Posts tagged with: Android Wear
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    Acer is just one of many already confirmed IFA 2016 exhibitors, and although we know the Taiwanese company plans to unveil its “new and exciting holiday season lineup” in Berlin, Germany on August 31, it’s going to need something special to stand out from the pack. Preferably, not special weird, like last year’s Predator 8 and 6 gaming-centric tablet and phablet that never amounted to much in terms of post-release buzz and, presumably, sales and profits. But alas, Acer’s most distinctive new product on display next week might well be another addition to the Predator family. This ...

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    Is the Huawei Watch the greatest Android Wear device ever made? Many seem to think so, but it’s likely about to get even better at IFA 2016. Then again, if you don’t relish the prospect of a presumably expensive sequel, and were still on the fence regarding the original models due precisely to their above-average prices, B&H Photo Video has a Black Friday-level sale in full swing on a wide array of first-gen Huawei Watch configurations. The “entry-level” variant, with a 42mm stainless steel frame and black leather band, sets you back an unprecedented $150 for the next 17 hours ...

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    What if every Android Wear watch was more than just about pressing a button and swiping on a screen? Universities have been looking into creating new interaction methods with our mobile technology for years now and it seems like the University of St Andrews holds the lead in wristwear at this point with its WatchMI interface. Much unlike Force Touch technologies, pressure interactions focus on the nuance of the pressure given to indicate a choice of different options. Twisting the case can also be an interaction method as well as pressing the screen and moving around the watch case, much ...

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    Much like it needed several years to find its feet in an overcrowded, ultra-competitive mobile device industry, experimenting with convertible PadFones and an overly humble first Zenfone generation before hitting one out of the park in 2015, Asus may have failed to truly get the ZenWatch and ZenWatch 2 off the ground only to succeed this time around. At least, it looks like the Asus ZenWatch 3 solved the puzzle of the winning form factor, possibly still hurting in terms of bulk. Taking for granted a sketchy set of newly leaked live pics purporting to show the third-gen Android Wear ...

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    Surely, we’ve heard way too little (nothing, actually) about a prospective third-generation ZenWatch thus far for a new take on one of very few surviving rectangular Android Wear designs to debut at the pre-IFA Asus Zenvolution conference in Berlin, Germany on August 31. But surprise, surprise, a not-so-cryptic device has just been sighted swinging by the FCC for mandatory certification ahead of a no doubt imminent US commercial launch, and it’s got the Asus ZenWatch 3 name plastered on its rear housing in an unexpectedly revealing blueprint. This also previews a long overdue form ...

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    Watchmaker Fossil has been one of the more progressive and aggressive legacy companies (well, 1984 is "legacy" enough for us) to march into the wearable tech era. It acquired Misfit to get a jumpstart on fitness trackers and it even came out with the Android Wear-powered Q Founder. Well, the Q Founder is getting two partners this month — the Q Wander and Q Marshal. The big difference between the two? The Wander (right) has a curvier, well-finished case with "artfully sculpted" wire lugs while the Marshal's (left) case is more rugged. Straps are interchangeable and dial designs are ...

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    It was good while it lasted, but maybe it will be better as a different incarnation. The Together watchface that came along with Android Wear version 1.3 will be shut down when Android Wear 2.0 is pushed out. The news came in a notice in the Android Wear app updated to 1.5.0.308. Together let two Android Wear users send emoji, activity information, heart rate info, pictures and scribbles to each other, features that we'll see expanded with the next big point upgrade. There's no ETA on 2.0 just yet, though. Of course, it'd help if you and someone else had two Android Wear watches (that are ...

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    Update: Updated with specifications. One fitness company flying under the mobile circles' radars is Polar. And there's good reason: all the products it has been putting out compete more along the lines of Garmin and Fitbit. The big ace it has up its sleeve, though, is its optical heart rate sensors. The Finnish company figures that it can put that technology to good use with its first Android Wear device, the M600. The watch starts at the sensor, which is just six LEDs. Apparently just six LEDs have become pretty reliable aids in scanning heart rate. We'll have to see how it compares to ...

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    We don’t often bring you news of refreshed, repetitive deals on smartphones or smartwatches if the terms and conditions remain the same and the savings aren’t increased, but the Moto X Pure Edition + Moto 360 Sport bundle is still too compelling to ignore. Already offered twice directly by the two’s manufacturers back in July, with and then without required promo codes, the $400 package is now revived by third-party retailer B&H Photo Video, which doesn’t mention an expiration date. This time ergo, the bargain could stick around for more than a few days, as long as inventory ...

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    Third-generation Moto 360 rumors are surprisingly thin on the ground still, despite almost a year having passed since the original 2014-released circular smartwatch was refreshed and expanded in size and style options. It’s probably not too big of a stretch therefore to speculate Lenovo might take its time before unveiling a sequel for the Moto 360 2015, similar to how the Apple Watch 2 (or S) will likely see daylight 18 months or so after its predecessor. Premium wearables are still nowhere near as popular as smartphones, so in a way, it makes sense for them to get in on longer upgrade ...

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    The Huawei Watch isn’t just one of the prettiest, most powerful Android Wear devices around, but also one of the most discounted lately, several deals up for grabs at Google, Amazon and a host of other third-party retailers likely foreshadowing the IFA 2016 introduction of a sequel. After all, this perfectly circular, sharp, speaker-packing beaut was announced way back at the Mobile World Congress in early 2015, finally becoming commercially available last fall. It remains to be seen exactly how Huawei can improve an already spectacular smartwatch, but even if its standalone utility or ...

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    While yesterday felt like an early Black Friday of sorts, between Amazon and Microsoft’s 24-hour-limited deals and the introduction of sweet HTC and T-Mobile promos set to last a little longer, today is tech customer satisfaction-measuring day. After surprisingly hearing precocious digital wallet adopters are more content with Samsung Pay than market veteran Apple Pay, separate May-June surveys conducted by J.D. Power found Cupertino in the lead in the smartwatch landscape, and its Korea-based rival the recipient of the fitness band gold medal. The former was to be expected, given the ...

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    Even though Google hasn't found the amount of consumer adoption that rivals have seen with their smartwatch offerings, it doesn't mean that there isn't a tremendous future in Android Wear. This is not only the most diverse platform, but also the one that has evolved the quickest when compared to others. We've seen a few recent rumors that claim that Google is even willing to build its own smartwatches to compete, and today we learn about them. Today we find some very interesting renders of Google's possible Android Wear smartwatches, codenamed Angelfish and Swordfish. The renders are ...

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    Even if we're still waiting for some sort of Android Wear hardware revamp, that doesn't mean that most of the current devices in the market aren't hot enough to warrant serious consideration. Android Wear has only gotten better over the last few updates, proving that it isn't a bad idea to invest, regardless of how old the product is. The Moto 360 in its second generation continues to be one of our favorites, and an interesting option just emerged. A trusted eBay seller has just posted the Moto 360 in its second generation for a crazy $159.99 in both women and men variants. The women ...

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    If you're not ready for this year's Nexus smartphones from HTC, then thank goodness we'll all be prepared for some Android Wear watches from Google this year. Yep, like its Pixel C tablet and a rumored first-party smartphone, it may also be going for not one, but two smartwatches. David Ruddock of Android Police has yet again received information from sources detailing a more conservative and reserved smartwatch, the other packing in LTE, GPS and a heart rate monitor. "Swordfish" is the smaller of the two. Ruddock describes the appearance of the watch as similar to the Pebble Time Round, ...

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    If Best Buy can pull of an iPhone-Apple Watch bundle like it has, then maybe Motorola can work its magic with one of its periodic savings blast. In fact, this deal is essentially the same deal as this one, right there, from earlier this very month — but without the need for promo codes and all that jazz. The Moto 360 Sport can be yours for free with the purchase of a Moto X Pure Edition. Well, you'll need to bump up the storage to 64GB, but even then, we're talking about what the Moto X was originally priced at when it was released — $399.99. You have up through June 28 at noon Eastern ...

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    Something started to dawn on me watching Google I/O, but I wasn’t really able to put my finger on it until recently. It’s something that we’ve all come to accept and I’m not so sure we’re the better for it. The Moto 360 and the Huawei watch both run the same version of Android Wear. And by “version” I don’t necessarily mean the number. What I mean is that no one, and I mean ~no one~ is skinning Android Wear on their smartwatches. And I’m not sure I understand why. Well, ok, it’s not that I don’t understand why. That’s probably the wrong way to put it. Google has not ...

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    The walk to our mailbox takes a couple minutes. It's on the opposite side of our complex. It's one of those daytime bonding activities that I take with my seven month old daughter. We take a walk out in the sun, knock out a small easy chore, look for ladybugs. It's a small respite, a couple of minutes to get some fresh air during an otherwise busy day. She's a strong little climber. She likes to twist around to see the world. I should take it as a compliment that she trusts I won't drop her, but she can be a bit unpredictable in where she grabs. Today I was wearing my Huawei Watch, running ...

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    Despite no major breakthrough or innovation in the past couple of years, the wearables market is still very much alive and kicking. 101.9 million wearable units are expected to be shipped worldwide this year, marking a 29 percent growth over 2015. The information comes from IDC, who predicts a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 20.3 percent, meaning the total number of wearable units shipped worldwide could very well reach 213.6 million units in 2020. Watches and wristbands take up the majority of these numbers, but other wearables are also contributing to the category's market growth ...

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    One of the world’s costliest, glitziest Android Wear timepieces has been treated to so many discounts lately that we almost forgot both a revised Apple Watch and increasingly independent new wave of Google-endorsed wearables are likely right around the corner. Of course, that’s precisely why the first-generation Huawei Watch is starting to feel quite reasonably priced all of a sudden, at $250 and up instead of $350 across various US retailers. But only one can shave as much as $220 off the MSRP of a premium model, namely Amazon, which currently sells the Huawei Watch in a gold plated ...

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    Very much a work in progress when launched back in 2014, Android Wear gradually evolved and greatly matured since, thanks to a few rather large maintenance updates. In terms of game-changing new features, however, early wearable adopters were kept waiting longer than anticipated, with software version 2.0 unveiled last month and due to roll out to the masses come fall. Unfortunately, it appears said “masses” will not include many first-gen smartwatch owners, as the LG G Watch and Motorola Moto 360 have been confirmed to reach the end of the road when it comes to important UI makeovers. ...

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    They say new is always better (well, Barney Stinson does), but while the revised 2015 edition of the Moto 360 smartwatch definitely respects the principle, you have to wonder just how much its upgrades are worth. $50, $100? Perhaps. $150, $200? Not quite, and if you’re quick and determined enough to grab a discounted first-gen version from trusted eBay seller Guarantee Cellullar, that’s the kind of gap you’re looking at. For a limited time, light metal and stainless steel/light finish flavors of the 2014-released Motorola Moto 360 set you back a measly $100 each, which is 50 percent ...

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    If there’s one thing we’ve always liked and found refreshing about OnePlus co-founders Pete Lau and Carl Pei, that’s definitely their candor regarding the company’s plans, strategies and product lineup. Once again, CEO Pete Lau doesn’t shy away from talking past explorations of the fledgling wearable market, confirming a OnePlus OneWatch of sorts was very seriously considered before the Chinese startup concluded it needed to remain “focused.” Focused on smartphones in general, and budget-friendly high-enders in particular, which still have more room for growth than ...

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    With the Moto Z almost certainly around the corner, and the Moto 360 Sport recently pruned off the Google Store, it’s only natural to expect some irresistible bundle deals meant to clear out lingering inventory of the fitness-friendly smartwatch and the third-generation Moto X phone. Granted, it’d be nice if Motorola outright offered discounts on the two aging gadgets, even when purchased separately, but it looks like you’ll have to settle for a pretty sweet combo with a few strings attached at the moment. The 64GB Moto X Pure Edition, normally priced at $450, and the Moto 360 Sport ...

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    Update: Samsung released a follow-up statement which we picked up from Engadget: "We disagree with Fast Company's interpretation. Samsung has not made any announcement concerning Android Wear and we have not changed our commitment to any of our platforms." The company did not confirm anything about a new Android Wear device currently in the works. We should point out that Fast Company did not name the "executives" it got this information from. Our original story is below. Samsung was a launch partner with Google in bringing out one of a few Android Wear smartwatches back in 2014. But ...

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