XDA News Articles

egzthunder1 · Jan 22, 2015

Wearables – Past, Present, and… Future?

If you are a child of the 80's, you will undoubtedly recognize the title image for this article. The Centurions were a great motivation for anyone who's ever thought about wearing technology on their body to do things that they could not normally do, without knowing how to operate heavy equipment. While the idea of teleporting pieces onto your body to enable you to fly is still (more than) a few years away, the thought of using technology on ourselves is...

Diamondback · Jan 2, 2015

The Cracked Back of the Motorola Moto 360

Ever since its first unveiling in early 2014, the Motorola Moto 360 has been a greatly hyped device. Even though availability and price were initially unknown, it was the smartwatch to talk about. Its sleek design and the (at that point) unique round screen with tiny bezels appealed to a wide range of potential customers. However, things changed once the watch was released in the US, as early reviews attested an abysmal battery life and apparently the performance also left a...

Jimmy McGee · Dec 27, 2014

Wearable Apps w/ Andreas Göransson – XDA:DevCon 2014

XDA:DevCon 2014 in Manchester, UK featured quite a few interesting topics as sessions. For those not able to make it, we will be releasing another session for you to enjoy. We’ve had topics on Open Source with Alin Jerpelea’s session AOSP For Sony Devices: Past, Present and Future, Jan Wildeboer’s session Quo Vadis, Open {Source, Standards, World}?, and robotics with Android, Robotics and Vision Oh My! w/ Shane Francis and Nvidia and Robotics w/ Barrett Williams. Today’s topic a little closer...

Jimmy McGee · Dec 20, 2014

How to Root Android Wear 5.0.1 Lollipop Devices – XDA TV

The Lollipop update for Android Wear devices has hit the market and people are receiving the update. Here at XDA TV we make a lot of rooting videos. We show you how to root a bunch of devices. So as is usual at XDA, we must root all the things, and a device running Android Wear 5.0.1 Lollipop is no exception! RootJunky presents instructions on how to gain root access on your Lollipop Android Wear device using tools from the...

Jimmy McGee · Dec 19, 2014

Micromax Takes OnePlus to Court! Android Wear Receives Lollipop – XDA TV

Android 5.0 Lollipop is available officially for the Moto 360! 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 Sony supporting AOSP on the entire 2014 Qualcomm Line of products and be sure to check out the article talking about the latest with Cyanogen where Micromax sues OnePlus! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other...

B1nny · Dec 16, 2014

Get Android Wear Notifications On Your Pebble

Back in 2012 a new Kickstarter project popped up showing a very unique device at the time: A smartwatch with the ability to properly show your phone's notifications, the ability to run apps and an open SDK for developers to write their own applications. Over the last two years the Pebble has gotten a lot of new features like support for custom watchfaces, support for the Pebble to cooperate with an application on your phone, the ability to show notifications from...

Tomek Kondrat · Dec 10, 2014

Android Wear Watch Face API Finally Available

Earlier today, Google announced that the official Android Wear Watch Face API is now available for developers. The new API officially allows developers to customize the user interface on Android Wear devices, enhancing the overall user experience across the platform. The official API will help developers to maintain their project regardless of screen shape. Official aftermarket watch faces have been a highly requested feature, and it's now been added. As usual, Google provides a training class to show how to...

Will Verduzco · Nov 10, 2014

Easily Manage Your Smartwatch with Android Wear Tools

Android 5.0 has undoubtedly been the main topic on every Android fanboy's mind ever since its completed source release just six days ago. That said, there's still quite a bit going on in the Android world aside from Lollipop. Last week, we talked a little bit about the open source CASUALWear watch face tool that lets users customize their Android Wear smartwatches to a great degree. Now, we're here to share another tool for Google's wearables platform. Android Wear APK Tools by...

Tomek Kondrat · Nov 7, 2014

Get the Most of Android Wear with CASUALWear Watchface

Android Lollipop is undoubtedly what's on everyone's mind this past week. With that said, there are some other branches of our beloved Android operating systems that have received some developer love recently. One is Android Wear, which was somewhat cast out of the limelight because of all this Android 5.0 "noise." Android Wear was one of the more important talking points at Google I/O this past summer. Google clearly wants to make Android Wear the unquestionable leader of the wearables...

Jimmy McGee · Oct 30, 2014

How to Play Music From Android Wear – XDA TV

Yesterday, we showed you how to do some advanced things with your Moto 360 quite easily with the Moto 360 toolkit. We showed you How to Unlock, Root, and Restore Your Moto 360. Today, we are going to show you another trick with your Android Wear device, that is a little less technical, but not any less useful. In this episode, XDA TV Producer TK show you have to sync music to your Android Wear device. This allows you to...

Jimmy McGee · Oct 29, 2014

How to Unlock, Root, and Restore Your Moto 360 – XDA TV

The Moto 360 is Motorola's latest and roundest release in wearable smartwatch market. Of course as we like to do here on XDA, we want to unlock and root this device. However, given its wireless sync and charging features, doing so is not as simple as it sounds. Luckily, a way has been found! In today's videos, XDA TV Producer and Recognized Contributor RootJunky shows of his Moto 360 Super Tool! This tool can be found on the XDA Forums and...

Will Verduzco · Oct 24, 2014

Mural Watchface Brings 500px to Android Wear

On a traditional watch, you can't really do too much to change its appearance once you've selected your timepiece and purchased it. Undoubtedly, one of the best features found on Android Wear devices is the ability to change your watchface to suit your mood. What if you took this one step further and had an application to select from some of the most stylish wallpapers available on the Web? Well, when trying to come up with a solution, XDA Senior Member alucine came...

Tomek Kondrat · Oct 23, 2014

Microsoft to Counter “OK Google” with Bing Torque

When Microsoft is making apps for Android, users should be aware that something strange is going on. And when these apps have the goal of replacing Google Now's voice search, we can only say "Oh my!" using our best George Takkei voices. Well, Microsoft decided that they were indeed up for the challenge, and as such, they have released Bing Torque for Android Wear. Whether this application has even a trace of a chance at beating Google Now's nearly ubiquitous...

Tomek Kondrat · Oct 17, 2014

New Android Wear Device to Be Unveiled as Well?

Android Wear is now effectively hidden in the shadows after yesterday's Android 5.0 Lollipop announcement and today's updated images and SDK. Android L's announcement doesn't mean that Google has ceased work on its wearable operating system--on the contrary, in fact. While we are waiting to see Android 5.0 sources in Google’s repositories, we can spot a new kernel repository for the yet unannounced Android Wear device. This serves as solid evidence confirming said work in progress. The newly added source code is based...

TK · Oct 5, 2014

Device Review: Moto 360

This year at I/O, Google announced its wearable effort, uniquely named Android Wear.  To help show they were serious they announced three Android Wear devices, but only two were immediately available. The last of the three announced devices was the Moto 360. Motorola, formerly Google owned, entered the game of wearables with a round smartwatch. This is truly the first circular display available to the public. This new form factor for wearable devices has had people from the Tech community...

Jimmy McGee · Oct 4, 2014

How to Unlock the Motorola Moto 360 Smartwatch Bootloader – XDA TV

Android Wear now has three different devices in it's camp. The round moto 360 is the latest smartwatch to hit the market. Of course as we like to do here on we want to unlock and root this device. However, given it's wireless sync and charging feature its not as simple as it sounds. But, a way has been found! In today's videos, XDA TV Producer and Recognized Contributor RootJunky, shows off how to unlock the bootloader on the moto 360....

Tomek Kondrat · Sep 18, 2014

Play Music on Android Wear with Stellio Music Player

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...

Jimmy McGee · Sep 8, 2014

Moto 360 Released! Xperia Z3 System Dump Available, Android Wear Offline Updates Incoming! – XDA Developer TV

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...

Jimmy McGee · Sep 6, 2014

How to Install TWRP Recovery on the Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch – XDA Developer TV

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...

Tomek Kondrat · Sep 6, 2014

Prepare Your Wrists! The Moto 360 is Finally Available

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...