Posts tagged with: Android Wear
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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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    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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