One of the primary reasons smartwatches haven’t been selling very well is the lack of solid options. Over the past couple of months we’ve seen a few new Android Wear devices debut, and now those options have finally made their way into the Google Store.

First, the Nixon Mission. After releasing through Nixon’s website and Amazon earlier this month, the watch is now listed on the Google Store as “coming soon.” The Mission sets itself apart by offering a durable, shockproof design with enhanced water resistance. With a 10ATM rating, the Mission can handle depths up to 100 meters. As of right now, it seems like the Mission will only be available in Black on the Google Store, while pricing has yet to be revealed. If priced according to other retailers, the price should fall around $399.

Built to withstand the elements, The Mission boasts a category-first 10-ATM water-resistance rating.¹ The shockproof stainless steel case, durable Corning® Gorilla® Glass crystal, and 316L grade stainless steel bezel mean it’s tough enough to keep up with your adventures.

Also available is the Michael Kors Access Dylan smartwatch. Originally released in retail stores only, this smartwatch brings the look of a more traditional watch with a 1.4-inch AMOLED display and Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor with 512MB and 4GB allotments for RAM and storage respectively. Priced at $350, the Dylan is another great option for anyone looking for a stylish smartwatch. It’s unclear right now if the various other Access designs will also debut on the Google Store.

Designed with a classic bezel and stainless steel construction, this timepiece fuses sleek sophistication with the power of Android Wear. With customizable watch faces and interchangeable straps, there are countless ways to switch up your style.

The last smartwatch option is the Polar M600. Announced nearly 3 months ago, the M600 is finally on sale as a fitness-first Android Wear smartwatch. The design resembles a Fitbit more than it does a smartwatch and doesn’t feature removable bands or a Snapdragon processor ─ a MediaTek option in its place. At $329 this isn’t the Android Wear option everyone will flock to, but it should make a good option for those who are fitness-first, notifications second.

Enjoy 24/7 fitness tracking with full smartwatch functionality. Get smart notifications, send messages, and access apps from your wrist. Polar M600 Sports Watch keeps tabs on your sleep, steps, and calories between workouts.

Last but not least, Google has also added the Phillips Hue Color Starter Kit to the Google Store. Being one of the first smart home options available to connect to Google Home, this shouldn’t come as any surprise. As you would expect these bulbs connect through a hub to Google Home to enable quick and easy control of home lighting, colors and all, just via your voice. The starter kit is priced at $199 and comes with a Hue Bridge and three Hue White and Color bulbs.

Transform your home with color and shades of white light that you control wirelessly through your mobile device or Google Home. Relax with a warm white or stay alert with an energizing red. When you use Hue with Google Home, a voice-activated speaker, all you have to do is ask and Google Home turns your Hue lights on or off.


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