Acer's upgraded Liquid Leap+ Smart Activeband offers waterproof play for all
With the original Liquid Leap Smart Activeband barely leaving shelves, Acer has decided their wearable plan needed a refresh. Today at Mobile World Conference, the company has revealed their plans for an updated version of their first wearable. It's being called the Liquid Leap+, and chief among the features Acer is hoping will excite users is support for the three largest mobile operating systems in what they call an "OS agnostic" approach to the market.
While the name sounds as though Acer has made a trivial update to the original, the Liquid Leap+ is noticeably different from its predecessor. The band design has been updated to better fit the curvature of the wrist, and Acer has made the band user replaceable. While there are only a handful of color options for users to swap between at launch, there's potential for quite a bit of personalization.
A platform-independent Bluetooth 4.0 LE experience means Acer controls everything, which is both good and bad. The 1" OLED touchscreen is built to offer things like fitness tracking and media playback, but that means you'll only get a handful of notification types delivered to your wrist. The big focus is on the classics - email, calendar, SMS, and music controls - while the fitness side of things tracks steps, distance, and calories. Because the core is IPX7 rated, you'll be able to wear it in just about any kind of water without damaging the device.
Acer plans to make the Liquid Leap+ available in Europe for €79 starting in March, with the Leap Manager app available in the Google Play Store, App Store, and Windows Store now.
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