HTC, Under Armour Apparently Making a Smartwatch Running Android Wear

According to two leaked images, HTC and Under Armour have teamed up again, working to produce a fitness-focused smartwatch running Android Wear. In case you missed it, this wouldn’t be HTC’s first time working with Under Armour, as earlier this year they launched the UA HealthBox, featuring a fitness tracker, heart rate monitor, and smart weight scale. (more…)

Android Wear 2.0 Launch Pushed to 2017, Third Developer Preview Released

Android Wear 2.0, the major update for Google’s wearable OS that was unveiled at Google I/O this past May, officially got pushed back to “early 2017” this morning. When first announced, Google claimed that Android Wear 2.0 would launch this fall, but since Google I/O, we really haven’t heard much for when we should expect to see it rollout. While the news of it being pushed back is certainly a downer, there is a silver lining.  (more…)

Report: Huawei to Ditch Android Wear in Favor of Samsung’s Tizen for Next Smartwatch

In a previous report, it was detailed that Huawei was not intending to launch an Android Wear smartwatch anytime too soon, which likely would have been a Huawei Watch followup. Adding insult to injury for Android fans, the most recent intel out of South Korea claims that the company may be ditching Android Wear for Samsung’s Tizen OS, at least for the time being.  (more…)

DEAL: Fossil Q Founder Android Wear Watch is Just $191.75 if You Order Through Alexa ($103.25 Off)

If you own an Amazon Alexa-equipped device, like an Echo or the new Echo Dot, and have been eyeing an Android Wear watch like the Fossil Q Founder, today is your day. Amazon is hosting a daily deal for the $295 Q Founder with a stainless steel bracelet where you can buy one through Alexa for 35% off. At 35% off, you can have one shipped to you for just $191.75. That’s a $103.25 discount.

To get the deal, you just say to Alexa, “Hey, Alexa, buy the Fossil Q Founder stainless steel smartwatch.” She will then take you through the steps and confirm which version you want and if you want to buy it.  (more…)

Report: No New Android Wear Watches From Motorola, LG, or Huawei This Year

Been wondering why we haven’t seen new Android Wear smartwatches from the typical players in the game, you know, like Motorola, LG, and Huawei? According to CNET, who spoke with each company, that’s because none of them plan to release a new watch any time soon. In fact, even with the holiday approaching and smartwatches seeming like a perfect gift for your tech dad, they’ll all be passing this time around.  (more…)

Michael Kors Android Wear Devices Are Hot, Start at $350

Michael Kors is the latest fashion brand to dive into Android Wear technology, launching two models this week with various looks. These smartwatches were announced in March of this year, but are finally available for purchase by anyone curious how MK handles wearable tech.

As mentioned, there are two models – the Access Dylan and the Access Bradshaw. To keep things the least confusing as possible, I will refer to them simply as Dylan and Bradshaw, but be aware, MK also has standard watches that go by these names as well. It’s the “Access” part that differentiates them as smartwatches. (more…)

ASUS Announces Its Round and “Luxurious” ZenWatch 3

IFA, the pre-Fall tech show that takes place in Germany each year, kicked off this morning to give many of your favorite companies a chance to show off their holiday product line-ups. One of the few that still uses IFA to announce entire roadmaps is ASUS and they didn’t disappoint this year by making the ZenWatch 3 official.

As expected, the ZenWatch 3 is a round smartwatch, unlike the first two ZenWatch entries. With this watch, ASUS is really focusing on design, noting in the press release that it was “meticulously fashioned from jewelry-grade 316L stainless steel,” a steel that is “cold-forged” and 82% stronger than conventional steel because ASUS wants this little guy to be able to “withstand the rigors of daily wear.” Asus says that you’ll also get choices of stitched Italian leather bands or “high-quality” rubber should you buy one.  (more…)