Google, TAG Heuer and Intel Really are Getting Together to Make a Smartwatch

In an interview yesterday that was published through Bloomberg, Jean-Claude Biver, the CEO of luxury smartwatch maker TAG Heuer, said that his company was getting ready to make a smartwatch by partnering with folks in Silicon Valley. This morning, those folks in Silicon Valley have been confirmed as Google and Intel. TAG Heuer, in partnership with Google and Intel, will make a Swiss smartwatch in 2015 that will be distributed worldwide.  (more…)

Lenovo’s CEO May Have Just Outed the New Moto 360

Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing may have just outed the brand new Moto 360. It’s tough to tell if he did so on accident or if he was trying to show the smartwatch world what he thinks a real smartwatch should look like. Either way, in a post to his Weibo account that was quickly deleted, Yuanqing gave us an image of a smartwatch in a variety of sizes and colors – a watch he specifically referred to as the “Moto 360″ – along with a bunch of different watch bands.  (more…)

TAG Heuer to Launch Smartwatch, Reported to Partner With Google and Intel

With all of the major smartphone OEMs deepening themselves into the smartwatch market, it was only a matter of time until the high-end, established watchmakers would want into the growing game. In an interview with Bloomberg, TAG Heuer’s Chief Executive Jean-Claude Biver stated it will look to partner with Silicon Valley to produce the technology side of its soon-to-be-announced smartwatch, but will keep the watch’s quality and design aspects purely Swiss.  (more…)

Deals: $50 Google Play Credit When You Buy Nexus 6, Nexus 9, or Android Wear Device – $50 Off Sony Smartwatch Too

From today through March 31, should you buy a Nexus 6, Nexus 9, or an Android Wear device through the new Google Store, Google will hand you $50 in Google Play credit to spend as you please. If you choose the Sony Smartwatch 3, you will save another $50, as the GPS-equipped watch’s price has been slashed from $249 to $199.

According to the terms, you will receive your Google Play credit once your device ships, but you must claim it by April 20, 2015. The credit is then good through September 1, 2015.  (more…)

Smartwatches Aren’t Smart Enough

Smartwatches are back in the news again thanks to Apple’s latest event, and it has me thinking about a topic that I am tired of thinking about. It’s not necessarily that I don’t want a smartwatch or that I can’t see their prospective usefulness, but rather, much of the press seems to be going through the motions of gazing out at the distant future and hoping it appears on the latest wearable.

Almost everyone seems to agree that Apple failed to provide a story for the product, or the ideal reason why we should want an Apple Watch, which has led to some people remaining skeptical until they try it and others waxing on about how it, unlike Android Wear, is going to change everything. It’s that second group that I’m growing weary of. I keep hearing stories about how the Apple Watch is going to save so much time, and how it will enable us to be more personable since we won’t be looking at our phones anymore, and how it will remove friction from our lives when we use our watch for everything.

Are smartwatches really the thing that will make us better conversationalists, use our phone less, and get more work done? Let’s take a look at some of the promises we have been hearing about smartwatches and examine just how viable they are. (more…)

Report: Android Wear to Get WiFi Support and Gesture Control in New Update

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…)