SMARTWATCH Posts on XDA

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...

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...

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,...