Android Wear hasn't received much love in the past few months. The first major update, Android Wear 2.0, was announced back in May. Two months later, we revealed the first leaks of Google's own smartwatches, set to debut with the new update. Although developer previews for 2.0 are still arriving, the update itself has been pushed back to 2017, and multiple companies won't release any new AW devices this year. Read More
After an extensive delay, Google finally dropped the third developer preview of Android Wear 2.0 yesterday. While the hot topic was a newly extended timeline that pushes a final software release to early 2017, there was also a new version of the Android Wear companion app made available.
It's important to note right away that this is a beta release and is currently only intended for watches running developer preview 3. In fact, it's pretty clear the only reason for releasing this update is to add the necessary interface for some of the new features. If you're planning to install DP3, and only if you're installing DP3, you'll want the 2.0 beta of the companion app. Read More
Generally speaking, smartwatches are pretty cool. While they might just be wrist-worn extensions of a phone, that can be pretty useful sometimes. However, I think most of us agree that smartwatches should be multi-platform, like most other electronic accessories such as battery bank chargers and Bluetooth speakers. This is why Android Wear is awesome - because it works with both Android and iOS. With the release of the iPhone 7, though, a few Android-based smartwatches have not been working or pairing correctly with the new flagship Apple device.
It's not really known why these watches are not working with the iPhone 7. Read More
Are you a developer? What about curious and somewhat brave? If either of those sound right, you can grab the new Android Wear 2.0 developer preview 3 images right now. These images include all the features Google announced as part of its new extended road map, which includes a delay into early 2017 for Wear 2.0. Read More
Google has started rolling Android 7.0 Nougat out to Nexus devices, but no watches have gotten the corresponding Wear 2.0 update. The beta test has been ongoing for months, and today Google has released the third dev preview. That's good, but there's also some bad news. The developer preview is now expected to continue into early 2017, which is a significant delay. Read More
We're in a bit of a dry spell for Android Wear releases, so this might be the perfect time to pick up a refurbished last gen watch on the cheap. Daily Steals has the 2nd gen Moto 360 on sale for a mere $154.99. It's refurbished, but Motorola does still sell this version of the device for $350. This is US only, though. Read More
The second generation Moto 360 just celebrated its one-year birthday two days ago, but it's still one of the most capable smartwatches out. Now, for a limited time, you can pick one up in the Men's 42mm size from Amazon for just $228 in a gold-on-gold color scheme. Read More
In recent years, a raft of new smartwatches would launch each fall in time for holiday shopping, but not this time. There were a few fitness-oriented watches released earlier this summer, and some new Fossil watches have started popping up at retail. But where are the big names like Motorola, LG, and Huawei? Cnet has gotten confirmation from all three companies that they won't be releasing any more watches this year. Read More
The Nixon Mission was announced back in March as an Android Wear watch for extreme sports enthusiasts. With a stainless steel and polycarbonate chassis, a waterproof rating up to 10ATM, shock-resistant body and raised bezel to protect the touchscreen, it's certainly built to look the part. It also works with the Mission app and the Trace app to track skiing, surfing, snowboarding, and provide weather conditions for these activities. It's certainly one of the most niche Android Wear watches released to date, but these options are nice for those who are passionate about this kind of sports.
The display is a 400x400 AMOLED one with an ambient light sensor although it's a full circle (whaaaaaat!). Read More
One of the more interesting aspects of Android Wear, and smartwatches in general, is how they are being embraced by traditional watch companies. Michael Kors, one of the most well-known fashion brands in the world, has officially released their Michael Kors Access brand of smartwatches.
There is a total of seven smartwatches to choose from, with four of the 'Bradshaw' lineup (seen above) and two more of the 'Dylan' line. The price range from $350 to $395, while expensive for an Android Wear watch, isn't nearly as pricey as the TAG Heuer Connected. All watches include exclusive Michael Kors watch faces, wireless charging, and interchangeable bands. Read More