Com 1 Android Wear Indiegogo watch campaign shut down by Google

Com 1 Android Wear Indiegogo watch campaign shut down by Google
If you had plans to build your own Android Wear device using crowd-funding, that may not be as easy as you would like. The whole story is a bit curious, but what we know right now is that there was an Indiegogo campaign for an Android Wear smartwatch that has been shut down by Google for "rights infringement".

The campaign was for the Com 1 smartwatch. It began a couple weeks ago, but was abruptly terminated last week. It seems that Google sent a letter asserting that its intellectual property rights had been violated by the campaign, which used unlicensed materials. It could simply be that the Com 1 didn't have approval to use Android Wear marketing screenshots in the simulated device renders. Android may be open source, but Google Apps are not, and the images clearly show Hangouts notifications. Or, it could also be that the campaign was done through Indiegogo, which does not require a working prototype or that funding goals are met in order for a company to get paid. As such, there are a lot more issues of fraud with Indiegogo compared to Kickstarter, and it is possible that Google simply didn't want there to be a future issue where this campaign used Google imagery only to swindle money from people. 

Of course, while there is potential for fraud, Com Watches seems to be on the level, or at least it wants to prove itself. This weekend, Com Watches tweeted that it will be processing refunds "as a sign of good faith" until the dispute is resolved; and, it already has a backup plan in place. So, we'll have to keep an eye on Com Watches, and see if good things can come. 


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10 Comments

1. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Google may have gotten a call from some pretty concerned Samsung/LG/Moto/Sony/HTC reps...

2. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Android wear is supposed to be open sourced, why the crackdown?

3. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Android is open source, Android wear which relies heavily on certain Google apps (like Google now) is most definitely not open source

8. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Fully on target there. As far as I know it´s not.

6. chengsae

Posts: 64; Member since: Dec 10, 2013

Yes if you do not try and make a profit off of Android without consent/contract with google to use their andorid.

4. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Android is supposed to be opened sourced but it truly isn't as many devices associated with Android uses closed sourced elements from a software perspective. I'm guessing its the same for Android wear.

5. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

It doesn't appear that Com 1 was attempting to break the mold though. You'd think Google would be elated that people are gravitating towards the platform, "rights infringement" notwithstanding. Google's reasoning is especially ridiculous considering Com 1's efforts serve as free publicity for Android Wear, which it could use more than ever right now to face the coming Apple Watch storm. I wonder, then, if Google was pressured by one or more of their multi-billion dollar hardware partners that don't want to see an extremely affordable competitor with all the same features as their own offerings.

9. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

As far as I´m aware Android AOSP is open source, Android as we know it not 100% (includes several apps from Google that are definitely not open source) and the same for Android Wear: no open source there at all. I may be wrong, but that´s my assumption.

10. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Save it, I posted in another article numerous times stating the same facts, and he apparently still doesn't get it. He can't understand that AOSP Android and Google Android are two different versions of Android. AOSP is open source, Google's Android is NOT open source, because it includes things proprietary to Google, like their apps and services, including the Playstore. Saying that Google's Android is open source is the same thing as saying that Amazon's and Nokia's android are open source. Ever see a Kindle device with all of the Amazon services removed? How about a Nokia X phone without Microsoft's services? No? Because, like Google's Android, THEY'RE NOT OPEN SOURCE!

7. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2350; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

..........?...meh!.....

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