smartwatch

Rockioo is a stand-alone smartwatch for exercise enthusiasts

There are a lot of various smartwatches in the market now, and the recent entry of the Apple Watch has made it even more competitive and crowded. A new Kickstarter project is attempting to capture a part of the pie with its stand-alone design and features that will appeal to the exercise enthusiast and the outdoor fanatic. Does the Rockioo Watch have what it takes to go head to head with various smartwatches and fitness wearables in the market?

Google’s first Apple Watch app may not be their best one yet

It looks like Google's first foray into smartwatch apps outside of the Android Wear platform may not be as successful or as well-received as they would hope for. Early reviews for their News & Weather app for the Apple Watch have not been kind, so they might want to get back to the drawing board for this one. Even Yahoo, who has long been a very far bridesmaid to Google, has apparently made a better one than their rival.

Samsung Gear SDK released for download, be ready to use a rotating bezel

Samsung is rumored to release their first round-face smartwatch but we don't know when exactly. It's not really a mystery since hints of a round-shaped user interface is already on the Samsung Gear page for developers. Actually, we saw some clues about an upcoming smartwatch with rotating bezel from Samsung as early as November last year. Samsung is not really new in the smartwatch game but the company has been releasing box-shaped Galaxy Gear models since it first joined the wearable industry.

Get an old-school Macintosh software on your Android Wear

If you're one of those people who still harp on the beauty of the 1987 (yes, that's not a typo!) Macintosh II System 6 OS, then you'll be pretty stoked to now that you can run it on your regular Android Wear device. Or at least some sort of the old-school OS. A YouTube user has created a hack that will allow you to run the OS on your smartwatch, complete with menu bars and all.

Games in Motion will let devs make fun games using Google Fit, Android Wear

The Android team has got something new for the developers and soon, for the Android consumers. There's a new open source game sample that was recently introduced to show how developers can make fun games using Android Wear and Google Fit. Officially called Games in Motion, this open source is aimed to bring the fun into your health and fitness activities so you won't be bored while running or jogging.

IWC Connect to make your traditional watch smarter

While various OEMs have made the huge pitch to convince you to buy a smartwatch to be even more connected than we already are, a lot of people are still wary of replacing their traditional timepieces with these less better-looking wearables. Brands like LG and Huawei have been trying really hard to make their smartwatches look as nice as the usual luxury watches, but some are still not convinced. A new product announced by uxury Swiss timepiece manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen may just be the tipping point for some users.

Android Community Weekly Digest: May 2, 2015

April might be over, but the month definitely went out with a bang. And although a lot of things did happen in those 30 long days, we cannot deny the commanding presence of the LG G4, which was finally officially revealed after half a dozen teasers, which actually didn't leave much to be surprised about. What was slightly surprising, however, was Microsoft's revelation that it would let Android apps be built for Windows 10 phones, to some extent. These and more in your latest edition of Android Community's Weekly Digest, covering the period from April 27 to May 2, 2015.
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