According to a report out of The Verge, Google is readying a new update for Android Wear that will enable WiFi support for equipped handsets. Adding WiFi would allow for devices with WiFi to be able to continue to receive notifications or see Google Now cards or swap data between devices even without a Bluetooth connection. That’s a good deal, right there.
As of today, it’s difficult to tell which Android Wear devices even have WiFi included, though. The Sony Smartwatch 3 advertises as being “WiFi ready.” However, the rest of the current crop don’t mention WiFi at all on their product pages, yet still might contain the capability. We’ll see if we can do some digging to find out. (more…)
Yep, this just went out. The timing, we love, Google.
Groupon is currently hosting a $30-off deal on what many believe is the best Android Wear watch you can buy, the LG G Watch R. There is no denying its premium build, outstanding performance, and solid battery life, that’s for sure. With an all-metal body, leather strap, and full-circle display, this is one of the few Android Wear watches we would recommend outside of the Moto 360, although, that may change shortly when LG’s Watch Urbane and the Huawei Watch arrive.
Still, at $269 ($30 off), this is a deal worth considering. The G Watch R normally retails for $299.
Deal Link ($269) (more…)
Huawei is about to make its presence felt at MWC with the announcement of the Huawei Watch. The watch itself was first spotted yesterday on a billboard, but we now have full promo videos for this Android Wear-powered beauty that will be made official in a few hours. Posted to the Huawei YouTube channel, two videos walk through the design process for the watch and also show how cheesy Euros are when they take vacations with their brosephs. (more…)
Ahead of a potential unveiling during this year’s MWC in Barcelona, Huawei has already begun advertising its Huawei Watch, a new smartwatch powered by Android Wear. (more…)
Remember that brand new all-metal, “luxury” watch that LG unveiled a week or so ago, called Watch Urbane? Forget about it. They have a new one! It’s still called Watch Urbane, but this one has LTE, a big ol’ battery, three buttons instead of one, and a full 1GB of RAM. Oh, it also ditched Android Wear for LG’s own wearable platform. That’s right, no Android in this little guy. (more…)
Update: Most Android Wear devices, like the G Watch, G Watch R, Gear Live, and ZenWatch all appear to be receiving this update. Not much is standing out in terms of new stuff. If anything, your watch should be more stable.
An Android 5.0.2 update is rolling out now to Moto 360 units as build LWX49L. At least one of our readers has already received the update, which Motorola says updates Google Play Services and adds a “variety of system optimizations and security updates to improve performance stability.” This appears to be a bug fixers rather than a feature-introducer.
To check for the update on your device, head into Settings>About>System updates. (more…)
If you wanted to spruce up your Android Wear smartwatch’s charging screen, then you will want to check out an app called Wear Charging Widget on Google Play. With this app installed on your app and phone, users can place a weather ‘widget’ right on the charging screen, and a bit more. (more…)