Items tagged with Android Wear

One of the neat things about Android Wear is that manufacturers have stepped to the plate with different physical designs to suit a variety of style preferences. Android Wear smartwatch owners also have access to a host of watch faces. However, if there's a downside, it's that swapping out wristbands hasn't been as quick and easy as it could be. Google realized this, so it took the bull by the horns and created a new line of watch bands called MODE. Developed in partners with b&nd by Hadley Roma, the new MODE bands feature a simple mechanism with a slide button to snap and swap watch bands... Read more...
If you're an Outlook user on Android and also happen to own an Android Wear device, you're in luck -- Microsoft has just released a new update that adds support for smartwatches. At the moment, the update can be snagged from the Google Play store in some areas, but in the event your device isn't pulling down the latest version, you can manually snag the update here. Note that the up-to-date version is 2.1.0 (Google Play currently shows 2.0.57 for us.) According to the folks over at Android Central, Microsoft sums up the update, writing, "This week, we're bringing the best of Outlook to Android... Read more...
If three's company, we'd say Motorola has gone and made a full-on family out of its Moto 360 smartwatch. Hot on the heels of its second-generation Moto 360 comes the Moto 360 Sport, an Android Wear timepiece designed to compete not with TAG or Sony or Samsung, but with FitBit, Polar, Garmin, and TomTom. The ruggedized or sports smartwatch field is an interesting one. The target market isn't your typical smartwatch buyer. Instead, it's the fitness tracker buyer that a company hopes to upsell to.   At $300, the Moto 360 Sport isn't exactly cheap. It's a full $50 cheaper than the Apple Watch... Read more...
Android Wear today is quite a different beast from when it landed nearly two years ago — thankfully, it’s been changed for the better thanks to steady improvements and feature additions that Google has bestowed onto the operating system made for smartwatches. Today, Google is rolling out another big Android Wear update, which is running Android 6.0 Marshmallow at its core. The update brings the ability to send messages with your smartwatch using just your voice. A number of messaging services are supported including WhatsApp, WeChat, Viber and of course Google Hangouts. To send a message, you could... Read more...
One advantage smartwatches have over their dumb brethren is that when you grow tired of looking at the same timepiece, you can download new backgrounds to freshen things up. So it goes with Android Wear, the custom version of Android built specifically for smartwatches, which just received nine more watch faces.Each of the new watch faces is from an "iconic fashion" designer or brand, including Ted Baker, Melissa Joy Manning, Vivienne Tam, Nicole Miller, Y-3, Mango, Zoe Jordan, Harajuku Kawaii, and ASICS. They all bring a unique flair to the Android Wear world, and best of all, they're free to... Read more...
It looks as though TAG Heuer has a hit on its hands with its Connected Watch. The company announced the Android Wear smartwatch in early November, and it’s priced well above other devices running Google’s wearable operating system, coming in at $1,500. However, that high price tag hasn’t been enough to keep customers away. The Swiss watchmaker announced that it has received over 100,000 orders for the Connected from its various retail partners and subsidiaries. As a result, the company is increasing production from 1,200 units per week to 2,000 units per week. Demand has been so strong that TAG... Read more...
Well, that was a bust! AT&T just launched the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE smartwatch on its network last week, and Google proudly announced a new update for Android Wear in preparation for the always-connected wearable. However, AT&T and LG have abruptly ceased sales and Verizon Wireless, which was scheduled to offer the device starting today, has canceled the device. So what the heck happened in less than a week for LG to completely withdraw the smartwatch from the market? Well, we’ll let LG explain in its own words: Late in the quality assurance process for the LG Watch Urbane 2nd... Read more...
This past spring, Google released a much-needed update to its Android Wear platform, one that added both gesture and Wi-Fi support. That latter feature meant that people would be able to send and receive messages on their watch or get quick info about who's calling as long as they were connected to a Wi-Fi network. Overall, it's a quite convenient feature. Admittedly, though, few Android smartwatch wearers are going to be content with that. What if you want to go for a run? Unless your city happens to have city-wide Wi-Fi access, you're going to be left out of the loop until you get to a network.... Read more...
$1,500 is a lot to spend on a smartwatch, but TAG Heuer reckons that the high price tag won’t matter given the pedigree attached to its newest wearable. Today, TAG Heuer officially announced its Connected Watch, which is its fist watch to run Google’s Android Wear operating system. The Connected takes more than a few cues from TAG Heuer’s own Carrera analog watch, but replaces the intricately designed and assembled mechanical internals with microchips. TAG Heuer worked closely with both Google and Intel while developing the Connected, as the company wanted to make the right first impression when... Read more...
One of the sharpest, classiest, most alluring Android Wear smartwatches yet has arrived, and it's manufactured by a company that many American consumers may not be familiar with. The Huawei Watch is just about as good as it gets for a smartwatch currently. The reason? It's a watch first, and a smartwatch second. For those clamoring for a timepiece that looks like a tried-and-true premium wristwatch, look no further. Huawei has made phones, tablets, and other gizmos for years, though it has had more success in Asia than in the U.S. Standing out in the U.S. marketplace is difficult. A company typically... Read more...
The growing list of manufacturers jumping on the Android Wear bandwagon today grew by one. Fossil has announced its new Q Founder which will take on the likes of Samsung, Motorola and Apple in the growing wearables category. Fossil isn’t providing many concrete details about the Q Founder, but we do know that it is powered by an Intel SoC, and that it incorporates a full touch screen. French site Frandroid was also able to snag two images of the smartwatch in question, and it’s quite a looker for those that are still hip to wearing a watch these days. The Q Founder apparently features a fully circular... Read more...
Is the world ready for a luxury smartwatch running Android Wear, a special version of Android designed specifically for wearables? We'll find out in another 27 days. Come November 9, 2015, Tag Heuer will launch a premium smartwatch driven by Android Wear, and it will have a premium price tag to match. Tag Heuer CEO Jean-Claude Biver told CNBC in an interview that his company's forthcoming smartwatch will cost $1,800, which is $400 more than the figure that was making the rounds in previous reports. That's a lot to ask for a wrist accessory, though it's still far cheaper than Apple's top end Watch... Read more...
Technology moves quickly, but when it comes to smartwatches, things seem to be moving more rapidly than usual. We published our Moto 360 review early last year and here we are merely half a year later testing the second generation of that device. In many ways, the original Moto 360 felt like the hero device for Android Wear. Google still hasn't created a watch of its own, nor has it partnered with a manufacturer to ship a "Nexus" branded Android Wear device. So, the Moto 360 continues to carry the torch. But much has changed since the 360 was ushered onto the scene. LG, Huawei, and Samsung... Read more...
The first “modern” smartwatch to capture the attention of techies around the world was no doubt the Motorola Moto 360. You can chalk up the excitement surrounding the Moto 360 to its mostly rounded display and dashing good looks. The Moto 360 then had to take a backseat to the hype surrounding the Apple Watch, but now there’s a newcomer that’s not only grabbing attention from Android users, but also those in the Apple camp. Samsung has managed to create the Gear S2 that not only includes a fully circular display (unlike the “flat tire” effect seen on the Moto 360), but includes relatively slim... Read more...
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