Recently, Google announced Android Wear to the world. Android Wear is the Android-based initiative from Google to standardize the world of wearable devices. This year at their I/O event, Google showed off two Android Wear devices: the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live.
Today, we will be reviewing the Samsung entry into the Android Wear market. The Samsung Gear Live is Samsung’s third mainstream smartwatch release, after the Galaxy Gear 1 and 2, and the first to sport Android Wear as the others sported Android and Tizen OS. READ ON »
August 16, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
The Samsung Gear Live is Samsung’s latest foray into the wearable smartwatch market. Recently, XDA Developer TV Producer AdamOutler unboxed the device the XDA way. But lets be honest, as cool as it is to see the insides of a minitaure smartdevice, when your Gear Live is bricked, you want it fixed. Here at XDA Developer TV we want to help you recover from such a tradegy, and additionally expand the capabilites of your device.
In today’s videos, XDA Developer TV newcomer and XDA Recognized Contributor, Tomsgt, or Tom, shows off his Samsung Gear Live Super Tool! This tool can be found on the XDA Forums and combines and simplifies many operations you may want to do on your Samsung Gear Live. Tom shows you how to unlock your Samsung Gear Live, how to unbrick your Samsung Gear Live, how to install TWRP custom recovery on your Samsung Gear Live and how to restore your Samsung Gear Live to stock. Grab your device and check out this video.
August 11, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
The Samsung Galaxy Gear gets it first Custom ROM based on Tizen OS! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this week’s news is the article talking about creating your own custom Android Wear watch face. Also, be sure the check out the article talking about the closing for round one of our Pebble Developer Challenge! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Jordan talks about the other video released this weekend on XDA Developer TV. Producer TK released a video reviewing the new Lepow ADD Magnetic Expandable External Battery. Jordan also talks about the addition of Ubuntu, Spur, and Epson as sponsors for xda:devcon14. So pull up a chair and check out this video.
August 10, 2014 By: Samantha
One of the perks of having a smartwatch is the flexibility you have with regards to its aesthetics, and in particular, the watch face. And with Android Wear out for a few months now, there’s already an explosion of apps geared towards customization appearing in the Google Play Store. However, if one were to have the ability to create his or her own watch face, the possibilities for watch face customization become pretty much endless.
With this said, XDA Forum Member expressive87 has developed an app for Android Wear called WearFaces, which lets you easily create your own custom watch face. WearFaces makes this possible by letting you design the clock’s dial, hour hand, minute hand, and the watch face’s dimmed state. With only these items defined, you can transfer them onto your device, manually select them from the WearFaces app, and hit “Send to Wear.” After that, you’ll be able to select and apply your custom watch face. Additionally, because of its rather ‘open’ nature, you can also simply download watch faces made by other users and use them yourself.
From rookies to end users, WearFaces will definitely be a useful app for anyone looking for an effortless and convenient way of crafting their own custom watch faces for their Android Wear device. If you can’t wait to give this a try, head over to the WearFaces application thread to get started.
July 31, 2014 By: Samantha
Having a smart device strapped to your wrist certainly has its merits. A growing number of Android Wear apps we’re seeing now are allowing us to stay on top of many things without having to lug out our devices out with features such as Android Wear notifications, as well as perform things normally done with our phone, tablet, or even PC with apps like EchoWear Song Search.
With this said, a pretty impressive function you’ll be able to perform on your Android Wear device now includes monitoring and controlling your phone or tablet’s camera remotely from your wrist. This is possible with an app developed by XDA Forum Member wuxiekeji called Wear Camera Remote. This app allows you to see through your device’s camera lens on your watch, take a picture by tapping the watch face, and start a 5 second self-timer by long-pressing the watch face. The other great thing about Wear Camera Remote is that it’s completely open source, so you can play with the code all you want.
Wuxiekeji warns that the app is still pretty much in its very early stages, with a few bugs yet to be ironed out. However, if you would still like to give this a try, head over to the Wear Camera Remote app thread for more information.
July 28, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
TWRP has been released for Android Wear Devices such as the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this weekend’s news is the article talking about the AWToolkit that performs multiple operations on Android Wear. Also be sure the check out the article featuring the toolkit all LG G Watch owners need: the LG G Watch Tool! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Jordan also talked about TK’s video showing you how to root the Sony Xperia Z2 and the addition of forums for the HTC Desire 610 and the LG G3 US carrier variants. So pull up a chair and check out this video.
This year’s xda:devcon 2014 is certainly shaping up to include plenty of discussions about wearables. And why not? Wearables are a big topic right now, and developers are looking into how to develop for this platform.
Today, we are happy to announce another great speaker who will be at xda:devcon ’14. A published author and researcher who has been developing wearable projects for the past 5 years together with his friends and colleagues at Malmö University and Aarhus University, Andreas Göransson will be talking software development. During the day he teaches computer related courses to both engineering and design students at Malmö University and during the evening he solves programming problems of various kinds. He is interested in open source projects and gets involved when he has a chance.
Göransson offers up an excellent presentation talking about software development using software development kits. This time wearables will be the focus. Wearable computing is a concept that has grown popular the recent years with devices such as interactive glasses, lifelogging cameras, smartwatches, wearable sensors, and more. Since Google IO 2014, many more SDKs are available to play with, if you’re interested in the new Wear SDK this session is for you. This talk will cover SDK development including notifications, apps, design, and more.
July 26, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
It’s been a while since the first Android Wear devices hit the shelves. Many potential users are still waiting for the Moto 360, but the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live are already available to purchase. Since its release, these Android Wear devices have already been rooted, TWRP recovery is available, and there are quite a few applications.
Most of the devices supported here on XDA have a working toolkit–a handy tool that usually allow rooting, installing applications through ADB, unlocking bootloader, and so on. XDA Forum Member tdiddy.2 has made a multi-platform toolkit for Android Wear devices.
The project is at an early development stage, but can already reboot the device to bootloader, recovery, and system. Users are able to take a screenshot through the ADB. And last but not least, users can also install a single or multiple applications via ADB. Hopefully, the list of supported features will soon grow, and Android Wear users will be able to perform advanced operations.
The main advantage of this tool is its multi-platform compatibility. The tool is written in Java, so you are able to run it on every OS with Java Runtime Environment installed.
If you are a happy owner of any Android Wear device such as the G Watch or Gear Live, head over to the AWToolkit thread to put your hands on the toolkit for your tiny device.
July 25, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
HTC One M7 and M8 Android 4.4.3 kernel source code has been released! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this week’s news is the announcement of the partial Android Wear Source being uploaded to AOSP and some more speakers who will be at xda:devcon 2014. 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 PINshortcuts. Then, Adam Unboxed The XDA Way a Samsung Gear Live. And later, TK gave us an Android Wear App Review of EchoWear Song Search. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
July 24, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Yesterday on XDA Developer TV, Producer AdamOutler tore down a Samsung Gear Live. If that intrigued you to enter into the realm of Android Wear, you may need some suggestions on what apps to get. Or maybe, you want to see what apps are available before you make the leap into wearables. Well, we are here to help!
XDA Recognized Developer kevdliu offers up an application for Wear that allows you identify a song completely from your Android Wear device. In this video, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews EchoWear Sony Search. TK shows off the application, its uses, and functionality. He then shares his thoughts, so check out this app review.
2014 is certainly shaping up to be the year of the wearables. And thanks to its innovative interface and impressive functionality, the Android Wear platform is uniquely positioned to take this relatively young market by storm. It’s been just under one month since Google officially launched the first two Android Wear devices at the Google I/O 2014 keynote. Now, developers have something to be excited about thanks to the partial source code release to the AOSP.
OK–stop hyperventilating for a second, and re-read that last sentence and the first word of this article’s title. Much like what we saw with the Android L developer preview a couple weeks ago, this is only a partial source code release to cover the GPL projects for the currently shipping devices, the LG G Watch (Dory) Samsung Gear Live (Sprat). As explained by Bill Yi in the Android Building Google Group:
hi All,Today, we pushed a small number of GPL projects for the kitkat-wear release. The tag is android-4.4w_r1. The changes are minor since kitkat-mr2.2. We plan to do a full platform push for Android’s next milestone release.The kernel source is kernel/msm with the following branches:- android-msm-sprat-3.10-kitkat-
wear- android-msm-dory-3.10-kitkat- wearbill
In other words, this is just a partial source code release, and we won’t have the full source release until Android L later this year. As such, it’s not enough to create a full, source-built Android Wear port to existing smart watches. However, if you’ve looking to develop for the G Watch or the Gear Live, this is a great start.
Developers looking to dive in can do so in the links below!
July 15, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
Android Wear devices are perfect companions for all Android lovers. A smart watch with many functions under the hood can easily relieve a smartphone from carrying out certain tasks. Some of the said functions are quite obvious, but these smartwatches can do much more than just show you the time. Watches like the LG G Watch can also inform you about what song are you currently listening to, and this can be very useful in situations like a restaurant or other public place.
EchoWear Song Search is a Shazam or Soundhound equivalent for Android Wear that was developed by XDA Recognized Developer kevdliu. The app records a segment of the song and uploads it to Gracenote for identification. After few seconds, the results comes back and you are informed about the title of the song. The application is started by voice command, so you can start it without unnecessary delay. If you are lucky, you can buy a song and enjoy a new hit on you music player.
It appears that EchoWear Song Search is one of first applications for that platform, but surely this new platform will attract much more developers in the near future and entice devs to make some really useful application.
If you have an Android Wear device on your wrist, try out kevdliu’s app by visiting the EchoWear Song Search app thread.
July 11, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
CyanogenMod 11 M8 is now available for supported devices! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is Chromecast now being able to mirror your Android devices’ screen and what you can do with Android Wear! 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 NotifyClean. Then, AdamOutler investigated Smartphone Charging. And later, TK gave us a an Android App Review of Notific. Pull up a chair and check out this video.