Android Wear

BBM update pulls in Android Wear support

BBM update pulls in Android Wear support

BlackBerry was once accused of dragging it heels when it came to finally adding support for Android devices for BBM, but now that the gates have been opened, it seems that the company is happily making strides. In fact, while it doesn't have yet a wearable device of its own, it is jumping onto the market by proxy. BlackBerry has just announced an update to BBM on all platforms with a lot of new features, one of which lets you view and reply to messages on your Android Wear smartwatch.

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Huawei Watch hands-on: Prettiest Android Wear yet

Huawei Watch hands-on: Prettiest Android Wear yet

As Mobile World Congress 2015 is now in full swing, Huawei has wasted no time in announcing its latest product, the Android-powered Huawei Watch. As the company's first smartwatch, the Huawei Watch sports a stunning design, clearly resembling a classic timepiece over a tech wearable. We've had a brief opportunity to play with Huawei's current Watch prototype, and right now it's running the same looped Android Wear demo we saw on the very first smartwatches back at Google I/O in 2014.

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LG Watch Urbane hands-on – Android Wear in metal

LG Watch Urbane hands-on – Android Wear in metal

You can’t accuse LG of slacking on Android Wear, with the LG Watch Urbane the third model to run Google’s smartwatch platform. Announced a few weeks back, but making its official debut here at Mobile World Congress 2015, the new smartwatch keeps the circular P-OLED touchscreen of its G Watch R predecessor, but frames it in a brand new, high-quality metal casing for a feel more akin to traditional timepieces.

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Withings brings style to Android with Activite, Activite Pop

Withings brings style to Android with Activite, Activite Pop

Android might have its own lineup of wearables with Android Wear, but others linger on the fringe. Starting today, you can add Withings to the mix. The company is announcing their Activite and Activite Pop will now work with Android smartphones and tablets. In bringing their two smartwatches to Android, Withings now boasts most of their lineup of connected devices have been made available for Android. The top-end Activite is available now, while the more middle-of-the-road Activite Pop will come available this month.

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Huawei Watch teased as luxury Android Wear option

Huawei Watch teased as luxury Android Wear option

The world clearly needs another circular smartwatch, and Huawei is hoping that its unimaginatively-titled Huawei Watch will be the one to end up on your wrist. Expected to make its official debut at Mobile World Congress 2015 on Sunday, but already previewed in a pair of videos, the Android Wear timepiece aims at the classier end of the scale, with a sleek stainless steel casing, minimal ornamentation, and of course that round touchscreen.

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LG Watch Urbane video reminds you how classy it is

LG Watch Urbane video reminds you how classy it is

LG might not be too keen to battle for the spotlight at MWC 2015, but that doesn't mean it doesn't want you to drool over its pre-announced products. Next week, it will be putting on display a few of its new entries, and some of them might really be worth taking a closer look. Or a closer wear even. The company has just released a video for its LG Watch Urbane and it indeed would have you believe that it is one of if not the classiest Android Wear smartwatch to date.

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Unofficial iPhone support for Android Wear without Jailbreak unveiled

Unofficial iPhone support for Android Wear without Jailbreak unveiled

Android Wear is one of the most recent developments in wearable technology and smartwatches. Wearables have a lot of potential, but right now they still have their drawbacks. Besides a comparatively short battery life, the largest drawback is no cross-platform support. Until now, Android Wear could only be used with an Android smartphone. If a user switches to an iPhone, the smartwatch is rendered useless. That is, until this latest hack from developer Mohammad Abu-Garbeyyah. Now Android Wear can function with any iOS device without having to jailbreak your iPhone.

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Apple Watch orders reportedly top 5 million for first retail push

Apple Watch orders reportedly top 5 million for first retail push

According to the familiar unnamed sourced, Apple has reportedly asked suppliers to provide between 5-6 million Apple Watches for their initial push to retail. The sheer volume of the order suggests Apple is preparing for massive onslaught at retail stores, which will likely bring lines much like we see with iPhone releases. Apple is also keeping themselves grounded, and have reportedly asked for half of those orders to be the entry-level Apple Watch Sport, with much of the rest going toward the Apple Watch.

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Pebble updates with Android Wear, Google Fit

Pebble updates with Android Wear, Google Fit

This week Pebble is taking on Google's wearable universe by updating with PlexFit and Android Wear notifications. To gain access to Google Fit - a Google-made and Google-handled fitness system for Android devices - Pebble now works with the PlexFit app. To take on Android Wear, Pebble's latest update integrates Android Wear notifications right at the source. This Android Wear system has been in Beta for several weeks and is now being released to the public in the latest Pebble Android app update.

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I want a computer on my wrist, not a buzzer

I want a computer on my wrist, not a buzzer

This week it's become clear to me what Android Wear is doing wrong. It's not that the software isn't smooth. It's not that the software doesn't make sense. It's that Android Wear doesn't make good on the promise of a fully functional piece of smart equipment on my wrist. While a device like the LG G Watch R may be one of the finest smartwatches on the market today, it's still just a buzzer. Its main function is still secondary to the smartphone.

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