The most important smartwatch usability factor in my opinion is whether the smartwatch has LTE. In 2017, only four Android Wear watches had LTE. The low relative adaption rate of Android Wear despite its usefulness is due to lack of LTE in all watches except one until 2017 and the long-delayed Wear 2.0.
Project Fi works with Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches having LTE, listed below. The overlapping Project Fi LTE bands with Android Wear include bands 2, 4, 5 and/or 41 depending on your watch. These LTE bands corresponds to T-Mobile, US Cellular and Sprint, the three carriers underlying the Project Fi aggregating MVNO.
|Model||CPU||LTE Bands||Project Fi|
|LG Watch 2nd Edition LTE LG-W200A||SD 400||2, 5||Yes|
|LG Watch 2nd Edition LTE LG-W200V||SD 400||13||No|
|LG Watch Sport LG-W280A||SD 2100 MSM8909W||2,4,5,13||Yes|
|Verizon Wear24||SD 2100||13||No|
|Huawei Watch 2||SD 2100||1,3,7,8,39,41||Maybe not|
|Apple Watch 3 LTE A1860/A1861||2,4,5,12,13,17,18,19,25,26,41||No (eSIM)|
As a point of comparison, the Fall 2017 Apple Watch 3 LTE has been put in the table. The Apple Watch is not currently compatible with Project Fi since it uses an eSIM and Project Fi currently requires a nano-SIM.
These smartwatches have speakers to allow phone calls, assuming your LTE SIM/plan is provisioned for voice. The LTE bands are important for knowing if the watch would work on a particular carrier. Sometimes a watch has LTE bands the carrier doesn’t and vice versa. As long as one or more LTE bands overlap, your watch might work–always double check before making a purchase! Carriers don’t use all their authorized LTE bands throughout their entire network–some LTE bands are used only in urban areas, particularly the higher frequency LTE bands such as Band 41 for the Huawei Watch 2.
Wifi-only Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches (spring 2017)
To use your Android Wear watch connectivity without your phone nearby, you’ll need to be in range of a Wifi network you can logon to. I have not evaluated what extra security measures if any Android Wear uses over open WiFi networks such as xfinitywifi.
- ASUS ZenWatch 2
- ASUS ZenWatch 3
- Casio Smart Outdoor Watch WSD-F10
- Casio PRO TREK Smart WSD-F20
- Fossil Q Founder
- Fossil Q Marshal
- Fossil Q Wander
- Huawei Watch 1
- LG G Watch R
- LG Watch Style
- LG Watch Urbane
- Michael Kors Access
- Moto 360 Sport
- Moto 360 2nd Gen
- Moto 360 for Women
- New Balance RunIQ
- Nixon Mission
- Polar M600
- TAG Heuer Connected