Google gets Com 1 Indiegogo campaign removed due to rights infringement
Two weeks ago, we talked about an Indiegogo campaign of Com 1, an Android Wear powered smartwatch from a Brooklyn-based start-up called COM. As of September 23, the campaign has been pulled because of unauthorized to use of Google’s intellectual property, Android Wear. Based on the pictures, you can definitely see Google Now notifications, and COM did not ask for permission to use them. The company also promised a 2-day battery life with the Com 1 smart watch which current Android-Wear-powered have yet to achieve. This is an interesting move.
I must say that this is quite unusual from Google. They have been pretty lenient with the use of Android images by other companies. Perhaps, the search giant is sending a message to anyone trying to use their new baby, Android Wear, without going through the proper channels.
On a positive note, COM apologized to its supporters and are going to start processing refunds. They mentioned that they reached out to Indiegogo and Google and are waiting for a response. In the meanwhile, they claim that they have a ‘major backup plan.’