It turns out that GEAK, the mobile hardware company under Shanda, took a different approach from that of Pebble or Sony Smartwatch. The smartness of GEAK Watch, a smartwatch it launched today, isn’t that it can connect to smartphones but that it runs a ‘smart’ operating system — Android 4.1.

So you can picture it do a lot of what an Android-powered smartphone can do, connecting to the Internet through WiFi, playing videos, GPS navigation, etc. But what it can do now is limited given apps for Android phones cannot be compatible with its customized system and its 1.55 inch screen.

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Tracey Xiang

Tracey Xiang is Beijing, China-based tech writer. Reach her at traceyxiang@gmail.com