During Google I/O last week, Google showed off Android Wear 2.0, the biggest update the platform has ever seen. They told us to expect it later this year on consumer devices, but did push out a developer preview to the Huawei Watch and LG Watch Urbane LTE for those interested in getting their apps ready ahead of time. It’s also available for those of us who live on the bleeding, buggy edge of all things Android. Yep, that means we flashed 2.0 to a Huawei Watch to take it for a spin. (more…)
According to Google, Android Wear 2.0 is the “most significant Android Wear update” since the platform launched about two years ago. That’s a bold statement, even for Google. Available later this year in the fall season for everyone, Android Wear 2.0 includes standalone apps that access the web without the help of a smartphone, UI changes to make interactions with a smartwatch better, handwriting input methods, a new Complications API for developers, as well as big changes for the Google Fit platform. (more…)
The Huawei Watch, an Android Wear smartwatch that is about as good as it gets for the current crop, has been discounted by either $100 or $150 depending on the model. Amazon, Best Buy, and Newegg are all selling the watch with heavy discounts.
The base model, which has a stainless steel case and leather strap, has dropped from $350 to $250 for a limited time. The same goes for the black stainless steel, stainless steel with mesh bracelet, and the all stainless with classic steel bracelet. Those have all been discounted by a solid $100. But, if you want some gold in your life, Huawei is shaving off $150 for the all gold with metal bracelet and the gold model with leather bracelet.
Be sure to read our Huawei Watch review if you have not already.
Google introduced MODE watch bands for Android Wear today, as an attempt to make swapping watch bands easier than ever on not only your smartwatch, but your regular timepiece as well. MODE watch bands include a snap-and-go mechanism that allows you to swap styles in a matter of seconds, without the need for a tool or awkward sideways slide. (more…)
On the hunt for an Android Wear device with GPS that would be great as a smartwatch and fitness pal? The GPS-enabled Moto 360 Sport is a solid option, but even more so today because of deals across the internet for the white or “flame” models.
As of right now, you can grab the white or flame versions for $100 off, which means either watch is just $199. Amazon and Best Buy both have the $100 off deal, but if you want an even better deal, B&H Photo is doing the $100 off while tossing in a $50 B&H Photo gift card. (more…)
I don’t know that I would recommend that just anyone rush out and buy the original Moto 360 these days, now that the watch is closing in on its 2-year anniversary, but if you have been curious about smartwatches and their supposed usefulness, and are ready to dive in with little investment, we have a deal for you today. For just $89.99, you can buy the Moto 360 (1st gen) over at eBay. $90! With free shipping!
Keep in mind that the original Moto 360 launched with pretty dated specs (namely the processor), so in 2016, it’s going to struggle some. With that said, it’s still arguably the best looking smartwatch ever released and will still work with your current phone. It’s also just $89.99…which, again, is nuts.
The seller has all sorts of combinations available, including those on leather or metal bands. He says that they are in “new other” condition, which could just mean that they won’t ship to you in original packaging. Or it could mean something else. Either way, something to consider.
Google’s own Calculator application is now available for downloading on Google Play onto any Android device you have, allowing Google to send updates and new features more quickly to your device for the app. For the longest time, the Calculator app has been baked into the system, as it is on nearly every mobile phone ever made, but this continues Google’s work to strip out most apps and have them available right from Google Play. (more…)