Items tagged with Android Wear

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 bezels and a thin profile. The Gear S2 Classic steps things up a notch by taking on a more traditional... Read more...
It seems like eons ago, but in early June, ASUS first announced its second generation Android Wear smartwatch, the ZenWatch 2. The ZenWatch 2 doesn’t stray to far away from the original when it comes to styling, but it does offer quite a few more design options to appease a broader group of people. The ZenWatch 2 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor paired with 512MB of RAM and you’ll still find 4GB of storage onboard. Both smartwatches also feature Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1 support. ASUS has amped up things a bit with regards to case sizes this time around. ASUS is offering a 49mm casing that houses a 1.63-inch AMOLED display (320x320) or a smaller 45mm casing that is home to a 1.45-inch... Read more...
Motorola made quite a splash with its first generation Moto 360 smartwatch. It was one of the first Android Wear smartwatches to hit the market, and because of its round display, became the immediate flag bearer for the wearable platform. Early sales numbers confirmed its popularity with buyers. Now, however, as new competition has entered the fray — including entries from Apple with the Apple Watch and Samsung with the Gear S2 — Motorola is ready to deliver a second generation smartwatch that solves most of the complaints of the previous generation model.And of course we just happend to be on location at their New York press event yesterday, to get some quality hands-on time with Moto's new... Read more...
And just like that, Google has changed the smartwatch marketplace, hopefully for the better. Last week, we brought you the interesting news that the Amazon product listing for the Huawei Watch mentioned support for Apple devices running iOS 8.2 or above. Now we had previously heard rumors about support for Android Wear devices coming to iPhones in the past, but they were just that: rumors. And the iOS 8.2 bullet point could have just as easily been an typing entry error, as it’s something that often happens when product listings are created for sites like Amazon. However, as we have learned this morning, this was no mistake. Apple’s iPhone will now support Android Wear smartwatches thanks to... Read more...
Remember when motherboards would only support CrossFire or SLI, but not both? It sucked for enthusiasts who didn't want to commit long-term to either camp, and there's a similar situation playing out in the fast growing wearables market. However, there's reason to believe that Google's Android Wear platform will soon support iPhone devices.If you head over to Amazon, you can pre-order the forthcoming Huawei Watch starting at $350 for a stainless steel version with a black suture leather strap. The Android Wear device sports a 1.4-inch full circle AMOLED display and scratch resistant sapphire glass, though what's most interesting about the forthcoming wearable is the OS support."Compatible with... Read more...
The Android Wear platform was pretty rad to begin with (kids these days still say "rad," right?), but now it's even better. To start with, Android Wear users now have access to three interactive watch faces. With just a simple tap, you can change your watch face's design, reveal more information, or launch a specific app, Google says.One of the three new watch faces is called Bits. Choosing it gives you various information at a glance, everything from weather to unread email and upcoming meetings. These are displayed in up to half a dozen circles around the edge, with the time shown in a seventh circle in the middle of them all.You can also choose Under Armour, which is geared towards fitness... Read more...
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 is about to become a last generation product, but it's also a solid offering that's not even... 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 Rowley, Lulu Frost, and Triwa, to eye-catching brands and artists like Bang & Olufsen, Muji, and... 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 was first discovered by serial leaker Evan Blass, who discovered a Tumblr page featuring the device... 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 matched Best Buy’s pricing on many Moto 360 variants and has even knocked off an additional $30 from... 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 will be rejected.”  That means that you won’t be seeing any third-party watch faces for the Apple... 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 G Watch R is receiving a price cut to distance itself from its newer, flashier sibling. The G Watch... 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 to compatible Android devices, like the Nexus 6 smartphone or Nexus 9 tablet to receive notifications,... 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 allow you to maintain a useable device without the short Bluetooth leash to your smartphone. The update... Read more...
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