We enter 2015 after a year in which Google decided to takeover the wearable market with Android Wear. Companies had tried before Android Wear to make smartwatches, but if we are being honest, have to admit that most were quite terrible. That’s not to say that Android Wear is a perfect option, but it’s safe to say that it is currently the best option, as well as an option that should only get better over time. Companies like Motorola, LG, and ASUS have all bought into Google’s wearable platform, even giving us more choices than I think most expected.
With a year full of 2nd generation wearables surely on the horizon, we are wondering how many of you have already jumped into the game early and picked up a smartwatch? (Who would do such a thing with the Apple Watch on the way!) Do you own a Moto 360? One of the G Watches, perhaps? Or maybe you own one of the other options, like say a Gear Live, Gear 2, Zenwatch, Pebble, etc.? If so, be sure to jump into the comments to talk about your specific watch.
If you don’t own a smartwatch yet, be sure to let us know why.
Android Wear is receiving a major update that begins rollout today. Alongside the update, developers are being given full access to the Watch Face API, which means that we will all soon enjoy legitimate watch face apps instead of the janky work-around solutions we have dealt with since the beginning of Android Wear. Outside of the new API, a list of new features and UI tweaks are here to improve the experience. (more…)
For a limited time during the holiday season, folks on AT&T who purchase any LG smartphone can take advantage of multiple offers, including scoring a G Pad 7.0 for just $0.99 on contract, 50% off an Android Wear-powered G Watch, and 50% LG-made Tone Bluetooth headset.
To clarify, these deals are stackable, meaning you can have all of them with one purchase, when buying a LG smartphone, such as the G3. (more…)
Ahhh yes, Black Friday. The biggest shopping week of the year is here, friends. Whether you are ready to start thinking about X-mas and presents or not, now is the time to at least start looking at deals on some of your favorite products, even if they are items you plan to gift to yourself, because there are plenty to be had. For example, you will want to take a look at the list below, which is from Verizon’s planned Black Friday weekend price slashing.
GET VERIZON’S BLACK FRIDAY DEALS HERE. (more…)
With Black Friday and Cyber Monday coming up, you already know that deals are taking place everywhere. One special deal we happened to spot was AT&T’s, which will offer a variety of good smartwatches for just $99 from November 28 through December 1. (more…)
Remember those Android Wear improvements that Engineering Director David Singleton outlined last month? According to reports from reddit users, it seems a few are coming to fruition in the form of an over-the-air update for G Watch units.
Even though we have already reviewed both the Moto 360 (review) and LG G Watch (review), we have yet to do a full comparison of their specs, design, and performance on video. Since these are arguably the two Android Wear watches to consider at this time (sorry, Gear Live), thanks to either their price (G Watch at $179) or premium circular build (Moto 360), we are finally doing that today.
This isn’t a video that will talk battery life or viewing in sunlight, since we did that in each of those reviews, but we will instead focus on the design when compared next to one another, and also the performance of each when thrown through a variety of tasks. In this clip, you will see each device run through a series of voice actions, all of which seem to struggle at times thanks to the beta-ness that is Android Wear. It’s hit or miss from one command to the next between each wearable. That can’t be user error, right? (more…)
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…)