ANDROID WEAR Posts on XDA

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...

Huawei Unveils new Watch models, Golden Nexus 6P, and new MediaPad at CES 2016

We're attending the Huawei Press Conference at this year's CES 2016 in Las Vegas, where Huawei has unveiled some new devices aimed at the international market. Huawei is quickly emerging as a global powerhouse in the consumer electronics space, taking the number 3 spot. Huawei Watch Family Gets Two New Members First up, Huawei has shown their...

Android Wear Revisited: Perfect Companion for the Internet of Things

From running your smartphone to your kitchen sink, Android has proven to be quite the versatile operating system. Android devices have become ubiquitous throughout the world, yet many consumers are probably unaware of what exactly it is their smart device is running. As Android enthusiasts here at XDA, we know what Android version our devices are...

An Affordable ELE Watch Could Change the Android Wear Market

Unfortunately at this point, smartwatches are a premium product. Their general demographic is limited to enthusiasts, developers, and those with disposable income, and the reasons behind this currently are their limited uses combined with their price-tag But all that could change, now that their initial path to the market has been carved. Earlier today, online retailer...

Smartwatch Battle: Moto 360, Gear S2 Announcements & What to Know!

As we approach bigger screen sizes for our smartphones, the attention is now being shifted towards getting a new kind of device on you - quite literally. The next generation of smartwatches is just on the horizon and these bring along marked improvements over their predecessors. First up, is the Moto 360 v2. Parent company Lenovo...

Android Wear Adds Support For iPhones

Bringing along good news to iPhone owners, Google has announced that Android Wear will now support iPhones. The supported list of Apple devices is limited to the iPhone 5 and newer, all of which should be running iOS 8.2 or a higher version as well. The Wear App will soon go live on the App Store...

Android Wear Update Brings Interactive Watch Faces & Translation Functionality

Android Wear's main focus was to keep users in the loop with "information at a glance". And with the latest Android Wear update, Google extends the concept through interactive watch faces. In simple terms, interactive watch faces are essentially like the widgets that you place on your homescreen. For starters, interactive watch faces reveal more information or activities...

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...

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...