Google introduces innovative new 'MODE' Android Wear bands

The Pebble Smartwatch is credited with having sparked the recent popularization of wrist-worn gadgetry, though Google's Android Wear has paved the way for a number of OEMs to join the party. Having provided the firmware foundation for the new generation of wearables, the Big G is also looking to help develop the emerging product category by boosting accessory support. The search giant has just unveiled a selection of new bands for Android Wear devices, featuring a neat 'MODE' clipping mechanism that should make them very easy to swap out. 

Hadley Roma is the first and only brand to have jumped on the bandwagon and produced MODE bands. Even so, there's quite an impressive array of styles and sizes for Android Wear-running smartwatch owners to choose from, and the range should continue to broaden once other firms catch the memo. 

The main draw of the MODE technology, as outlined in the video demonstration below, is that swapping straps is simple and painless:

Aside from making life that bit easier, MODE should help to generally increase the selection of Android Wear bands. At a time when tech generally offers a 1-2 year lifespan, your MODE strap will also be good for future smartwatch generations -- that is, if computers of the wrist turn amount to more than a passing fad. And hey, if the smartwatch bubble does happen to burst, you could always recycle your MODE band for use with most traditional timepieces.

As aforementioned, Hadley Roma is the only name to have hitherto released anything as part of the new MODE initiative. However, Google is more than happy for other firms to utilize the MODE mechanics, so long as they follow a set of guidelines and can pass a requisite stress test. 

Prices start at around $50, and the first run of MODE bands are available through the Google Store and Best Buy at the source. 



1. fistigons

Posts: 368; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

I don't own a smart watch but I do like the idea.

2. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

"Innovative", hmmm I'm not so sure about that:D

3. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Did anyone made it before? nope. So yeah its innovation much more than using other ppl tech in your smartphone and say you innovate.

10. Saioofi

Posts: 347; Member since: May 23, 2014

Just because no one made it before doesn't make Google "innovative". LeEco was the first to launch phones without headphone jacks, does this make LeEco innovative?

12. MobileRafn

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 27, 2016

Let's not forget the quick-release pins (Pebble included it in their PT 22mm bands).

4. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Calling something innovative has become the new way of saying it's impressive or cool. These new mode bands are simply a reimagining of the old way of swapping bands.

9. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

yeah, and fighter jets also simply reimagining of the old kitty hawk.. no innovation on it.. /s

5. JoshN

Posts: 202; Member since: Apr 01, 2015

Not sure how strong it would be after taking on an off a lot though ???

8. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

did you change watch bands on daily basis?

13. JoshN

Posts: 202; Member since: Apr 01, 2015

Yes I have three bands work one, going out one & a genuine leather one ☺

6. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I hope more manufacturer support it, its great to have a standard swapping mechanism for changing watch band in general. Having a standard would drive the number of selections up while keeping the price low.

7. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

did they really need to make 55second for "demonstration"? (which is filled with unnecesary stuff) 5 second vid will be enough to show how simple it is

11. vincelongman

Posts: 5810; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

There's a verison that's just 11 seconds

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