Thoughts on Moto 360 Battery Life

Thanks to a handful of initial reviews from select press that surfaced close to last Friday’s embargo time, everyone thinks the Moto 360 has terrible battery life. Forget the fact that these reviewers couldn’t possibly have given the device thorough testing on its battery in the 12 hours (some less) that they had the watch in hand, but after having one on wrist for four days now, I think I can safely say that battery life is no where near as terrible as it was made to sound.

Let’s talk about the Moto 360 and some battery-related items.  (more…)

Google Details Upcoming Updates for Android Wear, 3rd-party Watch Face Support Included

Have a G Watch or Gear Live lying around, or manage to nab shiny new a Moto 360? Well, if you do/did, then you have something to look forward to. David Singleton, Engineering Director of Android Wear, took to Google’s official blog this afternoon to formally announce two major updates coming to the nascent wearable platform before the end of this year. (more…)

Moto 360 Unboxing and Hands-on Tour

Can you believe it? The Moto 360 is now available for sale (or will be later today) through Motorola’s site, Google Play, and Best Buy for $249.

It feels like we have been waiting forever for this to arrive (we sort of have been), but now that one is officially in house, it’s time to put it to work. We have the all-black version on-hand, so we gave it a quick unboxing and then overview/software tour. We wanted to show you how Android Wear looks and works on a circular device, what you get in the box (spoiler:  a wireless charger!), and some of the special features for the 360, like its heart rate monitoring.

Ready for some 360 action?  (more…)

Moto 360 Official Specs

Finally, the day many of you have been waiting for – the Moto 360 is now available for purchase. Having been completely unveiled this morning, we can share the detailed specifications for the device, which will hopefully still have a few of you clamoring to go buy one.

As a quick recap, the Moto 360 features a 1.56″ backlit LCD display with Gorilla Glass 3, Texas Instruments OMAP 3 processor, 512MB of RAM, Bluetooth 4.0, a heart rate monitor, 320mAh battery, and runs Google’s Android Wear wearable operating system. The device is currently sold through various online retailers for $249.

For a more detailed rundown of the specs, look below.  (more…)

Asus Announces the ZenWatch, Designed to “Start With People”

Hours ago, to kick off IFA, ASUS went ahead and made their first Android Wear device official, the ZenWatch. Teased for weeks, the ZenWatch works with any device running Android 4.3+, features premium materials, includes a semi-curved AMOLED display, and follows ASUS’ design philosophy of “Start with People.” It’s actually a pretty stylish looking smartwatch, but does feature a square display, unlike the Moto 360 and new LG G Watch R.

As for specs, you are looking at a 1.63-inch AMOLED display (320×320) with curved Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection, 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, 512MB RAM, 4GB storage, 1.4Wh battery, IP55 water resistance, Bluetooth 4.0, and Android Wear. The device comes with a brown leather strap that accents the silver and rose gold layering of the main body.  (more…)

Android Wear Receiving Update This Week, Several This Year – Will Soon Pair With Bluetooth Headsets, Support GPS

Two members of the Android team – engineering director David Singleton and VP of engineering Hiroshi Lockheimer – sat down with CNET this week for a quick Q&A about the current and future status of Android Wear, the company’s wearables platform, likely because we are about to see a handful of new devices running it this week at IFA. In the chat, both Singleton and Lockheimer talk updates that are direct from Google, new use cases, and most importantly, new features that we will see very soon.  (more…)

Deal: LG G Watch in White or Black is $179 at Best Buy, $50 Off

Best Buy slashed the price of the LG G Watch by $50 this weekend, dropping it to $179 in either black or white. That right there, is a pretty good deal for one of the original Android Wear devices, which originally retailed for $229. In fact, it still is $229 through Google Play.

We reviewed the G Watch and came away interested in the future of Android Wear as a platform, but were a little bored with the device’s design. Also, keep in mind that LG just announced their new premium round version of the G Watch, the G Watch R, which should put this device to shame. But, if you want in on the Android Wear game, this is the best deal in town.

Best Buy Links:  G Watch (black) | G Watch (white)  (more…)