Remember the Blocks modular smartwatch concept? Well, the good news is that the product is no longer just a concept. After an impressive $1.6 million Kickstarter campaign, the company is ready to show off the final version of the product. Even better, you can preorder a Blocks watch right now, though the device launches only later this fall.
One of the chief criticisms levied at the Apple Watch in particular, and at smartwatches in general, is that there’s not really much you can do on such a small screen. So while we’re still waiting for developers to figure out how to squeeze a compelling gaming experience onto a small display, how about we sit back and watch Half-Life running on an LG G Watch.
You might be forgiven for thinking that the Apple Watch is the only smartwatch worth buying. But watches running Android Wear are alive, kicking, and getting better. More →
Google is supposedly working on making Android Wear smartwatches compatible with iPhone, which might be a clever way to combat Apple’s popular Apple Watch. However, while Google has yet to release Android Wear support for iOS, you can already connect Android Wear devices to iPhone and iPad.
It’s always great when a someone ports an ancient OS onto a modern piece of technology just to prove they can do it. YouTube user Corbin Davenport this week showed off something that’s one of the oddest pairings of this kind ever: The Macintosh System 6 platform on an Android Wear smartwatch. More →
The general consensus among early smartwatch adopters is that Android Wear has a lot to learn from the Apple Watch, although neither wearable platform is anywhere close to perfect. Mashable’s Ray Wong has written a feature on six things that Android Wear can do right now that the Apple Watch can’t and three of them seem like particularly cool features that Apple should definitely swipe for its next-gen Apple Watch. More →
Choosing a smartwatch right now is a decision that’s mostly made based on the mobile operating system you currently favor. The Apple Watch only works with the iPhone, Android Wear devices only support Android smartphones, and smartwatch models running third-party operating system might work with both iOS or Android. However, if you’re still not sold on the Apple Watch – which is shaping up to be the most important smartwatch ever made – and you’re looking at options, then you might want to check out the huge comparison Italian blog MobileWorld has put together. More →
With all the hype surrounding the Apple Watch, you may have forgotten that Google has a smartwatch software platform of its own called Android Wear. To remind us of this, Google on Monday took the wraps off a hugely ambitious Android Wear update that adds three important features that the platform had been sorely missing. More →
Instead of making flagship Android Wear devices of its own to take on Apple’s three distinct Watch models, Google is apparently working on a sneakier way to fight the iOS wearables. Just as rumored in the past, the company is apparently adapting its Android Wear platform to work with iPhone in the future. More →
The Apple Watch is the talk of the town when it comes to wearable devices, as Apple prepares to start taking preorders for the smartwatch this week. However, the Apple Watch isn’t the only smart device smartwatch buyers can consider, and CNET offers a comparison between Apple’s latest creation and its main competitors. More →
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 →