Posts tagged with: Android Wear
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    Is it sexist to design and market gadgets specifically for women? Is it sexist not to? There’s no winning with something like that, though more and more smartwatch manufacturers seem to be casting political correctness aside, applying a form of positive discrimination in their attempts to get ladies interested in wearable technology. Motorola has a second-gen Moto 360 “style” for women, the Samsung Gear S2 is available in 18k rose gold and platinum plated variants that don’t really appeal to the everyday tech-loving male, while the two Huawei Watch for Women flavors unveiled back ...

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    It’s been raining discounts and especially bundle deals lately on the original Moto 360, launched back in 2014, even before the smartwatch exited the Google Store, but if you only want the circular timepiece and nothing else, today’s the day you can get the ultimate bargain. Marked down from $300 to $200 by Motorola, and further reduced to $165 and up on Amazon, the Android Wear gizmo fetches a measly Benjamin for the next 20 hours or so at B&H Photo Video. The “catch”? At $100, you relinquish the right to choose your favorite finish, band and fit, having to settle for dark, ...

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    April 1 might be a day of horseplay, ridiculousness and embarrassment for many tech companies, but if you can’t appreciate the faux product announcements and silly software introductions flooding the market over the next few hours, maybe you’ll like what Motorola has in store. Out of nowhere, Lenovo’s subsidiary has kicked off a pair of amazing lightning deals on its official US website, both of which will expire at 10:59 am CT later today. The first lets you score the original Moto 360 smartwatch, launched in 2014, completely free of charge. No joke, no catches, no strings attached. ...

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    Our quaint little obsession with Casio has come to a head as the Android Wear watch we've been waiting for quite a while from the legacy electronics manufacturer is finally out. And while they all have the same insides for the same price, what's on the outside will depend on where you buy this watch from. The sexy-sounding WSD-F10, otherwise known in English as the Casio Smart Outdoor Watch, is available for just about $500. Four outlets are selling them in the following colors: Casio is selling them in Black and Orange The Google Store is selling them in Orange and Olive Amazon has an ...

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    As tempting as Big Red’s G5 pre-order offers look, as unappealing two other LG devices recently launched on America’s largest carrier seem at a first glance. And second, and third. Proving it’s learned absolutely nothing from past mistakes, VZW follows AT&T’s suit in rebooting the troubled Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE, but once again horribly misses the pricing mark. While Ma Bell charges $200 on and $360 off-contract, Verizon promises to ship the standalone cellular connectivity-enabled timepiece “by” April 1, as long as you’re willing to pay $450 with or $500 without ...

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    It’s the end of an era, and the beginning of a new one. Just as a couple of fresh styles for a very fashionable Fossil timepiece and an all-new Outdoor Watch from Casio picked up official Google support, the seemingly timeless LG Watch Urbane surprisingly saw its days cut short. But is it really surprising? In a way, sure, since Big G never tried to preserve the circular Android Wear gadget’s charm with any sort of discounts. The Watch Urbane debuted in April 2015 at $350, and it was sold for $350 by its search giant endorser up to its demise. Then you have an inexplicably rushed ...

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    On our podcast this week, we talked about how we've seen the doldrums of the smartwatch lately. Pebble is about to cut loose a quarter of its employees. Discounts are flying for the Gear S2. But we're still expected to believe that these things will be a thing. And so, the Google Store has decided to make some additions to its Android Wear ranks with the CASIO Smart Outdoor Watch getting its own product page. There's no orders, pre-orders or anything going on, not even a monitoring service you could subscribe to, just a product page. Supposedly, this thing will be on sale tomorrow, so ...

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    While Samsung isn’t as aggressive as last year in plugging one of its smartwatches alongside the newest Galaxy S flagship phones, instead greatly hyping up the Gear VR headset, you can still catch the occasional Gear S2 bundle deal and publicity stunt. But that’s nothing compared to how shy LG seemed in relation to its own wearable devices on the heels of G5’s formal introduction. There’s a simple explanation for that, of course, as the original Watch Urbane is a little old and unexciting, and the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE a little… faulty. More than a little, actually, with ...

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    It’s no big secret Apple got off to a flying start at the global smartwatch box-office, at least compared to its direct rivals, and industry estimates suggested at one point the “iWatch” may have gobbled up as much as two thirds of the market last year. That’s a remarkable feat by any standards, especially given the lack of availability during 2015’s first three or four months, and Samsung, Pebble or Motorola’s pre-existing intelligent timepiece experience. But while IDC (the International Data Corporation) forecasts the Apple Watch will retain its dominance in 2016 and beyond, ...

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    We've got rugged, outdoor-friendly smartwatches on the mind this week, having just seen the Nixon Mission launch with its impressive water-resistance rating and all-new Snapdragon Wear 2100 SoC. We couldn't help but draw comparisons between that model and Casio's own rugged WSD-F10, which launched back at CES in January. While we're still waiting for full details on how and when you'll actually be able to buy that Nixon watch, today we get an update about retail availability for Casio's model, as the company announces the pending start of US sales. When Casio first introduced the WSD-F10, ...

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    Has wearable tech buzz already started cooling down? While the past two years brought us no shortage of new smartwatch options, this year's crop of trade shows has so far left us little to be excited about. And back at CES in January, the only model that really grabbed our attention was the new Casio WSD-F10 Smart Outdoor Watch: a rugged model that really didn't look that much different from a standard digital watch for active users – while packing all the power of Android Wear. Now we're wondering if such rugged designs might just be the hot smartwatches to get this year as Nixon comes ...

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    It was all the way back in October that Fossil first introduced its new family of wearable devices, including a number of fitness trackers, notification watches, and even the full-featured Android Wear-running Q Founder smartwatch. Despite those devices already offering users a wide assortment of form and functionality options, Fossil's not done yet, and today revealed a fleet of seven new wearables, including two new Android Wear models. We're looking at the Q Marshal (above, left) and Q Wander (above, right) smartwatches, which both come in smaller than the existing Q Founder. We've seen ...

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    We don’t know what’s gotten into Motorola and its US retail partners lately, but you won’t hear any complaints from professional bargain hunters. How could you when both the Moto X Pure Edition and Moto G (3rd gen) are available at new all-time record low prices for the next 24 to 48 hours? Meanwhile, you probably have a little more time to ponder Best Buy’s latest Moto 360 promotion, netting you gratis $50 gift cards no matter what version of the second-generation Android Wear smartwatches you’re interested in. Still, you shouldn’t overthink things, as already, the ...

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    If you're in Austin this weekend for SXSW, we're jealous. Major jelly going on. And for those of you who aren't participating in the hours of tech, music, thought-provocation and the mad dash to Franklin Barbecue, you can grasp at the straws of fun or grasp at a few Nexuses or a Moto 360 or two. LIVE on #Periscope: #GoogleStoreClaw Live https://t.co/Xaomk4JN9F — Google Store (@GoogleStore) March 12, 2016 The Google Store Claw machine is up and running at the Google Fiber Space over there and it's had some exciting action on its first day of use. Several winners have been crowned just ...

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    Pretty much unanimously hailed as the most beautiful Android Wear device in the world, the Huawei Watch is by no means affordable. Typically, it starts at $350, but we’ve occasionally seen it go for as little as $300. Today only, it reaches a new all-time low price on Amazon, setting you back $280 in a stainless steel configuration with an elegant black suture leather strap attached. That’s down from an MSRP of $350, yet believe it or not, there’s a costlier model that nets you even higher savings by midnight PST. Namely, a whopping $130, which is the difference between what Huawei ...

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    It’s been almost three months since the last time we saw the aging but powerful and beautiful LG Watch Urbane discounted, and even then, you only had a few hours to act. Hopefully, you didn’t, because the circular Android Wear timepiece is now cheaper than ever before on eBay. No shadiness included, as you’re looking at doing business with buydig, a 98.8 percent trusted retailer, and a US warranty is also part of the deal. A $180 deal, FYI, no matter if you’d like your Watch Urbane coated in silver or gold. Obviously, supplies must be limited, and at the time of this writing, there ...

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    With a new flagship smartphone, some recent mid-rangers, and no shortage of high-end accessories, LG hit Barcelona with all cylinders firing, giving us one of the better spreads of MWC gear. That puts the manufacturer in a great spot for early 2016, but what will the rest of the year bring? An LG spokesman has been talking to the press about some of the company's plans, adding support to the idea of Google shaking up its Nexus program with new manufacturers and revisiting one of 2015's failures. LG's been responsible for Nexus phones three of the past four years, but this year we've been ...

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    Smart watches - people either love them or hate them. Why this polarity? And what must be done to close that gap between love and hate? It seems to be that some recognize that the smartwatch isn't an entirely necessary accessory. It doesn't replace the smartphone and doesn't do smartphone-like tasks well enough to be entirely useful. Still, others love the accessory for having notifications available on their wrist, to be able to control some aspects of their phone hands free while running through the airport to catch the next flight. Others, who have a hole to burn through their pocket, ...

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    Motorola seems to want to kill two birds with one stone as part of its latest US-only online bundle deal, boosting presumably lagging sales of both the 64GB Moto X Pure Edition and outdated first-generation Moto 360. Most buyers of the X Pure Edition, aka X Style smartphone probably go for the “entry-level”, 16GB model, priced at just $400 unlocked, and always capable of easily expanding the internal storage space with up to 128 gigs more via microSD. But if a grand total of 144GB digital hoarding room is still not enough or you find memory cards slow and inconvenient, 100 bucks extra ...

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    You’d probably expect a fledgling segment of the ever-growing tech industry to advance at a more rapid pace than fully mature, saturated markets, and while that’s been true in some aspects for wearable devices, most smartwatches have also worryingly stagnated in a key department. Remember the 2014 LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live? Well, their sequels, threequels and spin-offs may look far prettier on the outside, and they’ve definitely gained a bunch of software tricks, a few being nowadays even capable of initiating and receiving voice calls by themselves. But you know what the two ...

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    Western Motorola buffs already have reason to envy their India-based counterparts, as Marshmallow updates are coming left and right in the latter market, including for the regional Moto G Turbo Edition and, most recently, the standard G second-gen. But now nation-leading online retailer Flipkart takes things to the next level, also offering a slew of discounts on Moto gear to honor the second anniversary of the American device manufacturer’s return to India. Basically everything’s on sale for a limited time, starting with the always popular Moto X Style, which now costs Rs. 27,000 ...

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    It feels like we’ve been basically saying the same thing in anticipation of every single high-end HTC product launch over the past few years, and once again, it appears the company’s financial well-being, even its very survival, hinges on an impending flagship phone. The problem is the One M10, aka Perfume, aka One-something-else-entirely isn’t impending enough, skipping this month’s Mobile World Congress, where the Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5 are expected to go official. Worse yet, the One A9 lookalike may also skip the month of March entirely, seeing daylight around mid-April in ...

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    It should be crystal clear by now that, while it fell short of overly optimistic expectations from ardent iFans, the Apple Watch sold magnificently well during its first eight or nine months in stores, acting as the main catalyst behind the global rise of wrist-worn gadgets. Granted, Fitbits and Xiaomi Mi Bands also helped put wearables on the map, but they’re likely to gradually lose steam in the next few years, not to mention they’re generating peanuts in profits. Back to the “iWatch”, this reportedly accounted for a whopping two thirds of all smartwatch shipments in 2015, namely ...

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    How long have we been waiting for Android Wear watches to start sounding off? Models like last year's Huawei Watch were clearly packing integrated speakers, and it looked like it was just a matter of time before we'd see the software fall into place that would finally take advantage of them. But despite some indications that such updates were on the way, official speaker support has so far been elusive. Well, today's the day we've been looking forward to, as Google announces new hands-free features for Android Wear, including speaker support. Right now, the only two Android Wear models ...

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    For every device comes its time to go. For these two Android Wear smartwatches, they've had their time around. The original Moto 360 from Motorola is now nearly 18 months old while the Sony Smartwatch 3 is about a month younger. The Google Store has determined that it's about time that the two were discontinued from sale on its virtual shelves. The ever-popular Moto 360 went through sales that took the price down from $250 to $100. The Smartwatch 3 received nowhere near the attention as Motorola's creation did, but given how far it has gone as Sony's overall mobile sales have fallen, it's ...

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