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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....

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 Releases Android Wear 2.0 Developer Preview 2

If you are a owner of a supported Android Wear watch and don't mind being on the cutting edge of software, there's some good news for you today to be excited about. Google has released Developer Preview 2 of Android Wear 2.0, bringing a fair few bug fixes and new features (and very possibly some...

Report: No future for Android Wear in Samsung’s Watches

UPDATE: When Engadget asked Samsung to comment on the issue, the company denied that they were abandoning Android Wear. ' "We disagree with Fast Company's interpretation. Samsung has not made any announcement concerning Android Wear and we have not changed our commitment to any of our platforms." ' A new report is coming from Fast Company stating that "no...

Google I/O 2016 Roundup, Part 2: Virtual Reality, Android Wear 2.0, Instant Apps

At Google I/O we saw how Google is building its next evolution, and two crucial parts of this are Virtual Reality through "Daydream", and Wearables, with the former opening an entire new dimension for Android. Virtual Reality VR Mode in Android N is official, and this will allow Android to tackle the current players in the VR market, even...

Android N Preview 3 & Android Wear 2.0 Preview Now Available!

It's Google I/O Christmas, everybody! And with it comes a new Android Developer preview version for your Nexus device, as well as an Android Wear 2.0 preview for Android Wear! First up, the latest beta update for the N Preview comes with various fixes, better performance and stability and a handful of new features. The listed changes can...

XDA/Android Podcast Episode 17: “HTC 10 Out of 10???”

The XDA/Android podcast will bring you the best news each week from the perspective of the XDA team and r/android 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 the latest...

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...