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Rant: Has Android Wear Failed To Make A Case To Normal Users?

Android Wear, and smartwatches at large, were pitched to us with the promise of their becoming the indispensable "second screen" to our smartphones. Notifications, voice communication, smart home integration, highly contextual information and alerts - smartwatches were, in theory, the companion that could give us all the simple things that necessitated taking out our smartphone, but didn't actually require a large screen or access to a keyboard to accomplish.

Android Wear is coming up on its second birthday, and the decreasing number of compelling new Wear apps we see each month that aren't watch faces has actually led to us slowing the regular publication of our "new Wear apps and watch faces" series.

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[Deal Alert] All Styles Of The Huawei Watch On Sale For $100-150 Off At Amazon And Best Buy

Perhaps the best of the current brood of Android Wear watches, the Huawei watch looks great and performs admirably. It's also quite expensive, so it's always welcome news when it goes on sale. Here's some welcome news, the Huawei watch is on sale.

In fact, every color and band option available at Amazon and Best Buy is currently $100 to $150 off (with the exception of the ladies rose gold version, which is $50 off).

There's not really anything else to say on the matter, so I won't hold you from digitally perusing the wares of these two retailers any longer – here are the links.

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[Hands-On] Google Announces MODE 'Snap-And-Go' Watchbands For Android Wear

Google already sells various Android Wear devices in the Google Store, but now it's getting into the accessory game with the MODE watchbands. These watchbands are on sale today in leather and silicone varieties and will work on any watch (Android Wear or other) that uses standard lugs. They're designed to be easily swapped with a new clip system, but they're not cheap. Google is asking $50 for the silicone ones and $60 for leather.

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Android Wear: My Love & Hate (Video)

I’ve been a loyal Wearer (is that the right term?) since the launch of the 2014 Moto 360. I bought one as soon as I could, and I wore it every day. It didn’t exactly change the way I use my phone, but hey, I’m an early adopter. We get things before they’re great so we’re already there by the time they are. Well, I’m kind of still waiting.

Wear just hasn’t seen too many updates in terms of functionality and usability and it’s really starting to show. When you take a look at promo material for Wear, it’s painfully clear we’re still quite a bit off from having our wrists do most of the heavy lifting in our digital lives.

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[Update: $227.72] [Deal Alert] Moto 360 Sport In Black Down To $236 On Amazon

Motorola took its time releasing the Moto 360 Sport smart watch after announcing it, probably because the device turned out to be somewhat mediocre. At $300 it was too expensive, but the latest price drop on Amazon makes it much more palatable. The black 360 Sport is on sale for $236.17 right now with Prime shipping.

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Outlook 2.1 Brings Email To Your Wrist With New Android Wear App

If you use Outlook as your email app of choice (or of obligation) and you sport an Android Wear watch on your wrist, you'll be happy to know that these two now work even better together.

The latest Outlook app, version 2.1.0, includes a new Wear app component that installs on your watch and allows you to check your unread emails and send template replies or dictate them. This goes even further than the simple notification interaction that was accessible before, as it lets you launch Outlook on the watch even if you don't have an unread notification on your phone.

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Ustwo Releases Face Maker, A Customizable Watch Face Pack For Android Wear

Ustwo, the developer of the popular game Monument Valley (and Sky Kids) has a new app called Face Maker. No, it's not an app for creating human faces, it's an app for designing watch faces for Android Wear. Ustwo is no stranger to the Android Wear world—it has released several other watch face packs in the past, but this is the most configurable yet.

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[Deal Alert] Huawei Watch + Black Leather Band + Mesh Band = $300 At Newegg (More Than $100 Off)

The Android Wear device that is most likely to eat one of my future paychecks is the Huawei Watch. It's beautiful, in my eyes at least, and it's the most traditional looking Android Wear watch yet. The problem is the thing is so dang expensive. The mesh band model (my personal favorite) still retails for $400 bucks at Amazon and Google.

The good news is that Newegg has it on sale for less right now, quite a bit less in fact at $300. The model on sale is the one with a stainless body with the black leather strap, but Newegg is also throwing in the classier (and more expensive) silver mesh band for free.

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[Update: Sold Out] Deal Alert: Black 42mm Moto 360 Second Generation With Black Leather Strap On Sale For $229 - Lowest Price Yet

Motorola sure knows how to make pretty Android Wear watches. I wear a Sony SW3 because it is practical, but if I needed something beautiful my top two choices would be the Huawei Watch and the Moto 360 second gen. Are you vacillating between these two watches? Well, I have some information that might make your decision easier. The Moto 360 second gen is on sale at BuyDig for $229, the lowest price we've seen yet.

There is a small catch, only one color option and size is available, the 42mm black watch with the black leather strap. That's a good looking combination though, so I think many of you will be happy with that model.

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Marshmallow Update Now Rolling Out To Sony Smartwatch 3, The Last Watch To Get The OTA

Google's developer advocate, Wayne Piekarski has announced that an Android Wear update is rolling out, and not just any Android Wear update. This is the fabled Marshmallow update for the Sony Smartwatch 3. The first wave of watches are getting the OTA now, and all of them should be updated inside of a week.

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