LG is reportedly building the next iteration of its connected watches. The company has now received certification for its two different smartwatch models by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The two smartwatches are listed with model number W270 and W280. The second model is further listed with two variants carrying model numbers W280A and W280V, suggesting that these will be carrier specific models for AT&T and Verizon, respectively.
Back in May 2016, Google announced the Wear 2.0 for wearables, and soon after released developers preview of the operating system. Google initially aimed to release the OS by the end of 2016 but in October it announced that Android Wear 2.0 developers preview was being extended till 2017, when people assumed an early January 2017 launch. During this back and forth, the release timeframe has been extremely vague. However, a recent email sent by Google has offered some clarity on this, confirming an early February release of Andriod Wear 2.0.
After the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, Google has been long rumored to be launching its own branded smartwatches. In what is a confirmation of sorts, the company has revealed its plans to launch two flagship smartwatches running on Android Wear 2.0 sometime in the first quarter of 2017. This news comes from none other than Jeff Chang, Android Wear's product manager, who was speaking to The Verge. Chang also mentions how these upcoming smartwatches will be the first to run on Google's new Android Wear platform.
After bringing NFC-based contactless payments feature on Android smartphones in select countries, Google is likely to introduce the same on its Android Wear smartwatches. A latest Google Play Services v10.0 APK teardown has found support for NFC-based tap-to-pay feature for Android Wear 2.0. This will allow users to simply tap their Android Wear smartwatches to make contactless payments at participating retail outlets.
After Google-made smartphones, it s time for Google-made smartwatches. Following the launch of Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, Google is now reportedly all geared up to launch its first set of smartwatches in Q1, 2017. The all Google smartwatches will run the second major version of the company s smartwatch operating system. As Google aggressively makes its entry into products, starting with the Pixel lineup, it only seems legitimate for the search giant to take the next big step and introduce wearables.
Just a few days ago, Google announced that it is extending the Android Wear 2.0 developers preview till 2017, which naturally means that the launch of the final version will now be delayed. On the Android Developers blog, Google announced the third iteration of the next-gen operating system for the wearables. Google wrote in its developer blog that it received good response from the developers about the Android Wear 2.0, and that it has decided to continue the preview till next year.
Do you fancy yourself a designer or artist? If yes, then you may have a chance to get your artwork featured in the Android Wear watch face collection for the fall. In collaboration with the PAPER, Google has launched a contest for artists around the world. Artists can submit their designs for the Android Wear watch face collection. In order to eliminate the impediment of knowing computer designing to submit designs, and consequently limiting the entries, Google is allowing all kinds of entries be it on computer, photos, canvas or even a scribble on a napkin. If you feel your artwork is worthy to be the face of the Android Wear, Google is ready to consider your entry. To send in your entry, all you need to do is post your artwork on Instagram before September 15 with the hashtags #AndroidWear and #WearWhatYouWant. In the article, Paper Magazine distinctly clarifies that accepting entries for the competition on Instagram no way hints at any affiliation or involvement of Instagram in the project.
Google is said to be working on two Nexus smartwatches running on Android Wear. Codenamed Angelfish and Swordfish, a report last week detailed few of their features and design elements. A set of renders have now surfaced online giving us a glimpse at what the two smartwatches may look like.
Google seems to be having a busy year with hardware. Not only are there two Nexus smartphones in development, but Google is also said to be building its own branded smartphone. But that's not all. Google is also working on two Nexus-branded smartwatches that run on Android Wear. As is the norm with Nexus devices, these two smartwatches are codenamed Angelfish and Swordfish.
At the Google I/O 2016, the company made a number of key announcements, including the biggest update for its wearable platform, Android Wear. The new Android Wear 2.0 brings a host of interesting features and improvements to the operating system. The update focuses on four important aspects watchfaces, messaging, fitness and standalone apps.
Taiwanese smartphone maker Asus on has started rolling out the new Android Wear update for its ZenWatch 2 models, thus, offering improvements and new features in the device. The update to Asus ZenWatch 2 models WI501Q & WI502Q includes a speaker support for making phone calls (WI501Q) when connected to your smartphone via Bluetooth, setting audible alarms and hear app notification alerts and sound effects.
Google recently announced a new update for its Android Wear platform. The update brings new gestures and speaker support for certain smartwatches, allowing user to make and receive calls right from the wrist. Motorola has also announced an update for its Moto 360 (2nd gen) smartwatch, which is based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS. While Google left out few features in its release notes for that update, Motorola has put up a complete changelog and new features that the update brings.
Google has started pushing out a major update for Android Wear smartwatches that bring a host of new features, gestures, under the hood improvements and speaker support for certain smartwatches. Currently, the 49mm Asus ZenWatch 2 and Huawei Watch are two smartwatches that include a speaker. The latest update unleashes its prowess to make and receive calls over Bluetooth. As the update is rolling out to all Android Wear watches in phases, it may take a while until you get the update notification on your smartwatch.
For those who own an Android Wear smartwatch, Google has dropped some good news. According to Google, all existing Android Wear smartwatches will be updated to Android Marshmallow 6.0 in the coming months.
Last week, a UI engineer at Google offered us a glimpse of the redesigned Google Play Store UI, which has now started seeding to Android smartphone and tablets. The new interface brings the much needed content separation based on apps and entertainment, Android Wear icon for equivalent apps, and a refreshed look that s more in sync with Google s Material Design.
Google has finally expanded support for its Android Wear platform to Apple's iOS devices. Users with an iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, or iPhone 6 Plus running iOS 8.2 and above, will be able to pair them with Android Wear smartwatches. But there is a catch.
Motorola recently launched the Moto G (2015), Moto X Play and the Moto X Style at its event, but there was no word about much-anticipated smartwatch. While everyone is waiting for the next-gen Moto 360, it s reportedly been spotted in Chicago, near Motorola Headquarters.
Google is rolling out a new Android Wear update for all compatible devices. This update brings features like interactive watch faces, Google Translate, performance improvements and other bug fixes.
Watchmaker Fossil has unveiled its Android Wear products at Intel's Developer Conference. According to the Verge, the company introduced a smartwatch, connected band and another connected watch that is not quite as high functioning as a full-on smartwatch.
LG is reportedly working on a new Android Wear smartwatch, codenamed Nemo . As per Phandroid, this forthcoming smartwatch will boast the highest resolution display till date.