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.
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 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.
July 24, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
As we go international with xda:devcon ’14 in Manchester, UK on the weekend of September 26-28, we are thrilled to have our friends at Sony returning as a sponsor. The great thing about Sony is that they don’t just make a token effort; they bring it.
We’ve already talked about one of Sony’s presentations with Alin Jerpelea talk on Sony and AOSP. Today, we are happy to announce another great presentation from our friends at Sony for xda:devcon ’14. Troed Sångberg is a developer advocate with Sony Developer Relations. With a core technical background in the home computer scene of the 80s, he’s been a professional telecom developer since the late 90s. Most recently he has worked in research, with an interest in the intersection between disruptive technology and the culture of society. Troed considers decentralization of creation–how anyone anywhere can invent, distribute and disrupt–to be the major game changer of our times.
At xda:devcon ’13 head of Developer Relations at Sony Mobile Karl-Johan Dahlstrom gave a presentation titled “How Sony Supports and Works With Independent Developers.” In his presentation, In his presentation, he talked about and gave examples of how independent developers and Sony can, and have, collaborate through different opportunities and open initiatives.
This year, Sångberg offers up another excellent presentation entitled, “Beyond Smartphones, And How To Get There.” The era of SmartWear and Internet of Things is upon us. This session will extrapolate the last 8000 years of human innovation into the realities of the present and near future. Sångberg covers the SDKs available for current and soon-to-come functionality, as well as a new service Sony is introducing to drastically reduce friction for developers with regards to app verification. Expect to see tech details on SmartWatch, SmartBand, SmartEyeglass and Wi-Fi controlled Sony cameras.
June 3, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
It’s been less than three months since Android Wear was unveiled. Since then, to say that end user and developer interest in the platform has been anything less than immense would be a massive understatement. Because of this, it’s now clear that the first Wear devices to hit the market are likely to see great consumer and developer success due to market demand and platform capabilities.
As we begin approaching the eventual launch of devices based on Wear, additional details about the software and hardware are becoming clear. So far, this has come from a Google tutorial showing developers how to easily add rich notifications, a demo of some sample Wear notifications, and even an early glimpse at a preproduction LG smartwatch. Now, Googlers Roman Nurik and Timothy Jordan have taken to the Android Developers Blog to discuss their experiences designing simple walking tour application for Android Wear.
In their post, Nurik and Jordan cover quite a bit about the development process for Wear. They begin by talking about the application’s “entry points” (i.e. how the app is launched), including voice commands and low priority notifications in the user’s context stream using geofencing from a recent Google Play Services update. Even more interesting, however, is the discussion surrounding how to properly design an app for Wear, including how to design for both circular and square watch faces. Finally, prototype devices are proudly shown off, which can be seen in the image to your right.
April 23, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
The future certainly looks like it is full of wearables. While Google Glass may have the more futuristic vibe, it is more than likely that smartwatches will be the most popular wearable. In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer TK combines two exciting things on his Samsung Galaxy Gear: smartwatches and Tasker.
We’ve talked about Tasker before here on XDA Developer TV. We even have a whole playlist dedicated to it. TK shows off how to launch tasks from Tasker on your phone using TasGear–everything from manually activating your WiFi on task to your taking a picture task is possible, bringing selfies to a whole new level. Check out this video for more information.
March 21, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Android 4.4.2 KitKat is rolling out to the Xperia Z Ultra, Z1, and Z1 Compact! 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 the announcement of Google Wear and the Moto 360 SmartWatch and how you can root the Android Wear emulator! 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 Quick Access. Then, AdamOutler tore apart the Omate TrueSmart. Finally, TK gave us an Android App Review of Don’t Pause. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
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March 20, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Earlier this week, Google made some serious waves by announcing its take on wearable computing. While some could argue that the Android Wear platform is a little bit late to the game, its innovative UI, Google Voice Search integration, and rich notification support set the platform apart from the sea of other wearables.
Although Android Wear features a UI that’s radically different from anything we’ve seen thus far, it is based on the same powerful Android underpinnings as Android OS proper. And as such, pretty much all the same things we’re used to on Android apply to Wear as well—including root access.
If you have already loaded the developer preview and gotten the emulator working on your PC, you can now root it as well. This could be useful to test root-only applications that you may be building for Wear, but let’s be honest. The real reason to do this is just because we can.
The root method is courtesy of XDA Senior Members MrBIMC and r3pwn, and it comes in the form of a root-script that must be executed every time you reboot the emulator. It works by remounting the file system, pushing the superuser and busybox binaries, and installing the superuser APK. The root method is available in both Windows .BAT and Unix .sh form.
To get started truly messing around with the Wear emulator, head over to the original thread and get rooted.
[Big thanks to Pavel for the tip!]
March 18, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Nine days ago, we talked about how Google was planning its entry into the world of wearables. Recently, we also covered leaked specifications for LG’s potential contender in this new product space. Now, Google has gone one step further by officially announcing Android Wear.
Android Wear is a new version of the Android OS, built specifically for wearable devices. Rather than relying on a traditional touch-driven interface, it features an entirely new UI with a heavy emphasis on voice commands. As such, Google Now / Search will be at the heart of the device’s functionality.
Developers will naturally want to start creating new applications for the platform as soon as possible. As such, Google will be releasing a developer preview of the Wear SDK today to help you bring notifications notifications to smartwatches and other wearable devices.
While Google states that many different OEMs are planning on releasing their own takes on Android Wear, the platform’s first device is expected to be from LG. However, Motorola has also announced its moto360, which will be available some time this summer.
Are you excited for Wear? We sure are! Did Google just make all other smartwatches obsolete? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below. Make your way over to the Android Wear Developer Preview to download the preview SDK. And of course, head over to our newly created Android Wear forum!
March 9, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
It’s no secret that wearable technology is the new “it thing” for 2014. Looking back at this year’s CES only reinforces this, as we saw quite a few new players like Omate and new versions of old favorites like the Pebble Steel. Looking back to when Android 4.4 was on the verge of release, we discussed a report speculating that KitKat would (among other things) bring an increased focus on wearable technology. KitKat has now been available on various consumer devices for nearly two-and-a-half months, and we haven’t heard much in the way of official support from the big GOOG, but this is about to change.
Today at SXSW, Google SVP of Android and Chrome Sundar Pichai said that Google is approximately two weeks away from releasing a developer SDK to make it easier for OEMs to create wearables that run on Android OS. While there was unfortunately no mention of the rumored LG Nexus Watch that keeps popping up in the digital tech tabloids every now and then, this is still exciting news, as current Android-based Smartwatch efforts like the Galaxy Gear haven’t yet found much commercial success.
There is unfortunately very little known about what the SDK will entail other than standardization for common protocols by which devices and their sensors can communicate with the OS. However, it is undoubtedly a great first step in bringing smartwatches to the masses.
What are your thoughts on Google’s new-found interest in wearables? Would you be interested in a Nexus Watch? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!