SOURCE: Awear

December 18, 2014 09:00 ET

Awear Launches "Coffee Messenger" the First Touch-Based Smart Messaging App for Google's Android Wear -- Send Hundreds of Different Types of SMS Messages Without Talking to Your Smartwatch

Free Messaging App for Motorola, Samsung, Asus, Sony and LG Smartwatches Lets You Text "Honey, I'm Running Late... Do You Need Me to Pick Up Food on the Way Home?" With a Few Touches

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Dec 18, 2014) - Awear, the wearables technology startup from Peter Relan's YouWeb incubator program 9+, today unveiled Coffee. Coffee is the first messaging app designed for Android Wear that lets you text from your smartwatch without having to pull out your phone or dictate into your smartwatch. Coffee for Android Wear enables instant SMS communication from your smartwatch so you can spend less time reaching for your phone and more time focusing on what matters.

"With Coffee, you can stay in touch and be responsive without constantly pulling out your phone or awkwardly talking to your watch," said Jakob Wilkenson, founder of Awear. "Now all you have to do is glance at your wrist and with just a few quick swipes of your finger you're sending messages. It's faster, easier and much more discreet than dealing with your phone in almost any situation, including meetings, subways, lunches and, of course, coffee dates."

Coffee for Android Wear is free and available today at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.awear.coffee

The app works on the popular smartwatches Samsung Gear Live, LG G Watch, LG G Watch R, Sony SmartWatch 3, Asus ZenWatch and Moto 360.

KEY FEATURES

  • Navigate 100s of messages with a few swipes in our unique UI like "What do you want for dinner?" or "I'm running late" and "I'm looking forward to seeing you"

  • Customize your own messages that can be sent with two touches

  • Fast and easy -- just flick your wrist to launch Coffee and send an SMS

  • Customize the vibrations patterns to your favorite contacts so you know who's trying to reach you without even looking

With Coffee, you can send and reply to SMS with a few taps when you don't want to dictate to your watch. Unlike other smartwatch apps that are simply re-engineered smartphone apps, Coffee's unique UI and intelligent message taxonomy are designed from the ground up specifically for Android Wear providing the best possible experience tailored for the device.

"Jakob has vast experience building mobile and consumer products for hundreds of millions of users, and I'm thrilled to see Coffee come to life and bring instant, discreet messaging to Android smartwatches," said Peter Relan, Founder & Chief Mentor of San Francisco-based incubator 9+. "As it adds learning algorithms to make the message taxonomy even more intelligent and personalized, Coffee for Android Wear will revolutionize the way we bring together our smartwatch and phone communications. Coffee is truly the first must-have app for Android Wear."

About the 9+ Program
9+ is a startup incubator program in the heart of Silicon Valley, under the YouWeb Incubator umbrella which also has a gaming incubator program that spawned OpenFeint (acquired by Gree), CrowdStar, Spaceport (acquired by Facebook). 9+ is dedicated to helping talented entrepreneurs with product chops build great companies in IoT, mobile consumer services, wearable tech, on-demand marketplaces and big data. The 9+ program is built and run by entrepreneurs with a combined track record of over 30 exits and $10 billion in acquisitions. 9+ gives you a minimum of nine months & systematic access up to $750K to build your product through the 9+ Syndicate on Angel List: more than any other program in the world.

About Awear
The average person spends over three hours on his or her phone every day. We want to help you save those precious minutes in the day by reducing the time you spend on your phone. Awear is a team of technologists in San Francisco focused on unlocking the potential of wearable technology. We believe in powering wearables with big data to deliver intelligent and predictive experiences. Learn more at http://awear.io.

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