Android Wear

Motorola bows out of smartwatches

Motorola bows out of smartwatches

The Moto 360 may have been the poster-child for Android Wear smartwatches, but don't expect a sequel any time soon, Motorola has warned. The company, one of the first to launch a smartwatch with a circular touchscreen, has confirmed that not only has it scrapped any 2016 plans for a new connected timepiece, neither does it intend to release one alongside the upcoming new version of Android Wear. It's another blow to a segment that, though highly marketed, has arguably failed to deliver in practice.

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ASUS ZenWatch 3 on pre-order: here’s where to get yours

ASUS ZenWatch 3 on pre-order: here’s where to get yours

If IDC’s analysis is correct, the market has spoken: smartwatches aren’t as hot as some would have preferred. Thanks to a number of factors, sales of smartwatches have plummeted. Even worse, manufacturers are at an impasse regarding putting out new models. That, however, isn’t stopping ASUS from finally putting out its latecomer racehorse. The ASUS ZenWatch 3 is going to be available in just two weeks and you can already show a vote of confidence by putting in a pre-order for yet another round-faced Android Wear smartwatch.

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TAG Heuer Rose Gold is the Connected Watch you can’t afford

TAG Heuer Rose Gold is the Connected Watch you can’t afford

Smartwatches are already having a difficult time in the market. The last thing it needs is yet another model that no one will buy, not because it’s bad but because barely anyone can afford it. Unfazed by that prospect, TAG Heuer has just made available a Solid Rose Gold version of its Connected Watch launched nearly a year ago. Perhaps banking on its prestige as a luxury brand, TAG Heuer had no qualms slapping on a nearly $10,000 price tag on this smartwatch.

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Android Wear 2.0 apps must be installed separately

Android Wear 2.0 apps must be installed separately

It seems that Google’s next version of Android Wear is shaping up to be rather controversial. In addition to being delayed to 2017, affecting sales of devices and confidence in the platform, tiny details about Android Wear 2.0 are starting to pop up, causing some developers no small amount of disappointment and distress. Googler Ian Lake, yes the same Ian Lake that gave the bad news about Night Light on Android 7.1, revealed that, starting with version 2.0, Android Wear apps must be installed from the smartwatch Play Store instead of being automatically pulled in by the companion smartphone app.

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Nixon Mission Android Wear smartwatch goes up for sale

Nixon Mission Android Wear smartwatch goes up for sale

The Nixon Mission Android Wear smartwatch we reported on last month is now available to buy from several online retailers. The company describes its product as the first ever ‘action sports smartwatch,’ and it comes with stylings to match. You can grab the watch in three color options, one black, the other “concrete” gray and the last a sporty mixture of black, gray, and bright construction cone orange.

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HTC Android Wear “Halfbeak” smartwatch poses for the camera

HTC Android Wear “Halfbeak” smartwatch poses for the camera

You may criticize HTC for a lot of things, but one thing you can’t fault it is for being stubborn and never giving up. Sometimes, that works to its favor, like the HTC Vive and, still to be proven, the Google Pixel and Pixel XL. Yet another example might soon be in the smartwatch category. Yes, HTC’s much delayed smartwatch is apparently closer to launch than we think. And unlike the growing number of dissidents, HTC’s “Halfbeak” smartwatch will still be running Android Wear.

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Android Wear 2.0 launch pushed back into 2017

Android Wear 2.0 launch pushed back into 2017

Google has made its third Android Wear 2.0 developer preview available, and along with some rather big features (like Google Play support), there comes a fairly major announcement: Google has decided to continue the Android Wear 2.0 developer preview into early 2017. This means that we won't see the official roll out of the new operating system happen until sometime after that.

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Huawei reportedly looking to Tizen for future smartwatches

Huawei reportedly looking to Tizen for future smartwatches

It seems that Google might be losing yet another OEM partner in the smartphone market. According to an unnamed Samsung official quoted by a South Korean newspaper, Huawei is in the process of developing a new smartwatch, but one that doesn’t run Android Wear. Instead, the Chinese company is said to be working together with Samsung in order to get the Tizen operating system up and running on the wearable device. With Android Wear smartwatches seemingly at a plateau, this win for Tizen could mean a more difficult struggle for Google’s wearable platform.

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Google’s October 4 “Pixel phones” Nexus event is official

Google’s October 4 “Pixel phones” Nexus event is official

Google has confirmed it will hold an event on October 4, where we're expecting to see the next generation of Android Nexus smartphones. The event, which will take place in San Francisco, has been rumored for some time now, with Google predicted to make some significant changes to how it runs its own-brand smartphone program.

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Michael Kors Smartwatch Review : Access Dylan and Bradshaw

Michael Kors Smartwatch Review : Access Dylan and Bradshaw

The Michael Kors Access line features to main smartwatch products: Dylan and Bradshaw. Both are available in more than one color and with a variety of straps. The Dylan is the lesser of the two, coming in two "silocone" iterations, one black (the one we have here), and one closer to a true rose gold. The Bradshaw comes in Gold, Rose Gold, and Sable - all of which are "tones" of stainless steel, not actual gold. Michael Kors brand suggests that these watches are what the user should consider "the chicest way to do tech."

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Michael Kors Access Android Wear smartwatches finally launch

Michael Kors Access Android Wear smartwatches finally launch

At Baselworld 2016, famed luxury accessory maker Michael Kors revealed that it was getting knee deep into the fusion of fashion and wearable technoloy. Dubbed “Michael Kors Access”, the new line was unveiled featuring activity trackers and, of course, smartwatches. Half a year later, these luxury timepieces are now available for purchase. Dubbed Dylan and Bradshaw, these Android Wear promise not just the latest notifications and health tracking, they also deliver good looks to match. For a price, of course.

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Moto 360 could have actually been square and terrible

Moto 360 could have actually been square and terrible

Motorola should probably thank its lucky stars, or its executive decision makers, that the Moto 360 it launched in 2014 was a far cry from this prototype that has now leaked online. Back when smartwatches were still practically unheard of, the Moto 360 was the lone voice of fashion, running circles around its contemporaries, even with a flat tire. But in another world, in another possibility, Motorola’s first smartwatch could have been just as square as all the rest. In fact, it could have even been worse.

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