Android Wear

This year at Mobile World Congress, ZTE’s Nubia division introduced its Alpha, a wearable device that can serve both as smartphone and smartwatch. While initially dubbed as an Android-based wearable smartphone, the Nubia Alpha is actually an advanced smartwatch with a massive display that can make phone calls. Based on the Android Wear 2.1 operating system, the Nubia Alpha is essentially a smartwatch coupled with a an oversized display and matching high-capacity battery. At 4-inches diagonal, the 960x192 pixel OLED display is so large that it actually wraps in an effort to contour the user's wrist. Meanwhile under the hood is traditional smartwatch fare, with Qualcomm's aging Snapdragon Wear 2100 SoC doing the heavy lifting. This is a four core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU plus Adreno...

Google Acquires Smartwatch Tech and R&D Personnel from Fossil

Google and watch marker Fossil on Thursday announced that Google would be acquiring smartwatch-related intellectual property and personnel from Fossil. The technology is currently under development and will only...

16 by Anton Shilov on 1/18/2019

Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45: Atom Z3400, Android Wear 2.0, Starts at $1650

Tag Heuer last week announced its new generation smartwatch, co-developed with Google and Intel. The new Connected Modular 45 timepiece uses an Intel SoC, runs Google’s Android Wear 2.0...

36 by Anton Shilov on 3/18/2017

Google Adds New Hands-Free Features to Android Wear

Google has announced this week that they have added several new functions to the Android Wear operating system in an update that is now being rolled out. The latest...

18 by Anton Shilov on 2/5/2016

TAG Heuer Unveils The Intel-Powered Connected Smartwatch

Today TAG Heuer, a traditional Swiss watchmaker, announced their entry into the world of smartwatches with the TAG Heuer Connected. This is really the first example of a luxury...

10 by Brandon Chester on 11/9/2015

Google Announces Android Wear For iOS

Today Google announced that Android Wear now works with iPhones in addition to Android devices. The expansion to iPhones has been long rumored for the Android Wear platform, which...

10 by Brandon Chester on 8/31/2015

Android Wear Updates: Wi-Fi, Always-On Apps and Usability

This week Google announced the latest update to their smart watch focused operating system, Android Wear. Google did not specify the exact version number, but the previous version was...

10 by Stephen Barrett on 4/23/2015

Motorola Launches Moto Maker for the Moto 360

In August of 2013, Motorola launched an innovative web portal, Moto Maker, enabling personalization of the original Moto X immediately prior to purchase. Almost two years later, Moto Maker...

9 by Stephen Barrett on 3/10/2015

Wearables: 2014 and Beyond

As the year 2014 has come to a close, now is a good time to inventory changes in the consumer electronics market and project those trends forward. One of...

79 by Stephen Barrett on 1/15/2015

Sony SmartWatch 3 & SmartBand Talk Hands-On

With Sony's launch event we had the occasion to see their first Android Wear device. Sony presents the SmartWatch 3 and the SmartBand Talk wearable device watches. The SmartWatch...

15 by Andrei Frumusanu on 9/4/2014

Your Thoughts on the Wearables Market

For the past couple of years we've noticed a shift in focus of dominant players in the smartphone space. As the smartphone market moves from rapid expansion to a...

151 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/11/2014

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