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All posts tagged "Android Wear"

  • Would you buy this Android Wear smartwatch for under R2000?

    It could be argued that smartwatches are overpriced and overhyped, given that they're basically fitness trackers that mirror your smartphone's notifications. But the upstart Mobvoi company is bucking the price trend thanks to the US$120 (R1614) Ticwatch E on Kickstarter. Sure, this might be an early bird price (otherwise retailing for US$199), but it still makes for a competitive price tag anyway. In fact, the company initially sold a Super Early Bird special that saw you getting the Ticwatch E for US$99. Got a little extra to spare? Then the Ticwatch S is available at an early bird price of US$139 (R1870)...

  • Android Wear 2.0, SA-bound watches revealed

    We've already known that Android Wear 2.0 was due for a release, but Google has finally made it official. The latest version of Google's smartwatch platform offers a variety of features, starting with the watchfaces. Android Wear 2.0 now lets you personalise the always-on aspect of the watchface with desired actions/information. "Simply glance at your wrist to check your next appointment, stock performance, progress on fitness goals, or whatever is important to you. A quick tap on your watch face lets you instantly order an Uber ride, start a workout, or get in touch with your significant other," Google wrote on...

  • LG smartwatches, Android Wear 2.0 date leaked

    LG is teaming up with Google to reveal two new smartwatches next month, it has been reported. According to VentureBeat's Evan Blass, LG and Google plan to reveal the Watch Sport and the smaller Watch Style. The watches are purportedly set to launch alongside Android Wear 2.0 on 9 February. VentureBeat adds that the smartwatches will go on sale in the USA a day after launch. But one of the more notable nuggets of information is that the watches will apparently copy Apple and include a Digital Crown wheel for navigation. Android Wear is due for an upgrade, and it appears that LG...

  • Android Wear 2.0 delayed until early 2017

    Sad news for Android smartwatch users: Android Wear 2.0 has been pushed back to early 2017. This according to a new blog post on Google's Android Developer blog. "We’ve gotten tons of great feedback from the developer community about Android Wear 2.0–thank you! We’ve decided to continue the preview program into early 2017, at which point the first watches will receive Android Wear 2.0," wrote developer advocate, Hoi Lam in a blog post. The update which was scheduled for this year was pushed back to quash final bugs to deliver a complete system. However, the Developer Preview 3 has been released, to soothe...

  • Google I/O 2016: Android N, Android Wear 2.0 and Daydream VR

    Be sure to catch all the news, views and analysis of Google I/O 2016 on Gearburn via our portal, and live blog. It wouldn't be a Google I/O conference without the company touching on its various iterations of Android, right? Anyway, the company shed more light on Android N, the latest version of its all-conquering mobile platform. First of all, what will the final name be? More Android N news (including VR!) Well, Google has revealed that the community will be responsible for naming Android N, with users able to visit android.com/n to drop suggestions. From Nutella to Nutmeg, it seems like many possible...

  • Tradition goes digital: a look at Tag Heuer’s Android smartwatch

    There’s an interesting split in the watch world between the vintage, classic heavyweights such as Rolex and Cartier, and the smartwatches of Samsung, Apple and others. The former brands are known for grandeur, build quality and reliability; the latter for adaptability and state-of-the-art interactive technology. However, the two sides of that market are starting to intertwine. The latest to dip its toe into the smartwatch sector is the Tag Heuer Connected, branding itself as the first ‘luxury’ Android Wear Smartwatch. The partnership with Google will cost around £1100 – and for that you get 4GB of storage and a host...

  • Android Wear updates, makes its smartwatches smarter

    For those rolling around with Android Wear smartwatches, listen up, because that ticker's finally getting a software update. And it's a big one. Krystal Higgins, Android Wear's UX designer, took to Google's Official Android Blog to outline the advancements coming to users in the next few weeks, and the set of updates largely seek to improve user-watch interaction. Users can now listen to calls and messages from their wrists. Of course, this only really applies to devices with speakers -- the Huawei Watch and 49mm Asus ZenWatch 2 are the two examples at present. Google's also including gesture support to the system,...

  • Fitbit, Casio and Fossil: it’s raining smartwatches at CES 2016

    Smartwatches haven't quite shown us the money just yet. Sure, they're walking around with big ideas, but up until 2015's end, there hasn't been one real "I have to have this" example made yet. That may very well chance in 2016, if this year's CES is a yard stick. While LG and Samsung fought over how many Ks their televisions have, while Nvidia and Qualcomm tried to avoid crashing smartcars into poles, and while Intel was playing with drones and robots, the lesser known smartwatch makers came to the fore. As a result, here are four of the most interesting smartwatches...

  • Huawei to TomTom: 6 stand-out smartwatches from IFA 2015

    For more IFA 2015 happenings, live updates and deeper analysis, keep locked onto our IFA 2015 portal. No amount of PR fairy dust will make me think otherwise: smartwatches are idiotic. For the moment at least, they serve no measurable practical purpose. Even with Android Wear, they aren't functional to the point where I absolutely have to have one and that is the genre's chief problem. Still, that doesn't stop manufacturers from jumping on the new smartwatch pony and riding it to Berlin. Huawei, ASUS, LG and even TomTom have all gone big this week, launching new products at Europe's biggest consumer...

  • iPhones and Android Wear watches can now talk to each other

    Android Wear smartwatches are now even more useful, thanks to its newfound compatibility with devices running iOS 8.2 and above. For all you iPhone 5 and newer users, that means you can now purchase an Android Wear watch and pair it with your Apple phone. It's a massive leap forward for Google, as the update now gives iPhone users a more varied set of alternatives to the Apple Watch, which is (to be honest) rather overpriced as first-generation hardware. On its official blog, Google noted that the integration only works on the LG Watch Urbane at present, but it's looking to...