Posts tagged with: Android Wear
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    LG's upcoming G4, and its respective event, are all we are used to talking about recently when it comes to the South Korean phone manufacturer, but, the company also has a rather beautiful smartwatch up its sleeve, one we took a close look at while in Barcelona for the 2015 MWC. The LG Watch Urbane rollout begins this week, according to the official wording from the manufacturer. It will start in South Korea, followed by key markets in North America, Europe and Asia in the weeks to come. Those who have access to a Google Store (namely customers in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong ...

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    Earlier this week, we learned about an upcoming Android Wear update that would bring loads of features (just on time for the launch of Apple's competitor product, the Watch). Among the features list was Android Wear WiFi cloud sync, which made it so that WiFi-compatible Wear watches wouldn't have to be connected to a companion smartphone if both were independently connected to a data-supporting network. While we were expecting that to arrive as part of the major operating system update landing next month, it looks like an Android Wear app update today has already enabled the feature. ...

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    We last got our hands on the LG Watch Urbane way back in March at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, though the device has remained relatively off-the-radar since then (with the one notable exception being yesterday, when Google revealed that the wristwatch would be the first to make use of the latest update to Android Wear, throwing in better emoji support, WiFi, and more). Now the watch is back in Spain, this time for an official LG Watch Urbane teaser video drumming up anticipation for the device's actual launch. One thing we should note is that the video below shows us ...

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    With Apple Watch pre-orders upon us, and the smartwatch set to hit customer hands (well, wrists) soon, it's easy to get so wrapped-up in Apple's chapter of the wearable story that we gloss over what's happening with Android Wear. Sure, the other week's announcement about newly curated watchfaces and straps wasn't so hot, but that Moto 360 sale was solid. As it turns out, we just had to wait a little bit longer for the really substantial news, as today Google announces a big Android Wear update delivering some long-awaited features, including WiFi support. For watch hardware that supports ...

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    Is Motorola burning thought old Moto 360 stock in preparation for a new model? Late last week we drew your attention to a rare Moto 360 price cut, with a couple big retailers offering some sizable discounts on the Android Wear smartwatch. But for as attractive as that $180 price was, it turns out that an even better deal was just days away. Now Google itself is following in Amazon and Best Buy's wake as it cuts the Moto 360's sticker price even further, bringing the wearable down to a scant $165. Compared to the $250 base price the watch went for just a week ago, that's a tremendous deal, ...

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    There's little denying it: if you're shopping for a smartwatch today, you're looking at the Apple Watch. You may not end up buying Apple's new wearable (and certainly, even if you are interested, you're going to be waiting weeks and weeks –and weeks– until you get yours), but its arrival spells a whole new level of fierce competition for the rest of the smartwatch field. As such, it's not too surprising to see other companies taking steps to make sure their own offerings don't escape the attention of shoppers, and to that end we're seeing the Moto 360 hitting some of its lowest prices ...

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    Today's wearables market offer mobile technology junkies more options than ever before when it comes to smartwatches, but despite all the different devices out there, your options are still going to be limited by your choice of smartphone. If you want to use certain Gear models, that means needing to own a Samsung handset, or if you intend to pick up the new Apple Watch, you're going to need an iPhone. Android Wear's been open to the Android platform at large, but can it do even better than that? We've been hearing talk for a while about the idea of possibly bringing Wear support to iOS ...

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    With April 10 just a couple days away, when Apple Watch pre-orders will open as the smartwatch comes to Apple retail stores for demos, this is undeniably Apple's week when it comes to wearables. And while there may be no changing that fact, just because Apple has the spotlight is no reason for the other players to give up altogether, and Google is sure doing its darnedest to remind us that Android Wear is still a viable option – especially if you're not willing to jump platform lines just for the sake of a wearable. To that end, it's promoting some of Android Wear's customization ...

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    It all started in Palo Alto, California back in 2003 - a little company named Android, Inc. was founded by Andy Rubin, Rich Miner, Nick Sears, and Chris White. The purpose of the venture was to create "smarter mobile devices that are more aware of its owner's location and preferences", and was originally aimed at digital cameras. That market proved not to be large enough, so the focus shifted to smartphones that could compete against Microsoft's and Symbian's offerings. Google acquired Android, Inc. in 2005 and speculation began to swirl that the search engine and email giant was ...

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    There was a lot to love about the Moto 360 when it came out last year – many editors on our team currently still use the device on a day-to-day basis – but there's no denying that it was a first-gen device that was testing the waters for Android Wear. There were issues, and a lot of those issues are likely to be best fixed on a second-gen variant. (If you're interested in what the staff thinks Motorola needs to improve on with the 2015 model, we have just the collaborative editorial for you.) That's why we're excited to see that this new model seems to be well into the development ...

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    Smartwatches are a blossoming category, especially now that all three major platforms have their own. Apple introduced the Apple Watch, Microsoft introduced the Microsoft Band, and Android introduced a flood of new smartwatches seemingly weekly as Android tends to do. Couple that with the more platform agnostic offerings of Pebble and there’s actually a few decisions to be made here. If you’re on iOS, you can decide between pricey and super-pricey Apple Watch offerings or the aforementioned Pebble. On Android Wear there are no options ranging from $200 up into the thousands, and of ...

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    With last year's Moto 360, Motorola created the market for the round-screened smartwatch. In the months since we've seen the introduction of plenty competition, but the 360 remains the gold standard in the eyes of many consumers. As such, we've been hugely interested in learning what's next for Motorola wearables, especially this week as we mark the one-year anniversary of the 360's initial launch. While nothing's official yet, Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing may have just given us a little preview of the second-gen 360, sharing a couple pics on Chinese social media. While Yang calls this device ...

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    The smartwatch market represents an interesting meeting of worlds: tech collides with fashion. Many of the efforts we've seen to date have been led by prominent electronics companies, though recent models like the Apple Watch are making big investments on the fashion side, as well. We've also heard about established watchmakers looking to expand their product lines into this new high-tech territory, companies like Swatch. The next to join those ranks will be Tag Heuer, as the Swiss brand prepares to introduce a smartwatch tomorrow. Right now, we only know a few specifics about the watch. ...

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    Huawei introduced one of the more interesting smartwatches to debut out of the early 2015 trade show season, launching its circular-screened Huawei Watch at MWC earlier this month. We've still got big questions on just how it will hit retail, though recent leaks have suggested that pricing will be a lot more agreeable than once feared – however details still aren't confirmed. As an Android Wear model, the Huawei Watch has the benefit of offering users a familiar user interface and broad compatibility with popular phones, but does that all come at too steep a price? Huawei would certainly ...

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    Back when Google started hinting at what is now known as "Android Wear", Apple fans came out of the woodwork attacking every little thing. Back then we just had rectangular watches which caused an outcry from Apple Fans. "Watches are meant to be round", they said. "Apple would never stoop to making a 'square' watch", they said. "They" were wrong, and it's wonderful news for Google and Android Wear.Wearables powered by Android Wear are already in their second generation. If you want square, you can get square. If you want round, there's more than one choice. If you want a curved screen, ...

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    In case you've been on the edge about whether or not to purchase one of Google's recent devices, now may just be the perfect time to act. The company, to commemorate the launch of its brand-new Google Store, has started up a new offer to help sweeten the deal when buying select devices – this Google Store purchase deal will let you get $50 in credit that can be applied across the entire Google Play software store. To be eligible to the offer, you must purchase a Nexus 6, Nexus 9, or any Android Wear watch, and your order must be completed through the Store. The deal will be available ...

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    When it comes to smartwatch news, this should be Apple's week. The company just took the lid of its hugely anticipated release plan for the Apple Watch, which customers will be able to start going hands-on with in just another month. And certainly, we've run our fair share of Apple Watch headlines over the course of the past day. But for all that action over on Apple's side of the fence, other wearables haven't been sitting idly by, and we've been talking a fair amount about other devices, ranging from that odd Runcible dealy to rumors of a pretty substantial Android Wear update. Now we're ...

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    Delivering a smartwatch with its own internet connectivity is, to put it mildly, tricky. Besides worrying about excess battery consumption, you've got to convince users to sign up for one more line of cellular service – and if they're already dropping several hundred dollars on an accessory, an ongoing fee just to get it online could stand to be a tough sell. Bluetooth tethering to our phones may be the best compromise we have right now, but Android Wear models may be about to do one better, as we get word that the next major Android Wear system software release could enable dormant WiFi ...

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    If you haven't used a smartwatch yet you're really missing out! These wearables are in no way supposed to replace your smartphone or tablet. Rather, wearables - smartwatches in particular - are designed to work with your smartphone so you can keep it in your pocket (or on the table or nightstand) rather than pulling it out to check whatever that last "ding", "bloop", or "bleep" was. In that respect, smartwatches are fulfilling their purpose very, very well. Pebble In the beginning there was Pebble, and it was good. It didn't try to take over your mobile experience - it simply augmented it. ...

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    Right now, if you're looking to buy a smartwatch, you know to expect to pay a couple hundred dollars. And if you go for a nicer one with a premium strap (assuming you have a choice at all), we might even be talking $300, $350 – somewhere in that range. But in the very near future expectations for smartwatch pricing are about to be turned on their head as Apple reveals the full retail breakdown of its various Apple Watch offerings – prices of which will only just start at that $350 point, and likely growing into the thousands of dollars. How long will it be before other smartwatches ...

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    At MWC this year, if you're introducing a new smartwatch, it had better be one with a circular screen. LG liked that idea so much, it brought along two such models. Huawei wasn't about to be left out on this trend, either, and in addition to some new fitness tracker bands, launched a full-fledged smartwatch, the Huawei Watch. We stopped by the company’s MWC presence to take a look at this new Android Wear model for ourselves. On paper, the Huawei Watch might just be the Android Wear model to beat. It's got the highest-res display we've seen from the platform, beating out other ...

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    Late last week we caught a glimpse of Huawei's newest wearable in the Barcelona airport, ahead of its MWC launch. The round-screened smartwatch looked quite sharp and ran Android Wear, but that's all we could suss out at the time. Well, now it's finally time for the smartwatch to go official, and we're getting the full scoop on the Huawei Watch, complete with all those juicy technical specs. The most interesting thing about the Watch's 1.4-inch circular display may be its 400 x 400 resolution, making it quite a bit higher-res than competition like the 320 x 290 Moto 360 or the 320 x 320 LG ...

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    MWC is coming up on us fast, and in just another day or two, we'll already be checking out the latest announcements from some of our favorite mobile brands. While that will mean lots of high-end smartphones, it's been unclear the degree to which new wearables will be sharing in that spotlight. At least, we've already heard rumors that Samsung's round-screened Orbis may not join the Galaxy S6 at the company's Unpacked event. But even if Samsung's next watch sits this one out, we're starting to see confirmation of wearables that will indeed be resent, like this Huawei Watch spotted in an ...

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    Even if you're not carrying a Motorola smartphone yourself, it's hard to deny how much fun it can be to play around with the company's Moto Maker web tool, giving you the opportunity to custom-configure a handset of your own design. While the Moto X is the model basking in the Moto Maker's spotlight, it's far from the company's only hardware that's eminently configurable, and over on the smartwatch side you have your pick of plenty of Moto 360 design options, from case color, to size, to alternate straps. Right now, though, it's not quite as graceful a shopping experience as the Moto X ...

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    It' seems that LG got a very early memo on just how bad the original G Watch was designed. Not only was it the most basic Android Wear device launched, but also the less feature-packed product as well. We saw the company re-think things deeply with the G Watch R, one of our favorite Android Wear devices at the moment, but the LG Watch Urbane is a step even further. We've seen the LG Watch Urbane in photos, and we're definitely looking forward to having some fun with it at MWC 2015. Still, if you can't wait to get a quick glimpse of what the device is like, LG has just published the first ...

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