Google finally releases the Android Wear 2.0 along with new LG Watches

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The long awaited Android Wear 2.0 update is finally here. The LG Watch Sport and Style are the first devices to launch with it. 

The Android Wear 2.0 update is the first major update since the launch of the OS. It brings many new features and promises to make the most of every minute. Possibly the biggest new feature is the new way to use apps. There is now a Play Store app for the watch and the apps are installed directly to the watch. That means way better app experience for the iPhone users.

The watch faces also get new features. They now bring more information and actions from apps. The Google Fit can now – finally – really track your pace, calories, distance and heart rate. The messaging has been improved drastically as the new Android Wear 2.0 brings keyboard, handwriting, emoji drawing and Smart Reply alongside the voice dictating. Google Assistant is also built into the OS as is Android Pay.

The new LG Watch Sport and Style are the first devices to launch with Android Wear 2.0. The Sport variant is the more high-end one with a larger 1.38″ P-OLED display, 768 MB of RAM, 430 mAh battery and IP68 certification.

The Style has a 1.2″ P-OLED display, 512 MB of RAM, 240 mAh battery and IP67 protection. Both watches are made out of metal and have Snapdragon Wear 2100 SoC, 4 GB of Storage and a bunch of sensors. Although, the Style doesn’t get the heart rate sensor.

The LG Watch Sport is priced at $349 and Style at $249. Sales will start on 10 February in the US.

The Android Wear 2.0 will be available for the supported watches in the coming weeks.

Current watches getting Android Wear 2.0 include: ASUS ZenWatch 2 & 3, Casio Smart Outdoor Watch, Casio PRO TREK Smart, Fossil Q Founder, Fossil Q Marshal, Fossil Q Wander, Huawei Watch, LG G Watch R, LG Watch Urbane & 2nd Edition LTE, Michael Kors Access Smartwatches, Moto 360 2nd Gen, Moto 360 for Women, Moto 360 Sport, New Balance RunIQ, Nixon Mission, Polar M600 and TAG Heuer Connected.

Source: Google

Asus ZenWatch gets a round display

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Asus has released their new ZenWatch 3 at IFA 2016. The watch continues where its predecessor left.

Priced at 229€, the Asus ZenWatch 3 is one of the most interesting new smartwatches around. Despite its price, the ZenWatch 3 is absolutely beautiful and crafted out of quality materials. The stainless steel body is joined by 2.5D Gorilla Glass on the front. All three color variants – blackish gray, gold and silver – have the gold ring around the display. The watchband is made out of either leather or silicone rubber.

One might think that Asus would have saved on the specs after that design and price tag but no. The 1.39″ round display uses AMOLED technology and 400×400 resolution. The watch is powered by the Snapdragon Wear 2100 SoC which is specially made for wearables and uses 25% less power than the last popular wearable chip, Snapdragon 400. The usual 512 MB RAM and 4 GB storage are still here, and the 340 mAh battery sadly sounds a bit like 2015. However, Asus has included their own fast charger that will top up the battery much faster than usual.

On the software side, the ZenWatch 3 runs the latest Android Wear 2.0 with Asus’s tweaks on top. The watch comes with fitness apps separate to Google’s own and packs a whopping 50+ watch faces out of the box.

The ZenWatch 3 will hit the markets later this year and as mentioned at 229€. The US pricing should be very similar to the euro pricing due to, well, EU-stuff.

Android Wear update brings speaker support

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Google has revealed some new Android Wear features. The update will be available soon.

Google’s official Android blog has revealed new Android Wear features. The update will finally allow voice calls directly from the watch if it has a speaker like the Huawei Watch or Asus ZenWatch 2.

Other new features are new wrist gestures and support for sending messages in 3rd party messaging apps with just voice. The update will be available soon, no exact date announced.

Source: Official Android Blog

Huawei Nexus 6P and Watch got new designs

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Huawei is one of the first to introduce their new products at CES 2016. First, some new designs.

Huawei built Nexus 6P was rumored to have a gold color option and now it’s true. The gold option will be available soon in the US for the same price as the other colors, $449 for 32GB and $499 for 64GB.

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Huawei also updated the Huawei Watch that now has a ladies option. The new version is called the Watch Elegant. It has a narrower watch band, gold plated body and textured bezels. The second new option is called the Watch Jewel and it adds 68 Swarovski crystals to the bezels for extra bling. There’s no information about pricing yet.

Source: CES coverage around the internet

LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition gets cancelled

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LG has cancelled the launch of the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition Android Wear smartwatch. 

The 2nd gen Watch Urbane was supposed to be the first LTE Android Wear smartwatch. Now LG has pulled the device just before the launch due to a complex hardware problem.

There’s no more detailed information about the issue and the device is pulled indefinetly. It’s unsure if the device will ever launch as LG hasn’t confirmed anything just yet.

Source: Android Police

2nd gen Watch Urbane brings cellular to Android Wear

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LG has updated the Watch Urbane. The 2nd generation Urbane has 4G and 3G capabilities and relatively large battery. 

LG has released the updated the Watch Urbane. It is the first Android Wear watch to feature cellular connectivity. Phone calls can now be received directly from the watch and the device doesn’t need to be connected to a phone.

The body of the watch is made out of stainless steel and the hypoallergenic elastomer band holds part of the electronics inside and therefore isn’t replaceable. The circular 1.38″ P-OLED display features a resolution of 480 x 480. The typical Android Wear specs sheet wasn’t enough for LG. The new Urbane has 768MB of RAM and a relatively large 570mAh battery. Other features are familiar, Snapdragon 400 and 4GB of storage.

The 2nd generation Watch Urbane is officially called the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition. It will be available in four colors, Space Black, Opal Blue, Luxe White and Signature Brown. Pricing and launch date are unknown.

Source: LG Press Release

Huawei Smartphones and Watch at IFA 2015

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Huawei has introduced a couple of mobile devices at their event at IFA 2015. Huawei is the first to bring pressure sensitive display to a smartphone. 

Huawei just launched the Honor 7 in various markets and they are bringing a few new devices. The G8 is an upper mid-range smartphone decent specifications. It was first introduced in June but Huawei brought it to IFA.

The G8 packs a Snapdragon 615 SoC, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, 3000mAh battery and a back mounted fingerprint scanner. The G8 is focused on camera capabilities so it packs a great 5.5″ 1080p display, 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5MP front facer. The primary camera has excellent low-light capabilities compared to its price range, the G8 starts at around $350 for the cheaper 2/16GB model. The exact pricing and availability is unknown.

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The Huawei Mate S is a high-end smartphone with a 5.5″ 1080p display, aluminium design and a curved back that shrinks the thickness down to 2.65mm at the edges. The Mate S uses Huawei’s own 64-bit octa-core Kirin 935 chip and has 3GB of RAM and 32, 64 or 128GB or storage. It also has a fingerprint scanner on the back.

The biggest thing in the Mate S is the Force Touch like pressure sensitive screen. It’ll be available only with the 128GB model but it surely beats Apple to have the Force Touch.

Cameras are 13 and 8-megapixel and the device is nanocoded against water but it doesn’t have IP certification. The battery is 2700mAh and pricing starts at 649€ for the 32GB model.

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Huawei also re-introduced the Huawei Watch that was already shown at MWC last spring. The Watch now has its final components and design as the MWC model was a prototype. It has a 1.4″ 400 x 400p AMOLED display, Snapdragon 400 SoC, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage.

The Huawei Watch is very similar to the Moto 360 but the pricing starts at $349, $50 higher than the 2nd Gen Moto 360. The hardware button placement is exactly the same at the two o’clock position but the display doesn’t have the flat tire the Moto 360 has. That of course means that the bezels are larger.

Sources: Pocketnow, GSMArenaTechnodify

Motorola Releases the 2nd Gen Moto 360

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The 2nd Gen Moto 360 comes in four different models and with Moto Maker treatment. The Sport model with interesting display is launching later.

Motorola has updated their Moto 360 lineup at IFA 2015. Unlike rumored previously, the Moto 360 doesn’t have the S or L letter after it, but customers can still choose the size they want. The normal 360 comes in three different models, the large one is the same 46mm diameter as last years but the small version and the women’s version have the smaller 42mm diameter. The women’s version also has a narrower band.

The only hardware button is moved up to two o’clock position to prevent unwanted pressing of the button. The most noticeable difference between the 2015 and 2014 models is the addition of the new external clips that the bands attach on. In the previous model the band was difficult to replace because the tiny pin used to remove the band were inside the device. Motorola has also added quick-release bands with easy to use pins.

Tech specs are more impressive than last year as the ancient TI OMAP processor has been ditched and the 2015 model has a Snapdragon 400 SoC with 512MB of RAM. The battery size depends on the size, the 42mm diameter watch has a 300mAh battery as the 46mm watch has a 400mAh one. Both sizes have 4GB of storage.

The Moto 360 is fully customizable with Moto Maker. In addition to size and width of the watch band, customers can also choose the bezel and case colors and change the band color and material. Prices start at $299 for the smaller model and $349 for the larger.

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Motorola also introduced the Moto 360 Sport that will launch later with the Motorola AnyLight display. The display uses two different display technologies and chooses the better suitable for ambient conditions automatically. The normal LCD display is used indoors and in the conditions with a lot of ambient light, the display will reflect the natural light to improve readability in direct sunlight.

The Sport model also has a different design with rubber bands and sporty looks. It also has built in GPS and Motorola fitness apps.

Source: Motorola

Android Wear is now Available for iOS

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Google has just announced that the Android Wear app is now available for iOS. IPhone users are no longer stuck with a square display at their wrists.

At the moment the only officially compatible Android Wear watch is the LG Watch Urbane but some have already got a Moto 360 working with an iPhone. The iPhone needs to be 5 or newer and run iOS 8.2 or newer.

Android Wear brings some new features that Apple Watch does not have like “OK Google” voice commands and a circular display. Mostly it’s still the same, notifications and lots of fitness applications at your wrist with poor battery life.

Sources: Official Google Blog, The Verge