Android Wear

Google vested Mobvoi reveals Ticwatch 2 without Android Wear [UPDATE]

Google vested Mobvoi reveals Ticwatch 2 without Android Wear [UPDATE]

Mobvoi will be taking a different approach to smartwatches with their latest in globe-ready wearables. This is the Ticwatch 2, a device that uses Android but doesn't use Android Wear. There's a difference, after all - Google's Android Wear is quite strict when it comes to software modification, while Android on a smartwatch can be basically anything a smartwatch maker wants. This new device has Mobvoi going in some interesting new directions.

UPDATE: Apparently you CAN run Android Wear if you want, so says Mobvoi PR - "Android Wear compatibility mode will work in the new global edition."

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Big surprise, hardly anybody is buying smartwatches

Big surprise, hardly anybody is buying smartwatches

Smartwatches may have been heralded as the Next Big Thing in consumer tech, but a stagnating market has seen the segment shrink dramatically compared to last year. Shipments overall drooped 32-percent in Q2 2016, according to the latest IDC worldwide smartwatch report, torpedoed for the most part by dwindling demand for the Apple Watch.

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Google-made Android Wear smartwatch renders leaked

Google-made Android Wear smartwatch renders leaked

Aside from making its own smartphone, Google is also rumored to be making its own Google Assistant powered Android Wear smartwatches. Admittedly, that might be an easier sell than a self-made Nexus. That said, just like the smartphone rumors, details on these two smartwatches are still quite vague, but now there are a few more tidbits to chew on. Renders based on "reliable" but highly anonymous sources show how the two, codenamed Angelfish and Swordfish, will most likely look like, and how wildly they'll differ not just in design but in functionality as well.

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Google Nexus watches detailed in 2x sizes

Google Nexus watches detailed in 2x sizes

Android Nougat's brand of Android Wear has been tipped to be coming in the form of two new watches from Google. The software and hardware brand will be bringing heat with devices in two sizes, says Android Police, and it would seem that they're being stacked up not unlike the two-tiered smartphone system Google, Samsung, and Apple have been cultivating as of late. This will more than likely set the standard for the rest of the world of smartwatch manufacturers of all kinds.

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Google Fit app updated with customizable widget, goals, new UI

Google Fit app updated with customizable widget, goals, new UI

During Google's Android Wear announcements and presentations at the Google I/O event back in May, we got a few quick looks at a revised app for Google Fit, the health and fitness tracking service for Android. Now, after a long wait, the app is finally seeing an update released this week. Google Fit version 1.57 is rolling out to the Google Play store, featuring an overhauled UI, a customizable widget, and new ways to set goals.

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Android Wear 2.0 will skip Moto 360 1st gen

Android Wear 2.0 will skip Moto 360 1st gen

Just as mobile operating systems start skipping smartphone models once they get to be a few years old, the same is happening with smartwatches. Following its big announcement at Google I/O 2016 last month, Android Wear 2.0 has been revealed to not be coming to some of the platform's earliest devices, including the original Moto 360 watch.

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Microsoft rolls out Outlook watch face for Android Wear

Microsoft rolls out Outlook watch face for Android Wear

It was only in April that Microsoft Outlook made its debut as an Android Wear app, but a new update has just been released that turns Outlook into a watch face. This means users can skip the need to tap and navigate the UI on their wrist, and instead see both email and calendar information on the same screen as the clock. Instead of relying on a notification, users can simply raise their wrist to check the time, and also see an overview of schedule and unread emails.

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What smartwatches are still getting wrong

What smartwatches are still getting wrong

It's been more than three years since the first modern commercial smartwatches, the Pebble and the Sony SmartWatch, hit the market and this wearable device category still hasn't taken the industry by storm. In the meantime, less powerful and less featured smart fitness bands are flooding the market and is giving some well-deserved and long overdue attention to healthier lifestyles (at least hopefully). These two device categories sometimes share some features, like notifications and activity tracking. Sometimes they even share in price tags. And yet smarwatches aren't regarded with the same esteem and market share as their health-centric cousins. The issue might not just be because smartwatches answer the problems wrong. They might also be answering the wrong problems.

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Samsung hasn’t given up on Android Wear, or so it says

Samsung hasn’t given up on Android Wear, or so it says

If you've been waiting for an Android Wear version of the rather handsome Gear S2, rotating bezel and all, you might want to stop holding your breath or, if you can, hold it a lot, LOT longer. Some unnamed Samsung executive supposedly told Fast Company that company no longer has any Android Wear device planned, practically implying that, as far as wearables are concerned, Tizen is the future for Samsung. The Korean manufacturer sent a statement denying making any official word on the matter, but still leaves the question open.

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The must-read news from Google I/O 2016

The must-read news from Google I/O 2016

At the 2016 Google I/O 2016 developers conference, the company revealed software for their products and specifications for hardware for the future. Today we're running down all the bits and pieces in as simplified a way as possible for the common user - with links to more in-depth data collections for those that wish to go the extra mile. This wrap-up will be updated as Google and friends reveal more information throughout the week, and will be locked up at the end of the event series.

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Android Wear 2.0 adds a tiny on-screen keyboard, bizarrely

Android Wear 2.0 adds a tiny on-screen keyboard, bizarrely

Does your smartwatch need a keyboard? That's what Google thinks is the next stage for wrist computing, previewing Android Wear 2.0 at Google I/O 2016 today. The next generation of Google's wearable platform follows Apple's watchOS in some respects, with new support for native apps for instance, while in other ways Google's idea of interaction is very different.

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Android Wear smartwatch running Windows 7 because why not

Android Wear smartwatch running Windows 7 because why not

Wearables by nature such as Android Wear smartwatches have tiny screens. The screen has to be very small to fit on the wrist, but has to be large enough that the image is easily viewable and you can actually touch the icons. This is why you tend to get apps with very few large icons or buttons on the screen at once so you can see them. As you can tell in the image here, this particular Android Wear smartwatch is running an OS that certainly isn't Android based.

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