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Android Wear 2.0 Update is Scheduled for Release Next Month

Google first announced the Android Wear 2.0 update back in May of last year at Google I/O 2016. Shortly thereafter, the company released its first developer preview for the wearable update, and since then they've been working hard on it ever since. Overall, things haven't looked that great for the wearable platform as a whole, so...

ZTE Says They’re Releasing an Android Wear Smartwatch in 2017

There's been a number of companies going back and forth with Android Wear lately, and it has had many people worried about the future of the platform... Especially since Google has been very slow to release the highly anticipated Android Wear 2.0 update. This led to people assuming OEMs would be preparing to release a new smartwatch to...

Casio’s WSD-F20 Rugged Smartwatch will be the First Android Wear 2.0 Smartwatch

Android Wear did not have an exciting 2016 due to diminished consumer interest leading to major companies holding off on major smartwatch releases. All of that hopefully changes this year with the launch of Android Wear 2.0. While Motorola will not be releasing a new smartwatch based on Android Wear 2.0, Casio remains committed to the Android...

Google will launch two flagship smartwatches with Android Wear 2.0 next year

In an exclusive interview with The Verge, Jeff Chang, product manager of Android Wear at Google, states that the company will launch two new flagship smartwatches in the first quarter of 2017. Furthermore, these two smartwatches will be the first devices to run Android Wear 2.0. We learned of the existence of these two smartwatches earlier this...

Google releases Android Wear 2.0 Developer Preview 4 with Seamless Authentication, In-App Billing, and More

Those of us with an Android Wear smartwatch aren't reluctant to share the opinion that the operating system could do better. Currently, the most commonly used functions of Android Wear smartwatches revolve around notifications, fitness tracking, or weather and time keeping. The more industrious among us would argue that the possible uses of an Android Wear smartwatch...

Makers of the CoWatch Have Been Acquired by Google

Cronologics was founded in 2014 by Lan Rcohe, Leor Stern, and John Lagerling. All three of these people had previously worked at Google in business development, but then decided to leave the company. They formed this new company and for the past two years have been working on a way to build “compelling wearable hardware”. Then, in...

ZenWatch 3 Review: As Smartwatch Interest Wanes, ASUS Offers a Compelling and Competitive Wear Product

Smartwatches have been on a steady decline for what feels like ages, at least in terms of the interest they garner. It has been a while since analysts even acknowledged the smartwatch as a market force, likely due to their failure to predict the so-called “Year of the Smartwatch” time and time again. With the death...

AsteroidOS is an Open Source OS for Smartwatches

Florent Revest is a French computer science student who has been working on an open source operating system for smartwatches for the last two years. Yesterday, he officially launched version 1 of the alpha for AsteroidOS. The goal for the platform was to create something that gave smartwatch owners more control over their privacy, as well as...

Android Wear 2.0 will Require Installing Apps from new Wear-based Play Store

Ian Lake is an Android Developer Advocate who has been responding to some Android Wear 2.0 questions over in the Android Wear Developers Google+ community. In one particular Google+ thread, a user inquired about the current distribution numbers for the various Android Wear platform versions. For now, Mr. Lake says that all watches are capable...

Google is Rumored to Launch 2 Smartwatches During Q1 2017

Back in July, a rumor surfaced that claimed Google was preparing to launch a couple of Android Wear smartwatches. The image and rumor came from Android Police, but they were unable to cite the source of the information. They said Google is working on launching two different smartwatches (as shown in the photo) with one...

ASUS Announces the ZenWatch 3 at IFA 2016

At IFA 2016 held in Berlin, Germany, ASUS has launched the next iteration of the ZenWatch, called the ZenWatch 3. As expected, the device runs on Android Wear and is compatible with Android and iOS devices. The biggest departure on the ZenWatch 3 compared to its square predecessors is its circular watchface and design. Along with...

Smartwatches in the Developing World: Why Success is Hard to Come by

But even then, there's an unproportionately large friction when it comes to the adoption of smart wearables, mainly watches, in the developing world when compared to the developed parts of the world. While newer entries are being planned week after week for major markets, the minor markets rarely see a timely release of said products....