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Microsoft Band Fitness Tracker Announced, Available

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The wearable market has been around for a few years, with Pebble and Samsung smartwatches essentially carving out the initial segment. However, only this year have wearables gained so much traction, with a glimpse of the future demonstrated at CES in January, where multiple wearable-focused SoCs were announced. This was further complemented by Google’s Android Wear announcement, followed by smartwatches from Motorola, LG, Samsung, Asus, and even Apple.

With more companies jumping on the smartwatch bandwagon, rumors began circulating recently of a Microsoft fitness tracker. True enough, Windows Central confirmed this by pointing out that apps to connect to the device were available on t. . . READ ON »

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How to Play Music From Android Wear – XDA TV

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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 use the storage on your Android Wear device to save and play the songs from. Until recently Android wear devices were just a second screen, now they are getting more and more native functionality. Check this video out!. . . READ ON »

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

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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 combines and simplifies many operations you may want to do on your Moto 360. RootJunky shows you how to unlock your bootloader, gain root access, and how to restore your Moto 360 to stock. All these processes require a special data cable, the video on how to make one can b. . . READ ON »

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Device Review: Moto 360

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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 holding their breath for months now.

So is the round smartwatch the one you want to wear a-round town?. . . READ ON »

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

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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. This process requires a special homebrew interface cable. You can find the video on this below. So if you wanted to unlock your moto 360, check out this video.. . . READ ON »

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MediaTek Continues Steps Towards Being Developer-Friendly

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Not too long ago MediaTek was very closed off towards the mobile developer community, especially sites like XDA. They saw no value in working with independent developers who live, breathe and sleep mobile. That has begun to change as of late, and MediaTek is even sponsoring xda:devcon ’14 in Manchester, UK on Sept 26-28. They also recently partnered with Google on the Android One project and are continuing to submit kernel source code to the upstream projects with Google.

One of their recent initiatives has been to embrace the Maker community and plunge headlong into Internet of Things through their MediaTek Labs which is officially launching today. This new program is geared towards developers from . . . READ ON »

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And the Winners in the XDA Pebble Development Challenge Are…

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Almost two months ago, we set out with Pebble to find three amazing apps/watch faces that developers would put together for the Pebble Watch. That contest came to a close last Friday, and while there were some really great entries who took the smartwatch and stretched it to its limits, the voting came down to three winners for the Grand Prize.

The XDA – Pebble Developer Challenge was a 3-week competition, and each person had the opportunity to pitch their proposal for the best app and bring it to life with a watch of their own. Of the 20 proposals that we selected for the second phase, the developers of the best three apps have been invited to attend the 2014 Pebble Developer Retreat in October. In addit. . . READ ON »

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

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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 LG G Watch as well. So if you wanted to install a custom Recovery on your Android Wear device, check out this video.. . . READ ON »

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Top 5 Android Wear Apps – XDA Developer TV

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Google’s Android Wear has garnered a lot of attention in recent months. Google is trying to streamline and standardize the wearable market. This helps take the focus off the experience of the base software and perhaps hardware, and focuses it on the actual Android Wear Apps themselves!

In today’s episode, XDA Developer TV Producer TK shows off his Top 5 Android Wear Apps. He talks about 5 apps and watch faces that in no particular order really help expand your Android Wear Device capabilities. TK talks about ACW Watch Face, Weather Wear Watch Face, MacroDroid – Device Automation, Lockable, Wear Mini Launcher, Wear Camera Remote and Wear Volume. So check out this video!. . . READ ON »

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