WEAR Posts on XDA

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...

Huawei Watch Unveiled, Best-Looking Wear Device to Date?

When Google announced its wearables initiative around this time last year with LG and Motorola being the frontrunning hardware partners, many were skeptical about the endeavor. However, in the time since then, the platform has grown in leaps and bounds and what started off as a two manufacturer arena, soon expanded to include all the...

Smartwatches Had No Year, Again

Android Wear could have been the hit we had all waited for, the gadget that would have made us tech-born enthusiasts finally achieve our childhood dreams of wrist computers you can give orders to, ala 2001: A Space Odyssey minus the murderous bits. Google's initial promises of a great smart-watch had bloggers, journalists, and Android fans spilling...

A Dimmed Start for Wear: Untapped Style Potential

There are some fundamental problems with Android Wear, and smartwatches as a whole. We've discussed some of these on our feature about its slow adoption. What many enthusiasts think holds Wear back is the lack of a decent app ecosystem, and the fact that it has not gained the functionality it needs. Meanwhile, market analysts place the...

Wear Store Review: Wear App-Shopping Made Easy

Wear owners sometimes feel neglected by Google, and so do Wear developers. The apps for Wear developers don’t have any effective ways of reaching Wear users, and Wear users have no practical method of looking for new Wear apps. The Android Wear “section” of the Playstore is mostly useless, too, only showing about 200 apps,...

The Slow Adoption of Wear

Smartwatches were touted to be the next revolution in personal computing for the past 3 years, each time with analysts claiming, adamantly and viscously, that the smartwatch revolution was around the corner. First it was 2013, the year that saw the release of the Pebble - but other than this addition to the category, there was...