Taking place currently on the DL Deals Store is an Android smartwatch giveaway, allowing you to choose whichever prize you would like. Listed is a Moto 360, LG G Watch R, or a Samsung Gear 2. Do note, the Moto 360 and G Watch R are Android Wear devices, while the Gear 2 runs Samsung’s smartwatch OS called Tizen. The Gear 2 is only compatible with Samsung-made smartphones, while the Moto 360 and G Watch R can be synced to any Android device. (more…)
We enter 2015 after a year in which Google decided to takeover the wearable market with Android Wear. Companies had tried before Android Wear to make smartwatches, but if we are being honest, have to admit that most were quite terrible. That’s not to say that Android Wear is a perfect option, but it’s safe to say that it is currently the best option, as well as an option that should only get better over time. Companies like Motorola, LG, and ASUS have all bought into Google’s wearable platform, even giving us more choices than I think most expected.
With a year full of 2nd generation wearables surely on the horizon, we are wondering how many of you have already jumped into the game early and picked up a smartwatch? (Who would do such a thing with the Apple Watch on the way!) Do you own a Moto 360? One of the G Watches, perhaps? Or maybe you own one of the other options, like say a Gear Live, Gear 2, Zenwatch, Pebble, etc.? If so, be sure to jump into the comments to talk about your specific watch.
If you don’t own a smartwatch yet, be sure to let us know why.
BlackBerry announced BBM for Android Wear at CES this morning, hoping to bring the same functionality of the Android app straight to smartwatches. With BBM on Android Wear, users can receive alerts when new messages comes in, navigate messages, and dismiss notifications with a swipe of the finger. (more…)
Hyundai is getting in the CES spirit a couple of days through an announcement that within Q1 of this year, Hyundai owners will be able to connect to and control their cars using an app installed on Android Wear smartwatches. The app, which is called Blue Link, allows car owners to remote start, lock, and unlock doors of their car, as well as find it in a crowded parking lot. You can do all of this through the app by tapping on options or by using voice commands. (more…)
With Android 5.0.1 for Android Wear, we not only got a whole bunch of useful tweaks to the experience, including official watch face support, but Google also made the process of taking screenshots insanely easy. For those not familiar with screenshots on Android Wear, just know that before the 5.0.1 update, it involved adb, way too much typing to do such a simple task, and the pushing and pulling of all the things. Now, you can snap screenies with the tap of a couple of buttons in the Android Wear companion app. (more…)
Android Wear integration is one thing, but thoughtful integration is another thing entirely. Frankly, some developers seem overwhelmed at the prospect of relegating actions to smartwatch, and the result is pointless features. Thankfully, though, the folks behind task app Todoist seem to get it. (more…)
Like the idea of being able to send messages through an Android Wear device without having to pull out your phone? OK, that’s good because that’s one of the platform’s best features. But what about those times where you don’t want to use your voice to dictate those messages or attempt to type on one of those horrifyingly bad smartwatch keyboards? Well, you could use Coffee, an SMS app for Android Wear that has hundreds of pre-loaded messages for you to send to contacts. (more…)