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Android Wear gets a watch band standard via MODE

Android Wear smartwatches come in many shapes and sizes — their watch bands, however, do not.

Every manufacturer has their own set, and some have different bands for different watches. To add to the complexity, some users end up going the DIY route, with varying levels of success.

Also, it’s worth noting how easy it is switch out Apple Watch bands, while Android Wear hasn’t had the same treatment, until now.

That’s where Mode (branded as “MODE”) comes in. It’s Google’s new standard, just for watch bands. A simple sliding mechanism lets you swap out both straps for a different pair. Silicone or leather options are available, each coming with a watch band removal tool. You know, since Android Wear Watches didn’t have a watch band standard before today.

Currently, there are six different silicone watch bands, in four sizes, starting at $49. For the formal leather look, Google is starting off with ten unique leather bands, in six sizes, starting at $59. To stay…

Read the entire article from TechCrunch here: Android Wear gets a watch band standard via MODE


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