Android Wearables: Reviews, News, Features, Apps & Specs
The climb in terms of size and specification was bound to plateau, of course. Long time Android watchers will remember giddy excitement this time four years ago, in 2011, over the appearance of the Samsung Galaxy S II, with enormous 4.3” WVGA screen, an astonishing 8MP camera and a dual core processor. At the time (I was there) it was almost the Second Coming. Yet in 2015, this same set of specs would be derided on all but the most budget of budget handsets. Huge progress was made in the next two years, but I contend that these were followed by two years of commoditisation.
The original LG G Watch, covered here, was clearly first generation hardware but still had its fans and attractions – and indeed Android Wear and its firmware has continued to improve. But we now have second generation hardware from LG… and, not to put too fine a point on it, the G Watch R is something of a kludged disaster of a design. And here’s why…
At the start of August, 2014, the first images teasing the first smartwatch from HP, in collaboration with Michael Bastian, surfaced ahead of an official announcement. Now, more than a month later, the wearable is official.
Microsoft has just revealed its first wearable along with its fitness tracking service — Microsoft Health. The company’s first wearable sports a number of unique new sensors that sets its apart from the competition.
With the excitement that had surrounded the Moto 360, it wasn’t surprising that Motorola’s debut smartwatch sold out quickly after it went on sale. Stock ran out pretty soon everywhere the watch was available for purchase, but thankfully, Motorola hasn’t taken too much time to restock its highly anticipated timepiece.
Motorola listed the battery capacity of the Moto 360 as 320mAh when it announced its beautiful first smartwatch, but a teardown by iFixit revealed that the actual battery is a 300mAh unit instead. Despite the small discrepancy, buyers of the Moto 360 weren’t very happy, especially since reviews had said the battery life was already less than impressive on the watch, and Motorola has now offered an official statement to clear up the confusion.
Smartwatches, it seems, are all the rage. Heck, we’ve featured them numerous times recently on Android Beat. Partly because they’re tech and cool, but also because they work really well with Android smartphones. The OS is flexible enough that a connected smartwatch can, in principle, do almost anything. You’ll have gathered that you can (cough) tell the time(!), see email and messaging notifications, perhaps even get a basic weather forecast, but there are other benefits that only become apparent when you actually start to use a smartwatch.
Before Motorola’s Moto 360 was unveiled in the spring of 2014, it looked quite different. And that should not come as a surprise for many, considering it’s not a secret that almost every device goes through a plethora of different planning and design stages. Motorola’s smartwatch isn’t any different. And now some of those prototype models have been revealed.
The Moto 360 officially went on sale today, September 5, but it didn’t stay available for long, according to a new report, and with Motorola confirming as much on its own.