Android Wear

Android Wear

Casio to launch new Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch in April with GPS support

In 2016, watch maker Casio launched the WSDF10, with Android Wear 1.0. The rugged device got a lot of attention and now the company has confirmed during CES 2017 it will launch a successor, the Casio WSDF20. It will come with Android Wear 2.0 out of the box, and will add GPS support as well.

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According to Digital Trends, the Casio WSDF20 will share many of the same features as the older WSDF10. Both have the same three buttons on the right of the smartwatches, and both will also have the same U.S. MIL-STD-801G rating for toughness, along with being able to handle up to 50 meters of water resistance. However, the addition of GPS support is certainly a major one, and will allow you to track your location even if you are offline.

The WSDF20 will use map data from Mapbox, and the smartwatch will also allow users to download maps for use offline.  In addition, the device’s Location Memory app will let you customize those maps with text and markers, in case you need some reminders of where certain things are located. The watch will even come with a “anti-fouling coating” on its display, which in theory should keep fingerprint smudges to a minimum.

The Casio WSDF20 is scheduled to go on sale on April 21, but so far the company has not revealed a price tag for the smartwatch. The older WSDF10 model is scheduled to get a software upgrade to Android Wear 2.0, but again there’s no word on when exactly that will happen. Android Wear 2.0 itself is suppose to be officially available sometime in the first quarter of 2017, and Google will launch the first two smartwatches with the OS out of the box in early 2017 as well.

Deal: Snag the Fossil Q smartwatches for 25 percent off until Dec. 25

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As Google gets ready to launch Android Wear 2.0 in 2017, many folks might want purchase smartwatches that are currently scheduled to receive the update. With that in mind, Fossil is currently holding a holiday sale for its Fossil Q watches, taking 25 percent off the prices of these devices from now until Sunday, December 25.

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August 30, 2016

The sale includes price cuts on the Fossil Q Wander, Marshal and Founder smartwatches, all of which are scheduled to get the big Android Wear 2.0 update sometime in 2017. The discount is available at the company’s US and Canadian full-priced Fossil stores (not its outlet store location) along with its website. Users have to use the promo code “FSLQ25” to claim the discount.

Keep in mind this holiday sale is just for the Fossil Q devices only. Fossil is also making smartwatches (both full and hybrid) for a number of other fashion brands, like Chaps, Diesel, Emporio Armani, Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Misfit, and Skagen. However, none of them are a part of this promotion. Will you be jumping in on this special sale, especially since the Fossil Q devices will be getting Android Wear 2.0 at some point?

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Which smartwatches will get updated to Android Wear 2.0?

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Earlier today, Google confirmed previous rumors that the company would release its first smartwatches, with Android Wear 2.0 installed, sometime in early 2017. However, a number of current Android Wear devices will be getting software updates next year that will upgrade the OS to the 2.0 version.

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Best Android Wear watches

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Google revealed the current list of smartwatches slated to get the Android Wear 2.0 update via an article on The Verge:

  • Moto 360 (2nd Gen.)
  • Moto 360 Sport
  • LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE
  • LG Watch Urbane
  • LG G Watch R
  • Polar M600
  • Casio Smart Outdoor Watch
  • Nixon Mission
  • Tag Heuer Connected
  • Fossil Q Wander
  • Fossil Q Marshal
  • Fossil Q Founder
  • Michael Kors Access Bradshaw Smartwatch
  • Michael Kors Access Dylan Smartwatch
  • Huawei Watch
  • Huawei Watch Ladies
  • Asus ZenWatch 2
  • Asus ZenWatch 3

It’s important to note that the 2.0 update will likely be rolled out for these watches throughout 2017, rather than all at once.

Google released the fourth developer preview of the OS earlier this month, and the fifth preview is due out in January. Many of the very first Android Wear smartphones that launched in 2014 are not on this update list, such as the first generation Moto 360 and LG G Watch, along with the Samsung Gear Live and the first Asus ZenWatch.

Android Wear 2.0 will support, among other things, standalone apps that won’t need a smartphone to work. Google also plans to add support for its Google Assistant and Android Pay in version 2.0. Google’s own smartwatches will be made by a currently unnamed manufacturer, and other third-party smartwatches will launch in 2017 with Android Wear 2.0 as well.

Google will launch two Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches in early 2017

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Jeff Chang, the product manager of Android Wear at Google, has confirmed the company will launch two of its own Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches in early 2017.

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In a chat with The Verge, Chang stated the watches will be the first devices that will have Android Wear 2.0 installed and out of the box. The smartwatches will be made by a currently unnamed manufacturer, but Chang stated that Google is collaborating with that company on both the hardware design and software integration.  He added that the watches won’t have the Pixel branding, but will be branded by the company that’s manufacturing them. The collaboration will be similar to Google’s partnership on its older Nexus smartphones and tablets. The specific hardware details on these two devices have yet to be revealed. This new report corroborates earlier rumors that Google planned to launch two of its own smartwatches in the new year.

Android Wear 2.0 was supposed to launch by the end of 2016, but a few months ago, Google delayed its public release until the first quarter of 2017. The company recently released the fourth developer preview of the OS, and the fifth preview is due out in January. Chang told The Verge that the fifth preview will add support for both Google Assistant and Android Pay.

More new Android Wear 2.0 watches from third-parties will be released in 2017, according to Chang, and some may be announced at CES 2017 in Las Vegas in early January.

Google previews three upcoming Android Wear 2.0 standalone apps

The biggest single new addition for Google’s Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch OS is the ability for apps to be installed and used without a link to a smartphone. Today, the company revealed three such standalone apps that are in the works for Android Wear 2.0.

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Here are the three things Android Wear needs to succeed

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One of the apps is for the video messaging service Glide. Users will be able to broadcast live from their Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch, and they can go into a conversation just by tapping their contact shortcuts from the watch face. Yes, that means Dick Tracy’s wrist phone is going to become a reality.

Another app in the works is for Foursquare. The developers of the app claim that it will offer faster search and better overall performance so that users can spend less time looking at their smartwatch and more time checking out the best places to eat, drink or be entertained.

Finally, the food and health service Lifesum is working on an Android Wear 2.0 app that will give users a quick way to track their water use and their daily meals, again without having to access its smartphone app.

Google released the fourth developer preview version of Android Wear 2.0 earlier this week, and the company indicated there will be at least one more preview build before the final public version is released sometime in early 2017.

Android Wear 2.0 Developer Preview 4 adds single sign-in, in-app billing and more

Google is giving developers a new preview version of Android Wear 2.0 to test out. This is the fourth developer build for the smartwatch OS, and comes 2 1/2 months since the release of Developer Preview 3.

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Here are the three things Android Wear needs to succeed

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One of the biggest features of Android Wear 2.0 is the ability for smartwatch apps to install without the need for a smartphone. But what about signing into services? Developer Preview 4 adds the OAuth API, which will allow users to tap a button on the watch that opens an authentication screen on the phone. The new build also adds in-app billing via the watch,  with the user typing in a 4-digit Google Account PIN.

The swipe-to-dismiss gesture from Android Wear 1.0 has returned in this latest build, meaning that developers can now build apps that dismiss an activity by swiping from left to right. Previously, you’d need to press the physical side button in Android Wear 2.0 to go back, and now that change has been reverted (thankfully).

Also, Android Wear apps that are packaged using the older 1.0 embedded app mechanism can now be added to Android Wear 2.0 watches.

Android Wear 2.0 Developer Preview 4 adds single sign-in, in-app billing and more

Google’s announcement today indicated that it plans to release Android Wear 2.0 Developer Preview 5 at some point in the future, while the official consumer-ready version of the OS isn’t coming until “early 2017”.

Lots of things have been happening in the Android Wear world lately. Some recent rumors have claimed the company plans to launch its own smartwatches that will support Android Wear 2.0 next year. Also, earlier this week, the company acquired Cronologics, a startup that was making its own Android-based smartwatch OS and will now work with Google to develop and improve Android Wear.

Google acquires Cronologics and its smartwatch OS to help improve Android Wear

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Google is still looking to improve its standing in the smartwatch industry with Android Wear . Today, it was revealed that a smartwatch startup, founded in part by former Google employees, will now be working on Android Wear directly. That startup, Cronologics, announced that its team has been acquired by Google. The company formed in 2014 and had been developing its own smartwatch OS, alongside its own device, the CoWatch.

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The CoWatch launched just a few months ago in September, and its biggest feature is that it supported Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant. It allowed users to use voice commands to do things like order a pizza or get the latest weather reports. Now that Cronologics is officially part of Google, the fate of the CoWatch is unknown, although we cannot imagine it will be available for sale for much longer.

In a statement on the company’s site, Cronologics said that the team still plans to “continue pushing the frontier of wearable technology and smartwatches with Android Wear 2.0 and beyond.” Originally set for launch by the end of 2016, Google now plans to officially make Android Wear 2.0 available sometime in early 2017.

As usual with these kind of small acquisitions, the specific financial details of Google purchasing Cronologics were not disclosed. Does this new move signal that Google is getting more serious about improving Android Wear and its smartwatch technology in general?

Best smartwatches (December 2016)

Smartwatches are still a very new thing to a lot of people, and for good reason. You don’t absolutely need one to get through the day, and some of the best smartwatches are much too expensive for many folks out there. With that said, they are good for a lot of things. They can provide you with an easy way to get information, allow you to dismiss or reply to new messages without having to pull out your phone, and much more.

Now, we’ve already rounded up some of the best Android Wear watches and fitness trackers you can buy, but what about the other wearables that are worth considering? With so many smartwatches on the market, we understand choosing the right one can be a bit daunting. We’re here to help!

Here are the best smartwatches you can buy right now.

Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list regularly as new devices launch.
Update, December 2016: This month we removed the Samsung Gear S2 to make room for the Gear S3.

Samsung Gear S3

Samsung’s Gear S2 smartwatch from 2015 was a very impressive offering, and now the company is back with yet another pair of Tizen-powered smartwatches, the Gear S3 Classic and Gear S3 Frontier! Featuring the same great rotating bezel, an all-new design and many more enhancements, these new wearables are definitely a step in the right direction.

Whether you’re looking for a more classy or sporty look, the Gear S3 line probably has something for you. The Classic model is geared towards folks who want to wear their watch to work or out on the town. It should be noted that the Classic version does not come with LTE connectivity, though, so you’ll need to be paired with a smartphone if you want to receive notifications on your wrist. If you’re looking for something a bit more rugged that features LTE connectivity, the Frontier version is the watch for you. Both models also come with an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance, as well as big 380mAh batteries and 1.3-inch Super AMOLED displays.

Specs

Samsung Gear S3 Classic

  • 1.3-inch Super AMOLED display with 360 x 360 resolution, 278ppi
  • 1.0GHz dual-core Samsung Exynos 7270
  • 768MB of RAM
  • 4GB of on-board storage
  • 380mAh battery
  • Tizen
  • 49 x 46 x 12.9mm, 59g
  • IP68 dust and water resistance rating

Samsung Gear S3 Frontier (LTE)

  • 1.3-inch Super AMOLED display with 360 x 360 resolution, 278ppi
  • 1.0GHz dual-core Samsung Exynos 7270
  • 768MB of RAM
  • 4GB of on-board storage
  • 380mAh battery
  • Tizen
  • 49 x 46 x 12.9mm, 63g
  • IP68 dust and water resistance rating

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Pebble Time

As of right now, the smartwatch landscape is packed with devices that feature touchscreen displays, 1-day battery life and over-$200 price tags. The Pebble Time might not have the best screen or the most powerful processor, but it’s the overall experience that made us choose this device as our top pick.

For starters, it has a color e-paper display that’s easy to read in all lighting conditions. And because the e-paper display is so great with battery life, the Pebble Time can easily last more than 5 days on a single charge. You just won’t get that with other Android Wear or Apple watches. Plus, Pebble’s new Timeline interface is quirky, intuitive and quite useful when you’re trying to plan your day. It’s compatible with both Android and iOS smartphones, too, so you don’t need to pass this one up if you don’t have the right phone.

It’s also worth noting that the Pebble Time largely undercuts the competition in the pricing department. You can purchase the Pebble Time in a variety of different color options for under $100. For those looking for something a little more classy, the Pebble Time Steel is also available on Amazon for around $120.

Specs

  • 1.25-inch LCD display with 144 x 168 resolution, 177ppi
  • ARM Cortex-M4 processor
  • 256KB of RAM
  • 16MB of on-board storage
  • 150mAh battery
  • PebbleOS
  • 40.5 x 37.5 x 9.5mm, 42.5g
  • 30m water resistance, ISO22810 rating

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Motorola Moto 360 (2nd Generation)

The original Moto 360 was one of the best Android Wear watches around for quite some time, and now its successor is also at the top of the list.

The Motorola Moto 360 (2nd Gen.) has a bigger battery than its predecessor, a Snapdragon 400 processor and comes in two different sizes to fit more users’ wrists. You’ll even be able to customize it with Moto Maker. Overall, the biggest advantages the new Moto 360 brings to the table are the refreshed processing package, a customizable design and the addition of lugs that will make it much easier to swap out watch bands.

We should also note that if you’re more of a fitness-oriented person, the Moto 360 Sport is also a great option. It’s cheaper than the standard Moto 360, and comes with a large array of fitness tracking features.

Specs

42mm variant:

  • 1.37-inch IPS LCD display with 360 x 325 resolution, 233ppi
  • 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 4GB of on-board storage
  • 300mAh battery
  • Android Wear
  • 42.0 x 42.0 x 11.4mm
  • IP67 dust and water resistance rating

46mm variant:

  • 1.56-inch IPS LCD display with 360 x 330 resolution, 263ppi
  • 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 4GB of on-board storage
  • 400mAh battery
  • 46.0 x 46.0 x 11.4mm
  • IP67 dust and water resistance rating

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Huawei Watch

The Huawei Watch was first unveiled towards the beginning of 2015 at MWC, though it didn’t actually make its way to retail until the tail-end of the summer. Offering a design that is much more “watch-like” then many of its competitors, the Huawei Watch is certainly one of the more attractive Android Wear watches on the market and benefits from easily replaceable watch straps and a long-lasting battery.

For those that aren’t a fan of the flat-tire look we’ve seen with Motorola’s circular watches, you’ll be happy to know that this isn’t the case here. As for the rest of the specs? Everything is pretty standard fare, as most of the newer Android Wear watches feature roughly the same internals. That said, the AMOLED display on the Huawei Watch is one of the best displays available in the Android Wear market right now.

As far as pricing is concerned, starting at $350, the Huawei Watch isn’t at the very top of the pricing totem, but it is certainly not the lowest priced either.

Specs

  • 1.4-inch AMOLED display with 400 x 400 resolution, 286ppi
  • 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 4GB of on-board storage
  • 300mAh battery
  • Android Wear
  • 42.0 x 42.0 x 11.3mm
  • IP67 dust and water resistance rating

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Apple Watch Series 2

Best smartwatches (December 2016)

I know, I know. This is an Apple product. And we only like Android products here, right?

Wrong-o.

The Apple Watch Series 2 is a really nice smartwatch that does exactly what it should. It’ll give you quick access to notifications, allow you to pay with your wrist, give you turn-by-turn directions, and it’s a decent fitness tracker. And in terms of design, it doesn’t feel like Apple cut too many corners with the overall look and feel of the device. Even the Sport model (the cheapest one of the bunch) feels like a well-built piece of hardware.

There are a few downsides to the Watch, though. Battery life isn’t stellar, and oftentimes the interface can get really confusing. It’s a solid second attempt at a smartwatch, sure, but Apple still has a lot of work to do.

The Apple Watch Series 2 is on the pricier side of the smartwatch landscape at around $369, but you might be lucky enough to find a refurbished model for less than that on Amazon or eBay.

Specs

42mm variant (aluminum):

  • 1.5-inch OLED Retina display with 390 x 312 resolution, 390ppi
  • Apple S2 processor
  • watchOS
  • 42.5 x 36.4 x 11.4mm, 34.2g (case only)
  • 50m water resistance, ISO22810 rating

38mm variant (aluminum):

  • 1.3-inch OLED Retina display with 340 x 272 resolution, 340ppi
  • Apple S2 processor
  • watchOS
  • 38.6 x 33.3 x 11.4mm, 28.2g (case only)
  • 50m water resistance, ISO22810 rating

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So there you have it, our list of the best smartwatches on the market! Do you have any suggestions for us? What do you think is the best smartwatch out there? Be sure to sound off in the comments!

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Best Android Wear watches (December 2016)

Android Wear has evolved a lot since it was first announced back in 2014. In the early days, there were only a few options, mainly from Motorola and LG. These days, many handset makers have thrown their weight into Android Wear, and even traditional watchmakers have begun to embrace the Google-powered smartwatch platform.

With the number of watches available increasing dramatically, it’s hard to keep track of which watches stand out as the best. For one thing, most of the watches are all quite similar in software and hardware, leaving design preferences as the biggest factor. In order to help you make the most informed decision on which watch is right for you, we’ve rounded up what we feel to be the best Android Wear smartwatches you can buy right now.

Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list regularly as new devices launch.
Update, December 2016: This month we removed the ASUS ZenWatch 2, TAG Heuer Connected and LG Watch Urbane to make room for the ZenWatch 3 and Polar M600.

Best overall

Motorola Moto 360 (2nd Generation)

The original Moto 360 was one of the best Android Wear watches around for quite some time, and now its successor is also at the top of the list.

The Motorola Moto 360 (2nd Gen.) has a bigger battery than its predecessor, a Snapdragon 400 processor and comes in two different sizes to fit more users’ wrists. You’ll even be able to customize it with Moto Maker. Overall, the biggest advantages the new Moto 360 brings to the table are the refreshed processing package, a customizable design and the addition of lugs that will make it much easier to swap out watch bands.

Specs

42mm variant:

  • 1.37-inch IPS LCD display with 360 x 325 resolution, 233ppi
  • 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 4GB of on-board storage
  • 300mAh battery
  • 42.0 x 42.0 x 11.4mm
  • IP67 dust and water resistance

46mm variant:

  • 1.56-inch IPS LCD display with 360 x 330 resolution, 263ppi
  • 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 4GB of on-board storage
  • 400mAh battery
  • 46.0 x 46.0 x 11.4mm
  • IP67 dust and water resistance

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Runner up

Huawei Watch

The Huawei Watch was first unveiled towards the beginning of 2015 at MWC, though it didn’t actually make its way to retail until the tail-end of the summer. Offering a design that is much more “watch-like” then many of its competitors, the Huawei Watch is certainly one of the more attractive Android Wear watches on the market and benefits from easily replaceable watch straps and a long-lasting battery.

For those that aren’t a fan of the flat-tire look we’ve seen with Motorola’s circular watches, you’ll be happy to know that this isn’t the case here. As for the rest of the specs? Everything is pretty standard fare, as most of the newer Android Wear watches feature roughly the same internals. That said, the AMOLED display on the Huawei Watch is one of the best displays available in the Android Wear market right now.

Specs

  • 1.4-inch AMOLED display with 400 x 400 resolution, 286ppi
  • 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 4GB of on-board storage
  • 300mAh battery
  • 42.0 x 42.0 x 11.3mm
  • IP67 dust and water resistance

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Honorable mention

ASUS ZenWatch 3

ASUS’ new ZenWatch 3 is one of the most beautifully designed Android Wear devices on the market.

It really is difficult not to fall in love with its great design, sharp display, excellent performance and solid hardware. It does feature proprietary lugs, though, which means you’ll have to buy replacement straps through ASUS if you’d like to change up the look of the device.

All in all, this may be the most well-rounded watch we’ve ever reviewed. If you’d like to pick one up for yourself, it’s available now for just $229.

Specs

  • 1.39-inch AMOLED display with 400 x 400 resolution, 287ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 4GB of on-board storage
  • 341mAh battery
  • 45 x 45 x 9.95 – 10.75mm
  • IP67 dust and water resistance

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Best for fitness

Polar M600

Polar’s new M600 sport watch is by far the best Android Wear-powered fitness tracker on the market.

With a built-in GPS, IPX8 water resistance rating, optical heart rate monitor and 4GB of on-board storage, the M600 is quite the feature-packed device. It also comes with support for Polar’s wonderful Flow app, allowing you to track just about any activity you can think of – rowing, skiing, hiking and much more. You’ll also be able to squeeze about two days of battery life out of this thing, which is impressive for an Android Wear watch.

It’s very pricey, though, starting at $329. You can certainly find Android Wear devices for less than that, but the M600 provides much more than other devices. If you’re in the market for a smartwatch/fitness tracker hybrid and don’t mind spending upwards of $300, look no further.

Specs

  • 1.3-inch TFT display with 240 x 240 resolution, 260ppi
  • 1.2GHz dual-core MediaTek MT2601 processor
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 4GB of on-board storage
  • 500mAh battery
  • 45 x 36 x 13mm, 63g
  • IPX8 water resistance

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Runner up

Moto 360 Sport

If you’re a fan of the second-generation Moto 360 but need something a bit more rugged, you should check out the Moto 360 Sport. It has basically the same internal specifications, plus GPS tracking capabilities. The battery on this device does suffer a bit with the GPS turned on, but that can easily be forgiven when taking into account the watch’s other great features. It has a killer AnyLight Hybrid display that makes it super easy to see outdoors, as well as an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance.

All in all, this is the go-to Android Wear option if you need something to track your exercises. As of right now it only supports run tracking, but Motorola says more exercises will be added to the watch in the future. The Moto 360 Sport starts at $199.99 from Motorola’s website, but you can usually find it much cheaper on Amazon.

Specs

  • 1.37-inch AnyLight Hybrid Display with 360 x 325 resolution, 263ppi
  • 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 4GB of on-board storage
  • 300mAh battery
  • 45 x 45 x 11.5mm, 54g
  • IP67 dust and water resistance

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There you have it, our list of the best Android Wear devices on the market. Did we miss something? Be sure to tell us what you think in the comments below!

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November 10, 2016

With Android Wear critical, open source AsteroidOS offers smartwatches a life line

Android Wear has been on life support for a while. We’re still waiting for the miracle cure of Android Wear 2.0, but the clock is ticking, the doctors seem pre-occupied and various relatives have already given up hope as smartwatches limp ever closer to the precipice. But smartwatches may just have a new hope: a new open-source wearable platform called AsteroidOS.

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November 10, 2016

AsteroidOS is the brainchild of French computer science student Florent Revest. It is not even based on Android Wear, but is a standalone Linux-based wearable OS that has been designed specifically to make it as portable as possible. AsteroidOS’ open-source nature also sidesteps the one great failing of Android Wear: it can be freely modified by developers and manufacturers.

With Android Wear critical, open source AsteroidOS offers smartwatches a life line

AsteroidOS is still in alpha phase and as such is far from perfect, but the demo video shared recently on YouTube demonstrates how solid it looks already, complete with several default apps like a calendar, alarm clock, timer, calculator, weather, stopwatch and music app. You can even already pair it with your Android phone via Bluetooth and receive notifications. Check it out in action below.

The immediate goals of Florent and the team of developers who have spent the last year developing AsteroidOS is to improve its battery life and add support for more sensors.

Jolla, the company behind SailfishOS, has already lent its support to the new wearable platform, indicating it might not be long before the OS gets even more support from larger partners (not to mention smaller devs) looking to breathe new life into smartwatches. Of course, whether AsteroidOS is enough to salvage wearables is anybody’s guess.

With Android Wear critical, open source AsteroidOS offers smartwatches a life line

If you’ve got an Android Wear watch gathering dust in a drawer somewhere and would like to give AsteroidOS a spin, you can already grab builds for the LG Watch Urbane, original LG G Watch, Sony Smartwatch 3 and Asus Zenwatch 2.

You can find flashing instructions on AsteroidOS’ community page and find all the relevant technical info on Florent’s Github page, but do be warned that only the original G Watch currently has support for Bluetooth pairing.

Do you think Android Wear 2.0 will reinvigorate smartwatches? Or are wearables dead in the water?