Items tagged with Android Wear

One of the more elegant looking smartwatches on the market is the ZenWatch by ASUS. At this point, the first generation model isn't long for this world as ASUS preps a ZenWatch 2, but if you favor price and bang-for-buck over cutting edge features, now is the time to strike -- Newegg just knocked $50 off the price of the original ZenWatch, bringing the cost of ownership down to $150.That's $200 less than the least expensive Apple Watch, and while that's a bit of an apples to oranges comparison (or Apple to Android), it's something to think about if you're platform agnostic. Yes, the original ZenWatch... Read more...
One of the neat things about smartwatches is the ability to change the face on a whim. You can't do that with a regular watch, at least not without spending some hard earned cash. This is also a strength of Android Wear -- not only are there a bunch of different smartwatches supporting the platform, there's over 1,500 downloadable watch faces to download for virtually any mood, including 17 new ones that were just added. "Today, we’re showcasing 17 new watch faces from all over the globe—from the adorable characters of Angry Birds, Hello Kitty, and Moomin, to the elegant accessories of Cynthia... Read more...
Well, look what the cat dragged in. It appears that the folks over at Nokia were well on their way towards releasing a smartwatch that would have competed in a market that is starting to swell with Tizen-, Android Wear-, and watchOS-based offerings. However, Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s Devices and Services division in 2014 put an end to what was known internally as project Moonraker. Although most know Moonraker as the 1979 film starring Roger Moore as James Bond, Nokia’s Moonraker was actually a colorful smartwatch that looks similar in design to Sony’s Smartwatch 3. Existence of Moonraker... Read more...
While it’s not quite the smoking deal from early last month (a deal which in hindsight was a price mistake), Best Buy is currently trimming $100 from all models of the Motorola Moto 360. The attractive Moto 360 is by far the best-selling Android Wear smartwatch on the market and recently received an update that adds Wi-Fi capabilities, among other things. The $100 discount means that the stainless steel/leather band, stainless steel/stainless steel band, and gold/gold band Moto 360 smartwatches can be had for $149.99, $199.99, and $229.99, respectively. We should also note that Amazon has also... Read more...
We all know that when you buy into the iOS ecosystem, you’re restricted to installing what Apple has deemed “fit and appropriate” for its devices. Compared to more open operating systems like Android, iOS can sometimes feel like you’re being strangled with a straight-jacket. Unfortunately for Apple Watch users — and probably fortunately for the design tastes of Apple VP Jony Ive — you won’t be able to install your own third-party watch faces on the Apple Watch. Apple has updated its App Store Review Guidelines for the Apple Watch, and it states “Watch Apps whose primary function is telling time... Read more...
It seems as though LG has employed a bad good, better, best strategy with its Android Wear smartwatch family. The company first released the G Watch, which was a blandly-designed smartwatch that probably shouldn’t have left the LG labs. Next up came the G Watch R, which brought with it a fully circular display and a sport-oriented design. Finally, LG stepped up to the plate with the Watch Urbane, which also includes a circular display but ups the style factor immensely compared to its predecessors. The Watch Urbane went on sale earlier today via the U.S. Google Store for $349 and as a result, the... Read more...
While the Apple Watch is enjoying the spotlight, LG and others are quietly bringing Android-friendly smartwatches to the U.S. market. The latest competitor to the Apple Watch is the downright gorgeous LG Watch Urbane, which is available on the Google Store now.The LG Watch Urbane starts at $349, which is the same price as the Apple Watch Sport. But where the Sport has a “sport band” and an aluminum case, the Urbane sports a leather band and a steel body. Interestingly, the watch is designed to let you swap the included watch band with other standard watch bands.You can wirelessly link the Urbane... Read more...
If you’re at all interested in the wearables, things are really starting to get interesting as Apple has entered the fray with the Apple Watch and numerous vendors in the Android Wear camp release compelling designs to eager tech geeks. The wearables market is about to get even more competitive thank to a new software announcement by Google, which will bring perhaps the biggest single update to date for the Android Wear platform. The biggest update, at least to my eyes, is the addition of Wi-Fi support. Like previous feature updates which added GPS and offline music support, Wi-Fi support will... Read more...
It’s all starting to make sense now. Back in late January, ASUS chairman Jonney Shih remarked that future smartwatches from his company would have much longer battery life than what we’ve seen with its first offering: the Android Wear-powered ZenWatch. "As a companion device, its central processing unit and operating system should be more simplified than the current version, so that I can use it for up to seven days on one charge, rather than for just two days,” said Shih. Now we’re seeing the result of ASUS’ efforts to improve the battery for its smartwatches, and it’s the VivoWatch. Rather than... Read more...
Reviews for the Apple Watch came out earlier this week and they were far from glowing. While reviewers praised the design and the innovative features like the “Digital Crown,” many questioned the actual need for the device — and even smartwatches in general. Despite the “meh” reviews, Apple fanatics are pre-ordering the Apple Watch at a furious pace, with shipping times stretching out into the June timeframe and beyond for some models. So what about people that have completely bought into the idea of smartwatches, are prepared to make the dive, happen to own an iPhone, but don’t like the design... Read more...
Not long ago, the battle for consumer dollars occurred on a field littered with ultralight notebooks. A few years later, that transitioned to smartphones and tablets. Today, the next major tussle is occurring on one’s wrist, in the red-hot "wearables" market in general. Motorola’s Moto 360 made waves by being the first major smartwatch to actually look like a watch - a real timepiece, not just a gadget. Most of its primary rivals are more akin to something Dick Tracy would wear, but Moto zigged when everyone else zagged. Instead of selling a computer with a band, the 360 is a timepiece that just... Read more...
When the Android Wear platform was unveiled last year, the star of the show was undoubtedly the Motorola Moto 360. With its stainless steel body and round display, the smartwatch looked futuristic while retaining styling that was somewhat familiar to traditional timepieces. However, it’s been a year since the original Moto 360 was unveiled and there have been a number of round-faced Android Wear devices that have either hit the market or will in the coming months. LG has both the G Watch R and the Watch Urbane, while Huawei came completely out of left field with its “Watch.” Motorola, of course,... Read more...
There's no shame in misplacing your smartphone. We've all done it, and though it seems incredibly careless given the (ridiculous) retail value of these devices, life happens. One way to track it down is to use Google's Android Device Manager, which has helped find 30 million misplaced phones and tablets to date. And if you're into the smartwatch scene, you'll also be able to find your lost device courtesy of Android Wear. Google is adding Android Device Manager support to its Android Wear platform. So whether you stayed up late partying and can't remember where you put your smartphone, or if little... Read more...
It looks as though Apple is about to get some major competition in the luxury smartwatch space. Yesterday, Apple CEO Tim Cook lambasted existing players in the smartwatch field, stating, “We were arguably the first modern smartphone, and we will be the first modern smartwatch—the first one that matters.” Today, three companies are working together to ensure that Apple doesn’t get a stranglehold on the smartwatch market with its Apple Watch. Google, which already provides the Android Wear platform for wearables, is teaming up with chipmaker Intel and luxury watchmaker TAG Heuer. The three companies... Read more...
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