Chinese mobile voice search company Mobvoi has rolled out a smartwatch enabled by its own Android ROM, Ticwear. The ‘Ticwatch’ is installed with the company’s customized Android Wear system, which launched at the end of last year.

The Ticwear Android ROM has gained popularity in China as an alternative to Google services that are largely blocked in China. Currently, the Ticwear ROM can be integrated into the Moto 360 and the LG G Watch R. The Ticwatch is the third offering, and is the first piece of wearable hardware that the company has produced itself. In addition to Ticwear, Mobvoi is also the startup behind WeChat-based Mandarin voice search service Chumenwenwen.

The new product is available in two models retailed at RMB999 (about US$160) and RMB1199 (about US$190) respectively, and pre-orders for the gadgets are being taken on its distribution partner JD.com from June 18.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.