Android Wear

Google’s My Tracks: Android Wear support, Drive sharing

The latest update for Google's tracking app My Tracks has brought with it a few major changes and improvements, particularly in the support for Android Wear smartwatches as well as the way you share your tracks with relevant people. Now your wearables running on Android's platform for smartwatches can use the app to track how many steps you've made during the day or the distance you've run during your early morning workout.

Google Glass, Android Wear notifications can’t run simultaneously

Having a pair of Google Glass could be the coolest thing today for geeks. It’s probably the best wearable tech device right now but since it is a first release, the Glass has limited features. A recent update to the MyGlass app brought bug fixes and notifications can now be sent from the phone to show on the Google Glass display screen. While the latter is a helpful feature, it disabled notifications on an Android Wear device. This means you cannot use Android Wear and Glass for notifications at the same time.

Google not locking down Android, coming to TVs and cars in the near future

Google will soon take over the world. The search giant is bent on bringing its Android platform into other devices aside from smartphones, tablets, and smartwatches. Soon, we’ll see Android-running cars, TVs, appliances, and more. When it comes to cars, there’s already the Android Auto being employed in the latest Honda vehicles. Android Wear can now be found on watches while the OS version for Android TVs is still being developed.

UP by Jawbone: your fitness tracker without the fitness band

Tracking your fitness activities through digital means has become a sort-of obsession for a lot of people, ever since wearables have started to trickle into the market. But for some, fitness bands are already an extravagance or an unnecessary accessory and a smartwatch is enough. Popular fitness band Jawbone has realized that and have realized an app that can still track your stats even if you don't have a wearable band. UP will work as long as you have an Android smartphone (selected models only) or Android Wear smartwatch.

Gameboy Color games can run on Android Wear

We always knew more fun and geeky stuff would be available on any device running Android Wear but not this early. Well, the wearable device OS is easy to customize anyway so no wonder a Gameboy emulator has been transported to a Samsung Gear Live by Davenport. He’s the same guy who previously ran Windows 95 on Android Wear.

Microsoft has Android Wear keyboard that draws on smartwatch

While smartwatches are definitely catching on, particularly for the early adapters of technology, the idea of having keyboards on the watchfaces are still pretty much a novelty. Given the small screen space, it does feel weird to have a full-fledged keyboard on your wearable. Microsoft has come up with a sort of alternative to that, with its newly-released keyboard that actually lets you draw the letters and characters on your smartwatch that runs on the Android Wear platform, particularly if it's square or the Moto 360.

Android-powered Halo smartwatch is both analog and digital

Smartwatch era? I can’t say we’re already in that period but smartwatches are being introduced left and right ever since Apple announced its own Watch wearable device. However, the Cupertino giant is not the first to officially bring a smartwatch in the market. The likes of Samsung and Kickstarter-funded Pebble went ahead with the smartwatch idea and turned out to be popular. Although let’s admit it, Apple’s iPod Nano worn as a watch was the inspiration. Motorola and LG have joined the bandwagon the past months while HTC is still working on a model. Other manufacturers are expected to follow suit but this one from Longshine is a bit different.

Motorola Camera update turns Android Wear into shutter

If you have a Motorola Droid, Moto X or Moto X (2nd gen) smartphone and you love taking pictures (okay fine, specifically selfies), then you will enjoy the newest update for the Motorola Camera app. Aside from the usual bug fixes and improvements, it also has a new feature that will help you take better pictures. Oh but did we mention you need to have a smartwatch, particularly one that runs on Android Wear, to be able to enjoy the update?

Sony SmartWatch 3 lands at Verizon in Oct

The wearables market is growing rapidly with new products seemingly launching all the time. The next new smartwatch product to land at Verizon will be the SmartWatch 3 from Sony, and the device is set to land at the carrier this month.
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