Posts tagged with: Android Wear
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    Android Wear just got a heck of a lot more powerful. The popular IFTTT service, based on simple automation on the web -- "If this, then that" -- has just landed on Google's wearable platform. The IFTTT Android Wear channel will allow for doing many, many things from the comfort of your watch. There's both a trigger and action involved in this channel currently. The one trigger right now (or the "if" part of "if this, then that" ) is "Tap button." This will allow you to set things up to happen when you tap a button on IFTTT from within Android Wear. The action right now -- the "that" part ...

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    One of the coolest features of Android Wear many people don't realize is the fact that developers can build standalone apps for the platform -- meaning, you can perform tasks without relying on a smartphone proxy. One of the apps demoed at Google's I/O 2014 developer conference was Eat24, which allowed the presenter to order a pizza straight from his watch. While that app is still MIA as far as we can tell, two other apps have already become available that we'd like to shine the spotlight on. The first app, a very unoriginal idea, is a minimalistic calculator app that can run directly on ...

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    The Moto X would have been a fine smartphone without any special custom designs: good price, solid performance, Touchless Control – there's a lot to offer. But the wide variety of user-customizable designs offered though the Moto Maker site really sent this thing into the stratosphere, and we've long been waiting to see which future phones might get the same treatment. But what if it's not a phone at all that's the next model to get Moto Maker's attention? The Moto 360 may still be a month or two away, but when it gets here, it might just offer some custom design options of its own. What ...

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    Last week, Google I/O brought us some early looks at a few different ways Android is expanding to find homes on new device, with new form factors, while providing a situation-aware interface that means that not everything's going to look like a shrunken-down or blown-up phone. Just as Android Wear keeps things simple and uncluttered to fit its smaller display, Android Auto gives drivers the information they need without being excessively distracting, and Android TV lets us navigate its menus from ten feet away. Considering how important the look and feel of each of these Android branches ...

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    Though the LG G Watch is currently a Bluetooth-only device (though a cellular-supporting version may be on the way), it's understandable that carriers want to stock the device as an accessory for their phones. To that effect, AT&T has already announced its intentions to stock the G Watch, and a new report mentions that a G Watch Verizon debut could be in the cards. We aren't thinking that this will be a cellular-supporting version of the watch -- that's rumored to only grace South Koreans. It won't have Verizon Wireless bloatware either, and that is a confirmed fact. The unadulterated ...

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    The first Android Wear devices are up for sale, and those of you who got your orders in for the LG G Watch or Samsung Gear Live should see them start shipping out in just over a week. Priced at around $230 and $200, respectively, both models are pretty approachable; this may not be buy-it-on-a-whim money or anything, but they're quite a bit more affordable than, say, the $300 Samsung Gear 2. But is this sort of ~$200 level going to be where additional Android Wear models land, as well? Pricing for the Moto 360 isn't yet available, but it's almost certainly going to come in more expensive ...

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    On stage in San Francisco at the opening Google I/O 2014 keynote, Google unveiled and showed off a host of new features and services: Android Wear, Android Auto, Android TV, and Android L, the newest, yet-to-be-named version of its mobile platform. During the keynote, the search giant made a few things very clear. One, it wants a consistent experience across all its products and services, so it announced a new design language, which it calls Material Design. Two, Android is quickly becoming the staple and primary vehicle for all things Google. Wait, hasn't Android been that for Google for ...

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    Today’s Google I/O Keynote left me a bit on the disappointed side. Sure, Android L looks pretty cool. Somehow the 3D interface is back after a two-year hiatus since everything needs to have depth, apparently. I must have missed that memo, but anyway. There were no new tablets and no new phones but there was an Android Wear smartwatch or three, which brings me to the point of this article. One of the bright spots of the keynote was the official presentation of Android Wear and a real solid walkthrough of the interface and its capabilities. There weren’t a whole lot of surprises there. ...

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    Sales of the first Android Wear smartwatches may be open, but the Moto 360 with its circular display doesn't yet find itself among them; at I/O yesterday, Google confirmed that it would still be a little longer before the 360 was ready for public release, but that it's still on track to land sometime this summer. Even with that wait to deal with, there's still new Moto 360 news to be had, and this week we see Motorola reveal the winner of the 360 design contest the company had been running. Motorola invited designers to come up with an attractive watch face for the Moto 360, taking ...

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    Feeling a little overwhelmed by today's flood of Android news out of Google I/O 2014? You've got our sympathies, as even without the rumored big-ticket announcement of a new Nexus tablet, there was still a heck of a lot to take in. We've been bringing you coverage of all the important developments all day long, but just in case you missed a few bits, we're recapping everything you need to know: Android One is Google's new effort to make it easier for OEMs to produce Android handsets, and is especially aimed at those making phones for developing markets. Google takes a lot of the ...

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    Right on time (ish), Google has lifted the veil on the new Android Wear section of its Play Store, putting both the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live up for preorder, with shipments starting July 8th. In case you missed our extensive I/O coverage, both of these devices bring Google's new Android Wear platform to a decidedly boxy form factor, with the slightly larger Samsung device edging out the G Watch just slightly in size and specs. The LG G Watch is available in black and white variants at $229, while the Gear Live only showed up in black on our afternoon refresh-fest (though it comes ...

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    Watching the Play Store like a hawk for the first sign of those initial Android Wear smartwatches arriving? You're not alone, after Google announced earlier today that both the LG G Watch and brand new Samsung Gear Live would be going up for order. It looks like we could be seeing those sales get underway in just another hour or so, at 4pm Pacific (7p Eastern, 11p GMT), but before that happens, we've already picked up a few important details about how the G Watch will be sold. LG confirms that pre-orders of the G Watch will begin today, but we've heard that shipments won't get underway ...

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    The LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live are both set to begin sales (or pre-sales) later today, so if you're interested in purchasing an Android Wear watch that's not the Moto 360, you're probably debating between the two. To make the question of LG G Watch vs Samsung Gear live a bit easier, we've put together a table to let you quickly compare the specs of the two smartwatches. On paper, there's not much different between the two. There are differences in four key areas, which is what you should bring into consideration when debating which one to buy. The first is the screen. The G Watch's ...

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    Just a few weeks ago, if you told us Samsung was going to launch an Android Wear-powered smartwatch at Google I/O, we'd have thought you're crazy. But a report earlier this week suggested otherwise, and it turns out said report was correct. Samsung launched its Gear Live today at I/O, and it'll be available for order later today, so you're probably wondering -- what are the Samsung Gear Live specs? We've gone ahead and brought the specs for the Gear Live all into one place, and it's actually not too terrible a product. It's similar to a midrange phone just as the G Watch, but it does ...

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    Google I/O 2014's keynote is now in the books, but the news still keeps flowing in. Now we're hearing of AT&T's intentions to carry the LG G Watch on its network." But wait, the LG G Watch doesn't have cellular radios!" Of course it doesn't -- let's go over the details. AT&T is bringing the G Watch in as a purchasable accessory, and you'll probably be able to pick one up either in stores or on the carrier's website. The LG G Watch can connect to any smartphone touting Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) or better, so many will be able to get in on the fun should they choose to. It's all about ...

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