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ASUS Announces the ZenWatch 3 at IFA 2016

At IFA 2016 held in Berlin, Germany, ASUS has launched the next iteration of the ZenWatch, called the ZenWatch 3. As expected, the device runs on Android Wear and is compatible with Android and iOS devices. The biggest departure on the ZenWatch 3 compared to its square predecessors is its circular watchface and design. Along with...

Smartwatches in the Developing World: Why Success is Hard to Come by

But even then, there's an unproportionately large friction when it comes to the adoption of smart wearables, mainly watches, in the developing world when compared to the developed parts of the world. While newer entries are being planned week after week for major markets, the minor markets rarely see a timely release of said products....

Mobvoi’s Journey from China to a Global Ticwatch 2

Article Updated: 7/14 11:30am CT It's no mystery that Google has faced its own challenges in China; but an alternative to their apps was bound to happen. Mobvoi was founded by a former Google employee in 2012 to bring some of the solutions available outside of China into the country. First it worked on a voice search engine...

Google Releases Android Wear 2.0 Developer Preview 2

If you are a owner of a supported Android Wear watch and don't mind being on the cutting edge of software, there's some good news for you today to be excited about. Google has released Developer Preview 2 of Android Wear 2.0, bringing a fair few bug fixes and new features (and very possibly some...

Report: No future for Android Wear in Samsung’s Watches

UPDATE: When Engadget asked Samsung to comment on the issue, the company denied that they were abandoning Android Wear. ' "We disagree with Fast Company's interpretation. Samsung has not made any announcement concerning Android Wear and we have not changed our commitment to any of our platforms." ' A new report is coming from Fast Company stating that "no...

Google I/O 2016 Roundup, Part 2: Virtual Reality, Android Wear 2.0, Instant Apps

At Google I/O we saw how Google is building its next evolution, and two crucial parts of this are Virtual Reality through "Daydream", and Wearables, with the former opening an entire new dimension for Android. Virtual Reality VR Mode in Android N is official, and this will allow Android to tackle the current players in the VR market, even...

Android N Preview 3 & Android Wear 2.0 Preview Now Available!

It's Google I/O Christmas, everybody! And with it comes a new Android Developer preview version for your Nexus device, as well as an Android Wear 2.0 preview for Android Wear! First up, the latest beta update for the N Preview comes with various fixes, better performance and stability and a handful of new features. The listed changes can...

XDA/Android Podcast Episode 17: “HTC 10 Out of 10???”

The XDA/Android podcast will bring you the best news each week from the perspective of the XDA team and r/android users. Each week you can find our latest episode here, on Youtube, Pocketcasts and on your favorite podcast app through the RSS feed: http://www.buzzsprout.com/49234.rss In this episode of the XDA/Android podcast the team discusses the latest...

Google Introduces MODE: Snap & Swap bands for Android Wear Smartwatches

Part of the beauty of owning a watch with standard wristband sizes is the ability to purchase new bands to swap them out with. If you don't like the look and feel of a particular band, you can always go online or to your local jeweler for something new. However, most OEMs of Android Wear smartwatches...

XDA/Android Podcast Episode 16: “A Small Success + Giveaway Results”

The XDA/Android podcast will bring you the best news each week from the perspective of the XDA team, r/android mods, admins and users. Each week you can find our latest episode here, on Youtube, Pocketcasts and on your favorite podcast app through the RSS feed: http://www.buzzsprout.com/49234.rss In this episode of the XDA/Android podcast, the team discusses...

AsteroidOS: An Open Source Alternative to Android Wear

Android Wear, the OS specialized for running on smartwatches, has changed the way we perceive wearables. From early-hardware gimmicks to actual, indispensable devices that improve our workflow and productivity, smartwatches have created their own niche in the Android ecosystem. They even extend beyond Android, thanks to the likes of Tizen and iOS, offering consumers a...

Google Finally Begins Marshmallow Rollout For Android Wear

Better late than never, Android 6.0 Marshmallow is finally starting to make its way onto your wrists in the form Android 6.0 for Wear. Google has also announced more details in their official blog post. The post mentions a few of the new features that we can see on the latest version of the OS, including new system...