Android Wear

Xiaomi Mi Smartwatch confirmed for this year

Xiaomi Mi Smartwatch confirmed for this year

We know that Xiaomi will be having an event on May 10 where some new products and software will be unveiled. Hardware expected at the event includes the Xiaomi Max and the Mi Band 2. Software tipped to be unveiled includes the MIUI 8 OS. Word has surfaced hat another device might be unveiled after this event and this one is a smartwatch called the Mi smartwatch.

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Apple Watch market share fell to almost half in Q1 2016

Apple Watch market share fell to almost half in Q1 2016

Good news: smartwatches are actually a hot item in the tech market, growing by as much as 223% compared to the first quarter last year. Bad news: compared to the last quarter of 2015, however, the number was actually sliced in half. Depending on your brand loyalty or preference, the mix of devices and platforms might be good or bad news for you as well. While the Apple Watch still has majority of the market, it has shrunk to just half, with Android Wear and Tizen making up the other half.

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Google MODE made to snap-and-swap for Android (Wear)

Google MODE made to snap-and-swap for Android (Wear)

It would appear that Google would like to get out ahead of the masses when it comes to "plug and play" for hardware. Not just for smartphones. They've got a program in the works for that, too - no, this "MODE" they speak of is for hardware only. Not electronics. Made to attach to electronics, of course, but hardware in and of itself. The first wave of Google's MODE brand is made for Android Wear devices. A series of straps have been made to snap in and out with extreme ease.

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Now you can also play Counter Strike on Android Wear

Now you can also play Counter Strike on Android Wear

Just as smartphones have become really small computers, in the layman sense of the word, so too have smartwatches become even tinier equivalents. Given how humans have a natural inclination to tinker and push the limits, we knew it will only be a matter of time before someone takes smartwatches beyond their intended purpose. Indeed, we've seen such wearables run old console games or even old operating systems. This latest attempt definitely takes the cake for bringing the iconic first person shooter Counter Strike to Android Wear smartwatches.

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Now you can manage Outlook email on Android Wear

Now you can manage Outlook email on Android Wear

Your smartwatch may seem like the last device you'd want to read and manage your email on, but as the variety of email apps on the Apple Watch has shown, there are some people out there who do. It also proves that the wrist may not be such a bad location to take care of email from after all. With that, now Android Wear device owners can get in on the action, as Microsoft has finally released an Outlook app for Google's wearable-based OS.

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Jaguar app for wearables checks fuel level, unlocks doors

Jaguar app for wearables checks fuel level, unlocks doors

Jaguar has announced a new remote functions app for Android Wear smartwatches. The app has several connected features for Jaguar and Land Rover owners to take advantage of including the ability to remotely start the car and activate the climate system. That is an important feature in hot or cold environments.

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AT&T brings back the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Ed LTE

AT&T brings back the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Ed LTE

It's not yet even near the second half of the year, but we're not one to complain about extremely early good news. At least hopefully it's good news. LG promised that its second Watch Urbane smartwatch would indeed be going back to the market, but it seems that it will be happening earlier than promised. AT&T has once again put the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE up for pre-order. Presuming it isn't just a fluke, it gives hope that LG has finally resolved the issues that led to the smartwatch being unceremoniously pulled out shortly after launch.

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Michael Kors unveils two dazzling Android Wear watches

Michael Kors unveils two dazzling Android Wear watches

Michael Kors has announced a new line of wearables called the Michael Kors Access collection, and kicking it off are two new Android Wear smartwatches. The Access watches are designed to offer the best Android Wear wearables have to offer while wrapping them up in a stylish, even glamorous design. The watches won’t be launching until this coming fall season, but the company detailed some features recently at Baselworld 2016.

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Nixon debuts Android smartwatch with 100-meter water resistance

Nixon debuts Android smartwatch with 100-meter water resistance

Another traditional analog watch maker is trying their hand at the smartwatch game. This time it's Nixon, paring their sport watch designs with Android Wear tech into the ultra rugged Mission wearable. But the tough looks aren't just for appearances, as the Mission is primarily aimed at snowboarders and surfers, activities that involve, well, water. To combat this, Nixon has made its smartwatch water-resistant up to 100 meters (330 feet).

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Fossil Q Marshal, Wander join fashion brand’s Android Wear line

Fossil Q Marshal, Wander join fashion brand’s Android Wear line

A few months ago, traditional watch and fashion accessory maker Fossil unveiled its first foray into the wearables market, which included a solitary Fossil Q Founder Android Wear smartwatch. Fossil's first ever smartwatch need no longer feel lonely, as it brings not one but two new Android Wear timepieces to the fold. It is also formally announcing the arrival of the Misfit Ray lookalike, the Fossil Q Motion. But more than that, Fossil will also be bridging the divide with a smart analog smartwatch promised to land sometime this Fall.

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LG: No 3rd Nexus 5, Watch Urbane 2nd Ed still coming

LG: No 3rd Nexus 5, Watch Urbane 2nd Ed still coming

Nexus devices have been made by quite a number of Google's partners, but none perhaps is more familiar, or perhaps more favored, than LG. It has, to date, made three Nexus smartphones, the Nexus 4, the Nexus 5, and the most recent Nexus 5X. Those who have preferred the Korean OEM's more budget friendly spins might be disappointed that LG has, more or less, formally said it won't be involved in the next Nexus smartphone. As an unrelated consolation, however, it promises that the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition hasn't been canceled. At least not yet.

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With Snapdragon Wear, Qualcomm promises smaller, smarter wearables

With Snapdragon Wear, Qualcomm promises smaller, smarter wearables

The next Android Wear watches could be smaller, faster, and a whole lot more connected, with Qualcomm announcing a big upgrade to one of its tiniest chipsets. Replacing the Snapdragon 400 that's found in the majority of Android Wear devices today, the new Snapdragon Wear 2100 platform is 30-percent smaller than its predecessor - important, when you need to design something sleek enough to fit comfortably and discretely on a wrist.

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