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Mobvoi’s Journey from China to a Global Ticwatch 2

Article Updated: 7/14 11:30am CT It's no mystery that Google has faced its own challenges in China; but an alternative to their apps was bound to happen. Mobvoi was founded by a former Google employee in 2012 to bring some of the solutions available outside of China into the country. First it worked on a voice search engine...

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...

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...

Elephone W2 Review: It’s Time For The Mi Band To Step Down

The Elephone W2 smartwatch was launched last month in a format that we haven't really seen much of. The device packs in all the features of the original Xiaomi Mi Band with the added bonus of having a sleek analogue watch as well. Of course being simply as good as a previous product, isn't enough...

TipTalk Smart Watchband at CES 2016 – XDA TV

CES 2016 is over, the announcements have been made and the consumer electronics party in Las Vegas is official over. XDA TV Host TK has gone through all his footage and presents his final interesting finding at the show. This inspector gadget-like device from Innomdle Lab called the TipTalk is a smart watchband. This watchband...

Omate Announces Crowdfunding for Rise, a $199 3G Smartwatch

Omate, the Chinese smartwatch company that kicked up a storm on crowd funding sites when it raised $100,000 within 12 hours (and more than $1,032,000 overall) for its TrueSmart smartwatch, is back again, hoping to kick up another storm for its latest smartwatch. Called the Omate Rise, the smartwatch follows along the modus operandi of earlier Omate smartwatches...

Sunday Debate: How Can Android Wear Capture the Mainstream?

Android Wear has been around for over a year, and despite numerous software iterations and two generations of hardware filled with alternatives, the smartwatch game still hasn’t trickled down into the mainstream, and it has certainly not matched the prediction that analysts have been putting forth for years now. While Wear is not a mainstream product,...

Tag Heuer Launches Connected, a $1500 Android Wear Smartwatch

Tag Heuer joined in on the wearables party with its TAG Heuer Connected smartwatch, claiming the pole position for the first luxury smartwatch running on Android Wear. The Tag Heuer Connected smartwatch is built up on the Tag Heuer Carrera inspiration. At first glance, the watch is easily mistakable for a traditional timepiece. The chassis of the...

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...

What’s Next For Pebble?

It is all well and good stating figures, but what does $20 million of crowd funding mean for a company? The Pebble Time just recently ended their Kickstarter with over 4000% of their initial request which was just $500,000.  This level of funding is unprecedented for Kickstarter and it passed $1 million in less than an...

Who is the Apple Watch for?

Most smartwatches we've seen so far have seemingly tried to appeal to the tech enthusiast crowd, but Apple may be attempting to go a different route. With the Apple Watch being priced from $349 to a whopping $17K, it makes us wonder: Who exactly is the Apple Watch for? Would the average enthusiast spend that...

Must-Have Android Wear Apps?

Android Wear is still relatively new, so we can expect it to grow and get better with time. However, there are already a number of awesome things you can do with the platform for your wrist. Let us know some of your favorite "must-have" apps for your Android Wear smartwatch.
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