Your field trips are now much more watch-friendly, thanks to an update to Google’s Field Trip app. With the app installed along with an accompanying Android Wear device on your wrist, Field Trip will show you notifications when near relevant stories and let you start Field Trip searches for nearby cards without the need to pull out your phone. (more…)
If you were looking for the #1 criticism of the Moto 360, it would without a doubt be the “flat tire” that sits at the bottom of its screen. The “flat tire” of course, is in reference to the black area at the bottom of the watch’s face that hosts display sensors, which allow it to auto-adjust brightness. Motorola chose to include this area, because they wanted to make a watch that had as little bezel as possible. If they didn’t go this route, they would have created something similar to the king of bulk and bezels, aka the LG G Watch R. Sure, the watch would have had a fully rounded display, but again, it wouldn’t look as nice as it does.
Still, some can’t “unsee” the flat tire. If you are in that boat, then might I suggest you check out a watch face app called, well, Watch Face. The full name of the app is actually “Watch Face – Minimal & Elegant,” but we are pointing it out today because it was recently updated to include a new featured called Little Worlds that aims to put to use that flat tire area. (more…)
Last week, Google announced a set of official partnerships with a handful of companies willing to make watch bands for Android Wear devices. One of those companies is E3 Motocycles, a shop out of Brooklyn, NY, who specializes in hand-made products that use quality materials like Horween leather. Out of the group that was announced by Google, the E3 watch bands were the closest to our personal tastes in watch bands, so we picked a few up. Man, these are incredible. (more…)
The Moto 360, which is arguably still the best Android Wear watch available, is now just $179 at Amazon and Best Buy if you choose the leather band option. After carrying a $250 price tag from the beginning, you are looking at a pretty drastic $70 discount here. If you don’t want leather, and instead want one of the metal bands, Best Buy has dropped metal versions to as low as $219, while Amazon is hovering around $229.
The timing of the drop probably isn’t a coincidence, as today happens to be Apple Watch pre-order day. Hey, whatever the reason, we love discounts on fine products.
If you need to catch up on the first round smartwatch, that features wireless charging, premium materials, and a classic watch design, be sure to read our Moto 360 review.
Google has been pretty good about supporting both iOS and Android over the years. For the most part, all of their biggest services have been pushed to iOS as apps that are mostly as good as their Android counterparts. There are a few that haven’t quite reached the other side, though, namely Android Wear and Keep. I don’t think anyone is missing Keep, but can you imagine a world with Android Wear on iOS? That would mean Android Wear smartwatches competing directly with the soon-to-be-available Apple Watch. Like, that means watches that actually look like watches that aren’t of the 1992 calculator variety. Ooooh, controversy. Ooooh, competition. Ooooh…ooooh.
According to a report out of The Verge, who spoke with a “source close to the (Android Wear) development team,” Google is close to “finishing the final technical details.” Finishing the final technical details. Mmmhmmm then. (more…)
The deal of the day goes out to the new listing over at eBay which has the Sony Smartwatch 3 at just $169.99. That’s an $80 discount over the Android Wear-powered device’s usual price, plus free shipping is included.
The Sony Smartwatch 3 sports a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1.6-inch LCD display (320×320), 420mAh battery, is IP68 water and dust resistant, and GPS. Thanks to that GPS, the Smartwatch 3 is still one of the only Android Wear devices that can be taken offline (disconnected from your phone) and still track usage. For workout fanatics who need to track long runs but may not want carry along a phone, this is probably the best option.
The deal is in limited quantities, so don’t let it sit for long.