WEAR Posts on XDA

Opinion: Huawei CEO’s Wearable Confusion Explains Why They Botched the Huawei Watch 2

Throughout Android Wear’s life thus far, there have arguably been two products that really stood out from the rest as “iconic” devices: the original Moto 360, and the Huawei Watch. The 360 ushered in a great, round design, and was leagues above something like the G watch or Gear Live in terms of aesthetics. However, the Moto 360...

Low Resolution Images Allegedly Reveal LG’s Upcoming Android Wear 2.0 Smartwatches

Some have been enthusiastic about the smartwatch market and what it offers consumers, but many have yet to jump on board. The Android Wear platform had a nice start with many hardware OEMs supporting it with new devices. However, we have recently saw a decline in sales as many just don't feel the need to...

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...

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,...

Opinion: New Wear Watches are Coming, but You Don’t Have to Upgrade

Android Wear has come of age in many ways, and with a new generation of watches in the horizon, the smartwatch battleground is bound to get more interesting. The “Year of the Smartwatch”  didn't come come with 2014, and while 2015 might not mark the year of mass adoption, it is certainly an important year for...

Is Google Focusing Enough on Wear’s Future?

Android Wear is a platform that is not for everybody, at least not yet. As of now, smartwatches have not found a motive to enter the mainstream consumers’ lives. One could argue that the competition is making huge strides in this regard, but despite the pragmatic advances seen in the latest additions from all parties,...

I/O Summary: Google Cardboard Virtual Reality

One year ago, Google introduced cardboard. Amazingly enough, that was all it took to fire up the Virtual Reality scene on Android, and what began as an open design concept exploded into thousands of apps and dozens of headsets from big and small vendors alike. Now, there are more than 1 million cardboard viewers/handsets -...

Moto 360 Reflections: Virtues, Successor, Competition

I have used Android Wear for 10 months now, but I have never been so happy with the platform until my purchase of the Moto 360 a month ago. In light of a rather likely upcoming revision of this watch, I will try and explain why I personally think that the Moto 360 was, in...

In-Depth Look at Google Now for Android Wear

Google Now is arguably the single biggest "wow factor" of Android, and if $300 notification bands (aka smartwatches) are solutions in search of a problem, Now is certainly their saving grace. After all, Google's virtual assistant serves up answers, launches apps, sets reminders, takes dictation, and forms the central pillar around which the entire Wear platform is built....

Apple Appeal Episode II: The Store Under Sauron’s Watch

In our last editorial adventure we took a look at my first incursion into an American Apple Store, and how the experience differed from typical technology retailers. We explored the tactics that Apple uses to convince its customers that they are buying into something grand, and how manipulative some of their psychological exploits were. Moreover,...

Wear Openness & Possible Model Alternatives

We say this time and again: openness is our favorite bit of Android. Without it, XDA wouldn't be what it is. From the ability to switch launchers to the open-source framework itself, Google allowed anyone (with a bit of knowledge) to have a shot at making their smartphone vision come true, be it through apps,...

Who is the Apple Watch for?

Most smartwatches we've seen so far have seemingly tried to appeal to the tech enthusiast crowd, but Apple may be attempting to go a different route. With the Apple Watch being priced from $349 to a whopping $17K, it makes us wonder: Who exactly is the Apple Watch for? Would the average enthusiast spend that...
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