Reported Android Wear Update to Bring Interactive Watch Faces, Watch-to-Watch Communication

As reported by Phandroid, an update is coming to Android Wear, bringing with it a couple of highly notable features. First, a basic change in the UI will allow users to perform a single tap on the device’s display, resulting in windows sliding in from the right.

For example, inside of an app, a tap could bring up new dialog for users to consume, such as health info via Google Fit. On the home screen, certain watch faces that are not yet released would allow for interaction. If a watch face shows weather, you could tap on it, then it will display different time zones, battery info, or other information.  (more…)

Huawei Watch Stops Off at FCC, Wonder If That Means It’s Finally Ready

The last time we heard about the Huawei Watch, one of the best looking Android Wear devices to date, we were told to not expect it until September or October. For a device first unveiled on March 1, that late of a release seems like a massive delay or push-back.

This weekend, the Huawei Watch stopped by the FCC, which could be a sign that the smartwatch is finally ready, maybe even a bit earlier than anticipated.  (more…)

Moto 360 is Now Just $149

Motorola and Google both dropped the price of the Moto 360 today to $149. That’s a $100 discount and could be a sign that it’s time to kill off all remaining inventory before the new 2nd generation model arrives. We have seen the price jump up and down over recent months, but this price cut has happened without asterisks, footnotes, or banners that mention this as being temporary.

Is the Moto 360 still a good buy at $150, even though it’s about to be replaced? $150 is a $150, so it’s not like we are talking about spending pennies here. With that said, it’s a solid smartwatch for a 1st generation device. It has started to show its age (that damn OMAP processor) recently, but still gets the job done. And hey, it also has Android 5.1.1 now!

Look at it this way – you know what you are getting when you buy a year-old, first-gen product that is about to get replaced by a new, upgraded model. It’ll work, but there could be some jealousy in a few weeks. Then again, the new model won’t be this cheap.

Links:  Motorola Store | Google Store | Amazon (more…)

Tip: Don’t Forget to Hide the Android Wear Watch Faces You Don’t Want to Deal With

You know how your Android Wear watch came with a whole bunch of pre-installed watch faces that you can’t get rid of, most of which you wouldn’t be caught dead with on your watch in public? Guess what? You can hide them! I know that hiding is much different than uninstalling or removing, but at least you can shrink down that ever-growing list of watches on your watch to those that you actually like.  (more…)

How to: Use Always-On Apps With Android Wear

This morning, Google shared with us a list of recently updated apps that can all take advantage of Android Wear’s new always-on apps feature in 5.1. The feature is useful in situations where you may want to keep information from an app up on your screen, but you don’t necessarily want it blasting out in full color and brightness, eating up that tiny watch battery.  (more…)

DEAL: Moto 360 for as Little as $149 at Woot

Would you pull the trigger on your first Android Wear smartwatch if it was the Moto 360 and you only had to pay $150? That’s the scenario in front of you today, thanks to a deal from Woot. The Moto 360, which is probably still the best looking smartwatch to date (and just received Android 5.1), can be had for $150 with a leather band or $180 with a metal band.

At retail, the Moto 360 with a leather band normally runs $250; with a metal band, you are looking at $300. Not a bad deal.

The deal includes a 1-year warranty from Motorola.

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Tip: Play Music Update Gives You Specific Control Over Music That Goes to Your Android Wear Device

Tucked away inside the newest update to Google Play Music (v6.0.1942S) are greatly improved controls over the downloaded albums or playlists that sync with your Android Wear device, should you have one connected. A user over at reddit noticed that after updating, you no longer just have the all or nothing option, where the check of a box told Play Music to either send every single thing you have downloaded to your watch (starting with the most recent) or your watch gets nothing. Instead, you can tell Play Music which albums and playlists you want sent over.  (more…)