Android Wear 2.0 Developer Preview 2 Released, Wrist Gestures for 3rd-Party Apps and More

Developer Preview 2 has been launched for those running Android Wear 2.0, but take notice that Google and the Android team still label this build as “not intended for daily use.”

Catered to developers who want to get their apps prepared for the public launch of Android Wear 2.0, the latest developer preview features a bump to the Android Platform API 24 (now matching Nougat), Wearable Drawers enhancements, and opened Wrist Gesture commands for 3rd-party applications.  (more…)

Report: Google is Working on Two Android Wear Watches It Can Call Its Own

Because no one else seems interested in building them anymore, Google is apparently going to build two of their own Android Wear smartwatches, one with LTE and GPS, and another without. The report arrives via Android Police, who describes each watch at length, but doesn’t have mock-ups or images of either, leaving us the opportunity to open our creative minds to try and picture them. They sound like…round smartwatches made by Google. Shall we talk about them? OK.  (more…)

DEAL: $100+ Off Huawei Watch in Google Store and Amazon

If you caught one of the last Droid Life podcasts, you may have heard me say that the Huawei Watch would be a great buy, only if it was about $100 cheaper. Well, someone with the power was apparently listening to me, as the smartwatch is now priced starting at exactly $100 off on the Google Store and Amazon.

With the $100 off, and differing savings for select models on Amazon, the Huawei Watch now starts at $249.99 for the Stainless Steel and Black Leather model. Upgrading a bit, you can purchase the Silver Mesh model for $299, down from its original $399 price. If you really want to ball out, you can grab the Rose Gold plated model for just $579.99 on Amazon, down from its original $799 price. That’s a savings of $220.  (more…)

Moto 360 (1st Gen) and LG G Watch Won’t See Android Wear 2.0 Update

According to Motorola and LG’s support accounts on Twitter, the Moto 360 (1st Gen) and G Watch will not be receiving the Android Wear 2.0 update that was previewed at this year’s Google I/O. This news should not exactly surprise anyone, but if you were holding off on upgrading your smartwatch, now seems like a good time to buy a new one, as support for these two devices seems to have ended entirely.  (more…)

Moto 360 (2nd Gen) and 360 Sport Get Updates With Moto Body Enhancements

The Moto 360 (2nd Gen) and Moto 360 Sport are receiving updates today in the form of Android Wear build MWD49B. The update isn’t large, but does introduce enhance calorie calculation and continuous heart rate measuring through Moto Body, plus security updates and stability improvements.

The update is rolling out now, so be sure to jump into Settings to check for it.  (more…)

Qualcomm Intros Modest Snapdragon Wear 1100 Processor, Details 3rd-Party OEM Devices

This week, a new Snapdragon Wear processor has entered Qualcomm’s family of wearable SoCs, the Snapdragon Wear 1100. Positioned to compliment the more-powerful Snapdragon Wear 2100 SoC, the Wear 1100 is designed to be an ideal processor for child and elderly smartwatches, as well as fitness trackers and smart headsets. Devices in these categories usually do not need as much power as your standard Android Wear smartwatch, so Qualcomm is essentially filling out its portfolio with a SoC that better serves this range of products.

While the Snapdragon Wear 1100 may not have as much power as the Wear 2100, it still features an iZat integrated location engine, support of applications that utilize geo-fencing for safety monitoring, integrated applications processor for Linux-based applications, Power Save Mode (PSM), as well as next-gen Cat 1 modem with LTE/3G global band support. (more…)

Report: No More Android Wear Devices From Samsung (Updated)

Not that anyone was expecting to see one, but according to Fast Company, who spoke with executives of Samsung, there are no future plans for a Samsung-made Android Wear device. The only Android Wear smartwatch Samsung ever released was the Gear Live, which was made available after Google I/O in 2014. Since then, Samsung has used Tizen, its in-house operating system, exclusively for wearables.  (more…)