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Casio to release first G-SHOCK smartwatch with Wear OS by Google

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Casio Computer Co Ltd on May 15 will release the GSW-H1000, a G-SQUAD PRO smartwatch powered by Wear OS by Google™ and packed with functions that help you stay fit using activity goals and fitness tracking. The GSW-H1000 is the latest addition to the sporty G-SQUAD line of shock-resistant G-SHOCK watches.

Priced at 88,000 yen, the new smartwatch is built with all the toughness of a G-SHOCK, with shock resistance and 200-meter water resistance. It is also the first G-SHOCK smartwatch to run on Wear OS by Google. As the flagship product of the sports-focused G-SQUAD line, the GSW-H1000 is great for use in a wide range of athletic settings—from activities like running, indoor workouts, road biking, and swimming, to more extreme pursuits like surfing and snowboarding.

The new watch has an optical sensor to measure heart rate, as well as a compass, altitude/air pressure sensor, accelerometer, gyrometer, GPS functionality and more. This powerful hardware profile enables the watch to capture the data on distance, speed and pace which is so useful for people doing physical training. The dual-layer monochrome and color display features an interface with a three-tier layout that users can customize to suit their goals, putting multiple data points at their fingertips, easily accessible at a glance.

The design of the GSW-H1000 also delivers an uncompromising commitment to wearability, with a soft urethane band that provides flexibility and durability, as well as special components employed between the band and case to ensure a very comfortable fit.

Built to offer all the unique, original shock resistance of a G-SHOCK, plus water resistance, the GSW-H1000 also includes a microphone, charging terminal and more. Even while using glass thick enough to ensure 200-meter water resistance, the screen still facilitates smooth touch-sensitive control. The case back, made of titanium, ensures excellent corrosion resistance and has a titanium carbide finish to provide enhanced abrasion resistance.

The Casio original app built into the watch provides support for 15 activities and 24 indoor workout options. In addition to an optical sensor to measure heart rate, the watch has a compass, altitude/air pressure sensor, accelerometer and gyrometer. This hardware capability, employed along with the GPS location information the watch acquires from satellites, enables the watch to capture data such as route traveled, distance and speed — all very useful for people engaged in a broad range of sports.

With Wear OS by Google, the GSW-H1000 comes loaded with a variety of Google apps and services designed for the watch. Users can get help on the go from Google Assistant and track important activity metrics with Google Fit. They can also choose from thousands of apps available on Google Play and access important information at a glance, like messages and phone calls, notifications, agenda, weather forecast, and more.

Source: Casio

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When I wore a watch, I wore a G-Shock. It suited my needs very well. Now I just use my iPhone. If I went back to a watch, and given the price of the new G-Shock, I think I would go with the Apple Watch.

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Yeah... Nah.

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