Android Wear

Wearables can detect early signs of diabetes using machine learning

Wearables can detect early signs of diabetes using machine learning

Artificial intelligence, machine learning, and neural networks are the buzzwords of the tech industry and are often used to make lives more convenient, either for consumers or for the companies selling them products and services. But these technologies are now being utilized to also help make people healthier and even save lives. A recent study made by health startup Cardiogram and the University of California San Francisco revealed that even your common fitness-centric wearable is capable of detecting early signs of diabetes. With a little help from neural networks, of course.

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Android Wear 2.9 unread notifications dot coming soon

Android Wear 2.9 unread notifications dot coming soon

Google seems to be trying to make up for lost time in smartwatch land. Just last week, it rolled out Android Wear 2.8, a minor update focused on improving contrast and readability. While Android Wear 2.9 isn’t yet going out, Google is already prepping developers for what’s to come. First up is a feature that more or less puts Android Wear almost on the same level as Android Oreo, which it is now based on, by adding unread notification dots and visual cues.

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Android Wear 2.8 app update improves readability, battery life

Android Wear 2.8 app update improves readability, battery life

One of the most basic uses of a smartwatch, which sets it apart from a fitness tracker, is that it can show you notifications and messages. That purpose, however, is defeated when you can barely make out what’s on the screen, especially in brighter lighting conditions. To help improve that situation, and perhaps marginally extend battery life, Google is rolling out a small update to the Android Wear app, now at version 2.8, to increase readability by using a darker background.

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TAG Heuer Connected Modular 41 puts Android Wear in a smaller form

TAG Heuer Connected Modular 41 puts Android Wear in a smaller form

It might seem like a distant memory but, once upon a time, smartwatches were made by smartphone makers. Having lost interest in what was deemed a business failure, the wearable market was salvaged by fashion and luxury brands instead. One of the first such saviors is TAG Heuer who just last year launched the Connected Modular 45 Android Wear smartwatch. This time, it’s announcing the Connected Modular 41, designed for smaller wrists. Its petite size, however, can be deceiving.

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Android Wear Oreo: which smartwatches are getting it and when

Android Wear Oreo: which smartwatches are getting it and when

There might be hope for Android Wear smartwatches yet. It hasn’t been a year since Android Wear 2.0, based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat, came out (which should have actually rolled out late last year) and now a new major update is coming to Google’s smartwatch family. Well, semi-major. It’s no Android Wear 3.0 but the update does bring the Android 8.0 Oreo to wearables. But just like the fragmentation that plagues Android itself, the biggest question is which smartwatches will get it. Fortunately, Google has a list.

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Android Wear Oreo update begins rolling out today

Android Wear Oreo update begins rolling out today

Just as Android 8.1 Oreo is beginning to roll out to Android phones, Oreo is now coming to Android Wear devices as well. The roll out begins today, though that doesn't necessarily mean that your watch will receive its Oreo update right away. That, as always, is dependent on your watch's manufacturer.

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Misfit Vapor smartwatch is here and shipping next week

Misfit Vapor smartwatch is here and shipping next week

Vaporwear it is no more. Misfit has finally announced that their first ever touchscreen smartwatch, the poorly named Vapor, is ready to go on your wrists in less than a week’s time. Powered by Android Wear 2.0, the Misfit Vapor brings more conventional smartwatch capabilities to its smart and stylish trackers, like the Ray and the Shine. But perhaps more interestingly, the Vapor also brings what is perhaps the most affordable Android Wear smartwatch in the market that doesn’t look like an out of place prototype.

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Huawei Watch 2 Pro brings eSIM to Android Wear 2.0

Huawei Watch 2 Pro brings eSIM to Android Wear 2.0

Few traditional smartphone OEMs are now making smartwatches. And almost all of them have been ejected out of the now Google-centric online Google Store. That doesn’t seem to have fazed Huawei one bit. The Chinese giant has just launched its Huawei Watch 2 Pro, which practically looks like the Huawei Watch 2 Classic. But looks, as they say, can be deceiving and the Watch 2 Pro brings two important new things to the table: Android Wear 2.0 and, perhaps more importantly, eSIM support.

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Android Wear can get new features faster via Play Store

Android Wear can get new features faster via Play Store

Android Wear is not yet dead, even if you no longer see them on the Google Store. But, let's face it, it's not exactly the hottest thing in mobile right now, though neither are smartwatches in general. And while development of the platform continues, as seen by the latest Oreo-based beta, the rollout of features hasn't exactly been fast and frequent. That, however, might be changing soon, as Google will start to course new features to smartwatches via the Android Wear app on the Google Play Store.

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Android Wear gone from Google Store, only in-house hardware

Android Wear gone from Google Store, only in-house hardware

It isn't the writing on the wall for Android Wear, but it certainly becomes a bit harder to be one. Android Wear already has a problem in terms of adoption and popularity and Google just made it even harder to buy them from a single place. The LG Watch Sport and Watch Style, the last two Android Wear smartwatches on the Google Store, suddenly disappeared. But it's not because Google is abandoning the platform but only because Google Store will now only cater to devices "Made by Google".

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Android Wear Oreo beta is available on only one smartwatch

Android Wear Oreo beta is available on only one smartwatch

Android Wear development has been relatively slower compared to its smartphone sibling. In the almost two years of its public release, the smartwatch platform has had only two major releases. A new one, however, might be coming faster than before. Google has announced the availability of a new Android Wear release based on Android 8.0 Oreo. But if you were intending on helping Google developers test this out, you better have an LG Sport, as that is the only smartwatch it is currently available on.

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Michael Kors Access Grayson review: Android Wear puts on a pretty face

Michael Kors Access Grayson review: Android Wear puts on a pretty face

I have to be honest: the value of a smartwatch is something that’s always been lost on me. Though novel and even somewhat exciting at first, each and every smartwatch I’ve tried has eventually just found its way to a drawer, destined to be forgotten. Despite the fact that the smartwatch industry seems to be a bit shaky, Michael Kors is back on the scene with its new “Access” line of Android wearables. Perhaps trying a luxury smartwatch can get me to change my mind about smartwatches in general?

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