Ticwatch S and E first look review: Android Wear brings apps, but removes identity

The last time we saw Chinese startup Mobvoi it was for the Ticwatch 2, a keenly-price all-rounder of a smartwatch that impressed in many ways, but was let down by lack of apps. It was the single biggest bit of feedback Mobvoi got, and now it’s back with an answer in the Ticwatch S and Ticwatch E, both of which come running Android Wear.

It’s a significant departure from the company’s Ticwear OS, which we loved the design of, even if the overall ecosystem was wanting. It may not be such a surprise considering Google has invested in Mobvoi in the past, and that Ticwear was based on Android anyway, but it felt like Mobvoi was carving out a nice little space for itself in a market largely dominated by two main players. Although some of Mobvoi’s apps have been carried over to the new smartwatches, you’re very much getting the standard Android Wear 2.0experience here.

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