September 18, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
Android Wear smartwatches are growing in popularity every day. Some devices have already been released to the market, while some some others were announced and are awaiting mass availability. One thing is inevitable though, and that is that they will soon conquer the Android-loving market pretty soon. When things get popular, they rapidly are the subject of developer attention and some interesting projects start to pop up as well.
Smartwatches seem to be the perfect devices from which to play music, but not many of the most popular music players have been rewritten with Android Wear compatibility. One application that has been designed to work with Android Wear is Stellio Music Player by XDA Forum Member doomedez. The application offers everything that you could possibly need from a music player. This application can control music, browse it by artist, folders, or albums. It can even color the surrounding elements by cover. The application also offers a handy equalizer and sync support with VKontakte, a popular social media portal.
If you are planning to buy an Android Wear smartwatch or you already have one, this music player is definitely an application that is worth a look. It’s nice to see applications designed to work with this new platform.
You can find Stellio Music Player by visiting the Stellio application thread. Head over there to turn your smartwatch into a stylish walkman right away.
September 8, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
The Moto 360 has been released! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this weekend’s news is the announcement of the Verizon HTC One M7 Android 4.4.3 KitKat and be sure the check out the article talking about getting an Unlocked Moto X in any color! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Jordan talks about the other videos released this weekend on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Newcomer RootJunky released a video showing you how to install TWRP on your Android Wear device. Then Newcomer droidmodd3rx showed off how to make any Android Device have the same software as the OnePlus One. And if you missed it be sure to check out Jordan’s Review of the Nvidia SHIELD Tablet. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
September 6, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
We’ve showed you how to Factory Reset your Samsung Gear Live Smartwatch. We’ve showed you how to use the Samsung Gear Live Super Tool and we’ve shown you how to root the LG G Watch. Now we are going to show you how to install TWRP customer recovery on your Android Wear device.
In today’s videos, XDA Developer TV newcomer and XDA Recognized Contributor RootJunky, shows off how to install TWRP on the Samsung Gear Live. This process works on the LG G Watch as well. So if you wanted to install a custom Recovery on your Android Wear device, check out this video.
September 6, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
The Moto 360 is likely the most highly anticipated Android Wear-powered smartwatch that has been announced. The device was officially revealed at Google I/O on late June, but we had to wait a few months before the device and its hardware specification became available.
The device will ship with a TI OMAP 3 processor, 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB of internal storage to save your favorite files. Everything will be hidden under a 1.56” display with a 320 x 290 resolution and 205 pixels per inch. The new Motorola smartwatch will be hard to destroy thanks to a super hard Gorilla Glass 3 covering and almost impossible to sink due to IP67 water resistance certificate. The Moto 360 should be compatible with most devices available on the market. The only requirement is Android 4.3 or newer installed on the phone or tablet.
The Moto 360 looks like a sexy device, which you can see in the video below. Motorola is selling two variants of the device: one with a leather band and one with a metal band (though that’s not available yet). There are also three different colors, so you will surely find something to your liking.
If you are planning to get one of these circular watches, you should prepare $250 or $300 (steel band). Meanwhile, you can visit device specific forum for Moto 360 or one of the other newly added forums to get the additional information and see whether there is some development taking place.
September 5, 2014 By: Faiz Malkani
Earlier this year, Google expanded Android’s horizons on multiple fronts, such as Android Auto and Android Wear. While Android Auto was also a rather large leap, Android Wear, Google’s foray into bringing Android to wearables, has stolen the show. Since then, multiple Android Wear devices have launched, and Google is all set to push out an update to the platform, a few features of which, were outlined in a blog post by Google earlier today.
The first, or rather, the first two features mentioned in the post are offline music playback and GPS support. Android Wear, in its current state does not support offline playback, relying on the connected handset to play music instead. However, the update will allow playback even if the wearable is not connected to a handset, accessing music stored on the wearable itself. The GPS support feature allows you to track your location, distance and speed from your wearable, provided it includes a GPS sensor. The third feature outlines the introduction of downloadable watch face to customize the visual style of your wearables home screen to display information you want, such as a calendar or fitness info.
The post also goes over the wearable devices launched at IFA this week, namely, the Moto 360, Asus ZenWatch, LG G Watch R and the Sony SmartWatch 3. It goes on to state that these devices, as well as the ones released earlier this summer (LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live), will receive the aforementioned update in the coming months.
[Source: Official Android Blog]
Google’s Android Wear has garnered a lot of attention in recent months. Google is trying to streamline and standardize the wearable market. This helps take the focus off the experience of the base software and perhaps hardware, and focuses it on the actual Android Wear Apps themselves!
In today’s episode, XDA Developer TV Producer TK shows off his Top 5 Android Wear Apps. He talks about 5 apps and watch faces that in no particular order really help expand your Android Wear Device capabilities. TK talks about ACW Watch Face, Weather Wear Watch Face, MacroDroid – Device Automation, Lockable, Wear Mini Launcher, Wear Camera Remote and Wear Volume. So check out this video!
In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer RootJunky Tom shows you how to root and unlock the bootloader on your LG G Watch. The LG G Watch is LG’s first Android Wear device. Besides the Samsung Gear Live, this is the only currently available Android Wear device. So as is usual at XDA, we must root all the things, and the LG G Watch is no exception!
Tom presents step-by-step instructions on how to gain root access on your LG G Watch using tools from the XDA Developers Forums. The process is painless and straight forward. This video shows you how to unlock the bootloader as well. So if you wanted to root your LG G Watch, take a moment and check this video out.
August 30, 2014 By: Samantha
Having a checklist of things you need to do is something we all can find useful at times. Because of this, if one were to do a quick Play Store search for keywords such as ‘checklist,’ a plethora of apps dedicated to keeping your life organized can be found. Of course, this vast amount of apps can also be partly because of how long the Android OS has been around, with new apps being added to the store each day.
Android Wear on the other hand, had its inception mere five months ago, with only a handful of devices rocking the OS right now. So if you’ve been struggling to find an app for your wrist to keep your life in check, you may want to check out Agenda Wear.
Developed by XDA Senior Member quentin330, Agenda Wear is an app for your Android Wear device that lets you set and display reminders. As of now, up to 50 events can be set with the app, and they can’t be more than one month in advance to the current date. Your upcoming events are inserted through the app on your Android device, and are then synced with your Android Wear device every 15 minutes.
Currently in its beta phase, Agenda Wear is a simple yet practical app that does its job well. If you would like to give it a try or check out its development progress, head over to the Agenda Wear original thread for more information and download.
August 29, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
Without a doubt, Android Wear is one of the most frequently talked about topics of the last few weeks. The upcoming Moto 360 and other circular smartwatches will be released next week during the IFA in Berlin. These devices have already gathered a following of eager owners and developers working on applications and other goods for this wearable ecosystem.
Nearly every device with Android on board, no matter if it’s a smartphone or a tablet, allows its users to use some kind of lock screen protection. Among the most popular methods, you can find a swipe gesture, a PIN code, face unlock, password unlock, and of course the Android hallmark lock screen pattern. However, this isn’t the case on Android Wear by default. Now, these methods have been successfully ported over to Android Wear by XDA Senior Member Mohammad_Adib. This application can be used to protect your device from other people trying to access it. Lockable can also lock your device when it’s dimmed and much more. It’s a great way to enhance the Android Wear experience in a simple manner.
The free version of the app allows you to use swipe gestures, while other unlock methods can be unlocked with an in-app purchase. We don’t promote paid applications, but a free version offers quite a lot.
If you are an Android Wear device owner or you are planning to get one of these brand new smartwatches, protect them with Lockable. You can get it by visiting the application thread.
[Big thanks to our XDA TV Producer TK for the tip!]
August 29, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Secrecy encryption app goes open source! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is the announcement of a news LG Android Wear device called the LG G Watch R and be sure the check out the article talking about an app called “I Am Groot!” That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer TK released an Xposed Tuesday video for XQuietHours. Then AdamOutler talked about automating software builds with Jenkins. And later TK gave us a an Android App Review of CPU Monitor. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
The smartwatch madness continues. No further back than yesterday, we talked about LG uploading a video teaser showing off their upcoming LG G Watch R. Now, another Korean OEM decides to enter the game. The upcoming premiere of Samsung Galaxy Note 4, which should take place in just over a week, will also be the launching point for a few wearable devices.
As the Samsung leakster Sammobile claims, the new smartwatch will be available to purchase a few months after Note 4 release, and it will contain a SIM card slot, which makes the device even more interesting. The currently released smartwatches are strongly tied down to smartphones, and without an active connection, these wrist devices lose a lot of functionality. It was easy to predict that a new smartwatch from Samsung would be circular given all of the hype surrounding the upcoming Moto 360 release and the disappointment many felt when they learned it would be released after its square face siblings.
It still remains unknown whether the device will ship with Tizen or Android Wear. It’s hard to predict if Samsung will decide to push its own OS rather than sticking to the new Google offering. One thing is certain though, folks. This late summer will be full of interesting events, which we will obviously share with all of you.
Two of the first three Android Wear devices have were released earlier this year at the Google I/O 2014 keynote back in June. Many of you decided to give one of these small devices a go, and you’ve already armed your wrists with the Samsung Gear Live or LG G Watch. But the true diva, the stylish and long anticipated Moto 360 still hasn’t been released. The circular smartwatch from Motorola is right around the corner, and it is set to premiere next week. But more than likely, that Moto 360 won’t be the only Android Wear smartwatch with a circular screen that will be unveiled before the end of August.
One of the I/O participants, LG Electronics, decided to hit the market with yet another Android Wear device. After the square shaped LG G Watch, the Korean OEM decided to try for a more rounded shape, and uploaded a teaser of LG G Watch R to its YouTube channel. This device, which is set to be one of the successors to the standard, square G Watch, will be unveiled in Berlin shortly after the premiere of the Moto 360.
You may see how it looks like in the following video.
The R in name most likely stands for Round. LG’s device has a lone button on the side, so it looks like a traditional watch. LG’s move might be considered a bit weird, because the G Watch has only been on sale for 2.5 months. It also indicates that the rounded sibling must have been in works and almost ready to launch back at I/O. LG, Google, or perhaps both parties didn’t give it a green light, however, and the LG G Watch R had to wait a couple months before its release to the public.
The rounded LG G Watch R and the upcoming Moto 360 aren’t the only smartwatches that will be released in the foreseeable future. Other OEMs like HTC, Asus and our “favorite” Apple are monitoring the situation closely and will likely release their own devices sooner rather than later. Get your wrists and wallets ready!
August 23, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Do you want to Factory Reset your Samsung Gear Live Smartwatch? This can be either because you had a bad flash, you installed an app and now things just aren’t right, or because it’s just slowing down in general. There are many reasons to factory reset your device. The steps are quick and easy, but they are unique. The button combinations are different than most other devices because there really is only one button.
In today’s video, XDA Developer TV newcomer and XDA Recognized Contributor RootJunky shows off how to manually boot into the Samsung Gear Live’s bootloaders and factory reset the device. Grab your device and check out this video.