Google posted the I/O 2015 schedule this morning (more on that in a bit) with a session hosted by the ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects) team that has already caught our attention. The session is titled “Badass and beautiful. Tech and human. Love and work. ATAP.” which doesn’t tell us much, other than they have some wild, spiritual, and emotional thoughts on technology. But should you cruise into the description of the session, past the Fast and Furious reference, we find out that the ATAP team has new wearables to show off. (more…)
The LG Watch Urbane is in the house! The premium Android Wear device from LG, which was first unveiled at MWC in February, is now available on the Google Store for a whopping $349, in case you were interested.
We picked one up to take it for a first spin and share some thoughts on the latest in smartwatches running Google’s wearables platform. With its premium stainless steel body and polished finish (in either silver or gold), along with a P-OLED display, water resistance, heart rate monitor, and genuine leather strap, this is arguably the best yet. Well, that all depends on your taste in watches, of course. The Moto 360, even after all these months, is still the best looking of the bunch, in my opinion. (more…)
The first true premium smartwatch is coming later this year from TAG Heuer. That’s right, Apple, plating a calculator watch in gold doesn’t make it premium – at least in my book. The watch, as announced in March, will be made in partnership with Intel and Google, yet “reflect the TAG Heuer heritage of Swiss design and quality.” So it’s a Swiss-made Android Wear device, powered by an Intel processor, and outfitted with what we can only imagine will be a high price tag for a smartwatch. (more…)
After popping up on the Google Store yesterday afternoon, the LG Watch Urbane is now available from Verizon and AT&T as well. You can order this premium Android Wear watch for $349 at each carrier’s online store in silver starting today. The gold version isn’t available from either spot, but Google still has it in stock with a shipping date of May 8.
The watch will reach AT&T stores on May 15. As of right now, we don’t know if or when it will arrive in Verizon stores. (more…)
With the introduction of the LG Watch Urbane to the Google Store moments ago, Google has also gone ahead and dropped pricing on the LG G Watch R and the Moto 360. The G Watch R dropped from $299 to $249, and the Moto 360 was slashed from $249 to $179.
You all remember Samsung’s line of Gear devices, don’t you? They were the wearables that were originally rushed to market, featured nipple cameras, and only worked with Samsung devices. They also ran Tizen, were re-done a number of times yet never seemed to catch anyone’s attention unless they are a part of an eBay flash sale, and always had questionable designs that weren’t really classic or mainstream. Remember now? Get ready for a new one! (more…)
The Moto 360, which is arguably still the best Android Wear watch available, is now just $179 at Amazon and Best Buy if you choose the leather band option. After carrying a $250 price tag from the beginning, you are looking at a pretty drastic $70 discount here. If you don’t want leather, and instead want one of the metal bands, Best Buy has dropped metal versions to as low as $219, while Amazon is hovering around $229.
The timing of the drop probably isn’t a coincidence, as today happens to be Apple Watch pre-order day. Hey, whatever the reason, we love discounts on fine products.
If you need to catch up on the first round smartwatch, that features wireless charging, premium materials, and a classic watch design, be sure to read our Moto 360 review.
Google has been pretty good about supporting both iOS and Android over the years. For the most part, all of their biggest services have been pushed to iOS as apps that are mostly as good as their Android counterparts. There are a few that haven’t quite reached the other side, though, namely Android Wear and Keep. I don’t think anyone is missing Keep, but can you imagine a world with Android Wear on iOS? That would mean Android Wear smartwatches competing directly with the soon-to-be-available Apple Watch. Like, that means watches that actually look like watches that aren’t of the 1992 calculator variety. Ooooh, controversy. Ooooh, competition. Ooooh…ooooh.
According to a report out of The Verge, who spoke with a “source close to the (Android Wear) development team,” Google is close to “finishing the final technical details.” Finishing the final technical details. Mmmhmmm then. (more…)