Posts tagged with: Android Wear
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    Android 5.0: it's not just for smartphones anymore. (Well okay; it was for smartphones and tablets before, but that kinda ruins the joke.) With the latest software update out of Google, the company's wearable computing platform gets a big boost. Around here, we call it the Android Wear Lollipop edition – and it's already made our Moto 360 and G Watch R smartwatches much more capable. Join us for a guided tour of Android Wear Lollipop! In five minutes, we take you for a spin around new notification settings, specialized modes for movie theaters and beach days, a new gallery built just ...

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    Android users who are shopping for a smartwatch are faced with a tough decision: Android Wear or not. OK, there's a lot more to it than just that, but the arrival this year of a cross-device smartwatch framework in Android Wear made some of the more limited alternatives start looking a bit less attractive. Sure, Samsung's got some interesting hardware, like watches with built-in cameras, but you can only use those with Samsung phones. And Pebble's been a favorite if you want a cross-device, cross-platform option, but will developer interest in Wear ultimately draw focus away from the ...

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    Last Wednesday, Google announced that a big update was on its way out to Android Wear users, with an Android 5.0 Lollipop release coming to give Wear new accessibility features and lay the groundwork for a new generation of watchfaces. Google expected the update to hit smartwatches everywhere within a week, and Motorola reached out to 360 owners to confirm an even speedier timetable, intending to update its hardware by yesterday. If you're still looking at a 360 with no update today, you're not alone, and Motorola has now responded to the delays with a revised ETA. Instead of that missed ...

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    Slowly but surely, Android Wear adoption by major companies has been on the rise. The latest heavyweight to join the list is Netflix, having just announced Netflix Android Wear integration through the use of its blog, which can be nothing but good for the relatively-new platform. Let's take a look at what's new in the app, shall we? Two main features have been added: the Android Wear support, and some social integration. The latter has been present on other platforms for a while now, and Netflix has finally just ported it over to Android. The changes are best described in Netflix's own ...

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    We know from experience now that when Google decides to go big, it goes big. The same holds true for its app update days. Early this morning, we were hearing word of a major update to Hangouts, and then hours later we learned about a major Android Wear revision for Lollipop. We're happy to report that those two things aren't all, and that the Google app updates continue with these Wallet and Inbox updates we're now filling you in on. The Google Wallet update is meant as an easier way to manage gift and loyalty cards in one central location. It comes in at version 8.0, and a download link ...

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    It's time for Android Wear to join the first wave of Android phones on the journey to the latest and greatest system software; yesterday we heard a rumor that an Android 5.0-based update for Wear would start hitting smartwatches today, and Google's just gone ahead and made that news official, announcing the distribution of updates beginning today and continuing over the week to come. You won't need Android 5.0 Lollipop on your smartphone to take advantage of this new Wear software; anything 4.3 or better, and you're golden. And whether you've got an old Samsung Gear Live or the latest Sony ...

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    A few weeks back, a leak surfaced that attempted to reveal the next evolution of Android Wear, previewing some of the changes coming to the OS in the forthcoming Android 5.0 release for smartwatches. Those included some handy accessibility features, as well as the much-needed ability to recall previously-dismissed notifications. It all sounded great, but we didn't have much of an idea for just when we could expect Google to release it. There's still no official word, but a new rumor claims that distribution could begin as soon as tomorrow. So says the team at Phandroid, having heard from a ...

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    “But it's going to kill the battery. But I don't want to pay for a second cellular plan. But I always carry my smartphone on me, anyway!” Listen, not everyone's going to dig the idea of a smartwatch that pulls down its own cellular connection. And yes, there are a bunch of new issues that such products introduce. But as our experiences with the Samsung Gear S taught us, there can be a lot to love about models like this for the right users. We've already talked about the idea of LG joining Samsung with a cell-enabled smartwatch of its own, having spotted such a model at the FCC a couple ...

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    It's that time of year again: bargain-hunters bundle up for a long night out in the cold, armed with a vacuum flask full of coffee and a checklist of the stores they'll be hitting. Retail employees let out a resigned sigh as they prepare to begin a single shift that starts somewhere around Wednesday afternoon and lasts through Saturday morning. And if you're anything like us, you're staying warm at home, probably watching way too much Netflix, and hoping to snag a few good deals online. That's right – it's Black Friday time. What used to be a single day of retail hedonism has mutated ...

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    Well this was inevitable: owners of smartwatches are eager to configure their wearables to reflect the latest styles, and watchface galleries have been quick to spring up and offer users a broad selection of options. But where do all these designs come from? Plenty are full-on originals, but you won't have to look hard to find faces mimicking designs from TV, movies, and video games, as well as those copying the style of popular “dumb” watches. And while Rare might be cool with people rocking a Goldeneye 007 watch layout, luxury brands like Omega aren't being so accommodating, and have ...

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    Motorola's Moto 360 still feels like a relatively new smartwatch: it only went up for sale a couple months ago, and new variants continue to arrive. But it's easy to forget that this guy's been official since all the way back in March, over eight months ago. In that light, is it too soon to start thinking about what Motorola might be planning for a second generation Moto 360, maybe one that could launch sometime in the spring of next year? That's the talk emerging out of Russia this week, as comments from a Lenovo exec make it look like a new Moto 360 could be right around the corner. ...

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    If you thought Amazon wasn't trying to make you a compulsive buyer, think again. The company is now famous for launching everything from tablets to smartphone flops, all with the idea of giving you more doors that lead to an Amazon store purchase. That said, wearables are the new thing lately, and even though we haven't heard of the company building a wearable, we do know that they now want to use them for a benefit. Amazon has just updated its base application for Android, and in addition to this app supporting Android 5.0 Lollipop, it also brings an interesting kick for Android Wear ...

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    If you’re shopping for a new smartwatch in the Google Play Store, you’re faced with a sea of choices from chic to super-minimal … but only one stands out as a watch that would survive an extended dose of real-world use and abuse. If that's the kind of thing that winds your crown, then the LG G Watch R is very possibly your next Android Wear smartwatch. The G Watch R brings more to the table than its hulking stainless-steel body, of course. Its P-OLED display is just as sharp and vibrant as the Super AMOLED on Samsung's Gear Live, and it's a perfect circle to boot. Its software load ...

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    Pebble is one of the founding fathers of the smartwatch world. Virtually any conversation about the industry has to include Pebble in one way or another. Pebble was first to the scene and best to the scene, and both by a wide margin over its nearest competitor. But today, Pebble’s OS and hardware are starting to look very…dated. It’s not Pebble’s fault. It’s just that the features upon which Pebble can hang its hat are becoming more and more scarce. In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. Indeed that’s where Pebble found itself just a couple of years ago. Android ...

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    Updated with high-quality download and streaming links, as well as timecodes. We'll see you next week! Android gets sweeter, YouTube gets more musical, and Lumia gets more Microsoft. Those are the headlines this week in tech news and views (backed up by a lot of crazy happenings from Samsung, LG, Sharp and more) and by sheer force of will, we're going to try covering them in 90 minutes or less on the fanciest podcast this side of Tuxedo Alley. Joining us this week to help with that monumental task is Joshua Vergara of Android Authority, a veteran of our live recording session from IFA ...

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    Now we have wearables from all three major platforms – iOS, Android, and Windows. Or at least we’ve seen announcements for all three. Apple is a little on the slow side coming to market but for the purposes of this article we’re going to assume what we saw in the demos is actually what people will be wearing. What we’re looking at here is not the aesthetics of each brand – so Microsoft Band haters can just move all those thoughts to the recycle bin for now. Rather, what we’ll be examining is the philosophy behind the wearable, because we have three distinct platforms here all ...

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    Android 5.0 Lollipop is bringing a lot of important changes to smartphones and tablets, but this year has seen wearables also emerge as an important part of the Android ecosystem. What does the new software hold for Google's smartwatch lineup? Yesterday we got a preview of some Material Design changes coming to the Android Wear app for phones, and today this early look continues, with a leak continuing to reveal new features, including some on the watch side of things. Some of those changes to the Android Wear software on smartwatches appear to include the arrival of new accessibility ...

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    Tired of all the Lollipop news yet? No? Good, because we sure aren't. Amidst the news of Lollipop updates finally beginning to roll out to consumers' phones, we're also being swamped by a whole host of Material Design-influenced app updates from developers everywhere. Today we're looking at an allegedly-upcoming Android Wear app update with Material Design, as well as a Google Play Services update that is necessary for it to work. Android Wear version 1.0.5.1549850 removes a lot of the Holo-esque design cues, removing the solid black background on the app's home page and instead opting for ...

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    Sony surprised us all at IFA 2014 this year when it announced its SmartWatch 3. Well, we had heard that the product was gearing up to make its debut, sure enough, but rumors suggested that Sony would pull a Samsung with the SW3 and that its smartwatch would continue to run a proprietary platform, rather than the cross-device Android Wear. That ultimately turned out not to be the case, with the SW3 confirmed as a full-on Wear product. Since then we haven't had much cause to talk about the SmartWatch 3, which has quietly gone up for sale at Verizon in the interim. But now Sony's wearable has ...

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    We may not have counted on it going in, but this week is proving to be a pretty substantial one for smartwatches, and Android Wear in particular. Just yesterday we saw the LG G Watch R go up for sale in Google's Play Store, as well as Motorola introduce some new hardware options for its own Moto 360. Today we finish the week out with news of another Android Wear model going up for sale, as we learn about ASUS's plans to start making its ZenWatch available in the US. Last we checked in on the ZenWatch, we weren't quite sure what to think about its retail debut. We still hadn't seen ...

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    LG G Watch R vs Moto 360. As far as Android Wear videos go, it's our most-requested comparison of 2014 – and a week after unboxing the G Watch R, we've finally gotten around to it as promised. They’re two of the only round-faced smartwatches you can find today, and there’s only a $50 difference between them. But despite their surface similarities and near-identical software, these Android wearables are targeted at two totally different types of customer. The G Watch R is a P-OLED packing powerhouse of a smartwatch, with a Snapdragon 400 under the hood protected by a rugged ...

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    Did you get your Nexus 6 pre-order in during that all-too-short window in which they were open yesterday? Or maybe earlier today when Motorola itself had its own pre-orders open (which, to little surprise, have already closed)? Well, even if you missed your shot, Google intends to make some more stock available next week, but in the interim it's got a few new additions to its Play Store offerings, adding a few Nexus 6 accessories and a smartwatch to the products available for sale. Let's start with the Nexus 6 stuff: we've got a pair of cases to check out. First is the Naked Tough Case, a ...

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    When Motorola announced the start of sales for the Moto 360, you could pick up the smartwatch in a couple different shades of stainless steel, each with its own leather strap option. What we didn't get, though, were the promised metal straps, told that they'd be arriving sometime this fall, both as a default choice for new 360s and an accessory for already purchased models. Since then we've seen leaks indicating a possible November release, as well as a new color option, with the smartwatch appearing in champagne, complete with a matching band (and in two different thicknesses, no less). ...

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    Burned-out on AT&T sales announcements by now? Today we've already heard about the carrier's plans for the Galaxy Note Edge, Desire Eye, Lumia 830, and more, and even with all those devices out of the way, it turns out that we're still not done. For (what we're sure hoping is) the carrier's final bit of release news of the day it's turning its attention to wearables, sharing word of the start of sales for LG's G Watch R and settling the question about what pricing's going to look like for the latest round-screened Android Wear model. Online sales of the G Watch R start up this coming ...

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    A little over a month ago, we got what sure seemed to be an early look at a new flavor for the Moto 360, as Motorola was spotted showing off a 360 with an unmistakable golden tinge to its metal body. When confronted about the pic, Motorola removed the image from its servers, and while the company remained cagey about its ultimate intentions for a golden 360, acknowledged that it liked to experiment with different materials and confirmed that new styles for the Moto 360 would be available in the future. We've yet to see that golden 360 go official, but it sure came close earlier today, as ...

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