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Jack Jennings · Jun 25, 2015

Spotify Update Includes Support for Android Wear

One of the most practical use-cases for an Android Wear device is to get quick access to controls for current activities, like being able to pause or skip tracks whilst you're listening to music. Spotify, despite being one of the most popular music streaming services around, hasn't included Android Wear support in the past but had promised that it was to be included soon. Today, those on the crest of the wearable wave may be pleased to notice a new Spotify...

Jack Jennings · Jun 10, 2015

Should Google Open Up Android Wear?

2014 was going to be the year of the wearable. And it was, insofar as it was the first year that I started to notice news headlines outside of the normal enthusiast channels, covering stories regarding these futuristic devices. Android Wear was released alongside Samsung's Galaxy Gear, Google Glass became available to anybody, and even the long-rumoured Apple Watch was, at least announced. The previous year, the Pebble watch had shown the demand for something that could provide us with...

Chris Gilliam · May 29, 2015

I/O Summary: Google Cardboard Virtual Reality

One year ago, Google introduced cardboard. Amazingly enough, that was all it took to fire up the Virtual Reality scene on Android, and what began as an open design concept exploded into thousands of apps and dozens of headsets from big and small vendors alike. Now, there are more than 1 million cardboard viewers/handsets - a Google-quoted number that might not even be accurate given the ease with which headsets can be rigged through off-the-shelf equipment. This year, cardboard returned...

Chris Gilliam · May 20, 2015

Android Wear 5.1.1 OTA Downloads

The much anticipated Wear update that brings wrist flick gestures, a new launcher, and wifi support is now rolling out to wearables far and wide, though staggered releases never come fast enough. Luckily, we have you covered with a series of direct download links for immediate consumption! The zip files for each model are still making their way to Google servers as we speak, so let the following guide serve as your always-up-to-date resource for cutting the update queue and being the...

Chris Gilliam · Apr 29, 2015

In-Depth Look at Google Now for Android Wear

Google Now is arguably the single biggest "wow factor" of Android, and if $300 notification bands (aka smartwatches) are solutions in search of a problem, Now is certainly their saving grace. After all, Google's virtual assistant serves up answers, launches apps, sets reminders, takes dictation, and forms the central pillar around which the entire Wear platform is built. Without that red bubble pulsing with intelligence, Android smartwatches are nothing more than one-way notifiers - products that are handily beaten by $15 fitness bands from China on everything...

Mario Tomás Serrafero · Apr 10, 2015

Design Contrast: Is The Apple Watch Better Than Wear?

Over the past couple of days, a lot of Apple Watch information hit the internet. Colorful reviews, videos, comments and a lot of discussion ensued, and now we have a better look at Apple’s wearable competitor. The Apple Watch has been expected for a few years now, and analysts predicted that it would be the wearable to put the smartwatch market’s mass-adoption in motion. Apple has climbed to the top-tier of the tech world through design decisions that make their...

Chris Gilliam · Mar 28, 2015

Pinsy Brings Social Sketching To Your Watch & Phone

Did you watch Apple's VP draw on his wrist during the Apple Watch announcement and wonder "why can't my Wear watch do that?" In typical XDA fashion, one enterprising forum member has brought similar functionality to Android Wear with a twist; it works on phones and watches alike, with other platforms on the way! The app is called Pinsy, and its release debut is a strong proof of concept with plenty of room to grow. You may remember the developer behind this project, XDA...

Faiz Malkani · Mar 11, 2015

Google Publishes its First Watchface Featuring Street Art

When Android Wear was announced last year, watchfaces were left solely to the device OEM with numerous third party options available, unofficially at first and officially when the Watchface API was made public. However, Google itself never sought to venture into this space until now and earlier today the first watchface from Google hit the Play Store, titled "Street Art watch face". Google has worked closely with artists in the past, even going on to form an official Google Art Project to enable...

Jimmy McGee · Feb 27, 2015

MWC Announcements, FCC Rules on Net Neutrality – XDA TV

The FCC has ruled on Net Neutrality! 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 the Pebble Time Kickstarter and be sure to stay tuned for even more mobile world congress announcements! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA TV. XDA TV Producer TK released an Xposed Tuesday...

Jimmy McGee · Feb 20, 2015

Wear 5.0.2 is Out! SlimLP Alpha Weeklies Released! – XDA TV

The Sprint LG G3 has gotten an Android 5.0 Lollipop update! 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 Android One program expanding into the Philippines and be sure to check out the article talking about SlimLP Alpha Nightlies! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA TV. XDA...

Faiz Malkani · Feb 16, 2015

Guide: Best Watchfaces for Android Wear

When Google announced Android Wear early last year, the starter devices from LG and Motorola showed off exquisite watchfaces in their promotional content, creating as much hype for watchfaces as there was for apps of the new form factor. Come Google I/O when the first devices were made available to the public, developers and users everywhere were disappointed by the lack of an official watchface API. While some chose to make use of unofficial methods, others waited patiently and were rewarded when...

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...