Posts tagged with: Wearables
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    If smartwatches really want to catch the public's eye, they need to prove to us that they're genuinely useful pieces of hardware worth adding to our lives: giving us something we didn't have before. For some smartphone users, the convenience of wrist-borne notifications may very well be enough, while others of us are waiting to see what additional capabilities arrive. With Android Wear smartwatches now live, developers are already delivering updates for apps that bring new Wear components. Google's getting in on that action itself, and today releases a new Camera app that lets Wear devices ...

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    Powering a smartwatch can be tricky business. Most of us aren't used to the need to charge our (non-smart) watches weekly (if not daily), so if manufacturers want the public to embrace their products, they really need to make this chore as easy and seamless as possible. For companies like Motorola, that's meant taking advantage of the latest wireless charging tech, while other OEMs go with a charging cradle of one form or another that physically connects to the watch. While you might think that a simple cradle would be a lot more straightforward than a wireless system (and less prone to ...

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    Smartwatch fans have been looking forward to the start of sales of Android Wear devices since the platform was first announced this spring, and two weeks back we saw things get underway with the addition of the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live to the Google Play Store's device listings. That's well and good for what it is, but if you'd like to get your hands on the G Watch a little quicker, or maybe just check it out in the flesh before dropping $230 on the wearable, your chance is arriving, as LG announces the start of retail G Watch availability in nations around the globe. AT&T ...

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    Last Thursday saw the second big US carrier share its plans for the arrival of LG's G3, as Sprint revealed details about its start to G3 pre-orders, coming up this Friday. That followed T-Mobile’s earlier announcement, leaving Verizon and AT&T as the holdouts. Over the weekend we got to check out G3 renders from all four of the networks, but didn't pick up on any updates about AT&T or Verizon availability. Today, AT&T finally goes official with its G3 sales details, while also welcoming the G Watch to its shelves. Pre-orders for the G3 and orders for the G Watch open at ...

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    Android Wear devices are only just getting into the hands of users. If you got your order in the minute the watches hit Google Play, your shipment may be on its way to your doorstep right now, and devs who attended Google I/O have already brought their smartwatches home. With the Android Wear floodgates now open, the wearables are quickly starting to fall into the same sort of routine we're used to from Android phones, and as if to prove that point, a pair of software updates has already become available. Both the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live are receiving small updates bringing ...

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    Going back a few months by this point, rumors have been closing in on the idea of a Microsoft smartwatch. Well, perhaps “wearable” would be a better term for it, as more recent claims of a dense array of sensors, both environmental and biological, as well as an elongated design more in common with fitness trackers might have gotten you thinking that this could be more FuelBand and less Android Wear. Today a new report arrives that reinforces this idea of a fitness-based wearable, as well as touches upon possible pricing. If all this was sounding a lot like the Gear Fit, there's ...

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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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    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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    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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    If you're anything like me, you've been drooling over the idea of Android Wear since the middle of March. I was a few minutes from publishing an article about how the Google smartwatch could make me regret my Pebble Steel order, Google made its smartwatch platform, Android Wear, official. A handful of hardware manufacturers also announced they would be partners in Google's new wearable venture – Asus, HTC, LG, Motorola, and Samsung. There were some demonstration videos which showed some basic functions of Android Wear, and Google released a developer preview of the new Android Wear SDK. ...

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    For all the talk we make about wanting Google to open the floodgates on Glass, lowering the price and making it widely available to users interested in embracing this brave new world of wearable technology, it's easy to forget that Glass still isn't a finished product. Last fall, for example, we learned of some minor changes Google was making to Glass's hardware, tweaking how Glass would work with prescription lenses and other small adjustments. Today, on the eve of Google I/O 2014, Google's got another Glass refresh to announce, with some improved hardware specs. So far, the Glass ...

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    Smartwatches may be more popular today than ever before, but even with rising public interest, they still have a few major hurdles to clear. Battery life continues to remain a challenge, but the use of tech like wireless charging promises to help make things a little smoother. There's also the problem of input; voice command sounds like it's going to be the gold standard, but how are you supposed to interact with your watch when you need to be quiet? When you're somewhere like a theater or in a meeting? We've shared with you early efforts to bring on-screen keyboards to even these tiny ...

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    If there's one thing about us geeks, it's our capacity to be super-critical about every little thing you can imagine. Sometimes that's a good thing: it prevents us from being bamboozled by every piece of techno-trash a company tries to shove down our throat, and it prompts the more vocal among us to shout out loud until those firms refine their offerings. Criticism, on the whole, can have a net positive effect. But sometimes it feels like we complain just for the sake of making noise. Publications like ours are as guilty of this as any other, but on the whole, most of us try to keep our ...

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    Are you excited for the arrival of Android Wear hardware? You should be, especially with all the news we're likely to get out of Google I/O this week, including (hopefully) confirmation about when devices like the LG G Watch and Motorola Moto 360 will go up for sale. Last week we briefly looked at how the G Watch will get its power, checking out a pic of the wearable that seemed to suggest a clip-on cradle will attach to its rear set of contacts, allowing for the attachment of a Micro USB cable. For the Moto 360, on the other hand, we've been expecting a much more exotic charging system ...

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