One thing that Apple has always done exceptionally well is to make clean, intuitive user interfaces that don’t overload you with too many unnecessary distractions. That’s why it’s somewhat surprising to see, at least at first glance, that Apple’s Watch UI looks much busier and cluttered compared with the more minimal approach taken by Google with Android Wear. More →
The very first Android Wear smartwatches launched earlier this summer, but now that the Moto 360 is finally shipping, it’s fair to say that Google’s new mobile operating system has officially arrived. Just a couple of months after the reveal of Android Wear, the hardware is already improving, but what about the software? It looks nice, but it’s still lacking some important features, which is why Google is going to be continuously updating Android Wear throughout the fall and winter. More →
Although all eyes in the tech industry are focused on the competing flagship smartphone releases this fall, there’s another interesting battle heating up in wearables. According to the latest rumors, Apple’s iWatch isn’t going to make it to retail in 2014, yet Android Police reports that the next major version of Android Wear is already on its way down the pike. More →
Motorola’s upcoming Moto 360 smartwatch is easily the most beautiful device this emerging category has ever seen. In a market cluttered by ugly square watches, Motorola chose a round design and premium materials in an effort to stand apart from the crowd. It worked — quite well, in fact. It actually worked so well that rival device makers Samsung and LG are already copying Motorola’s design.
As beautiful as the Moto 360 is, however, it has an annoying flaw that will ensure no apps on the Android Wear-powered smartwatch will ever look as beautiful as the Instagram for Android Wear concept you see in the image above. More →
LG’s first ever Android Wear device, the G Watch, launched less than three months ago, but The Korea Times is reporting that the company is already prepping a sequel for IFA 2014 next month. According to the report, the new smartwatch is tentatively being called the “G Watch 2,” although the name is subject to change before the wearable hits the market. More →
At this point, Motorola’s upcoming Moto 360 is the only Android Wear-powered smartwatch we’ve seen that people are actually excited for. The wait is now almost over, with Motorola stopping just short of confirming that it will announce availability details during a press event on September 4th. Samsung and LG already have Android Wear smartwatches available for purchase, but their reception thus far has been lukewarm at best. So now that the 360 is almost ready for prime time, Google is making another push to get some exposure for Android Wear.
The first part of its effort involves four new ads that show off various Android Wear watches and their capabilities. More →
In addition to being the only Android Wear device that will have a round watch face, the Moto 360 will also pack a unique feature existing competitors lack, Android Police reports, and that’s an ambient light sensor that will surely come in handy when it comes to adjusting to the lighting in a new environment and saving battery life. More →
Wearable tech hasn’t quite taken off like many analysts expected it to, but Android Wear could be the beginning of something big. Samsung and LG have already thrown their hats in the ring with the Gear Live and the G Watch, and Motorola hopes to blow everyone away with the gorgeous Moto 360 later this summer, but many of the biggest names in mobile electronics haven’t revealed their plans yet. More →
Apple’s upcoming first foray into the emerging wearables market is expected to launch this coming October, and numerous reports suggest it will be called the “iWatch.” With a focus on notifications as well as health and fitness tracking, the device will seemingly be a lot like smartwatches that are already on the market, but likely with some added design flair that only Apple can deliver. Of course, there will hopefully also be some extra functionality mixed in, considering the fact that current smartwatches don’t offer very much in the way of truly compelling features.
Android Wear has the mobile development community very excited, but the hardware might not be ready for primetime quite yet. Reports have begun to circulate stating that the charging mechanism on Samsung’s Gear Live is breaking off, making it impossible to power the device once it runs out of juice. Several Google I/O attendees who have been affected by the issue have taken to Google+ to share their experiences and photos of the broken smartwatch. More →