smartwatch

Samsung patents rounder smartwatch, wrist strap charging

Clearly Samsung isn't done yet with smartwatches, though now it's more a question of whether it will go with more Android Wear or stick to Tizen. Whichever OS it chooses, it might already have a design in mind, as seen in new patents filed last March, showing smartwatches with less angular faces and a charging connector built into the wrist strap.

Swipify simplifies switching between apps on Android Wear

Smartwatches have definitely made our digital lives more interesting, and maybe at times, simpler. However, it still has many limitations in terms of both hardware and software, so for now, it’s up to app developers to enhance how we’ll be able to use those devices. One such app is Swipify, which makes it easier to launch and switch between apps on the Android Wear platform.

TWRP descends on LG G Watch, Samsung Gear Live

Android Wear development, both mainstream and on the sidelines, seems to be well under way. After a strong influx of Android Wear apps on Google Play Store, the modding community is also stepping up its game, starting with the availability of TWRP recovery on two of the only Android Wear smartwatches in existence, the G Watch and Gear Live.

File Manager now tweaked for Android Wear platform

Just how many files do you need to fit into your smartwatch? With an average of just around 4GB of internal storage (actually less because of various tools and apps), they really can’t handle that many to begin with. But apparently, there is now a version of the normal File Manager for Android that has been tweaked for the Android Wear platform, making sure that your Samsung Gear Live, LG G Watch and the future Moto 360 can have an organized way of handling multiple files.

Pyrus on Android Wear leaves no excuse to miss tasks

Even in this digital age, where people almost have their faces glued to their smartphone or tablet screens, it is still possible, or even convenient, to miss a pending task notification or email. Smartwatches, however, can now make sure that you are always up to date and up to task with notifications, and collaborative task management Pyrus is the first app of its kind to jump into the Android Wear scene.

HTC might have accidentally leaked upcoming smartwatch

There are generally two ways you want to handle secrecy on a new product – you go the Steve Jobs way, which is to guard the secret as if your life and the life of all your loved ones depended on it. Or you can go “controlled leaks” which is what most companies do now, we think. Jury’s still out on whichever HTC was going for, but the end result is that they might have just leaked their upcoming Android Wear smartwatch.

Android Wear to get API for making custom watch faces

Despite having its official release and even official devices, Android Wear might still be a bit raw, untested in the wild at the very least. So it isn't surprising to learn that not everything is set in stone yet, even when it comes to the tools that developers need. The Android Wear team has just revealed that they are working on API that will make it easy for developers to create their own custom watch faces.

New Android Wear watch faces go sci-fi

It was just a few decades ago when the idea of wearable devices, speaking into your watch, swiping onto screens were still considered science fiction. But now that the day has finally arrived when all those are readily available and commonplace, some think it would be fun to integrate a bit of pop culture sci-fi into your wearables. Two such sci-fi watch faces are now available for the Android Wear platform.

Android Wear app EchoWear identifies songs you hear

Have you ever been in a public place, heard a song over the PA system which you can’t place the title and artist, then have the song haunt you until you sleep? That was probably a scenario from a few years back, when we didn’t have Google or Shazam and the likes. But now it’s easy enough if you have an app that helps you identify the song or you remember a line or two which you then can Google to find out the title. A new Android Wear app makes it even easier for those who have smartwatches.
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