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April 8, 2015

Google is making it easier to find third party watch straps for Android Wear devices

by John_A

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Since the launch of the Android Wear platform a little over a year ago, we’ve seen a number of OEMs adopt Google’s wearable OS. But when it comes to changing out the strap on your Wear device, that can get a little tricky. The majority of current Wear watches on the market make it very difficult to purchase third party straps that will fit perfectly. With that said, Google has a plan to help us out with that problem.

You can now check out curated lists of watch straps specifically for Android Wear devices from a number of different manufacturers. E3 Supply Co., Worn & Wound and Clockwork Synergy are the strap makers that Google has highlighted so far, and it would be great to see more create these lists in the future.

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E3 Supply Co. is offering watch bands for the Moto 360, LG G Watch R, LG G Watch, Samsung Gear Live and the Asus ZenWatch. All of the watch straps available for these devices are pretty pricey and are made of genuine Horween leather, just like the stock leather strap on the Moto 360. Worn & Wound only offers straps for the Asus ZenWatch, LG G Watch and LG G Watch R. These are the priciest of the bunch, ranging anywhere from $65-$99 per strap. Clockwork Synergy is offering straps for the Asus ZenWatch, LG G Watch, LG G Watch R, Motorola Moto 360 and Samsung Gear Live, and these are a little more reasonable in price.

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This isn’t really a new idea in the Android Wear world. While companies like TYLT and DODO have partnered with Motorola to make bands specifically for the Moto 360, it’s nice to see other strap makers give Android Wear users more options. Of course, since most Wear devices use 22mm size watch straps, Amazon is always a good place to look if you’d like to save a few bucks.

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