Three Great Android Wear Apps: WearFaces, Knock, and Panic

With the Moto 360 now available, we are sure there are plenty new Android Wear users in the building, so we wanted to share a few apps that we thought you might find useful.

Of course, many of the first things you will want to download are custom watch faces, so we have that covered, but we also wanted to showcase a couple of utility applications, two of which you may not have thought to try out on your own.

Below, see our list of a few apps which we think you might enjoy on your Android Wear smartwatch. (more…)

Thursday Poll: Should a Smartwatch be Round or Square?

Square or round? That seems to be the debate about smartwatches in 2014. Motorola decided long ago that they were ditching the rectangular smartwatch design for something closer to a traditional, circular time piece with the Moto 360. We have even seen LG already jump to the idea as well, with the G Watch R. But then you have Samsung sticking with square (semi-curved square, to be correct) throughout their half-dozen or so watch releases. And of course, Apple went square with the Apple Watch in this week’s unveiling.

We are curious which you prefer? Clearly, you think the Moto 360 is the best looking watch of the bunch, according to our latest poll, but that could be because of the overall design. Maybe you could buy into a square watch if it looked amazing. You tell us – square or round?

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Apple Watch Sounds Like It has 1-Day Battery Life to Me, Just Like Most Smartwatches

Apple announced the Apple Watch today, a device that won’t actually arrive until some time in early 2015. Even though it isn’t going to be available for months, Apple still showed off the device’s potential features, design, different models, and an estimated price, which will start at $349. But for those in the Android game who have been interested in Android Wear and smartwatches in general, there was one piece to today’s presentation that was of interest – expected battery life. Of course, that information never did arrive, nor has it appeared on Apple’s own dedicated website section for the Watch. Well, not directly, but Apple has hinted at it a couple of times.

Android Wear watches, at least so far, have struggled to get more than a full day of use before needing to be charged. We have talked off and on about smartwatch battery life expections for weeks, especially now that the Moto 360 is available, suggesting that they need to be lessoned thanks to the technology involved here. Yet for whatever reason, tech enthusiasts had decided that Apple would unveil a watch that goes well beyond a day, maybe even three or four without needing to be charged. As unrealistic as that sounds, this is the world we live in. Expectations for Apple to change the game are always there, even if they haven’t for years.

I hate to break it to you, but from what we have heard and seen from Apple today, it certainly doesn’t appear as if they have reinvented battery tech for watches with the Apple Watch. (more…)

LG G Watch Drops to $179 Through Google Play on Apple Watch Day

The LG G Watch dropped to $179 through Google Play today in both black and white, just as Apple was showing off their new Apple Watch. Nice timing.

If you want a current watch platform that was built as a companion to your phone, not a device arriving in 2015 that is bloated with a smartphone-like experience, then by all means, check out the G Watch.

The $50 discount runs through September 23.

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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…)

Contest: Win a LG G Watch or 1 of 30 Slickwraps G Watch Covers (Update: Winners Picked)

To take a minor break from the Moto excitement, we have partnered with Slickwraps, the makers of many custom skins for an assortment of Android devices, to give away a LG G Watch, plus 30 Slickwraps skins for the device. If you own a G Watch, today is your lucky day.

One person will walk away with a brand new Android Wear-powered G Watch, while thirty other winners will win a Slickwraps skin designed for the G Watch, one which can be selected from an assortment of different options that can be previewed on their website.

We have added a ton of ways to enter through Rafflecopter, so go get those entries in before the giveaway ends next Monday morning at 10am Pacific.  (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…)

Comparison: LG G Watch R vs. Moto 360 vs. Samsung Gear S

Last night, the tech industry was treated to two new smartwatches from LG and Samsung, the G Watch R and Gear S. Both will go head-to-head with the Moto 360, a watch that is easily the most anticipated in the history of smartwatches, thanks to its round display. It’s a good time to be a smartwatch watcher.

We aren’t sure what has taken Motorola so long to release the 360 or provide us with official details on its features, but in that time, LG managed to create and unveil their own round watch, while Samsung attempted to do the same. The Moto 360 should still hit store shelves before either of those, though, so we wanted to put it up against the other two, to help you decide if it is still the watch for you (most of you are saying it is) or if waiting it out is the better option.   (more…)