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Android Headliner: Why Can’t We Sync Android Wear Between Multiple Devices?

September 20, 2014 - Written By Alexander Maxham

So we’ve had Android Wear smartwatches in our hands for a few months now. Essentially ever since Google I/O in June. We’ve had the Gear Live and the G Watch for a few months, with the Moto 360 just coming out this month, and a few others announced as well. And now that we’ve gotten into the busy season and are getting tons of review units in to review on the site, I have a gripe about Android Wear that probably won’t affect everyone, but it’s still important.

Most of you that flash custom ROMs, or have done any kind of factory reset since you’ve gotten an Android Wear smartwatch probably know all about this. But whenever you switch devices or do a factory reset or flash a custom ROM, you then have to factory reset your watch. As you cannot simply pair it with another device. Now I understand that most of you out there don’t have multiple phones, but some of you do. And it’s a pain to have to reset my watch every couple of weeks. If Google could just simply add in a option to sync with another phone, it’d make a lot of people happy. Especially those of us that are reviewers here.

Yes, I know. Android Wear is still in it’s early days. There are a few other things that annoy me about Android Wear as well, but I’ll save that for a later date. Just allow me to sync the Moto 360 with the Moto X, then with the LG G3 without having to factory reset it, and i’ll be more than happy. And I’m sure I’m not alone here. You’d think that’d be one of the first things Google would add in an OTA. We’ve only had about 4-5 OTA’s since Google I/O anyways. Hopefully this will come in the post-Android L update for Android Wear. As we do know there’s a lot of features coming in that update, including better support for custom watch faces. Which I personally can’t wait for.

Android Wear still has some bumps to get over, and I guess that’s what we get for being early adopters here. But it is coming along, and not to sound like a fanboy or anything here, but I think Android Wear has some of the best smartwatches so far. For one, it syncs with a whole lot more devices than the Apple Watch and Samsung’s Tizen-powered watches. There’s also Pebble, but that’s mostly just notifications on a black and white display. As well as Sony’s own ecosystem for their smartwatches, which is great and all but there’s plenty more development on Android Wear now. What parts of Android Wear really annoy you right now? Be sure to let us know in the comments below.