Posts tagged with: Wearables
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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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    Even though the Apple Watch has created a lot of positive buzz for Apple, that doesn't change the fact that not even Cupertino knows when it'll launch the product. This poises a great opportunity for all smartwatch competitors in order to step their game up, and a perfect time to innovate based on what we already see in Android Wear and the Pebble as well. Microsoft is one of those companies that's been rumored to launch a smartwatch for the longest time, and today we get some more information. Credible sources claim that Microsoft is already in advanced stages to be able to announce a ...

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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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    Tomorrow is almost sure to bring us announcements of new HTC hardware, what with its “double exposure” event on our calendar (and don't forget to check back with us tomorrow afternoon for details of everything the company has to share), and while we're expecting the firm to branch out into uncharted territory with products like that RE camera we've seen teased, there's at least one thing we're not particularly likely to get news of: an HTC smartwatch. While the idea of such a device goes back a while, recent rumors have been all over the place, first saying that multiple models were ...

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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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    Motorola's Moto 360 isn't just the first round-faced Android Wear smartwatch to hit the market, it's also one that's already been taking early strides to make itself more attractive, picking up some enhanced battery life thanks to a recent software update. But it won't be the only circular player on the scene for long, with LG's own G Watch R set to give it some new competition. We had already heard that G Watch R sales could begin later this month on October 14, but a new report claims that LG's not content to wait even that much longer, and sales should be getting underway tomorrow. ...

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    The Moto 360 is quite possibly the most anticipated smartwatch of the year. This was to be the culmination of all of our Android Wear dreams in a round-faced, bezel-free masterpiece. Motorola was so proud of this device that it showed us every facet of its life span, from when it was a twinkle in its daddy’s eye to the time it rolled off the factory conveyor belt. It is a gorgeous device. But the Moto 360 to me is a bit of an enigma. It’s really so great in a lot of ways, but it’s not what I expected or ultimately need in others. I’m not really sure how I am supposed to feel about ...

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    Last week, Motorola started seeding a new software update for its Moto 360 Android Wear smartwatch. The changelog mentioned a few worthwhile improvements, like fixing some Bluetooth connectivity issues, but it didn't seem like anything to write home about... and then came the reports of big battery life improvements. While anecdotal at first, we started seeing them with the kind of frequency that really suggested there was something to all this, and now as the update has headed out to more and more 360 owners, some hard numbers are coming in – and they look damn good. The smartwatch's ...

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    Apple may be showing its new Apple Watch off to the public for one day only in Paris this week, but for the vast majority of us, the only exposure we've had to the wearable so far (and will continue to have for the months to come) has been through what we've seen online, and the majority of that comes from official imagery Apple itself has provided. But could even these Apple-sourced pics be a little misleading? That's what we're wondering today, after Apple's been caught editing its Apple Watch into video. The original video was posted by Apple back when the Apple Watch launched at the ...

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    This year has seen major new players arrive in the smartwatch space, both as Google introduced Android Wear and Apple showed-off its Apple Watch series. But throughout all this, the old stalwart Pebble has remained a more than viable contender. Even Pebble needs to evolve sometimes to keep up with the Joneses, and today we get word of not just some price reductions, but also the arrival of new Pebble functionality in the form of ongoing activity monitoring. The new software update empowers Pebble apps to gather sensor data in the background, even when you're not actively engaging with the ...

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    One of the big questions facing the still-quite-new smartwatch market concerns the idea of fully independent wearables, not reliant on a connection to a smartphone or any other device. It's not clear just how much demand there is from consumers, nor how much interest from manufacturers, and even probably the most mainstream-such model to be announced, the Samsung Gear S, still requires pairing with a Samsung phone for certain operations. In time, the market will provide us with those answers, and today we see what looks to be one new manufacturer getting ready to enter the ...

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    Last week we were talking about the possibility of seeing new color options arrive for Motorola's Moto 360 smartwatch, after the company appeared to accidentally tease a golden Moto 360 watch body. While it wouldn't confirm plans to release such a model, the manufacturer did say that we'd be seeing “a selection of styles in the future.” Now it seems that the first new look for the Moto 360 is already arriving, as the gray leather strap option is replaced by one in a new color called “stone.” Originally, you could buy the 360 with a dark metal case and black leather band, or with a ...

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    Hey, Moto 360 owners! Digging your eye-catching round-screened smartwatch? Why wouldn't you be? But in the interest of making a good thing even better, Motorola's got a new software update for the wearable coming out today (and unlike the iOS 8.0.1 update Apple users are dealing with, thus one has the benefit of not appearing to introduce any new bugs). Let's take a look at what's changing. Beyond some non-specific talk of general bugfixes and attempts to optimize watch performance, Motorola names a few particular issues it's addressing. For instance, charging notifications are being ...

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    Apple's first smartwatch is coming... eventually. While the company introduced the Apple Watch earlier this month, it will be some time before the wearable is ready for public release, and Apple's been talking about a timetable that would see sales begin in “early 2015.” But just how early is “early?” A new report published by The Information attempts to reveal the Apple Watch's path to market, including missed targets for a 2014 release, and mentions a possible goal for the start of sales: Valentine's Day. Based on our understanding of the Apple Watch – especially the higher-end ...

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