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 →
If the existence of smartwatches is predicated on convenience — they need to be significantly more accessible than our phones. That’s why Android Wear’s out-of-the-box compatibility with AutoApps is a great sign for the future of wearable tech. Spending some time with Android Wear before it launched, developer Doug Gregory managed to adapt his home automation system to work with his brand new Gear Live smartwatch. More →
Now that the first Android Wear devices are finally out in the wild, early adopters will be on the hunt for compatible apps to use with the G Watch and the Gear Live. Google began the rollout by launching the Android Wear setup app on Wednesday, allowing users to quickly pair their new wearables with their smartphones, control voice action preferences and adjust notification settings. More →
I’m not sure I am mentally ready for this whole smartwatch/band/charm/bracelet thing. I love watches — real watches — and it makes me sad to think there’s a good chance that even beautiful mechanical watches are going to fade away in the near future.
I say that already knowing that relatively zero people wear watches for reasons other than functionality at this point, and the youngest generations can’t be bothered. We spend an inordinate amount of time on our phones and other devices. We check them every 10 seconds, constantly pulling them out of pockets and bags to see if we have any notifications. Obviously, it does make you wonder if there is some way of extending your phone’s functionality in a manner that lets you live more and do more without being bogged down in notification purgatory.
The answer for damn sure isn’t glasses on your face. So what if it does involve a watch-like device on your wrist? I have been toying with a couple of Android Wear devices and Android L over the past few days, and I’m slowly warming up to the idea. More →
As Google confirmed during the keynote at Google I/O last week, Android Wear devices will be much more than expensive digital watches. Although receiving notifications might be the most useful functionality of a G Watch or a Gear Live, you’ll be able to download native apps to your smartwatch as well. In fact, 9to5Google has noted that the very first standalone apps for Android Wear have already begun appearing on the Google Play store. More →
Great news for people who love the “stock Android” experience: Google isn’t letting Samsung or any other third-party OEMs muss it up on Android Wear, Android Auto or Android TV. In an interview with Ars Technica, Google engineering director David Burke said that OEMs won’t be able to alter these new Android platforms in the same way that they can alter Android on smartphones and tablets with overlays such as Samsung’s TouchWiz or HTC’s Sense. More →
Google updated its Google Maps app for Android including support for its newly launched Android Wear operating system for wearable devices, Android Police reports. That means developers and members of the press who got either the LG G Watch or the Samsung Gear Live at I/O 2014 will now be able to use Google’s popular navigation application on their new smartwatches. More →
Android Wear was one of several highlights from Google’s I/O 2014 keynote earlier this week, as the company showed us that it wants to be everywhere, not just on smartphones, tablets and computers. Three new devices were shown off during the event — one of which was absolutely gorgeous, while the other two were decidedly “meh” — along with all of the nifty functionality we can look forward to as Wear devices begin hitting the market.
Google’s keynote presentation continues with an extensive introduction to Android Wear, the mobile platform that will power all of Google’s wearable devices. Android Wear takes the most important notifications on your phone and places them on the home screen of your smartwatch, from the local weather to flight status. The screen of the device is always-on, making notifications as accessible as possible.
Google fans, the wait is finally over — Google’s biggest event of the year is about to begin. Like Apple’s WWDC conference, Google I/O is a massive meeting of developers each year that positions them to take advantage of all of the new tools and services Google has to offer. For non-developers who use various products from Google’s gigantic ecosystem, I/O is also our first look at the latest and greatest Google has to offer. More →
The next generation of wearable tech is nearly upon us. CNET reports that Samsung is preparing to unveil an Android Wear smartwatch at Google I/O this week, a device similar to the Gear smartwatches we’ve been introduced to over the past year. According to CNET’s sources, Samsung has been working on two Android Wear models, one using its own chips and one built with Qualcomm processors. More →