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…)

Samsung Gear Live Review

Google threw us somewhat of a curveball at last week’s Google I/O developer conference, when they announced the Gear Live smartwatch from Samsung. This is Samsung’s first take on an Android Wear device, based around Google’s new wearable platform, which is only a couple of months old.

At the conference, Google gave us a choice to either take the Gear Live or LG G Watch home with us, and I opted for the Gear Live, basing my choice on the overall look of the device and the Super AMOLED display that was advertised.

I have had the watch for a solid week now, using it every day throughout my normal routine, which includes running errands, going out at night, walking the dogs, plus certain activities like bowling and billiards, so I feel pretty confident in delivering our full review of the device.

Here is our Samsung Gear Live review. (more…)

Android Wear Receives First Update to KMV78V – Both G Watch and Gear Live See It

Both the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live are receiving pre-release over-the-air (OTA) updates today, jumping them up to build KMV78V of Android Wear (4.4W). At this time, we have no idea what is new, since nothing is standing out. Until we hear from others who received the update (assuming you went to Google I/O), we will guess that this is a bug fixer meant to polish things up a bit before those first Google Play orders of either watch arrive.

If you happen to own either watch, you can check for the update by tapping the screen, then scrolling down to Settings>About>System updates.

I/O Poll: Buying the G Watch or Gear Live?

The first Android Wear watches are now available, so what do you think – are you buying one? As of today, you can pre-order the LG G Watch or Samsung Gear Live and have them at your front door within a couple of weeks. Or are you holding out for the Moto 360, which Google would only continue to confirm is “coming this summer”? Or are you not interested at all?

It’s time for some I/O-related polls. First up – are you buying either the G Watch or Gear Live?

Buying the LG G Watch or Samsung Gear Live?

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G Watch and Gear Live Now Available for Pre-order on Google Play

The world’s first Android Wear smartwatches, the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live, are now available for pre-order through Google Play. Thankfully, they should both ship within a week or two.

The LG G Watch is priced at $229 and comes in either Black Titan or White Gold. It has an expected ship date of July 3 and is available in the following countries:  Australia, Canada, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Spain, United Kingdom, and United States.

The Samsung Gear Live is priced at $199 and comes in only one color for now, black. It is expected to ship by July 8 and is available in the following countries:  Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, and United States. (more…)