Only 25% of Android phones support Android Wear

If you're planning on purchasing one of those new Android Wear flavored smartwatches, here is something that you need to consider. These wearables require that the syncing Android smartphone used, be powered by Android 4.3 or higher. The problem is that this requirement quickly eliminates 75% of Android smartphones from being used with an Android Wear smartwatch...
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41 Comments

24. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

My coworker has a old crappy Android phone but I doubt she would care about this watch. She needs a new phone before she needs a watch. The phone is so old I think she is still running 2.x. And that's the issue; she does not use the phone like me or you. Most people running these old phones don't care. It's not my business to care about what people own.

33. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Exactly, as I posted above, my brother is still using a Droid Incredible running Gingerbread. And his kids are using a Samsung Stratosphere (the first) and an HTC Resound. I believe the Samsung is on ICS and the HTC is on JB. And while they're younger, 21 and 20 years old, they're happy to have a smartphone no matter how old it is. As they move up in the world they'll upgrade to higher end devices, but they're not ones to upgrade every year or two.

28. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

So at this moment it's around 250 million, which isn't bad and my guess is come the end of the year, with more phones updated and more phones sold with never version of Android installed I would expect that to have doubled. For relative new market that number is quite big to target and only going to get bigger and also my guess is anyone using really old Android os, chances are they just don't care, my guess is any real interest will be with the spec heads, tech heads etc and chances are they are on the latest and greatest of there about.

29. Troysyx

Posts: 181; Member since: Jul 30, 2012

Oh no! So only 250,000,000 android phones are capable?!?!?

30. lolatfailphones

Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 08, 2013

I wouldn't brag about 250,000,000 when "Android" doesn't manufacture anything they just supply the OS. All android manufactors put together makes up that number which I don't find impressive...

34. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

It may not seem like much, but that puts the total number of devices at around a billion. And while you may scoff at the lower end phones, for some people that's all they can afford and at least some OEMS are giving them an option. A low end phone is better than none at all.

35. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Spot on! Its good that Google V President care with his Android One project. Better than what Tim Cook said, we are not in the business of selling junk. He will be eating his own words soon. Relaunching an iPhone 4 8G in 2014 for US$399 is just insulting.

39. lolatfailphones

Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 08, 2013

I believe he meant that they don't sell phones that will stop functioning properly after several months. I live in Jamaica and there are a lot of "cheap android phones" around here and I tell you after 3 or do months those said cheap phones start to be almost unusable. So let Apple sell whatever they want at any price they want cuz it's your choice to buy it or not and in other words people are still using iPhone 3G and it works flawlessly.

40. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Snob. You really believe the only Apple can made quality products. Apple products normally get obsolete by Apple via Software before it even break. Ask user that wanted Airplay in their mac but does not qualify cause his Macbook is not the most recent.

41. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

So because some android manufacturers sell low quality phones, all of them are bad? Here's a thought, if it craps out after 3 months, I don't know, try something else! Maybe try going with a low end phone from an international manufacturer like Motorola, Samsung, LG, or HTC. Also, figure out how to use the phrase "in other words" correctly. Like if I said, "The guy's not very smart, in other words he's an idiot."

37. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

I would disagree totally with the author, again. The people most likely to buy a smart watch already have a high end smart phone. If your paying $15 a month for a pre-paid phone that cost $20, then your most likely not interested or can't pay hundreds for a watch. I don't say it to demean anyone. Many people just can't afford it, because of the economy or other reasons.
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