Wednesday Poll: Do You Still Use Your Smartwatch?

Remember Android Wear smartwatches? They used to be pretty cool, but as of late, no manufacturer has produced anything to get the consumer base excited. We expect Huawei and ASUS will be unveiling new watches here pretty soon, but the maker behind arguably the most popular Android Wear devices, Motorola (Moto 360 lineup), may not ever release another. At least, we won’t assume they are until evidence suggests otherwise.

Being an Android Wear user myself, I have not been inspired to strap one on, and I’m basically over the idea of having yet another piece of tech to charge on a nightly basis. This may make me sound lazy, but I assure you, I can’t possibly be the only one.

Our question to you is, do you still rock a smartwatch? If you stopped using yours, let us know the main reason why. Too much hassle? No essential functionality? If you do continue to use a smartwatch, what keeps you coming back?

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Google is Shutting Down ‘Together’ for Android Wear

This news probably won’t disappoint anyone, but hey, it might affect a few people out there. Announced by Google via the updated Android Wear app on Google Play, the Together feature is being killed off on September 30.

Together is the feature that allows two Android Wear watch users to interact more closely, via sketches, emojis, and other little interactions. Basically, if you and your loved one both used Android Wear watches, it could help you feel more attached while both of you are busy at work.  (more…)

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…)