Android Wear

Luxury watch brands cracking on “fake” smartwatch faces

With the continued popularity of smartwatches, and especially those running on the Android Wear platform, we've also seen a rise of custom watch faces to make the wearables more elegant or exciting. A lot of sites and apps have been offering watchfaces imitating some of the top luxury brands like Tag Heuer, Rolex, Patek Philippe. But now the brands are fighting back not just against the "pirates" but even the OEMs themselves.

Amazon app update: Lollipop and Android Wear support

A few weeks after retail giant finally combined their Appstore and their shopping app under one happy place available on Google Play Store, another update is making it possible to enjoy the whole Amazon experience, not just on your smartphones but on wearable devices as well. Not only have they prepared support for Google's major update, the Android 5.0 Lollipop, but now Android Wear users can also use their smartwatches to interact with stuff they'd like to purchase on the online retail store.

ASUS ZenWatch now available, sort of

The much-awaited ASUS ZenWatch was listed on Google Play last week but only with a ‘Coming soon’ tag. We only learned that it comes with a $199 price tag and with an unknown availability. The next day, the Android team through Android Wear Senior Product Manager Jeff Chang proudly announced that the smartwatch is finally available not only on Google Play but also on Best Buy.

FastMail email, calendar, contacts app now available on Android

Signing up for a free email address is as fast as (or even faster) than brewing your own cup of coffee nowadays. And with all the free email services out there, would you even consider paying for one? Well, if you're sick and tired of all the ads that hound your Gmail or Yahoo account or you're paranoid about how Google seems to be taking a peek into your emails to give you contextual ads, then those are legitimate reasons to go to something like FastMail. The paid email service finally now has an Android app, which might make it a more attractive alternative to those who are dissatisfied with free accounts.

Android Wear companion app gets an Android Lollipop update

The past weeks have seen Google rapidly moving many of its apps into the age of Lollipop. Many Android Wear owners, however, might have been left wondering if and when they will benefit from such changes. Well, wonder no more, as the awaited update for smartwatch companion app seems to be on its way. And the best part is that the update will bring more than just a pretty Material face.

Sony SmartWatch 3 now available from Google Play Store

This year's Android Wear team is almost all but complete. Now almost all smartwatches are available on Google Play Store, with the exception of the ASUS ZenWatch, which is still to hit the market for the holidays. Today's latest inductee is the Sony SmartWatch 3, which can now be purchased directly from Google's online store with a price tag that just about reaches the high mark of the line. Except for the most expensive LG G Watch R, of course.

Motorola Connect update brings new watchfaces for Moto 360

Owners of the round-face Android Wear smartwatch Moto 360 will feel like they have a new wearable as the Motorola Connect update brings a whole slew of new features and options. For starters, you get new watchfaces including winners from a design competition and pretty deep customization options. A "mystery' accessory called Keylink will also now be supported by the app while a health and wellness app for the wearable has also been included in the latest version of the Connect app.

Asus Zenwatch adds to Android Wear catalog for the holidays

Google’s Android Wear family is slowly growing, with more gadgets coming as the holidays roll in. The most recent of these is the ASUS Zenwatch, with the wearable device coming initially to Best Buy this November 9. The smartwatch was teased at Google I/O in June, and it will add to the now growing list of Android wearables.
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