Posts tagged with: Android Wear
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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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    Interesting news in the world of smartwatches has been flying of late, not the least of which are rumors of a cross platform compatible smartwartch coming from Microsoft. But even more interesting was some recent news that Google was considering some Android Wear  compatibility options. As in, perhaps going cross-platform. ORLY? Well isn’t that interesting. As our news article suggests, this likely isn’t anything more than a flight of fancy on an “Ideas to kick around” spreadsheet somewhere, but it raises a few questions. Would Android Wear be better off being a cross platform ...

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    Those in search of a round-faced smartwatch have a new possibility to consider as they stalk the shelves of their favorite online retailer. LG's newest piece of Android Wear-powered kit is a stocky circle of stainless steel with a leather strap and a perfectly round P-OLED screen that even Motorola's gotta be envious of. We're going to be taking a long look at the G Watch R next week as part of our review treatment, so we'll save our detailed impressions for that video (and the Moto 360 comparison that will likely precede it). For now, we'll say that the G Watch R is the brawniest ...

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    Android Wear is a big deal for the evolution of smartwatches, giving developers a consistent platform they can code for, even as manufacturers release new and different wearable hardware. Really, its biggest limitation may be that whole “Android” bit of it, as while Wear makes it easy for you to use a Motorola smartwatch with a Samsung phone (or vice versa), you're out of luck if your phone choices fall over on the Apple or Windows side of the fence. To hear Android Wear product manager Jeff Chang talk about it, though, that's not a limitation that's necessarily set in stone, as he ...

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    Motorola found itself facing some fresh competition on the smartwatch front a couple months back, as LG tossed its hat in the ring with the G Watch R. In the time since, we've seen LG's round-faced smartwatch debut in the manufacturer's native South Korea, but what of international plans? When are all of us in the West going to get a shot at a round Android Wear without the Moto 360's not-a-big-deal-but-yeah-it's-there “flat tire.” In a new blog post this week, LG shares what's next for the G Watch R, starting with Europe. Beginning early next month, in just a couple more weeks, sales ...

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    There's one caveat if you want to install the massive Android 4.4W.2 update that's rolling out now to the Moto 360: your battery needs to be at least at 80%. And to get to 80%, you probably need a charger. Conveniently enough, Google Play has answered your prayers: the Moto 360 wireless charging dock is now in stock on the online store, though for a hefty $39.99 at that. We should point out that the Moto 360 charges via standard Qi, which means alternative solutions (like the ZENS PuK we recently gave the hands-on treatment to) will work. This also means that there are cheaper ...

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    One of the biggest differences between Android proper and the version of the OS meant specifically for wearables is the fact that no OEM skins are allowed – this means that updates, once released by Google, can immediately start hitting devices from an assortment of manufacturers. That's exactly what's happened today, with the Android 4.4W.2 update hitting Android Wear devices with a bunch of new features and bug fixes. The rollout began earlier today, with the LG G Watch and G Watch R (unreleased, save for the few review units out in the wild) seeing the update first. The update, build ...

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    Earlier this week, Google announced the next version of its mobile operating system: Android 5.0 Lollipop. The new software development kit (SDK) should be released sometime later today (October 17th), and ROMs for the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, and Google Play edition devices should start to roll out "in the coming weeks". What about Android Wear? Why weren't wearables powered by Android mentioned, and what will Android Lollipop do for smartwatches? Watch Face API Searching the Play Store for watch faces for Android Wear will bring up dozens of results. Some look great, others, ...

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    Back in the summer, before Apple launched its Apple Watch and when Android Wear was only just seeing its third model announced, we were talking about the idea of a Microsoft smartwatch – one that was said to come out this very month, in fact. Those rumors may have seriously cooled down in recent months, but Microsoft is still clearly thinking a lot about smartwatches. Over the weekend, news of a surprising smartwatch effort from the company emerged, not in the advancement of any Microsoft-branded wearables, but as it shared word of an experimental keyboard it had baked up for Android ...

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    Android Wear as a platform may still be in its infancy, but it's already attracting a growing number of interested manufacturers. From those early days of LG and Motorola we've already seen Samsung hop on board, and IFA last month brought ASUS into the fold with its ZenWatch. We were optimistic that the ZenWatch would become the extreme budget-priced alternative to $200+ Android Wear models, but pricing info available at launch didn't really seem to back that up. Would the situation change before sales of the watch began? We're finding ourselves cautiously optimistic as we pick up some new ...

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