If your interested in Android chronographs, do we have a treat for you. Italian company i’m Watch has released a watch running a custom version of Android 1.6. Running on a 454 MHz IMX233 processor with 64MB of ram this could be the worlds most powerful watch.
With a style clearly based on the iPod Nano watch, the device looks sleek. The watch boasts a 1.54” 240×240 curved display, 3.5 mm headphone, microphone, speaker and a port for charging. All this in a package for €249/£214/$343. There are also titanium and jeweled versions.
Using Bluetooth 2.1 the watch can be used to answer phone calls and read texts, emails, tweets and facebook messages and posts. Using the i’market, “custom apps” can be downloaded to add extra functionality. The watch is also heavily connected to a new music service called i’music. The full functionality will be announced at CES 2012 the site teases:
Unlimited, on-demand access to millions of songs, custom radio stations and personalized playlists. With i’m Music it’s all by the hand.
Get all the tunes you want, anytime and everywhere, even on your social networks, it’s just that simple.
Further competition in the music streaming business can only be a good thing. Clearly i’m Watch is trying to separate itself from the competition.
The site also gives some information on how developers can create their custom apps. Using Eclipse and some proprietary tools you (yes you!) could be uploading apps to the i’market. Of course, since the device uses Android 1.6, the Android APIs will be severely limited. Developers will likely find it tough to go back to 2009 again.