Android Wear

Apple Watch requirements: lower friction, faster access

Apple Watch requirements: lower friction, faster access

The Apple Watch has been launched today - more or less - and is being proliferated around the world through the eyes and ears of onlookers. While some consumers have gotten their devices, most of the population of the world has yet to jump aboard the smartwatch train - or even the wearables train. As such, we've had a talk with Andrej Kostresevic, CEO for Nomads, about what it'll take to bring the smartwatch to the public, starting with the idea that Android Wear has a "lack of friction" and the idea that Google Glass "failed."

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Apple Watch approaches like a Silver Surfer

Apple Watch approaches like a Silver Surfer

I don't have an Apple Watch around my wrist. Lets get that fact out of the way right this minute, since every other technology blogger in the universe seems - I emphasize SEEMS - to have one today on "launch day." The Apple Watch, like the iPhone and to a slightly lesser extend the iPad, is a herald of something greater. A new community, and a new way of computing. Just like the iPhone, Apple didn't make the first of its kind with the Apple Watch. But, judging SOLELY by the number of apps that've been released at launch for this one new product category, Apple has, once again, summoned the smartwatch.

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Apple rejecting Pebble apps doesn’t bode well for Android Wear

Apple rejecting Pebble apps doesn’t bode well for Android Wear

Apple closely curating its App Store makes it more difficult for malware and poor quality apps to go through, but it does come at a price that developers sometimes find out the hard way. There are times when apps are rejected for the most unreasonable reasons or sometimes for new reasons that have been added under developers' noses. That inconsistency seems to be at work here again, with some developers reporting that their apps are suddenly being rejected, and sometimes accepted, due to on single reason: they mention support for Pebble.

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Google Keep for Android Wear allows hands free note-taking

Google Keep for Android Wear allows hands free note-taking

Just like Google's latest updates for Android Wear, Google Keep's organization app for Android Wear is allowing you to do more from your wrist. From now on, to view your grocery list, you won't need to keep your phone in one hand, fumbling to launch an app, while you grab for a gallon of milk with the other hand. If you have an Android Wear powered smartwatch you'll be able to interact with your Google Keep notes, practically hands-free.

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Samsung’s 7th smartwatch will be round

Samsung’s 7th smartwatch will be round

We've heard of a round Samsung Gear smartwatch before. We've been hearing rumors of this device since before Android Wear came out. Before the first round smartwatch to hit the market, the Moto 360, was released, Samsung was aiming for round display greatness. Here in the Summer of 2015, they've all but confirmed that their next wearable device will be circular in nature. They've done this with a release about early access to this device's software development kit for app and content creators.

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LG G Watch, G Watch R, ASUS ZenWatch: no Wi-Fi for you

LG G Watch, G Watch R, ASUS ZenWatch: no Wi-Fi for you

Excited over the prospect of getting your Android Wear smartwatch connected even without a smartphone within range? Better start hoping your wearable computer is one of the supported models. Although the upcoming Android Wear update will include the ability for smartwatches to connect via Wi-Fi, it still boils down to whether the device has the hardware capable of doing that. Sadly, despite appearances and spec sheets, not all of them are created equal, and the ones from LG and ASUS will apparently be left out of the Wi-Fi party.

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LG Watch Urbane launches this week with latest Android Wear

LG Watch Urbane launches this week with latest Android Wear

LG has just formally announced what Google itself has revealed this week. LG's latest and classiest smartwatch is coming to town and it will be bringing with it all the goodness of the latest version of Android Watch. The LG Watch Urbane will begin its global rollout in South Korea this week, to be followed by North American, European, and Asian markets. And, since it's coming out just in time, it will already be landing with latest version of Android Wear and all it has to offer, including Wi-Fi connectivity and finger-drawn emojis.

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Google’s Android Wear update nails skeptics’ flaw in Apple Watch plan

Google’s Android Wear update nails skeptics’ flaw in Apple Watch plan

Today Google has released a number of feature updates for Android Wear, and in turn, has uncovered a key flaw not only in the Apple Watch, but in ever smartwatch released so far. In the smartwatch, the market has created demand for a product that precedes its own usefulness. In the release, creation, and proliferation of the smartwatch, manufacturers are attempting to recapture the magical torch set alight by smartphones, attempting to make lightning strike again with a "smart" upgrade to a "dumb" device.

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Google just gave Android Wear a feature jolt

Google just gave Android Wear a feature jolt

Whoa wait a second, you might be saying, what did Google just do for Android Wear? And where is my update? It's on the way, first of all - if you happen to have an LG Watch Urbane you should have the update already. If you have any other Android Wear watch, your update will be appearing this week. As for what Google actually released this morning - that's a bit more in-depth. It begins with a tale of drawings and emoji for everyone.

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The emoji you’ve been waiting for: on Android Wear

The emoji you’ve been waiting for: on Android Wear

Those smartwatch owners jealous of their yet-unworn opponent watches with emoji can rest easy. Emoji replies to messages are here for Android Wear devices. Thank goodness, you must be thinking. You've been seeing the emoji pop up on Twitter, you've seen them in Google Hangouts. You've seen them everywhere but the place where they'd be best utilized. Here they are, at last, on your wrist. This bit of functionality will work with a connected phone, be it direct or with Wi-fi.

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