If you aren’t one of the 720,000 people who already own an Android Wear device, but feel like it’s time to join the growing crowd for days like today, check out the current deal running on the Sony Smartwatch 3 through Verizon. At 20% off, you can pickup one of the most feature-packed Android Wear devices for $199, down from its $249 price tag on Google Play.
As a recap, the Smartwatch 3 runs Android Wear just like the Moto 360 and G Watch R do, but it also includes a GPS, so you can take it offline (away from your phone) and still track activity. This is one of the few (maybe only) that has a GPS, making the Smartwatch 3 an awesome fitness tracker for runners or those who take activities outdoors.
The Smartwatch 3 also has a 1.6-inch LCD display, 420mAh battery, quad-core processor, 4GB internal storage, 512MB RAM, and is IP68 water and dust resistant.
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Around 40% of you now own some sort of a smartwatch, according to a recent poll of ours. That means that 40% of you have an additional display outside of the one on your smartphone or tablet that can be customized! Yessir, it’s time to do a “Show off your watch faces” day, just like we do with home screens.
Since this is a new addition to our ongoing “show off” series, it will work slightly different. Because we want to see more than just your screen, this time we will ask that you take a picture of your smartwatch and then submit it through the comments. That way, we can see your watch face, watch, band of choice, and how it all plays together.
So down below, be sure to upload the picture of your watch, but then also tell us what the watchface, watch, and band are.
According to leakster Upleaks, HTC’s upcoming wearable device just became slightly less exciting. As stated in leaked specs, the company’s wearable will not run Android Wear, instead opting for an RTOS (real-time operating system) made by HTC.
Furthermore, the specs paint the picture of a smartband more so than a smartwatch. Coming in S/M/L sizes, the wearable features a ST Micro STM32L151 processor, 1.8″ display (32×160 PMOLED), Bluetooth and GPS, and 3+ day battery life. (more…)
You know why we spend so much time talking sh*t about Apple? It’s not because of the products they make. Nope, that’s not the reason. I think most reasonable human beings can admit that Apple makes really nice stuff (I personally own plenty of their products). The reason we take constant jabs at Apple and put up posts like this is because of the attitude, the arrogance, and sheer stupidity with which they speak in public, whether that be at their own press events or when doing interviews at conferences, just like the one Tim Cook sat down for today with Goldman Sachs. (more…)
Am I trolling with that title? A little. Just keep in mind that I’m not the one who called the Apple Watch ugly or said it should be round or who wouldn’t give Apple fans hope of it lasting more than a day on a single charge. Nope, not me.
But because the world will forget about all of that once it launches thanks to their consumption of freshly brewed Infinite Loop IPA, we thought we should point out that smartwatch re-invention is happening in April, according to Apple CEO Tim Cook. The Apple Watch ships in April. In April!
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.
According to a report out of SamMobile, Samsung is preparing to launch its own fully round smartwatch that will be unveiled at Mobile World Congress (MWC) next month. Little is known about the watch, but this report claims that the device carries the model number SM-R720 and codename Orbis. The “R” in the model number could mean “round,” though that is just speculation at this point. (more…)
Hyundai is getting in the CES spirit a couple of days through an announcement that within Q1 of this year, Hyundai owners will be able to connect to and control their cars using an app installed on Android Wear smartwatches. The app, which is called Blue Link, allows car owners to remote start, lock, and unlock doors of their car, as well as find it in a crowded parking lot. You can do all of this through the app by tapping on options or by using voice commands. (more…)