Last night, Omate sent out a newsletter to its Kickstarter backers, where it explained that it might have been a common misunderstanding that Omate's first smartwatch, the TrueSmart, will be shipped with Google Play and stated: "We apologize for any confusion that our initial statements may have caused regarding the Official Google Play Store. [...] Even though Android does not currently allow for official Play Store support for Smartwatch 2.0 devices, Omate is still working closely with Google over Google Play and Google Services issues." Sure it always seemed that the TrueSmart will be a fully fledged - and first - Android smartwatch with Google experience (as you can see in the video bellow), which means it will not only feature Google Play but also Google services like Google Maps, Gmail, Google Music, just to name a few.
However, now it looks like Google pulled the rice leash. Nevertheless, Omate seems to not have given up yet and continued that "We feel that the combined efforts of Google and Omate will allow for Google Play Store and Google Services to be on the TrueSmart and we are fully committed to get the TrueSmart certified and the needed updates released. Until that time we are working to provide you with the OStore and are also working closely with app developers to ensure apps in the OStore will provide the best experience possible." Omate continued in its newsletter that "In videos and pictures from various developer events we've been attending, we have shown Google Play and Google Services are working properly on the TrueSmart engineering samples. However we have to respect Google's certification process in order to get official access to their services so we must confirm the TrueSmart Developer Edition will not ship with Google Play preloaded on it."
That's indeed bad news, especially if you have backed the TrueSmart in the hope to get a full featured Google smartwatch. However, as of now nothing is lost since the TrueSmart is running Android 4.3 and therefore users will be able to install the missing apps anyway.
In another newsletter from today, Omate shared good news as well. The initial offer of the TrueSmart only came with a charging cable. However, Omate is now expanding the range of available accessories and announced the "TrueSmart Desktop Charging Cradle" which is said to be specially designed to fit the TrueSmart. It will not only make charging easier but it will encase the entire body to protect it from any accidental damage.
The cradle is connected by a regular USB to Micro USB cable and can be used either for charging or data transfer. And the best of all is, that every TrueSmart will be shipped with a desktop Charging Cradle along with the standard cable.
Cheers ~ Arne