Tuesday , June 5 2018

Australian Pricing and Availability for Kate Spade and Skagen Android Wear watches announced


At CES this year we saw two new Android Wear watches from companies within the Fossil Group announced from Skagen and Kate Spade new york. The local pricing and availability have now been announced, so here’s when you can get your hands on the watches and how much you’ll pay.

The Kate Spade Touchscreen watch, with its distinctive scalloped bezel will be available from late February through David Jones. There are two models coming, both with the Rose Gold case though they offer options for straps with the soft vachetta leather strap priced at $499, while the metal bracelet will cost $549. The model with the black leather band and gold case is not going to be available in Australia.

The Skagen Falster is a classic watch design with a simple, yet very iconic look and will be headed to Australia from late February priced between $449 to $479.

Hardware wise, the watches are both powered by the Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor and come with Wifi and Bluetooth connectivity to devices either running Android 4.4 and above or iOS 9.0+ on iPhone 5 devices and above.

Daniel Tyson   Editor

Dan is a die-hard Android fan. Some might even call him a lunatic. He's been an Android user since Android was a thing, and if there's a phone that's run Android, chances are he owns it (his Nexus collection is second-to-none) or has used it.

Dan's dedication to Ausdroid is without question, and he has represented us at some of the biggest international events in our industry including Google I/O, Mobile World Congress, CES and IFA.

One comment

  1. I’d be interested to see an article on Android Wear device long-term use, as there have been some pretty concerning signs that these things are not built to last. I’ve had my Huawei Watch (1st gen) for just on 2 years and the screen has significant permanent burn-in from the watch-face, despite the AW feature of slight movement of the ambient face designed to prevent this. Ok Google also seems to be completely broken for older watches, making them laggy to the point of unusable (this goes away if you turn it off). And the usual problems with reminder interactions not working and sms notifications automatically dismissing, which have never been fixed.

    Would be good to know if any of these issues are AW-wide, would certainly impact whether or not I buy another AW device in future.

    • Daniel Orchard (danielsoar)

      Ok google is not broken for older wear, its broken for all wear. Ive got the huawei 2 classic and it instaltly came good after i disabled it, i almost stopped using it before i stumbled upon that solution. I use android pay regularly and love getting calls on my wrist as i work in noisy environments and its handy to know whether to bother picking up or ignore and call back later. Battery life is random which is my biggest gripe. If it broke tomorrow i am not sure i would replace it (its my second wear, i rocked the moto 360 og since launch and switched to this when that died late last year).
      I thought snappy2100 was gonna give me all day battery life but sometimes i goto bed on 80% and othertimes its on power saving mode on the drive home from work.

      Hanging for next gen tbh, it has potential but its not there yet.

  2. Not sure if just me but the Skagen in black, reminds of the LG watch style.

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