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After attending the “Spring Forward” event to get all of the remaining Apple Watch details and then getting some hands-on time with…
Hold those doors!
Apple and its developers are announcing a lot of apps being retooled for its new smart watch, launching next week, but one…
Drivers: Start your engines!
Yes, the Apple Watch could replace your car keys, Apple CEO Tim Cook said in an interview with the Telegraph last week. It…
Android (and iOS) Wear
Right now, you need an Android phone to use an Android Wear smartwatch. But according to a report from French technology website…
Moto Maker for your wrist
Motorola plans to expand its Moto Maker customization order process, allowing people to design their own Moto 360 smartwatch. The new program will…
Hardware ahead of software
Broadcom wants to make it easier for hardware makers to build an Android Wear smartwatch, complete with features that Google’s software doesn’t…
Color me curious
Last week we saw a countdown timer on Pebble’s website, suggesting the company may introduce its next smartwatch Tuesday morning. On Monday,…
You got your iOS in my Android
Despite the fact that both Google’s and Apple’s smartwatches are designed only to work with their own respective mobile platforms, you can…
Secondary screens isn't it
Next month will be the one-year anniversary of Google’s smartwatch platform introduction. And the month after that will see the Apple Watch…
Hints of a new wearable
It looks as though on Tuesday at 7am PT next week Pebble will announce…. something. I’m basing that the not very subtle…
Challenges and compromises
When the Apple Watch starts shipping in April, it won’t likely have all of the features that Apple originally wanted. After working on…
Stylish looks, modern smarts
LG was Google’s primary hardware partner to develop the first Android Wear smartwatch last year and now it’s taking the next step…
As HTC allegedly prepares to launch its own smartwatch that eschews Anrdroid Wear, the company faces greater risks and new challenges, but also greater control over its destiny.
Promising starts, early starts
This was the week where mere mortals could get their first look at Windows 10 on a smartphone and I took advantage…
We're just getting started
Wow. There are quite a few people talking about yesterday’s Canalys estimate of 720,000 Android Wear shipments in the last six months of 2014. And…
That's not a lot
Smartwatches might get a lot of attention, but it’s important to remember they’re still a new product category, and not a real…
HTC’s first wearable device is expected to debut soon and it might surprise with support for both Google Android handset and Apple…
Mobile World Congress reveals
In the run up to March’s Mobile World Congress Event, there won’t likely be any big mobile hardware announcements. But there are some…
19 hours of mixed use
Tim Cook alluded to a daily recharge for the Apple Watch when introducing the device and that’s looking more likely, according to…
m9 over matter
HTC is planning to launch its first smartwatch in March alongside a new flagship phone, Bloomberg reported on Monday. HTC has been tipped several…
Glass is dead. Long live Glass
At one point, a consumer version of Google Glass was expected to launch in early 2014. That’s what Google executive chairman Eric…
Let's do the twist!
Tim Cook showed us how the digital crown will work on the Apple Watch when introducing the device in September. The zoom control…
Most Android Wear smartwatches currently on the market are based around Qualcomm chips, but that could change soon if MediaTek has its…
Tracking Santa in many ways
Is it really Christmas Eve already? It must be, since Google’s Santa Tracker goes live today at 2 p.m. PT. This year,…
Leave the phone at home
RunKeeper, a popular exercise tracking app for Android and iOS, quietly announced in November it would support the dedicated GPS in Android…
OK Google, what do I do next?
Google Android Wear watches can already help you manage tasks but ToDoist thinks it has a better solution. That’s why the company…
Take action on your wrist
One of the reasons I never bought a Pebble watch is going away. I always liked the Pebble product. I just didn’t…
Tying the systems together
Much like Apple is tying its mobile and desktop software together, Google is doing the same with Android and Chrome. One recent examples shows…
Step tracking from the wrist
Android fans will find a Google Fit software update waiting for them, and those who have an Android Wear watch will get…
Faster than using a phone
Even though I’ve been using the Sony Smartwatch 3 for nearly a week, I’m still learning about little features that aren’t readily advertised by…
Watches get new features too
Google has delivered on its promise to offer developers a way to make official Android Wear watchfaces, debuting its Watch Face API on…
Trust is a wonderful thing
Back in April, I noticed Google working on a trick that unlocks Chrome OS devices with Android phones. Now, the feature is here;…
Get those Developer Options!
Over the weekend, I was trying to find a better way to get music files on my Sony Smartwatch 3. As it…
GPS in a watch will be handy
Last weekend, I took advantage of a Google Play Store deal and ordered a Sony Smartwatch 3. The $50 Play Store credit…
Made for the active lifestyle
Earlier this week, I noted that I finally pulled the trigger on buying my first Android Wear watch. I had previously used…
The inclusion of two radios that no other Android Wear watch makes one particular model compelling to me. I’ll give up heart rate tracking but will be able to use the watch without a phone as needed.
Many people see Google Glass or other wearables and immediately think “Great; here’s another device to distract me from my surroundings.” Designed with micro interactions in mind, however, these can actually give you more to experience the world around you.
Along with a new version of Android for phones, Google-powered smartwatches are on tap to get updates too. An early build shows several Android Wear improvements including weather icons on watchfaces, an undo command and accessibility features for viewing.
Google Play started selling Sony’s sports-focused take on Android Wear on Monday for $249.99, which means five of the six officially announced Android Wear…
The first Asus Android Wear device is finally hitting U.S. stores on Sunday, November 9, says Android Headlines. The watch, first shown…
If you’ve been holding off on an Android Wear device because of style concerns, take a look at the new LG G Watch R and Motorola’s swish new smartwatch bracelets.
We finally have the cost of the round LG G Watch R: $299 when it goes on sale this Thursday. AT&T will offer it alongside the $249 Moto 360; another round Android Wear device.
It’s not really surprising that Microsoft’s Band smartwatch will work with Android and iOS as well as Windows Phone as we heard rumors suggesting it would. It’s a bigger deal than you’d think though if history is any indication.
One of the arguably best features of Android is getting friendly with third-party apps. Simply by adding a few lines of code,…
You can now pre-order the Sony Smartwatch 3 which has a GPS radio and, thanks to the latest version of Android Wear, works for location-based apps without a phone. All Android Wear watches now function as standalone music players too.
Need a new lock screen on your Android phone that shows your appointments and most used apps? Microsoft might have something for you. The company has new Android apps and a Bing-powered voice search app for Android Wear.
A new guidance document provides new FDA recommendations for the best way to design a networked medical gadget to avoid potentially catastrophic security breaches.
In the face of Android Wear watches costing $179 and up, Pebble is dropping the price of its wearable device: You can get one for $99. The company is also adding better health tracking support and sleep monitoring with third-party apps.
Did the battery life of the Moto 360 scare you off from purchasing? If so, you may want to hear what users are reporting after the latest software update: Vastly more run time on a single charge.
It appears Samsung’s Galaxy S won’t be the only smartwatch with its own data connection and voice calling capabilities: An LG wearable device with its own 3G radio was tested by the FCC.
Android Wear isn’t just a platform for big hardware manufacturers. A group on Indiegogo is raising funds for their own watch design running Google’s smartwatch software
With the Moto 360 now available, there’s a growing effort to design round watch faces for the wearable device. These aren’t your average faces either; there are some incredible creations available along with apps to help you make and install them.
The next generation of Samsung smartwatches could have a fingerprint sensor to be used for mobile payments via PayPal. Both will have to fight back against Apple Pay so banding together may make the most sense.
Microsoft is taking advantage of Android Wear’s openness: The company launched a version of its OneNote app specifically for Google smartwatches, making it easy to dictate, save and sync voice notes.
3D Robotics, a company which develops drones for both commercial and consumer use, announced that Richard Branson has invested in the company.
Direct Moto X pre-orders kick off on Tuesday: You can get an AT&T model or an unlocked GSM version called the Pure Edition. The phone’s Turbo Charger and Moto Hint earbud will also be available, along with more Moto 360 stock.
An upcoming software update for all Android Wear watches will add more functionality to the wearable devices when not connected to an Android phone. You’ll be able to hear locally stored music and, if your watch has the right radio, use GPS-capable apps.
There are now six Android Wear smartwatches officially announced for this fall. Which one is right for you?
The Moto 360’s round display and sleek design is truly impressive, but Motorola made some significant improvements to its core smartphone lines as well, and even took a shot at designing a better Bluetooth headset.
Android Wear fans won’t have to wait long to buy the new LG G Watch R, which was officially introduced earlier this…
Asus waited for others to launch Android Wear devices and it clearly used its time wisely. The new Asus ZenWatch looks stylish and has several unique native software features to help it stand out from the smartwatch crowd.
Samsung’s Gear S smartwatch will come with a Nike+ Running app pre-installed that will take advantage of the device’s large screen and cellular connection.
LG will offer a sneak peek of its second Android Wear watch next week with availability next quarter. Inside you’ll find much the same as the original G Watch, but the outside looks like a watch you actually might want to wear.
I have a confession to make. Even though I said I’d pay for Google Now on my wrist, I haven’t yet bought an Android Wear watch. It’s not due to the hardware choices; it’s because of the software and purpose of Android Wear.
Thanks to a teaser video, we know know what Asus is planning to call its first Android Wear device: Zenwatch.
Asus has already teased a shadowing image of its first smartwatch in advance of next week’s IFA event in Berlin. SlashGear noticed that the…
Next week you’ll have not one but two round Android Wear smartwatches to choose from. LG has a fully-circular G Watch model that one-ups the Moto 360 and looks far more appealing that the company’s currently available wearable device.
Might a new version of Android bring a new Nexus tablet? It’s looking more likely that HTC is building the reported Nexus 9 for Android L. More Moto X+1 images leaked this week and Asus is ready to enter the Android Wear market.
All of a sudden the Android Wear market is getting a bit crowded as Asus looks to be joining LG, Samsung and Motorola in this space. How can companies differentiate their smartwatch when Google controls the software? Price is the likely suspect.
LG is said to be preparing a new version of its G Watch, a short three months after the first version debuted at Google’s I/O developer conference.
So much for that September 4 Motorola event: A Best Buy product page went live over the weekend showing the price and features of the Moto 360 smartwatch. The page was pulled but the image was saved with all of the details to see.
It doesn’t matter if you follow the light side or the dark side of The Force, you can use the Kiwi app with an Android Wear smartwatch to control your phone with simple arm gestures.
Don’t be surprised to see Sony debut its Smartwatch 3 next month at Berlin’s IFA event. Be very surprised if it runs Android Wear, however: Sony isn’t a platform partner and has been going it alone with smartwatches for a few years now.
Details aren’t yet available on the reason, but Motorola will hold a press event in Chicago on September 4. If I had to…
Got an Android Wear smartwatch but dismayed by the current lack of apps? Check out Wearable Widgets which can put nearly any Android phone widget on your wrist.
In a few weeks, Samsung will reportedly debut a new variant of its smartwatch line: The Gear Solo. This is expected to have a SIM card for data and possibly voice. Hopefully, it’s just the former and not the latter.
App makers can begin to use a trio of new APIs for Google Fit thanks to a preview SDK made available today. The APIs are part of Google Play Services so even older Android phones could use the company’s health platform.
Although Motorola has played coy on how the Moto 360 smartwatch battery will get its regular charge, wireless was the suspected method. Now we know for sure: Here’s the elegant dock that will charge the Moto 360 battery.
Android Wear might provide the weather but it doesn’t yet offer the Weather Channel. That’s available on Pebble smartwatches, which now come in three new colors.
Even if you don’t have a desire to read Wikipedia entries on a smartwatch, a new Wikipedia app for Android Wear has a few new ideas about the best way to browse on a tiny screen.
After launching last year with Google’s Android software, Samsung’s first smartwatch is switching to Tizen. An official software update makes the change which brings new funcations and doubles the amount of apps available to Galaxy Gear owners.
So long, Nokia X: We hardly knew you. Microsoft won’t be developing any Android-powered phones but LG still does; it launched the LG G3 Beat this week. And after a few weeks of using Android Wear, my thoughts are “nice but not (yet) necessary.”
While there are a few third-party Android Wear watch faces in the Google Play Store, they’re not using the official API. That’s because Google is still working on it and suggests developers hold off on publishing new watch faces until it launches.
Has Google’s Android Wear pushed the smartwatch market forward? After using a Gear Live for several weeks, I’d say yes but that doesn’t mean everyone will rush out and buy an Android Wear smartwatch; it’s convenient but not a necessity.
That didn’t take too long: Star Trek fans with Android Wear(s goog) smartwatches can already download and install a free watchface based on the…
Launching third-party Android Wear apps by voice doesn’t always work and searching through menus to get at them isn’t ideal either. Enter Wear Mini Launcher, a touch-friendly app launcher for Google-powered smartwatches.
A new update to Google’s camera app allows users to trigger the camera on their phone on a Google Wear smartwatch.
Hackers, get out your Torx screwdrivers. According to a teardown from iFixit, both Android Wear devices are relatively easy to take apart and reassemble.
The LG G Watch is available now on the Google Play Store for $229. AT&T hopes that a 50 percent price cut for the Android Wear smartwatch helps move some LG G3 smartphones; you can bundle the two and save on the G Watch.
Google continues to address any remaining version fragmentation challenges with Google Play Services 5.0. Meanwhile, Android Wear apps have finally hit wrists while Android L shows the potential for big improvements on battery life for Android phones and tablets.
Two similar products from the same company couldn’t be more different in cost, usage and social acceptance. One represents the very next step in mobile computing while the other envisions a future that isn’t yet guaranteed.
One week after Android Wear devices were made available at Google I/O, the apps are flowing. After an Android Wear software update, at least two dozen apps for Google smartwatches have launched.
Every Android phone or tablet running Android 2.3 or better is getting a software update thanks to Google Play Services 5.0. It’s rolling out worldwide now and brings a bunch of new features announced at Google I/O to millions of Android devices.
Android used to be all about openness. Now, Google is putting its foot down and putting a bigger emphasis on consistency.
Hardware makers will have to find a different way to make their Android devices stand out if they’re going to build televisions or watches: None of the new Android device platforms announced at Google I/O will support skins or other similar customizations. And that’s good.
Did you miss some or all of the news out of Google I/O 2014? Here’s a summary of what Google showed off, ranging from a new version of Android to bringing its mobile software to cars, televisions and your wrist.
It may sound obvious that something called “Android Wear” works only with Android devices. But Google Glass is another wearable that does play nicely with iPhones and iPads. Here’s why that’s an unlikely scenario with Android Wear now or in the future.
As promised during the Google(s goog) I/O keynote, the first two devices running Android Wear have gone on sale in the United…
At I/O, Google gave a developer’s tour of Android Wear, its smartwatch platform. It won’t replace your smartphone, but it is Google Now for the wrist, with a heavy emphasis on controlling an Android devices and serving convenient notifications.
Join us at 9am PT for the two hour keynote at Google I/O in San Francisco. Google will certainly show off Android Wear smartwatches but what else does it have in store for Android and Chrome? We’ll tell you as it happens!
Minuum is developing a keyboard for the round-faced Moto 360, which is expected to be one of three Android Wear devices announced later this week at Google I/O.
Misfit is bringing an activity tracking app to the Pebble smartwatch, marking a partnership between two of the wearable accessory startups to watch. Misfit also announced it intends to license its sensor algorithms to third-party developers.
This year’s Google I/O developer event is about to take place. Surely we’ll see Android Wear watches debut but will there be any other hardware? It’s not likely; this year is more about software interface changes and shared experiences in Android and Chrome.
We might see a trio of smart watches debut this week as Samsung is slated to join LG and Moto with Android Wear devices. Samsung also introduced a better Galaxy S5 already while I’m giving new live on old Androids using Mobile Odin
A new developer outreach video provides a few more details about the notifications on Android Wear, Google’s smartwatch software.
Google’s been working on a service called Google Fit that will aggregate health data from a variety of wearables, according to a report.
A Chinese Twitter account has posted what appears to be a complete spec sheet for the first Android Wear device, the LG G Watch.
A purported system dump from the LG G Watch has leaked online, and it reveals new details about Google’s Android Wear wearable project.
Rumored earlier this month, Samsung now has a firmware update for last year’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch that replaces the Android software with Samsung’s…
The promise of contextual, useful information at a glance is coming with Android Wear smartwatches. A first look at notifications illustrates this but consumers will have to carefully manage which apps can talk to the watch.
Although granted patents aren’t always implemented in actual products, Samsung could build a round-faced smartwatch similar to the upcoming Moto 360. SammyToday gathered…
U.K.-based research firm Strategy Analytics figures that Samsung took 71 percent of the smartwatch market in the first quarter of 2014, with…
The first device running Google’s wearable operating system got a shiny new glamour video on Monday.
June is looking good for the first Android Wear smartwatch launch with the LG G Watch expected in at least two markets at a price that could put some pressure on existing smartwatch products.
This week saw news of the upcoming Amazon phone which will surely run the company’s forked version of Android. That means it won’t likely work with Android Wear watches, one of which got a price. And the high-performing Galaxy S5 is now available.
This is pretty cool: Some developers from the Telefonica-owned European mobile carrier O2 have been toying with the idea to use an…
The wait for Google to enter the smartwatch race is over. This week, the company debuted Android Wear, a software platform built around Google Now’s card-based interface. LG and Motorola already have products in the pipeline.
Popular read-later service Pocket already has way to save information from an Android Wear smartwatch to your Pocket reading list. It’s just a prototype for now, but illustrates how glanceable information can be easily managed and sent to the large screen.
The Moto 360 with Android Wear may look like a mockup, but the product is real and does work based on a video interview with Motorola’s Jim Wicks. Here’s what we learned from from Wicks about the watch.
Even if you’re not a developer you might want to download and install the developer preview of Android Wear. Why? Because you can run an emulator to simulate an Android Wear smartwatch to see how it works.
The case of the pre-ordered Asus Chromebox takes a plot twist as nobody seems to be getting their device. We discuss the issue on this week’s podcast, and talk about how Google Now is unifying Android devices with Chrome while the Chromecast goes international.
All of a sudden the race to build an Android smartwatch is on thanks to Google’s Android Wear platform. LG appears to have a head-start as the G Watch will be the first using Android Wear. The Moto 360 won’t be far behind though.
I suggested a watch built around Google Now and other Google services last year. Here it comes. Or rather, here they come: On Tuesday, Google released Android Wear for its hardware partners to power smart watches.