Posts tagged with: Android Wear
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    Have you ever looked at your Android Wear smartwatch and thought to yourself "Gee, wouldn't it be great if I could watch a YouTube video on this tiny wrist-mounted screen?" Neither have I. But just in case you're the adventurous type and are wondering what it really is like to watch a YouTube video on a low-res, circular (or square), and underpowered device, you're in luck. A new third-party Android Wear YouTube app has been released today that'll allow you to do just that, if that's what you're into. The free app flies under the long-winded name Video for Android Wear & Youtube. ...

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    The time is summer 2015, and what that means is that we're easing slowly into a period of very high-profile mobile releases. The IFA 2015 trade show is incoming, we're gearing up to see what Apple has to announce separately, and a couple Android manufacturers are also expected to hold their own events, including Motorola. It was last summer when the Moto 360 was first announced, so it's about time that we look forward to a sequel to the device... which means Moto 360 price drops. At three different retailers – the Google Store, Amazon, and Motorola's own web store interface, specifically ...

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    Pebble has sort of been the father of all smartwatches. The origin. It was the first of its kind … but certainly not the last. Over the past year, give or take, we’ve watched the rapid growth of a new wearable platform, Google’s Android Wear, and with its rising popularity, the Pebble has begun to feel … dated. But now Pebble has released a new watch, the Pebble Time, and with it came a new interface — what the company is calling Timeline UI. It’s a nice refresh to the tired monochromatism of Pebble past, but Google also recently released an update to Android Wear, version ...

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    If you've been following along for the past few weeks, you know I've been a little busy – too busy to focus on the latest Android Wear developments, in fact. But that doesn't mean I've been oblivious to the goings-on in Google's wearable world: during my review period with Pebble Time I took all kinds of mental notes on how the new smartwatch compared to Android Wear. During that time, I watched our editor-in-chief's LG Watch Urbane review video ... and all I kept coming back to was this: You don't have to feel bad if this is making you laugh. The first time I saw it, I too took a ...

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    The launch of the first Galaxy Gear back in summer 2013 marked the beginning of what would prove to be a major wearables effort from Samsung, ultimately bringing us models like the Gear Fit and Gear S. And while the manufacturer's been on a bit of a smartwatch hiatus lately, we've got big hopes for what the future might bring, especially with the round-screened Gear A (aka Orbis) on the horizon. But when it comes to a prolific smartwatch maker like Samsung, how do we really quantify its interest in the market? Counting the number of models it's released? Looking at sales totals? Today ...

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    Updated to reflect revised Apple Watch sales estimates. (Thanks, SocialBrian!) I remember the moment I realized smartwatches had a chance at being the next big thing in mobile. It was the spring of 2012, I'd just spent a week with the original Pebble, and I suddenly found myself unable to live without it. It was 1999 all over again: I was a wristwatch-wearing man, and leaving the house without it prompted angry expletives and a day full of accidental glances at an empty wrist. Three years later, smartwatches have made the jump to the mainstream consciousness. No longer confined to the ...

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    We first saw Android Wear version 5.1.1 on the LG Watch Urbane, and since then it's rolled out to most other Android-powered smartwatches. The Moto 360 has been a bit slow to receive updates, and 5.1.1 was no exception, but it's in our hands now and we wanted to run you through some of the new features that the software update has brought. Android Wear 5.1.1 on the Moto 360 introduces wrist gestures to manage notification cards on the main screen hands-free. It also brings a long-requested app launcher to the mix, meaning you'll no longer have to dig through menus or use your voice to ...

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    Across mobile platforms, smartwatch makers are eager to embrace the possibilities offered by health-related apps and services. After all, fitness trackers are a huge component of the current wearables market, and smartwatches allow manufacturers to pair a fitness tracker's sensors with advanced software and communications capabilities. That all makes for a prime environment for gathering and analyzing all sorts of personal health data, bringing us the likes of Apple HealthKit and Google Fit. But Google has some even grander ambitions than just helping you lose that winter weight, and the ...

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    One of the best parts of owning a smartwatch is being able to really make the wearable your own. While a regular watch may not offer much in the way of customizability besides picking out a new band, smartwatches open new doors for expression, not the least of which being your choice of watchface. Hundreds of such options are available for Android Wear devices, and beyond Google occasionally taking the time to highlight some of its favorites, we've also shared some of our own top picks with you. This week, Google's back with some more selections, showcasing seventeen stand-out watchfaces. ...

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    LG clearly got the memo about how badly designed the original LG G Watch was a few months ago, up to the point of launching the G Watch R very shortly after. Obviously it's hard to compete with the elegance of devices like the Moto 360, and LG decided to give it a shot. Just when you thought that LG couldn't improve on all the elegance of the Watch Urbane, or the added functionality of the Watch Urbane LTE, it seems the company is just getting started. We've got what seems to be a new trademark filing for an LG Watch Urbane Luxe in the works. We say "seems" because we're having a hard time ...

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    The Motorola Moto 360 may be getting a little long in the tooth by this point, but some recent price cuts have served to help keep the Android Wear smartwatch on our short list of wearables worth wearing. The biggest problem, at least lately, has been software availability: while the new Android 5.1.1 Android Wear release had already started arriving for some of its competition, it was a no-show for the Moto 360. Back at the start of the month, Motorola confirmed the delay, blaming it on unsatisfactory performance and assuring users that it was working with Google to get things up to ...

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    With CES and MWC, there's a lot of pressure on manufacturers to have new hardware ready to show off in the early months of the year. And while that means we get to check out all this new hardware in a short span of time, sometimes the desire to introduce new products gets ahead of the commercial realities of the situation – and we're left hearing about interesting new tech that leaves us waiting for months and months with no opportunity to buy it. That's proving very much to be the case for Huawei's new wearable, with the Android Wear-powered Huawei Watch still waiting to make its ...

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    If you've been pounding the "Check for updates" button on your Moto 360, you're not alone (yours truly is guilty, too). But, for the time being, it might be a better idea to hold off on mashing that button – Motorola has gone on the record stating that the update isn't ready for primetime due to performance concerns. Read on to see what Motorola has to say about this Moto 360 update delay to Android 5.1.1. Queried on Twitter about the status of the update to the latest version of Android Wear – which other Wear-powered watches are beginning to see roll out – Motorola replied with ...

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    LG launched its first round-screened smartwatch in the days leading up to IFA year, the G Watch R. Although the number-laden bezel wasn't for everyone, it did give LG what it needed to accomplish what Motorola couldn't: creating a round smartwatch without that “flat tire” obstruction at the bottom of the display. Months later, LG would would spruce up the wearable's design with the debut of the Watch Urbane at MWC, giving users a shinier, arguably more premium-looking alternative. But now that's looking less like a new option and more like the only choice from here on out, as LG puts a ...

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    The Motorola-made Nexus 6 is many things: it's easily the best-equipped Nexus smartphone to date, it's the biggest Nexus handset by a long shot, and it's your only option for checking out cutting-edge services like Google's Project Fi. Yet for all the notes the Nexus 6 hits, it's been hard to ignore the way the phone has rejected the budget-friendly pricing of the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5, instead arriving with a price tag more befitting a flagship-level phone. If the Nexus 6's $650 starting price left you looking for more affordable options, we've got some good news for you this afternoon, as ...

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    A heavy-hitting player is about to enter the rapidly-changing wearable landscape with an Android Wear offering, and the lead-up to its launch is underway. The Tag Heuer Android Wear smartwatch has been confirmed already, and today the company has bestowed unto it an official name. In an interview given to Wareable, Tag Heuer chief executive Jean-Claude Biver said the following: There is no other choice for Tag Heuer than to have all its DNA, all its watchmaking emotion and flair into the connected watch. Somehow, one should not see from a certain distance the difference between a Carrera ...

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    The Huawei Watch saw the light of day at the 2015 Mobile World Congress, and the world was charmed by the good looks of the wearable. That, however, started to face away when we first heard rumors of the wearable's price; figures as high as $1,000 were rumored, and boy we're glad those reports were way off. Not that the prices we're seeing today are anything official, but at least they seem to be more realistic. A Reddit user discovered the Huawei Watch price listed for pre-order on MobileFun's website, and the price tags attached are $386.99 for the silver and black unit, and $451.49 ...

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    Google I/O 2015 is getting started in just a couple days, and while that's almost sure to bring us word of new software and services, could it mean some new hardware, too? After all, last year brought us the start of Android Wear sales, including the initial announcement of the Samsung Gear Live. It also marked the debut of the Android TV, which would usher in a new breed of devices. We're thinking about all that today as we catch word of a couple new sales, targeting both Android Wear and Android TV devices. Motorola's been offering Moto 360 sale after Moto 360 sale lately, and now its ...

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    Android Wear is picking up more OEMs, more styles, and more users every passing day. These svelte wearables take a fairly robust microcomputer and cram it into a wristwatch - an impressive feat when you think about it. Despite all the technological capabilities built-in to these devices, first and foremost they are timepieces. As such, watch faces need to be simple, elegant, and informative. Some are better than others. Here are a few of my digital favorites. Background I was happy with the very rectangular Pebble (Kickstarter Edition), until I saw Android Wear and spring for the LG G ...

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    At $349 dollars in the Google Store, it is the most expensive Android Wear device, dethroning its predecessor (or almost twin sibling), the LG G Watch R, which was also the most expensive product, at $299 (and so was the G Watch before that). Even at this price point, at the time of this review, the gold version of the Watch Urbane is out of stock. Is it worth paying the extra dollars for it, when you can go with a cheaper option from a competitor? That's what we're trying to find out in our LG Watch Urbane review below, and, given that it's among the select few running the latest version ...

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    A little confused about the new big Android Wear update? We don't blame you. While Google first announced the software a month back, the only way to get it was with a brand-new LG Watch Urbane. And then then this week Google seemed to repeat itself, re-announcing the update (but at least finally in a way that made it clear that updates were heading out soon to existing hardware). But while these new release notes spelled out which models would get the promised WiFi support, some seemingly compatible smartwatches weren't on the list. In an effort to shed some light on what's going on, LG's ...

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    Just about one month ago, Google shared word of the latest Android Wear platform update, one that promised a bevy of new features, not the least of which being giving compatible hardware the ability to take advantage of WiFi connections. It all sounded pretty great – the only problem being getting your hands on it. For while the new LG Watch Urbane ships with this latest Android 5.1.1 build (above), and there have been early signs of update availability for other LG Android Wear models, everybody else has been doing without. That sounds like it's finally about to change, as Google makes ...

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    ASUS launched the first ZenWatch back at IFA last year, and ever since 2015 got rolling, the company's been talking about its plans for a follow-up. We heard that we could expect the smartwatch to arrive sometime in Q3, and that it should offer greatly improved battery life. Responding to rumors of possible delays, CEO Jerry Shen has now not only confirmed that the Q3 release timeframe is still on track, but that the company intends to introduce the ZenWatch 2 at Computex in early June. We also get an update on the battery situation, and while the dream of running a whole week on a single ...

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    Last spring, Android Wear got started with the announcements of the LG G Watch and the Motorola Moto 360, but it wouldn’t be until a few months later when the first hardware actually arrived. And while the Moto 360 would remain in the shadows until even later in the year, the G Watch found itself joined by another model as they marked the platform's commercial debut: the Samsung Gear Live. In the months that followed, LG released additional Android Wear models, but the Gear Live remained Samsung's sole Android Wear experiment. Now that experiment may be drawing to a close, as the Gear ...

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    With the arrival of the Apple Watch and its integration with Apple's Health app, the intersection between wearables and fitness is once again back in the public eye. And while for the moment it's Apple that's capitalizing most on this publicity, other players in the smartwatch game aren't about to let this opportunity pass them by. Last fall, Google formally got the ball rolling on Google Fit, its own health and fitness hub with tight ties to wearables, and today Google shares word of some new features its own tool is receiving. Apps like Google Fit are all about data, and beyond ...

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