smartwatch

Hands-on with Huawei’s first Android Wear smartwatch

For those who like traditional watches on their wrists but are looking for more functionalities from their accessory, the design of a lot of the smartwatches in the market leave a lot to be desired. Chinese OEM Huawei announced their first smartwatch, and it will try to convince that segment of the market to try out their take on the wearable, which looks like an elegant, "normal" watch but is in fact laden with features and functionalities more than just telling the time.

AutoWear is a Tasker plug-in for your Android Wear device

We’ve talked about all the wonderful things Tasker is able to do with your Android device here, here, and here – of course, with some investment of your time. The learning curve for Tasker is admittedly steep, but if you learn it, you can basically make your smartphone do anything (well, almost anything). This new plug-in for Tasker called AutoWear, as you may have guessed, will be able to make you do cool things with your Android Wear smartwatch.

Moto Maker will now allow you to custom your new Moto 360

Despite the recent mini-controversy over Apple's Sir Johnny Ive's opinion over Motorola's build-your-own platform with Moto Maker, the OEM seems to be standing by its design and marketing principles. They recently announced that not only can new users continue to build their own Moto X, but now you can also customize a Moto 360 smartwatch using the same groundbreaking tool they've started. If you're still on the fence about getting a wearable from Motorola, maybe this new development will convince you.

LG Watch Urbane gets LTE, NFC, and battery variant

It isn't uncommon for companies to try and squeeze all they can from a winning product, but LG might again be going overboard just a wee bit. Just a week after it unveiled the classy LG Watch Urbane, which has still to make a public appearance at MWC 2015, it is announcing a new variant that might make you think twice about reaching for that new smartwatch. As the name suggests, the LG Watch Urbane LTE adds 4G connectivity, but it is also adding a lot more than that.

LG releases product announcement video for Watch Urbane

When LG released its G Watch last year, people were genuinely excited and interested how the OEM will create their first wearable for the Android Wear platform. However, the hype was better than the product, and the G Watch became an example of how not to make a smartwatch. They were able to improve things considerably with the LG G Watch R, but it looks like they're bringing it up another notch with the upcoming LG Watch Urbane.

Pebble Time smartwatch has a color screen

One of the first popular and successful smartwatches out there is the Pebble. The watch started on Kickstarter years ago and has proven to be one of the most popular wearables out there for Android users. Pebble has announced a new smartwatch called the Pebble Time and the big feature of the new smartwatch is the color e-paper screen.

Pebble smartwatch with color display surfaces in leak

Rumor has it a Pebble smartwatch with a color display is inbound, and following nicely along with such speculation is a new leaked image showing what is probably the official update (it has since been pulled, but the image survives). In the leak we see a Pebble wearable with a yellow display, and though the shot is front-facing, preventing us from seeing it all, the wearable's overall design has been updated. Whether it is the real deal is yet to be seen, but we won't have to wait long to find out, with Pebble's event coming up shortly.

App now allows Android Wear to play with iOS, sort of

One of the very real issues that any owner of an Android Wear device – that is, mostly Android-powered smartwatches to you who have been living under a rock – is the fact that their smartwatch is rendered practically useless if and when they decide to jump from an Android smartphone or tablet to another platform. In our case, the problem is jumping to iOS. Android Wear doesn’t play with iOS devices, until now, that is.

Pebble website teases of a surprise in 4 days

When you go to the Pebble website, you'll be forgiven for thinking a bomb will go off in 4 days and x number of hours, seconds, milliseconds, etc. Of course it's not a literal bomb (we hope not) but the timer seems to be signaling a major surprise from the smartwatch maker. But as to what this surprise will be is still up for a lot of speculation, from a colored display wearable/new hardware or it may be a new software or maybe even both.

Android Wear 5.0.2 ready for download on your smartwatch

Before you thinking of getting a new smartwatch yet again, update your wearable to Android Wear 5.0.2 first. Google has recently rolled out the Android Wear 5.0.2 software update but only for some Android Wear devices like the LG G Watch R, Motorola Moto 360, and Samsung Gear Live. These are some of the bestsellers in the wearable market today but they could soon be rivalled by the latest models we've seen the past few weeks like the gorgeous LG Watch Urban.