Android Wear

  • Motorola won’t release a new smartwatch any time soon, which doesn’t bode well for Android Wear

    Motorola won’t release a new smartwatch any time soon, which doesn’t bode well for Android Wear

    Two key things we learned during a Motorola press event in Chicago this week: 1) The company’s bullish on modular phones and 2) Not so much with smartwatches. The Lenovo-owned smartphone maker’s head of global product development Shakil Barkat told the audience that, “We don’t see enough pull from the market at this point to put out a new product,” when speaking… Read More

  • Smartwatch sales are tanking

    Smartwatch sales are tanking

    Maybe not everyone is convinced they need a smartwatch? According to a new industry report from IDC out this morning, smartwatch shipments experienced “significant” declines in the third quarter, as total shipments were down 51.6 percent from the same time last year. Just 2.7 million units were shipped in Q3 2016 versus 5.6 million in Q3 2015. While IDC offers several explanations… Read More

  • The Skagen Hagen smart watch keeps tabs on your minimalist life

    The Skagen Hagen smart watch keeps tabs on your minimalist life

    Skagen is a Danish watch company famous for its minimalist designs and affordable prices. Now, for $215, you can add a little smarts to your minimalist wrist, a welcome bit of news for those who think the flat black slab of an Apple Watch is too flamboyant. The Skagen Hagen is basically an activity watch similar to the Withings Activite and the watches containing smart movements from MMT. Read More

  • Pokémon Go will “likely” come to Android Wear

    Pokémon Go will “likely” come to Android Wear

    Pokémon Go will come to Android Wear, it seems. At TechCrunch Disrupt SF this afternoon, John Hanke, CEO of Niantic Labs – the company behind the most viral and profitable mobile game of all time – confirmed that his team will look into bringing game to other mobile platforms which are interesting in terms of both gameplay and mobility. Asked specifically if Android Wear was on… Read More

  • Polar brings its fitness focus to Android Wear with the M600

    Polar brings its fitness focus to Android Wear with the M600

    Polar goes back. Way, way back. Back to the early 80s, when the Finnish company launched its first portable heart rate monitor, the Sport Tester PE 2000. Back when wearable fitness devices weren’t really a thing. Of course, being the first doesn’t mean you’ll always be on top. While the company has had a longstanding relationship with professional athletes (with Olympics… Read More

  • Android Wear 2.0 gets a keyboard, standalone apps, activity recognition and a new UI

    Android Wear 2.0 gets a keyboard, standalone apps, activity recognition and a new UI

    Google’s Android Wear smartwatch platform launched more than two years ago and it’s now supported by more than a dozen brands and runs on more than 100 watch designs. Today, the company took the wraps off version 2.0 of Android Wear, the biggest update of the platform yet. Google will release the developer preview of Wear 2.0 at I/O, but it’ll take until the fall before… Read More

  • Huawei’s opulent jewel-encrusted smartwatches are now available in the US, starting at $500

    Huawei’s opulent jewel-encrusted smartwatches are now available in the US, starting at $500

    Perhaps you missed the excitement in amongst the deluge of gadget news that is the International Consumer Electronics Show, but back in January Chinese handset maker Huawei introduced this pair of strange specimens. The incredibly unsubtly named Elegant and Jewel are the company’s shot at appealing directly to female smartwatch owners. That said, the wearables aren’t too large… Read More

  • Android Wear Gets Speaker Support And New Gestures, Voice Input Options

    Android Wear Gets Speaker Support And New Gestures, Voice Input Options

    Google launched an update to Android Wear today that brings a couple of new features to the smartwatch platform. Maybe the most interesting of these is Android Wear’s ability to use the speakers that are now inside some of the newest watches. If you own a Huawei Watch or an ASUS ZenWatch 2, for example, you’ll now be able to go full Dick Tracy and make and take calls right from… Read More

  • Apple Watch Scooped Up Over Half The Smartwatch Market In 2015

    Apple Watch Scooped Up Over Half The Smartwatch Market In 2015

    Despite a late arrival to the wearables market, Apple claimed the top spot in terms of device sales, according to new research from Juniper out this week, which stated that the Apple Watch accounted for over 50 percent of smartwatch sales in 2015. Even more impressive is the fact Apple’s Watch only launched at the end of April – meaning it claimed the majority of the market… Read More

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