Android Wear

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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Michael Kors Access Sofie, Grayson smartwatches now available

Michael Kors Access Sofie, Grayson smartwatches now available

Pretty soon, you might no longer see an LG or Huawei branded smartwatches in stores. The smartwatch market has seemingly swung back into the hands of watch makers, which might bode well for these wearables in the long run. That said, it might also be expected that smartwatches will also get more expensive. Like the new Sofie and Grayson smart timepieces from Michael Kors’ Access line, which are as expensive as they are pretty.

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Android Wear 1.0 will also get standalone apps

Android Wear 1.0 will also get standalone apps

Android Wear apps have the ability to be installed and used independently of a smartphone app, but there are two catches. One is that the smartwatch needs to be able to connect to the Internet on its own, but only if the need arises. The other, harder requirement is that they are running Android Wear 2.0. Older smartwatches are more than capable of meeting the first requirement but may never see the light of Android Wear 2.0. Fortunately, Google has decided to bring at least that part of Android Wear 2.0 to first generation smartwatches, allowing developers and users to enjoy standalone smartwatch apps.

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Fossil Q Venture, Q Explorist bring their round faces to market

Fossil Q Venture, Q Explorist bring their round faces to market

There has been a sudden rush of new smartwatches, not just hybrid ones, this week, thanks to IFA 2017. Although it remains to be seen whether the surge will be enough to truly lift up the market, smartwatch makers, who are now joined by Fitbit, remain hopeful. Fossil, for example, has finally made available the Fossil Q Venture and Fossil Q Explorist smartwatches it announced in August, increasing the number of
Android Wear devices that at long last no loner have a flat tire.

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Moto 360 Sport Android Wear 2.0 update finally rolls out

Moto 360 Sport Android Wear 2.0 update finally rolls out

It’s a long time coming but there was also a chance it might not have even come to pass. Motorola, after all, was calling it quits on the smartwatch scene but a promise is a promise and fortunately for Moto 360 Sport owners, the company has kept its word. The Android Wear 2.0 update is finally rolling out to the sporty variant of the smartwatch month after the Moto 360 2nd gen got what may be the last major update it will ever have. Presuming we even see major Android Wear updates in the first place.

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