The TicWatch is an interesting take on wearables coming from the Chinese manufacturer Mobvoi. While the wearables and smartwatch market has been relatively slow in picking up, that hasn’t hindered the boom in Smartwatch and wearable technology manufacturers the world over – particularly in China.
Mobvoi has a unique approach to the smartwatch. The first thing to note here is that the smartwatch is that it does not run Android Wear. Instead, Mobvoi integrates its in house artificial intelligence (AI) into their own version of Android. Ticwear came about as an answer to having Android in China without Google services. In fact, the company behind the OS was tapped by Google to help bring the popular Motorola Moto 360 and LG G watch R into China. While the Ticwear OS may run on Android, it shares little in common with Android Wear. The OS instead shares more in common with Samsung’s Tizen OS focusing heavily on gestures. In fact the similarities go beyond its gesture-centric experience and extends to the OS’s navigation. Primary navigation on the OS is complemented by navigation by swiping the frame of the watch.
The TicWatch 2 is a round faced watch equipped with a 1.4inch OLED display. It’s equipped with a Mediatek MT2601 dual core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz with 512MB RAM and 4GB on board memory. It comes with Bluetooth 4.1 and WiFi 802.11b/g/n. It’s powered by a 300mAh battery with “TiCharge” (Mobvoi trademarked implementation of wireless charging) capabilities.
In addition, the TicWatch 2 also caters to health conscious users with the inclusion of a heart rate sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, GLONASS sensors and GPS. It’s basically stocked with everything you’d need when you go for that jog or hike. What’s more, the device also comes with IP65 dust and waterproof certification.
The TicWatch 2 also comes with what the company calls a “Tickle Strip”. This feature is built into the side of the watch’s sleek metal body and allows users to navigate the interface by simply swiping along the strip. Its very reminiscent of the Samsung Gear S2’s Circle UX.
While the Mobvoi TicWatch has been available on the market in China for a while now, the company has started a kickstarter in an effort to break into the US and European markets. Their offering is definitely one of the better smartwatches in the market now. Coupled with their amazing prospect of having their AI built in to help with voice commands and also more accurate tracking of activity, it’s hard to pass on the smartwatch.
Their Kickstarter is well on the way to being funded with backers able to get the watch for as little as USD$99 (RM403.92). Mobvoi expects the retail price to be about USD$199 (RM811.92) which means that if you miss this, you’re going to have to pay 2 times the backing amount for the watch.