Android Wear

The new Moto 360 may be smaller and cheaper

The new Moto 360 may be smaller and cheaper

Up close and personal with the next Moto 360, it would appear that things are getting a bit smaller this time around. Strange for the smartphone world where devices are always getting bigger, but perfectly reasonable for the Wild West of the wearables market. Here it seems as though the next Moto 360 keeps the "flat tire" display, changes the position of the power button, and added bit of hardware to the top and bottom for easier switching of bands.

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Android Wear interactive watch faces enliven the whole platform

Android Wear interactive watch faces enliven the whole platform

Google's Android Wear development team release an Interactive Watch Faces API to diversify the home screen of the platform. Android Wear is one of several smartwatch operating systems very much in the "Wild West" of the platform - especially with updates like this, the whole operating system can be given a jolt of new life. Engagement is about to be shocked with this API, as proven with the first few "interactive watch faces" on the market today.

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Android Wear Translate makes your watch a live language expert

Android Wear Translate makes your watch a live language expert

Today Google has updated Android Wear with Translate, an app which allows you to speak to your watch and see a translation instantly. This app works with 44-languages, harvesting language knowledge from the Google Translate library. Once you choose a language, speaking to your watch will result in instant translations in text form. Once you've read what you need to read, you can flip your wrist to see the other of the two languages you've chosen.

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Fossil Android Wear watch release set for October

Fossil Android Wear watch release set for October

Fashion brand Fossil have teamed up with Intel to bring a new Android Wear-based smartwatch to the market this year. Revealed at IDF 2015, this watch is the first in a line of smart wearable devices from Fossil and Intel, while in 2016 more products will be coming from Fossil including a smart watch made under the Michael Kors brand. In addition to this first device - which at first glance looks very similar to certain Android Wear devices made by Motorola and Huawei - more devices are already on the table. Literally.

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Next Moto 360 expected to come in two sizes

Next Moto 360 expected to come in two sizes

While the original Moto 360 smartwatch is still easily the best designed Android Wear device, with its simple circular 1.56-inch screen, one common criticism was that it was a little big for those with small wrists. Some recently discovered regulatory documents from Brazil have indicated that Motorola has learned from the feedback and will be releasing the 360's successor in two sizes. This would also follow after Apple's move of releasing the Watch in two sizes, a factor that has contributed to its initial success.

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Microsoft unloads a bunch of apps for smartwatches

Microsoft unloads a bunch of apps for smartwatches

Since it doesn't have a smartwatch of its own (no, the Microsoft Band doesn't count), it seems that Microsoft is quite content to puts its software on others wrists instead. Catering to both the Android Wear toting and the Apple Watch wearing crowd, Microsoft has just announced new and updated apps for both types of wearables. And since Microsoft is now all about helping you become productive, these apps focus on wearable versions of its productivity suite, plus one completely new addition to the family.

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Galaxy Note 5, Gear A, Edge may add up to Samsung’s biggest Unpacked yet

Galaxy Note 5, Gear A, Edge may add up to Samsung’s biggest Unpacked yet

Earlier today Samsung sent out invitations to an event that'll have three devices (at least) released to the masses. Just following Motorola's event today and before Apple's event later this year, the "Galaxy" giant will more than likely be revealing two smartphones and at least one smartwatch. Given the amount of rumors, leaks, and tips we've received over the past few weeks, we can't help but wonder if Samsung's secrets have all been revealed already. And if they have, is that going to be just fine with potential consumers?

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Moto 360 2 details vs Samsung Gear A (before the fact)

Moto 360 2 details vs Samsung Gear A (before the fact)

Motorola will be following up on their first wildly successful "round" smartwatch, Moto 360, with a smartwatch that is, indeed, truly round. The information we've been passed today mixed with the details leaked over the past few weeks create a smartwatch that's tweaked ever-so-slightly. This device, tentatively titled "Moto 360 2", will follow up on the original with a body and software that will not put its predecessor out to pasture. Instead, Motorola will present a device that sits nicely beside the Moto 360 to present a two-tier smartwatch release approach.

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Samsung Gear A round smartwatch details revealed

Samsung Gear A round smartwatch details revealed

Samsung's first round smartwatch's details arrive in the form of early developer specifications. What we're looking at here is more than just the first wave of software specs - here we've got a set of hardware specs as well. The resting conglomeration of details has us understanding more about this smartwatch than we usually are able to glean from a smartwatch that's just been launched. It's expected that this "Samsung Gear A" will be launched directly alongside the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus.

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Android Wear to soon support interactive watch faces

Android Wear to soon support interactive watch faces

As a platform, Android is quite flexible and part of that characteristic trickles down to Android Wear. The smartwatch-oriented OS has a few hidden quirks that developers are able to take advantage of to provide functionality otherwise unavailable officially. Sadly, that can sometimes lead to unpredictable behavior, sometimes even broken functionality. Good thing, then, that Google has chosen to officially adopt one such "hack". According to insider sources, an upcoming major Android Wear update will finally bring official support to interactive watches faces. Plus, it could also introduce Android Wear to Android Wear communication.

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Watch YouTube on Android Wear, because why not?

Watch YouTube on Android Wear, because why not?

You know the smartwatch trend has gone too far when it becomes possible to watch videos on that tiny, wrist-worn screen. And unfortunately, it looks like that's exactly where we're going. Last month it was revealed that the Apple Watch would eventually be getting video playback capabilities through watchOS 2, and now Android Wear users enjoy YouTube on their device thanks to a new app. Have people forgotten they can watch videos on nicer, bigger screens on the phones in their pockets?

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