Android Wear

Android Wear

Verizon has another Android Wear 2.0 watch with LTE: the Wear24

Verizon Wear24 (left), LG Watch Sport (right)

By now you’ve already heard the big news – Android Wear 2.0 is now officially official, and Google and LG have finally unveiled the new LG Watch Sport and Watch Style. The former device is certainly the beefier of the two models, featuring LTE connectivity, a heart rate sensor, a built-in GPS and an NFC chip for mobile payments. And because the Watch Sport comes with cellular connectivity, you’ll be able to buy it directly from Verizon and AT&T.

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If you’re buying from Verizon, the Watch Sport can be yours for $379.99 outright, or $329.99 on a two-year contract. But what if you want a new LTE-capable Android Wear device that’s not as big and bulky as the Watch Sport?

Alongside the new LG device, Verizon is also selling its own Android Wear 2.0-powered smartwatch, the Wear24.

The Wear24 sports a smaller chassis than the Watch Sport, so this may be a better option if you prefer form over functionality

Details are pretty scarce so far, but we do know that the Wear24 will run Android Wear 2.0, and will come with a water resistant design that can be submerged in up to 3.3 feet of water for up to 30 minutes. Of course, the Wear24 will also come with LTE connectivity, so you can activate it on a Verizon plan and use it to make and receive phone calls, texts, etc. We’ve reached out to Verizon for more details on the specifications, so we’ll be sure to update you as we learn more.

As you can see from the image attached above, the Wear24 features a slightly smaller chassis than the Watch Sport, so this may be a better option if you prefer form over functionality.

You’ll still have to pay a pretty penny if you want this LTE-connected device, though. The Wear24 will be available online and in Verizon stores in March for $299.99 with a two-year activation.

As far as pricing plans are concerned, you can add a connected smartwatch to a Verizon plan for $5 per month, plus taxes and fees, of course. And if you’re not on Verizon but still want a smartwatch, you can opt for a Single Device Plan, which will get you 1GB of data, plus unlimited talk and text, for as low as $10 per month.

So, are you interested in this new Android Wear device? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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New Balance RunIQ Android Wear smartwatch now on sale for $300

Just days before the reported introduction of Android Wear 2.0, New Balance has officially launched its new Android Wear 1.0 smartwatch. The New Balance RunIQ, which is targeting hardcore fitness customers, is now on sale for $299.99.

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The RunIQ has a circular 1.39-inch AMOLED screen and inside it has 512MB of RAM and 4GB of onboard storage, along with an Intel Atom processor. As we stated, this smartwatch has been made for athletes. Users can connect the watch to their Strava online account, which can track their activities and measure them against family and friends.

The smartwatch includes an optical heart rate sensor, along with a built-in GPS in case you are running or biking out where few others will travel. It’s also water resistant at up to 5 ATM. The battery life is supposed to last up to 24 hours, unless you turn on the GPS constantly, which will only give you up to five hours of power.

The watch does have some non-fitness features. You can use the MyNB app on your phone to connect to Google Play Music. This will allow you to download playlists and listen to your tunes without the need for a phone while you are running. The watch also works directly with the optional ParcelQ wireless Bluetooth earbuds, which can give athletes on-demand running stats directly from the RunIQ. They are available for $109.99.

The New Balance RunIQ has a listing on Amazon, but currently the retailer shows that it is “temporarily out of stock”. Hopefully that will not last long. There’s no word on when the RunIQ will be updated to Android Wear 2.0. Current reports claim that Google will officially launch the next version of the OS on February 9.

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Final Android Wear 2.0 Developer Preview arrives with iOS support

The time is almost here, folks! The official launch of Android Wear 2.0 is just over two weeks away, which means Google is putting the finishing touches on its smartwatch OS as we speak.

If you’ve been waiting to get your hands on the big 2.0 update and don’t mind testing out a beta version, now may be a good time to try it out. The company has just released its fifth and final developer preview for Android Wear 2.0. Aside from the plethora of “bug fixes and performance improvements” we come to expect from these types of updates, Google has also enabled iOS support in this new version. While you’ve been able to use your Android Wear watches with iPhones since 2015, this functionality hasn’t been available in the Android Wear 2.0 previews until today.

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If you’re a developer who’d like to start distributing your apps to iPhone-paired watches, Google says you need to simply set the standalone=true flag in your watch app manifest. This will let the Play Store know that your app doesn’t need an Android phone app, allowing the app to appear in the Play Store on watches paired with iPhones.

Final Android Wear 2.0 Developer Preview arrives with iOS support

In addition, this new dev preview adds support for NFC Host Card Emulation, which will allow devices to make mobile payments via NFC.

Google notes that if you haven’t yet, it’s time to publish your apps. And of course, since this is still a developer preview, be sure to give Google as much feedback as possible if you’re trying out the preview software. Want to check out the final developer preview for yourself? Head here for all the details.

While Google notes that the 2.0 release date is slated for “early February”, recent reports point to a February 9 launch. Alongside Android Wear 2.0, we’re also expected to see two new smartwatches from LG and Google, dubbed the LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style.

Report: Huawei Watch 2 will offer LTE connectivity, sportier look

We’ve been talking about Android Wear 2.0 for a very long time. Google announced the big OS refresh back at Google I/O 2016, and we’re still waiting on an official launch. While recent rumors point to a February 9 release date, we’re also expecting two new Android Wear 2.0-powered devices from LG and Google, dubbed the LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style.

We might be getting new LG watches soon, but a few other former key players in the Android Wear space still have yet to reaffirm their future smartwatch plans. Moto recently said that it was putting smartwatch development on the back burner until major changes took place on the Android Wear platform, while other companies haven’t made much movement in the space since 2015.

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One Android Wear vet is slated to come back soon, though, with a followup to one of the best Android Wear devices on the market. According to a report from VentureBeat, Huawei is in the process of developing a Huawei Watch 2, which will feature cellular connectivity. Apparently this will be an optional feature, which means we can expect a version with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth only, while the other (likely pricier) model will come with a built-in SIM card. Of course, cellular connectivity on a smartwatch enables a user to achieve a data connection when out of range of Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, and can also allow for the ability to make and receive calls.

Cellular connectivity on the Huawei Watch 2 might be optional

Additionally, the report states that the Huawei Watch 2 will likely come with a “sportier” look than the original. While other details on the watch’s aesthetics are scarce, we really hope the non-cellular-enabled model retains the classy look of the original Huawei WatchIt looks like that’s the route LG is taking with its upcoming devices, so here’s hoping Huawei does something similar.

As for a release date? The report claims Huawei is hoping to show off the new watch at MWC 2017 in Barcelona (where the OG Huawei Watch made its debut), though VentureBeat’s sources cautioned that an MWC launch is still not set in stone.

In any case, it sure sounds like a new Huawei Watch is in the works, which is great news for anyone holding out for a new, non-LG Android Wear watch.

What say you? Excited for a Huawei Watch 2, or are you done with wearables for now?

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Leaked: our first look at LG’s upcoming Android Wear watches

The big Android Wear 2.0 rollout has been a long time coming. Google first mentioned the 2.0 upgrade back at Google I/O 2016, letting us know that compatible devices would receive the big update “before the end of the year.” Although the launch date has since been postponed, it looks like we don’t have much longer to wait; a recent tweet from a reliable leaker claimed that Google would release Android Wear 2.0 on February 9, only a few weeks away.

After we heard that news, a separate report was published, claiming that Google would release two new LG-manufactured Android Wear devices alongside the upgrade to version 2.0. Those watches, dubbed LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style, have now been shown off in a new, leaked image:

Leaked: our first look at LG’s upcoming Android Wear watches

These new images come from TechnoBuffalo, citing unnamed sources. The chunkier watch on the left is the LG Watch Sport, while the more compact wearable on the right is the LG Watch Style. While TechnoBuffalo wasn’t able to obtain any more info about these two devices, we still have a pretty good idea as to what both watches will feature on the hardware front.

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The Watch Sport is said to come with a 1.38-inch 480 x 480 OLED display, 768MB of RAM, a 430mAh battery and an IP68 rating. The Watch Sport is definitely the beefier model of the two, as it also comes with 3G and LTE connectivity, as well as GPS and NFC for mobile payments with Android Pay. The Watch Style, on the other hand, will come with a 1.2-inch 360 x 360 OLED display, 512MB of RAM, a 240mAh battery and an IP67 rating. The Watch Style will also have interchangeable straps.

Both devices will feature the Google Assistant, 4GB of on-board storage, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and even a new digital crown button that serves as another way to navigate around the Android Wear interface.

As previously stated, we’ll get a better look at the LG Watch Sport and Watch Style when they’re officially announced on February 9. Have any thoughts on the renders? Let us know in the comments!

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TAG Heuer Connected watches sell much better than expected, new models due in May

The many analysts who claim no one wants to buy a smartwatch apparently forgot all the people who bought the high-end Connected watches from TAG Heuer. The $1,500 Android Wear-powered devices have turned out to be a big hit, according to TAG Heuer CEO Jean-Claude Biver.

In an interview with Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Biver, who is also head of watchmaking at LVMH, claimed that the company had only expected to sell 20,000 units of the TAG Heuer Connected watches. In the 14 months since they launched in November 2015, the unit sales of the Connected watches have reached 56,000, or nearly three times what the company predicted.

Naturally, this means we can expect new TAG Heuer Connected models to be released, and Biver indicated in the interview that would happen sometime in May. The new versions would still have Intel chips inside, but he said that TAG Heuer will launch smaller watches for women along with larger models. He also gave some vague hints about what new features and improvements would be added, including GPS, a “payment system” (NFC, maybe?), better displays and longer battery life. He is now predicting that the company could sell 150,000 units of these new smartwatches, and based on the history of the earlier Connected models, we think that is very much an attainable goal.

One more interesting thing mentioned by Biver is that TAG Heuer actually has an office inside Intel’s campus in Santa Clara, California. The idea is that TAG Heuer can be more connected (no pun intended) to the heart of Silicon Valley and its technology industries. It sounds very much like the watchmaker is serious about its smartwatch plans, which is in sharp contrast to other companies that have curtailed or even cancelled their wearable device lineups.

Moto 360 (2nd Gen.) gets pulled from the Google Store

One of the most popular and well-received Android Wear smartwatches, the second-generation Moto 360, is no longer being sold directly by Google. The company has quietly pulled the listing for the watch from the Google Store website.

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Even Motorola’s own site is no longer selling the Moto 360 (2nd Gen.), but if you are still interested in picking one up, it is still available from other retail outlets like Amazon. The smartwatch was first revealed over a year ago in the fall of 2015, and is listed as one of the devices slated to get the upcoming Android Wear 2.0 update, along with the Moto 360 Sport. Motorola has already stated it has no current plans to release any smartwatches in the near future, so we won’t be seeing any Android Wear 2.0-powered successors to the Moto 360 anytime soon.

At the moment, the Google Store is only selling a few Android Wear devicesThe Mission from Nixon, the Access Bradshaw and Access Dylan from Michael Kors, and the Polar M600. While the number of devices currently available may be limited, Google isn’t letting its wearable OS fall through the cracks much longer. The company is rumored to officially release the new version of Android Wear on February 9. Those same rumors claim Google will team up with LG to launch two smartwatches with the refreshed OS, the LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style, both of which are supposed to go on sale the next day on February 10. Other companies like Casio have also confirmed plans to release new Android Wear 2.0 watches later in 2017, too.

Google teaming up with LG for two new Android Wear watches, the Watch Sport and Watch Style

We’ve heard plenty of rumors in recent months regarding Google’s plans to release two new wearable devices alongside its big Android Wear 2.0 refresh. Details have been pretty scarce about the devices themselves, with rumors and speculation pieces only giving us the bare minimum about the two new Android Wear-powered smartwatches. That’s changing today, though.

According to a new report from VentureBeat, Google has teamed up with LG to create two new Android Wear devices, similar to what it used to do with the Nexus line of smartphones. These two new devices, dubbed LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style, will reportedly be unveiled on February 9 at an event for the the big Android Wear 2.0 unveiling. Both watches will go on sale the next day, February 10. The watches will continue to roll out to other regions through February and March, and will be on display at MWC 2017 in Barcelona on February 27.

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While both devices will supposedly feature plastic OLED displays, the Watch Sport will come with a larger, higher resolution display of 1.38 inches and 480 x 480, versus the Watch Style’s 1.2-inch display with a resolution of 360 x 360. The Watch Sport also comes with 768MB of RAM and a 430mAh battery compared to the Watch Style’s 512MB and 240mAh cell. Both devices will have 4GB of on-board storage. LG wasn’t able to pack all of this extra tech into the Sport without a bump up in overall size, though – the Watch Sport will measure 14.2mm thick, while the Style will measure only 10.8mm.

A few other design notes: the Watch Sport will come in Titanium and Dark Blue color options and come with an IP68 rating, while the Style, with its interchangeable straps, will come in Titanium, Silver and Rose Gold color options and have an IP67 rating.

The LG Watch Sport is definitely the beefier of the two models

Both devices come with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, though the Watch Sport will support 3G and LTE data connections, as well as GPS and NFC. The Sport model will be able to make payments with Android Pay, as well. Both of these new smartwatches will be compatible with iOS, and will both come with Google Assistant on-board. In addition, the Sport and Style will have a new digital crown button that serves as another way to navigate through the Android Wear interface. Both watches have touchscreen displays, though, so the digital crown isn’t going to be the only way to navigate.

Android Wear 2.0 is slated to roll out to legacy devices on February 9. For a full list of devices slated to receive the 2.0 update, head here.

Mark your calendars, folks. February is going to be a big month for Android Wear.

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Android Wear 2.0 could officially launch in early February

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Google is now informing developers that it currently plans to officially launch its Android Wear 2.0 update sometime in early February. Previously, the company said the major update to its smartwatch OS will begin rolling out in a more vague “early 2017” time frame.

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Google is sending emails to these developers informing them of the more specific launch time frame for its release so they can prepare their apps so they are compatible with Android Wear 2.0. Those apps will also be visible in the new store. One of the big features in the update is that Android Wear apps can be installed on a smartwatch without the need for a smartphone.

The company has already set up a list of current and older Android Wear devices that will be able to download and install the 2.0 update. Google also plans to launch two of its own smartwatches in early 2017 that will be the first to have Android Wear 2.0 out of the box. So far, no other details on those devices have been revealed.

Other companies also plan to launch their own Android Wear 2.0 products in 2017, including the Casio WSDF20, along with a currently unnamed device from ZTE. However, some companies that launched Android Wear 1.0 smartwatches in the past, most notably Motorola, have decided to put its future wearable plans on hold for the time being.

Keyboard and Android Wear support for Google Assistant may be coming soon

Google Assistant, the digital AI that’s included in the recent Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, may be receiving some new features in the near future. A look at the latest beta of the Google search app indicates that Google Assistant may soon include keyboard support, along with support for the Android Wear smartwatch OS.

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A closer look into the 6.10 beta version of the Google search app reveals some changes in the Google Assistant popup. It now includes a button with a keyboard icon and a box for typing out texts. It’s likely that this change, if it happens, will be very welcome for Pixel owners who may not feel the need to use their voice to access Assistant all the time.

A deeper look into the code also shows some settings for using Assistant on Android Wear. Finally, the code also reveals something called “Search gestures” which may indicate that users might be able to swipe on a screen to perform searches.

Keep in mind that code breakdowns may indicate features that are just placeholders and there’s the real possibility that they may never be officially released. However, we would suspect that keyboard access for Google Assistant would be a big plus for Pixel owners if it actually happens.

During CES 2017 this week, Google confirmed it will soon be adding Google Assistant support to smart TVs and set-top boxes in the coming months.