On August 28, LG officially introduced the G Watch R, a circular smartwatch that, in some areas, improved on the design that LG introduced with their first Android Wear-based device, the G Watch earlier in 2014. Unfortunately, LG didn’t highlight just when the new device would land on store shelves. Now, a new report from The Wall Street Journal claims to know the launch date.
Android Wearables: Reviews, News, Features, Apps & Specs
LG and Motorola are not the only one working on a smartwatch with a circular screen. If sources of SamMobile are to be believed, Samsung is also working on a Gear branded smartwatch with a round display.
Android Wear watch faces have started to flood the Play Store. Every day, there seems to be a new face for your G Watch, Gear Live, or Moto 360. Some are elegant, others are retro, some are geeky, others are minimalistic. Basically, there’s something for everyone there. In this post, however, I will focus on 6 of the most beautiful watch faces available for Android Wear at this time.
Continuing our series of articles looking at Android-connected wearables, the Pebble devices seem perennially popular, not least because their battery life on a charge is at least a week and because they’re 100.0% effective when you’re actually mobile, outdoors in the sun. However – which Pebble do you go for? Two models, each which very different look and very different strap options, meaning that a direct comparison here – and an insightful compromise – may well be very helpful for new buyers.
We have already seen the Moto 360 in leaked images and even in an official hands-on video from Motorola itself. However, up until now, it was not clear as to how the Moto 360 would be charged especially since it does not come with any kind of physical charging port.
Thanks to today’s leaked images of the smartwatch from Italy though, this mystery has finally been solved.
HP has teamed up with fashion designer Michael Bastian and retailer Gilt to release its first smartwatch later this fall. The watch features a circular face with a diameter of a 44m, making it far more smaller than the Moto 360 and puts it around the size of a normal watch.
It’s very easy to be dismissive of the LG G Watch and its other Android Wear stablemates, mid 2014. They’re easy targets, bulky on the wrist, with hardware that’s demonstrably sub-optimal and with functionality that usually stops short of seamless. But don’t be fooled. The G Watch – or at least whatever follows it – is set to make a major impact on your life and the lives of your friends and colleagues. But don’t write the smartphone off – the ‘smartwatch’ is completely and utterly joined at the hip to its ‘host’ Android phone, so you’ll need both.
While I have only had the LG G Watch for less than a week, I have been completely immersed in the experience, wearing it all day, trying different apps, using it to handle my notifications, control my music, track my activities, and more. Below are the best, acceptable, and worst features of the watch itself — I will tackle Android Wear in a following post.
Every time I write or read an article about smartwatches, there’s a legion of commenters that always discredits the need and usefulness of such gadgets. “Another screen on your wrist? Because you can’t take your phone out of your pocket?” “It’s just tech for the sake of tech, isn’t it?” Yes, to a certain degree, it is. But there’s a real argument to be had in favor of smartwatches and their usefulness. And it starts with me, or people like me.
Now that Android Wear is launched and both the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live are available for sale on the Play Store, many of us, enthusiasts, have decided to dig in our pockets and get on the Wear action. The problem however, like the first days of the Chromecast availability, is that Google seems to have closed down the “Apps for Android Wear” section of the Play Store, limiting the selection to 32 apps. However, there are many more being released everyday, so where do you find them?