Android Wear

Android Wear 2.0 is coming next month

Android Wear 2.0 is coming next month

It seems that Google is making up for lost time when it comes to its wearable platform. Android Wear is not only not yet dead, Android Wear 2.0 is actually coming really soon. And by really soon, we mean some time in February. At least that's according to the notices that app developers are receiving straight from Google. The notice is basically a heads up for those with "legacy" Android Wear 1.0 apps to update their apps so they will be visible in Android Wear's new on-watch Play Store.

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New Balance, Intel reveal RunIQ Android Wear smartwatch

New Balance, Intel reveal RunIQ Android Wear smartwatch

At CES 2017 this week, running shoe company New Balance revealed its first fitness-focused smartwatch, the RunIQ. Designed in partnership with Intel, the wearable is powered by Google's Android Wear software and pairs common smartwatch functionality with a number of running-centric features. Priced at $300, the RunIQ is available for pre-order now and is scheduled to begin shipping on February 1st.

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Casio Smart Outdoor Watch 2 comes with Android Wear 2.0, GPS

Casio Smart Outdoor Watch 2 comes with Android Wear 2.0, GPS

If you ever needed proof that Android Wear is still alive, Casio just gave one. Somewhat. Almost exactly year after it announced its first smartwatch, the WSD-F10, the famed watch maker is announcing its second Smart Outdoor Watch, the WSD-F20. And while the big new feature here, at least as far as hardware is concerned, is the addition of GPS functionality, smartwatch enthusiasts might be a bit more interested in its software. That’s because the WSD-F20 is coming with the already delayed and somewhat doubted Android Wear 2.0.

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Two Nexus-like smartwatches set to lead Android Wear in 2017

Two Nexus-like smartwatches set to lead Android Wear in 2017

Next year Google will be releasing two new Android Wear smartwatches in the style of their Nexus smartphone line. There's very little to get in Google's way in the market for these devices as the only massive competition out today is the Apple Watch. According to a recent study, nobody wants a smartwatch at the moment - except some Apple fans, apparently, who all want the Apple Watch. So why would Google want to continue rolling in this market?

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Android Wear 2.0 preview adds single sign-in, IAP, sanity

Android Wear 2.0 preview adds single sign-in, IAP, sanity

Android Wear isn’t dead. It’s just long delayed. That seems to be the message Google is sending these days, after not so few people called it out for dragging its feet with the smartwatch platform. After acquiring the Cronologics team behind the Alexa-empowered CoWatch, Google has finally released another development preview of Android Wear 2.0, now at its fourth, with some admittedly interesting new features aimed at revitalizing what is becoming to be a highly doubted market segment.

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Google buys Cronologics, makers of Alexa-powered CoWatch

Google buys Cronologics, makers of Alexa-powered CoWatch

Just when you thought Google was subtly ramping down its focus on Android Wear, it makes an unexpected move. It has just acquired the people running Cronologics, the startup behind the somewhat successful crowdfunding campaign for CoWatch. That “yet another smartwatch” set itself apart by being the first to put Amazon’s Alexa assistant on your wrist. Suffice it to say, with this acquisition, the CoWatch might remain to be only one with that feature, with the former Cronologics team devoting its attention on Android Wear 2.0 “and beyond”.

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Why smartwatches have failed and how companies can save them

Why smartwatches have failed and how companies can save them

If there were a poster boy for smartwatches, it would probably be Pebble, in no small part thanks to its always successful Kickstarters, dirt cheap prices, and media hype. So when Fitbit practically killed off Pebble by buying it, it’s unsurprising that some would be led to ask if smartwatches, as a whole, are an endangered species. With Apple Watch sales doing “just OK”, and Android Wear devices descending into obsolescence, it is perhaps time to look back again to see why smartwatches have failed to become as widespread as our smartphones and perhaps come up with solutions on how they can still be saved. That is, if they’re worth saving at all.

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Android Wear Magic Minute wants to show smartwatches are hip

Android Wear Magic Minute wants to show smartwatches are hip

Are smartwatches still hot? Fitbit might not exactly think so, since it only bought Pebble’s software and shutdown its hardware. Other manufacturers might not think so as well, with smartwatches dropping like flies from the Google Store (though there’s one new addition). Google, however, wants everyone think these smart timepieces are still a thing, which is why it has launched a new Magic Minute Project, which is basically a marketing campaign that’s trying to salvage what little is left of Android Wear’s market.

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AsteroidOS alpha release gives Android Wear smartwatches a new hope

AsteroidOS alpha release gives Android Wear smartwatches a new hope

With Fitbit’s acquisition and strangling of Pebble, the smartwatch market has just gotten smaller and its future even more in question. But even before that, the Android Wear scene was already in a state of decline, with earlier models no longer receiving the rare Android Wear updates. If you have one such wearable device, there might be hope yet. The AsteroidOS project has just announced its first ever alpha release, bringing it closer to offering a true open source operating system for smartwatches.

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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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