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Casio finally brings Wear OS to its G-Shock line (Update: Hoo boy, it's pricey)

The watch has the toughness you'd expect from a G-Shock watch, but with Wear OS as the platform.

Published onApril 1, 2021

  • The first Casio Wear OS watch in the G-Shock line is the GSW-H1000.
  • The watch will carry the ruggedness expected of a G-Shock watch, including 200m water resistance.
  • Unfortunately, Casio didn’t disclose when you’d be able to get it.

Update, April 1, 2021 (02:00 PM ET): When we published this post, Casio hadn’t divulged pricing information for the new Wear OS G-Shock watch. We now know that the upcoming wearable will cost $699 here in the United States and £599 in the United Kingdom. Ouch.

We still do not have a solid release date, though.

Original article, April 1, 2021 (10:49 AM): When it comes to tough-as-nails watches, few brands live up to the reputation of Casio’s G-Shock line. Although Casio has brought plenty of smarts to these watches over the years, they haven’t ever quite become traditional smartwatches.

That changes now. Today, Casio announced that it will launch a G-Shock watch with Google’s Wear OS as the platform. This will marry the ruggedness of the G-Shock line — including 20-bar (200m) water-resistance — with the versatility of the Wear OS platform.

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The first Casio Wear OS G-Shock watch will officially be known as the GSW-H1000. There will be three models of the watch: the GSW-H1000-1 with blue accents (seen in the image above), the GSW-H1000-1A with gray accents, and the GSW-H1000-1A4 with red accents.

Unfortunately, Casio did not announce a release date or pricing for this new watch line.

Although Wear OS offers a robust app library and good integration with Android phones, it requires very high-end hardware to work well and is pretty bad with battery life. As of now, it’s unclear if and how the Casio Wear OS G-Shock watch will address those deficiencies.

You can find out more about the GSW-H1000 here.

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