Android Wear Vs. Apple Watch

Why Android Wear may never catch on like Android did

By on March 23, 2015 at 9:41 AM.

Why Android Wear may never catch on like Android did

When Google unveiled Android back in 2007, it was an OEM’s dream come true — Google wouldn’t charge any licensing fees to use the bare-bones version of it and OEMs could customize it to their hearts’ desires. Android Wear, on the other hand, is another beast entirely and OEMs are showing significantly less enthusiasm for it than they did with the original Android. More →

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Apple Watch Vs Android Wear

5 key ways the Apple Watch crushes Android rivals

By on March 10, 2015 at 10:20 AM.

5 key ways the Apple Watch crushes Android rivals

The Apple Watch was already official, but now it’s officially official. We had already seen the sleek new device unveiled this past September during the iPhone 6 event, but Monday’s big press conference filled in all the blanks. We learned how long the battery will last, we learned how much each new model will cost, and we learned when the Apple Watch will finally be released.

We also learned conclusively that the Apple Watch isn’t just a cut above the competition, it’s in a completely different league. More →

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Android Wear for iPhone

Google seriously thinks iPhone users will consider getting an Android Wear watch

By on March 3, 2015 at 6:50 PM.

Google seriously thinks iPhone users will consider getting an Android Wear watch

Google might have found an interesting approach to competing against the Apple Watch that we didn’t see coming: The company is reportedly going to bring its Android-based wearables platform over to iOS, thus allowing iPhone and iPad users to buy Android Wear devices and pair them with their Apple products. More →

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Video: New iPhone hack does the impossible

By on February 23, 2015 at 9:05 AM.

Video: New iPhone hack does the impossible

Apple is known for many of things, but choice isn’t necessarily one of them. The company has a tendency to try to tell customers what they want rather than give them a number of different options. Of course, Apple is often exactly right about what customers want, and it has the all-time most profitable quarter in corporate history under its belt to prove it.

Some consumers want a wider range of choices though, and this is one of many reasons Android smartphones have become so popular. While the same hasn’t been true for Android-powered smartwatches, which haven’t sold well at all at this point, a new hack could ultimately kill two birds with one stone by opening up Android Wear devices to anyone with an iPhone. More →

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Why Smartwatches Are Useless

You couldn’t pay me to use a smartwatch right now… but talk to me in 3 years

By on February 18, 2015 at 12:15 PM.

You couldn’t pay me to use a smartwatch right now… but talk to me in 3 years

I’m usually the sort of person who gets very enthusiastic about new kinds of tech products when they first release. Digital music players, smartphones and tablets were all easy sells to me when they came out. Hell, I even thought Google Glass was an awesome idea until I saw how it actually looked on people walking around in the real world. However, right now I look at smartwatches the same way I’d look at a disease-carrying cockroach wobbling across my basement floor. Basically, I don’t want them anywhere near me and thinking about having one on my skin makes me vaguely nauseous. More →

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Android Wear Watch Sales

Almost nobody wants an Android Wear watch right now

By on February 11, 2015 at 3:40 PM.

Almost nobody wants an Android Wear watch right now

Even if the Apple Watch goes down as an epic flop, it will still likely sell better in its first month than every single Android Wear watch combined has sold for the past several months. Research firm Canalys has some new data out that estimates only 720,000 Android Wear watches shipped last year, which sets a remarkably low bar for the Apple Watch to clear when it releases later this year. More →

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Sony Stainless Steel SmartWatch 3

Sony’s Android Wear smartwatch is getting a stylish stainless steel update

By on January 5, 2015 at 8:00 PM.

Sony’s Android Wear smartwatch is getting a stylish stainless steel update

With the release of the Apple Watch right around the corner, Android Wear device manufacturers are doing everything they can to make their mark. On Monday, Sony revealed that the recently released SmartWatch 3 will be receiving a stainless steel makeover which begins rolling out around the world in February. More →

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Best Android Wear Features

The single most important feature every Android Wear user should know about

By on December 24, 2014 at 7:05 PM.

The single most important feature every Android Wear user should know about

If you find an Android Wear device under your tree this year, the very first thing you’ll want to do is make sure you know how to control which apps are allowed to send you notifications. After all, if your wrist vibrated every time someone favorited one of your tweets, you’d get pretty annoyed very quickly. More →

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Android Wear Watch Face API

This new feature is the coolest thing Google has done so far with Android Wear

By on December 10, 2014 at 9:30 PM.

This new feature is the coolest thing Google has done so far with Android Wear

Android Wear doesn’t exactly get the same kind of attention that its older brother Android does but Google isn’t nearly done yet adding exciting new features to its mobile computing platform. To this end, Google rolled out a new API for Android Wear on Wednesday that will let you customize your experience with the OS like never before. More →

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Android Wear Update

Google announces its first major update for Android Wear

By on October 23, 2014 at 12:00 PM.

Google announces its first major update for Android Wear

Google on Thursday made a few big announcements pertaining to Android Wear, one of which is the addition of a significant feature many users have been waiting for. Writing on Google’s Android blog, Android Wear product manager Kenny Stoltz revealed that Google’s first major Android Wear update adds support for devices with stand-alone GPS, meaning that Wear smartwatches finally become useful in a variety of situations without the need to tether them to a smartphone.

Along the same vein, Android Wear will now be able to store music locally on supported devices so that users can connect a Bluetooth headset and listen to songs without a connected smartphone. More →

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Windows 95 On Android Wear

This is what Windows 95 looks like running on Android Wear

By on October 6, 2014 at 7:03 PM.

This is what Windows 95 looks like running on Android Wear

Any time a new device hits the market, it’s always fascinating to see how tech-savvy developers, designers and hobbyists will tinker with it to push it to its limits. Web developer Corbin Davenport has received some attention over the last week for getting both Minecraft Pocket Edition and the original PC FPS Doom to run on Android Wear, but those were just warm-ups for the most impressive feat of all — running Windows 95 on a Samsung Gear Live. More →

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Moto 360 Battery Issues

This huge Android fan hates even the prettiest Android Wear watch

By on September 12, 2014 at 4:04 PM.

This huge Android fan hates even the prettiest Android Wear watch

You might like what the Moto 360 Android Wear smartwatch looks like in pictures and fantasize about fitting one on your wrist soon, but it looks like the device may have some serious issues, if longtime Android fan and Android Police founder Artem Russakovskii is to be believed. More →

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Apple Watch Vs. Android Wear

Side-by-side comparison shows Google may have designed a cleaner watch UI than Apple

By on September 11, 2014 at 2:11 PM.

Side-by-side comparison shows Google may have designed a cleaner watch UI than Apple

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 →

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