform for wearables is a Google product and we had previously thought that it wouldn’t have been a problem if underdog companies would have used the Android Wear software in the development of their own wearable products.
The Com1 smartwatch had been on Indiegogo for quite some time and its funding was progressing quite well, which was not surprising since the price the developers set for the smartwatch was well below what you would find on the market – $125. The Com 1 looked like a promising Android Wear powered device made out of steel or aluminium, whichever you would have chosen. It promised a steel finish and an 8 mm thick body to rival that of the Moto 360, Gear S and LG G Watch R. The watch would have run on a 1 GHz XBurst-based Ingenic JZ4775 processor, 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, WiFi, Bluetooth, FM and a 400 mAh battery. Among sensors, a gyroscope, accelerometer and magnetometer, as well as pressure, humidity and temperature sensors would have been featured. The Com1 Android Wear smartwatch would have had a square 1.6 inch LCD one with 240*240 resolution.
On top of all the top-notch specs, an IP67 certification should have been made available, too. The manufacturers also promised that the smartwatch would have offered 2 days of battery life, which rivals that of the Galaxy Gear S and LG G Watch R. The Com1 sounded really great for an Android Wear smartwatch, but it seems that Google was not exactly happy about the campaign. Google had issued a complaint to Indiegogo, saying that Com, the company behind the Com 1, was using their intellectual property without authorization. Sounds pretty weird, doesn’t it?
Com has apologized to the backers of the project and has dropped Android Wear. The company said that they had a back-up plan and they would ultimately be releasing a new smartwatch to the public, but it hasn’t made any of its features – or what OS it would run – public. Com has also begun refunding their backers, so if you had funded the Com 1, you’ll be happy to know that you will be getting your money back.
Why do you think Google struck down on Com? Were you interested in the Com 1 running Android Wear or do you think it would have been a fluke campaign with no real objectives?