Posts tagged with: Android Wear
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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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    The title says it all folks and honestly I find it to be a rather absurd question. That’s right, I called my own headline absurd! Of course the new Google Assistant announced at this year’s Google I/O can go head to head with the rest of the competition and in my opinion can best all of them. It would be easy to dismiss this as a simple upgrade to their ever popular Google Now that has been the lynchpin of the Android experience for some three years now but to do so would be dismissive to today’s announcement. Not only would it be downplaying their announcement but it would be ...

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    It’s time to reimagine what’s possible for wearables with the biggest update yet to Google’s slowly flourishing Android Wear platform. Fittingly dubbed 2.0 (no dessert name or other type of alias?), the new OS aims to help you do a lot more on your wrist when not synched to a smartphone. There are already a few Android smartwatches around that can connect to the web via 3G and even 4G LTE by themselves, but with Android Wear 2.0, you also get “standalone apps”, where your wearable apps have direct network support for “better and richer” independent experiences. Handwriting ...

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    Despite what you may hear and think of Motorola's warranty service, we think that the Moto 360 2nd Gen. smartwatches are more than decent choices for your Android Wear wants and needs. And while the Moto 360 Sport isn't necessarily our first choice for a fitness tracker, — possibly why it isn't on the Google Store anymore — you could definitely do far worse. If you're sold on buying a Moto 360, you might want to do so at Verizon for the next few weeks as the watches are the carrier's "Accessories of the Month". Every model's price tag has been slashed by $50, leaving prices at: Men's ...

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    Despite arriving to the Android Wear party a little late, and boldly going for Apple Watch’s jugular with similarly extravagant pricing, the Huawei Watch didn’t take long to develop a cult following of sorts. Still, many prospective buyers held off waiting for discounts and bundle deals, which have become rather frequent recently. Amazon, Best Buy and Newegg are currently selling a number of 42mm configurations at probably their lowest tags yet, with stainless steel frames and various finishes, colors and band types. Of course, the black suture leather strapped model remains the most ...

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    The tale of HTC’s as-yet unannounced rookie smartwatch is one as old as time, with updates served up by otherwise credible tipsters once every few months, but no materialization. A possible explanation for the constant holdup is the Taiwanese company’s fragile financial condition, though the Vive VR headset and redesigned HTC 10 flagship phone may soon give rise to an unlikely comeback. It’s perhaps why we’re inclined to trust the newly rumored ETA more than previous such speculation, with the HTC… Watch or One Watch or however it’ll end up being called now expected out in ...

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    If a 44mm smartwatch makes sense for your wrist, you may interested in either Huawei Watch for Women — one is encrusted with Swarovski zirconia and named "Jewel" while the plainer one is named "Elegant." We got to know them at CES and it was a full month ago that the Google Store started listing, but not selling the two. Google's still not selling them, but Best Buy, Newegg and B&H are to varying extents. With Best Buy, it only has an entry for the "Jewel" on its site, though it looks more like the Elegant — the picture and the price of $449.99 are the tells. Orders will get ...

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    For Android devices, it's almost a badge of honor getting listed for sale in the Google Store. It's not like Google sells just any hardware, so you've got to be something special to make it into this exclusive club. Beyond Google's own Nexus lineup, that includes some third-party Android TV boxes, but maybe the easiest way to get your hardware in the Google Store is to launch an Android Wear smartwatch. Today we've got big questions about the fate of one of those wearables, as Google appears to have shut down sales of the Moto 360 Sport. As you may recall, the story of the Moto 360 Sport's ...

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    It may seem like a dull period for smartwatches with nothing exceptionally big, new and inspiring having appeared this trade show season — though major releases targeting women were needed to bring them into the market. Maybe our editorial attention spans were just too short after having to inspect over a year-long parade of smartwatches. But this is a growth market and research firms have the metrics to confirm it. Strategy Analytics measured 4.2 million total shipments for this past winter quarter, 223 percent better than the 1.3 million in the period last year. 2.2 million — or 52 ...

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    Smartwatches do so many things differently from your standard “dumb” timekeepers that it's difficult to know where to start, but there's undeniably one big thread that runs through the whole experience: personalization. From the watch style you choose, to the apps you load on it, to the watchface you turn to dozens of times throughout the day, smartwatch users have plenty of opportunities to really make their wearables their own. That customization extends to straps, but as anyone who's struggled to swap one out for another can tell you, they're not always so easy to work with. ...

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    Smartwatch sales in general and Android Wear device demand in particular are still not as hot as analysts optimistically forecasted back in the day, with the vast majority of smartphone users simply not convinced of the wearables’ utility. On the bright side, if you’re at least willing to experiment, you can currently do so by paying less than ever before on the best hardware the fledgling market has to offer. Apple Watches are relatively affordable (by iStandards), Gear S2 deals should start to pile up soon with the S3 around the corner, and the Motorola Moto 360 Sport only costs two ...

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    The fitness-oriented derivation of the second-gen Moto 360 faced an unexpected uphill battle reaching its prospective buyers in both the US and Europe, probably because it’s arguably uglier than standard models for men and women, and it doesn’t offer many redeeming qualities. But that was back when the Moto 360 Sport fetched $300. Nowadays, it’s a measly two Benjamins a pop on Amazon and at Best Buy, in white and flame paint jobs. The black flavor that went on sale last week is still around $235 for Amazon Prime members only, while Motorola continues to charge 300 bucks across the ...

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    Two weeks back, BlackBerry finally gave us what we'd been asking for for so long (kinda), as the company got around to dialing back the price on its Android-running Priv handset. The unusual smartphone has always been a pretty interesting model, but its top-shelf pricing made it a difficult sell for all but the most ardent Blackberry enthusiasts. A price cut was exactly what the phone needed … but the scant $50 BlackBerry was willing to take off its sticker felt like too little, too late. Luckily, one retailer is stepping up to fulfill our dream of a Priv with a much more wallet-friendly ...

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    Heftily discounted even before it exited the Google Store, the spring 2015-released LG Watch Urbane was bound to drop further really soon, especially after its LTE-enabled sequel returned to both AT&T and Verizon. Now the time to pull the trigger has definitely come, no remorse or second thoughts. The stylish circular Android Wear device is simply too compelling a purchase at $150 to worry about its advanced age or presumably shoddy software support going forward. Besides, something tells us the wearable piece is still up for one major update before it kicks the bucket. It’s also as ...

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    Gone are the days you needed to wait for months on end to see premium new Android smartphones discounted by a pithy $50 or $100, as 2016 appears to be the year of launch-coinciding deals. The Samsung Galaxy S7 and its Gear VR freebie got the ball rolling, and LG had little choice but to offer the G5 bundled with gratis accessories off the bat too. And now Huawei takes a buyer-incentivizing page from the playbooks of its rivals, partnering with Vodafone to treat future UK-based P9 owners to a mind-blowing promotion. Not only does the Huawei P9 require no upfront payment from Vodafone ...

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    Busy with bitching and moaning about the sluggish pace at which even 2015 flagship Android phones were upgraded to version 6.0, we all missed the brilliant but silent software support work performed by Google and its device-manufacturing partners as far as smartwatches are concerned. Granted, there were way fewer of those to bring up to date, with a lot less hardware differences between them, but it’s still extremely nice to see the entire Android Wear family already bumped up to Marshmallow. At least what we like to call Marshmallow, as Google generally tags the latest OS iteration ...

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