Video: Android 6.0.1 Android Wear Gestures and Features Tour!

Give Motorola credit – they are pushing out this Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update to their Moto 360 line faster than anyone else, from what we can tell. As of the end of yesterday, the update seemed to be widely available on all of their watches, including the 1st gen, 2nd gen, and Moto 360 Sport. Because it’s so readily available, we grabbed it for each variant, updated, and took it for a spin on video to show off what’s new. After all, this is quite the big update, with new gestures, Doze, app permission controls, and more.  (more…)

Snapdragon Wear is Qualcomm’s New Longer Lasting Wearable Chip, LG Promises to Use It

Qualcomm is ready to power the next generation of wearables with their new Snapdragon Wear platform and Snapdragon Wear 2100 chipset. Through a press release this morning, the San Diego based company announced that their new 2100 chipset will help manufacturers release wearables (like smartwatches) with “sleek designs, long battery life, smart sensing, and always-connected experiences.”

The Snapdragon Wear 2100 will arrive in two versions – tethered (Bluetooth and WiFi) and connected (4G LTE and 3G). That means we’ll not only see WiFi-only models, but those powered by wireless radios as well, to give you connectivity without a phone nearby.  (more…)

Moto 360 (1st Gen) Marshmallow Update Seems to be Widely Rolling Out (Update: 2nd Gen and Sport Too)

Yesterday, we shared with you the release notes for the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update that is scheduled to arrive on all Moto 360 variants within the next few weeks. Today, those may come in handy, as the update seems to be pretty widely rolling out to the Moto 360 (1st gen). Why we aren’t seeing it also hit the 2nd gen and Sport models is beyond me, but such is life some times. It’ll get here.  (more…)

Facer Now Free to Download, Includes Garfield and Other Brand Watch Faces

Facer, the app that lets you browse a ton of different watch faces for Android Wear devices, received a massive update this week on Google Play. Facer 2.0 features many brand partner watch faces, including a few from Garfield, American Dad, and Ghostbusters. Not only are new watch faces available, but the app is completely free to download, dropping its original $0.99 price.  (more…)

Here are the Release Notes for Moto 360 1st Gen, 2nd Gen, and Sport Marshmallow Updates

Last week, Google announced that a major update was coming to all Android Wear watches over the next few weeks. The update is Marshmallow, even though Google doesn’t seem to want to refer to it as such. Inside, Google told us to expect speaker support, additional voice controls over messaging apps, and a bunch of new gestures. Unfortunately for Moto 360 users, the speaker support won’t be included because none of the 360 variants have external speakers. However, the updates are big and we have release notes for all 360 models below. Yes, even the original Moto 360 (1st gen) is getting the update very soon.  (more…)

3 Reasons the Huawei Watch is Worth Buying

Marshmallow is rolling out to Android Wear devices, and if there is one device that really shines after the update, it is the Huawei Watch. Already a fantastic smartwatch, the Huawei Watch is only getting better, as the good folks at Huawei stated that they worked closely with Google to ensure that this smartwatch would not be outdated anytime soon.

Inside the latest Android Wear update is support for external speakers, which the Huawei Watch does indeed feature. That means that you can now listen to music, take calls, and much more all from your wrist using this device.

If you are still in the market for an Android Wear device, we present you with three reasons the Huawei Watch is worth buying. (more…)

Question of the Day: What Do You Like About Your Android Wear Watch?

Within the next couple of weeks, Google will push a sizable update to Android Wear watches that introduces more voice messaging options, additional gesture controls, and speaker support for devices with external speakers. The update is the latest in an attempt to add on functionality to wrist-worn computers and hopefully sell you and I on why we need them. That right there, brings us to today’s question.

What do you like about your Android Wear watch?  (more…)