Motorola Announces Moto 360, A Smartwatch Powered by Android Wear

Hot on the heels of Google’s release of the Android Wear preview SDK, Motorola has announced a smartwatch powered by Android’s UI for wearables dubbed the Moto 360.

The device’s hardware evokes a classic timepiece, with a premium metal body and a visually stunning round display.  On the software front, the Moto 360 will feature the standard array of Google Now elements – like “Ok Google” voice commands and contextual cards – central to Android Wear, in addition to a wrist-twisting gesture which will allow you to  quickly view e-mail, call, and appointment notifications.

Pricing and release details on the device are scarce, but Motorola is aiming for a Summer 2014 launch window. For those interested in the Moto 360 (and who isn’t?), head on over to Motorola’s website to sign up for more info. (more…)

Android Wear Developer Preview Now Available

Developers, your Android Wear developer preview is now available. We already showed you Android Wear in action, but in order to get your own apps ready for that type of experience, Google is letting you get in on the action early.

The dev preview – once you sign up – will get you into an emulator that will let you preview how your notifications will look on both square and round Android wearables. That’s right, we are getting multiple shapes, including a round watch from Motorola dubbed the Moto 360. The preview also includes new Android Wear APIs, so that you can “customize and extend notifications to accept voice replies, feature additional pages, and stack with similar notifications.”  (more…)

Video: See Android Wear in Action on a Watch That Doesn’t Look Like It’s From the Future

In the press release for Google’s new wearables platform, called Android Wear, they talked about a developer preview that can be downloaded by developers who want to get their apps ready for live action on wrists. They also released a video for the developer preview, which just so happens to show a watch in action (or at least a video rendering of how it could work).

You get a full preview of the UI, how the card-style information is presented, navigated through, what happens when you say “OK, Google” to perform an action, and how quickly you can reply using your voice to something like a Hangouts message.  (more…)

Google Announces Android for Wearables, Dubbed “Android Wear” – Very Google Now-powered

Well, Google just unwrapped it’s new wearables SDK, along with a video preview of their  vision for Android in products on your body. It’s called Android Wear, and yes, it’s certainly just like Google Now, in that it provides you with information as you need it or as it happens in a card-style format. Google is starting first with watches, but as Android boss Sundar Pichai already said, watches are only the beginning.

Through Android Wear, you can ask your watch questions with an “OK, Google” command, monitor your fitness, control other devices from your wrist, and of course, see timely info and suggestions “right when you need them.”

Google is claiming that they created a new UI specifically for wearables that is based around contextual information, along with your voice. (more…)

Qualcomm Toq Review

With a stack of smartwatches having sat on the corner of my desk for the last three or four months, it’s finally time that we start running through reviews of them all. The stack is only going to grow over the coming year, so it’s probably best that we give you something to compare the new stuff to. These will be “quick” reviews that cover the basics and also offer my opinions on what I like and don’t like.

First up, is without a doubt my favorite of the moment – the Qualcomm Toq. I know what you are probably thinking, and yes, it’s overpriced, oversized, and was originally supposed to be just an outlet for Qualcomm to show off their Mirasol display. But I’m actually loving it.

Let’s talk about why.  (more…)

Sundar Pichai: Wearable SDK for Android Coming in Two Weeks

A few weeks back, a report surfaced suggesting that Google would unveil a wearables platform some time in the month of March, with a device potentially arriving a couple of months later at Google I/O. That report is now at least half correct, as Android head Sundar Pichai announced today during an interview at SXSW that in two weeks time, his team would launch a new wearable SDK for Android.  (more…)