Posts tagged with: Android Wear
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    Apple made a pretty big gamble by waiting nearly a year and a half to upgrade its love-or-hate first-generation wearable piece, but as Android Wear manufacturers largely failed to get the platform off the ground, it may have all paid off for the early global smartwatch leader. Not only was Cupertino able to design a vastly improved Apple Watch Series 2 with built-in GPS and water resistance up to 50 meters, but the original model never feared it would lose its crown. Not for a day. Even as it reportedly and understandably ran out of steam in the past few months, the iOS-compatible ...

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    By now you've read the news, there won't be any new smartwatches powered by Android Wear coming from most of Google's wearables partners this year. According to sources, LG, Motorola, and Huawei are "sitting it out" this year. LG says it's waiting to "see what sticks". Some news sources are painting this as "doom and gloom", underscoring that Apple has "won" the wearable war, and pointing out that even Google's most loyal partners have "abandoned" the platform. Don't give in to the fear-mongering and propaganda. We will see a couple Android Wear smartwatches this year, notably the the ...

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    While the Nixon Mission goes on sale this season as a water-treading debutante and the ASUS ZenWatch 3 evolves the company's commercial philosophy on smartwatches, the Android Wear platform will not be further bolstered by three of its major players this year. CNET has confirmed that LG, Huawei and the Motorola subsidiary of Lenovo will not have new releases until at least 2017. For LG, that leaves the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE as its latest Android wearable, released last November only to be taken from store shelves and re-released this March. Huawei launched its Elegant and Jewel ...

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    It's a chunky smartwatch with understated looks that's built for action. And we're finally seeing the ship date and price tag on it. Let's re-introduce you to Nixon's first Android Wear smartwatch, the Mission. It's one of the first to come with Qualcomm's wearable-dedicated Snapdragon 2100 chipset along with 10 ATM (100m) water resistance. The 400 x 400 circular AMOLED screen can be used with wet fingers. There's GPS, a microphone, thermometer, altimeter, barometer, an e-compass, gyrometer, accelerometer and a humidex sensor on this beast. While you may shirk at the omission of a heart ...

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    While Apple and watchOS 3 may nab Pokemon GO on the go first, Android Wear should not be too far behind. In fact, there's code in the full Android version of the app that references the Pokemon GO Plus accessory, due out this week, and what hardware it'll work with. Pokemon GO Hub was able obtain and decompile version 0.37.0 of the app, finding code in the "pokemongoplus" project mentioning Android Wear with indications that the code is release ready. Support is available for Android Wear watches tethered to either Android smartphones or iPhones. Connections between the app and the watch ...

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    Yet another “global luxury lifestyle brand” jumps on the smart wearable bandwagon, and unlike Tag Heuer, New York City-based Michael Kors somehow manages to keep its rookie stab at a super-fashionable Android Wear timepiece relatively affordable. Very recently showcased at IFA 2016 in Berlin, where we got a bit of one-on-one time with the elegant, classically designed but technically advanced smartwatch, the Michael Kors Access is already up for grabs online, including stateside, starting at $350. The plan is to launch the beautiful, circular device in 18 countries, both on and ...

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    ‘Tis the season to not only excitedly await the commercial rollout of a new wave of more powerful, energy-efficient high-end smartwatches, but also hunt for previous-generation wearable bargains. Granted, the ZenWatch 3 arguably holds a major style advantage over both its rectangular predecessors, with a game-changing Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor under the hood as well, but at the end of the day, at least beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Perhaps you prefer your intelligent wrist-worn devices to look squarer, more futuristic, and less like everyday classic watches. Or maybe ...

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    Even as tech companies get savvy about style, not everyone will want to strap gadgets from Apple or Samsung to their arms. Fashion designer Michael Kors might have a solution for folks who want a more glamorous approach to wearable technology. It's an attempt to blend the smartwatch basics into a shell which consumers are already familiar with. The Bradshaw and Dylan watch styles are two of Michael Kors most popular options. Now they come with variants running Android Wear. Here's our first look at the Bradshaw and Dylan variants of the Michael Kors smartwatch! Michael Kors Smartwaches ...

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    Fossil has spent the last couple of decades innovating in the watch market, and has decided to do so over the last year with Android Wear. The company actually has a bolder approach than competiors, by serving as the manufacturer for other luxury watch brands that have also begun to adopt Android Wear. After the success of the Q Founder, Fossil has just launched the Q Marshal and Q Wanter, announced earlier this year, but not available to consumers until a few days ago. Watch our full hands-on video to learn more about them. Video sponsored by Xcom Global Coupon code: pocketnow Limited ...

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    Asus delivers a substantial shift from previous ZenWatches. New for this year is a circular display, a casing made out of stainless steel, and a pair of new programmable shortcut buttons. It's a clean look with a dramatic flare thanks to a little strip of rose gold. Asus is addressing battery life thanks to a new Qualcomm CPU, and a novel magnetic quick charge system. Included with the watch is an external battery which can top off the watch while still being worn. And while Android Wear remains fairly stock, Asus does have a collection of applets which might appeal to folks looking to ...

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    This is why you shouldn’t think too much of leaked pre-release product photos like the blurry ones that showed off the Asus ZenWatch 3 in final certification stages a few weeks back. The round-shaped new Android Wear timepiece looks way sleeker now that it’s officially unveiled, with a relatively skinny 9.95mm profile, “jewelry-grade” 316L stainless steel craftsmanship, and narrow rose gold bezel for an extra touch of sophistication. You can choose between three gorgeous case finishes here (gunmetal, silver and rose gold), as well as stitched Italian leather or high-quality rubber ...

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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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