Google Exemplifies UX And Upgrades Android Wear With Mode Watches Bands

With Android Wear you can select many different style watches from different bands and use different interfaces. However, up until now switching your watch band could be  a whole story of its own. Google has just launched MODE watches band, a line of “snap-and-swap” watch bands to make it that much easier to change your style.  

User Experience Is About Accommodation

In order to properly accommodate different consumers with different size watches, Mode watch bands come in four different sizes, ranging from 16mm to 22mm. The Mode bands are made by Hadley Roma and come in silicone and genuine Italian leather, and 16 different colors. The leather bands will be $60, with the silicone at $50 and can be purchased at the Google Store, Best Buy, or Amazon. The most challenging part about switching over to MODE is swapping out your old watchband. Luckily, Google has included a band removal tool kit. Once you’ve removed your old band you can simply snap and swap your new Mode band in place.

Mode Watches Band Isn’t Just For Google

Manufacturers will have free reign to use the MODE mechanism design as long as they comply with Google’s guidelines. This means we expect to see many more Mode watches entering the market in the near future.  

Keeping With The Times

Google is likely paying careful attention to Apple, who launched their new watch bands in March, touting that about a third of Apple Watch wearers swap their bands daily. With many new colors, sizes and the countless possibilities of new MODE watches to hit the market, Google has exemplified how companies can optimize User Experience.    
Megan Wilson is user experience specialist & editor of UX Motel. She is also the Quality Assurance and UX Specialist at WalkMe Megan.w(at)