Minuum Teases Keyboard for Android Wear Devices

Not content with Google Glass, the folks behind Minuum are tackling the input problem on Android Wear.

According to Minuum, “oodles” of people want a really tiny keyboard they can use on their watch, a call which the developers are pleased to answer. While the team has already revealed a prototype version of the keyboard for circular devices, a video released today shows the square design.  (more…)

First 3rd-party Launcher Released for Android Wear Smartwatches

Third party launchers are some of our favorite applications, so now that they are hitting Android Wear devices, you can imagine how excited we are. This weekend, the first custom launcher hit Google Play for Android Wear, titled Wear Mini Launcher.

With Mini Launcher, users can quickly access any application and system setting they have on their smartwatch. To access, all you do is swipe to the right from the top left corner. A semi-transparent drawer will slide out, revealing helpful shortcuts to whatever you might need.  (more…)

Verizon has Big Plans for Tomorrow and July 17 – 50% Off Phones, G3 Launch, Z2 Tablet, and More

According to sources of ours, Verizon has a handful of announcements prepared that involve happenings on July 10 and July 17. Outside of their plans to make 4G LTE a part of their ALLSET prepaid plan, which we first reported last week, we should also expect a big 50% off phone deal that will run for a couple of weeks, along with pre-orders and launch dates for the Xperia Z2 Tablet, LG G3, and G Watch.  (more…)

Quick Tip: How to Enable Developer Options and Debugging on Android Wear

What kind of Android device would an Android Wear watch be without the ability to enable developer options? Not much of one, that’s for sure. Thankfully, you can enable developer options and ADB debugging pretty easily, just like you would on a regular Android phone or tablet.

Once you have ADB debugging setup, you can do fun things like take screenshots, unlock the bootloader, think about rooting your Android Wear watch, and almost anything else that comes along, like a ROM (yes, there are ROMs for these watches already).

Ready?  (more…)

Quick Tip: How to Factory Reset Your Android Wear Smartwatch

Whatever the reason may be, sometimes you have to perform a factory reset on a device. Whether you are sending it back to the manufacturer or possibly selling to a friend, it is always good to know how to wipe all of your personal data from a device.

With folks buying and receiving their Android Wear smartwatches, now is the perfect time for you to learn how to perform this task. Luckily for the beginners among us, Android Wear is a very easy OS to navigate, so learning these tricks is easy as pie.

Below, we take you through how to perform a factory reset using just your fingers, and also how to do the same thing using your voice a little bit.  (more…)

Quick Tip: How to Change the Watch Face on Android Wear

A lot of you early adopters are buying and receiving your Android Wear smartwatches, so we thought it would be a good time to start showing you around the OS, teaching a few of you the basics of Google’s new wearable platform.

Android Wear is very simplistic, and most settings can be accessed by simply using your voice. However, the OS was made to be touched and interacted with, so if you are not in a position to talk to your watch – you are in a movie theater for example – then it is good to learn a few tricks.

The first step all Android Wear device owners should know is how to change your device’s watch face. Both the Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch come with a lot of different pre-loaded watch faces, so let’s take a look at how to switch through them all.  (more…)

Contest: Win an LG G Watch or Samsung Gear Live From Droid Life!

Android Wear is here in the form on the Samsung Gear Live (review) and LG G Watch (review). It’s early for the new wearable platform, which means it has a lot of growing to do before most of you need it in your life. With that said, we know that many of you are itching to try it out, but may not want to fork out the $200 it currently requires to get one of these on your wrist. So, we are here to give one of each away to two amazing DL readers. That’s right, because we love you, you have a chance to win either a G Watch or a Gear Live.  (more…)

iFixit Gives the Samsung Gear Live and the LG G Watch a Teardown, Looking for the Secrets of Android Wear

Google’s first iterations of Android Wear have been on people’s wrists in the form of the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live since Google I/O ended. Like clockwork, the guys from iFixit have gotten their hands on a few devices, so they could tear them down to show us what exactly goes into the two new smartwatches in case you ever had to do some repairing yourself. We also like seeing the insides of these products, especially new-to-market tech like smartwatches.  (more…)