Nixon, Michael Kors and Polar smartwatches replace Asus and Casio oldies in Google Store

Spring cleaning? How about some pre-holiday shake-up in Google’s official selection of high-profile Android Wear devices? Or, you know, as high-profile as nichey smartwatches can nowadays get.

Just a few weeks after removing the “ancient” Nexus 5X, 6P, NVIDIA Shield and a pair of Cardboard VR viewers to make way for Pixel phones, the Chromecast Ultra digital media player and Daydream View headset, the online US Google Store bids adieu to the Asus ZenWatch 2 and Casio Smart Outdoor Watch.

Wait, already? We’re afraid so, and while the second-gen ZenWatch has recently turned one, having a sequel right around the corner, that rugged Casio wearable piece only debuted on Big G’s e-outlet this past March, alongside the Fossil Q Founder which likely proved more popular.

The outdoor-friendly Android Wear torch is passed on to the $400 Nixon Mission, originally unveiled in the spring, and finally released outside the Google Store earlier this month.

If you’re willing to trade robustness for a relatively affordable luxury design, the $350 Michael Kors Access Dylan also gets the search giant’s vote of confidence after an early September commercial inauguration on the fashion designer’s website.

Last but not least, the $330 Polar M600 basically arrives as a late replacement for the Moto 360 Sport, catering primarily to fitness nuts with wrist-based heart rate monitoring, integrated GPS, and advanced 24/7 activity tracking. No more complaining about limited Android Wear device choice!

Source: Google Store

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