Earlier this year, I got a little annoyed when Google renamed Android Wear to Wear OS because even though Google’s intention to make its smartwatch OS less platform specific was good, it kind of felt meaningless without any new software or hardware features to improve how Wear OS actually works
When Google changed the name of its smartwatch OS from Android Wear to Wear OS, I was pissed. Not because the name sucked, as Wear OS does do a better job of reflecting the platform’s support for both Android and iOS devices. The problem was that the rebranding didn’t come with any new features or updates that…
“New watch alert: Hublot.” The timepiece maker made famous by rapper and Tidal owner Jay Z in a shout-out on his track “Otis,” is releasing a smartwatch powered by Google’s Wear OS. It’s called Big Bang Referee 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. Cute name. Call me when Hov puts one on.
Yesterday, Google announced it would rename its four-year-old smartwatch operating system from Android Wear to Wear OS. Ostensibly, the purpose of this rebranding is to prevent scaring off iPhone owners from purchasing smartwatches running Android Wear, which for a long time has supported pairing with both Android…
Take a moment and wander over to the online Google Store. You’ll see beautiful photos of every product announced yesterday, and if you click on the links you can buy any of the items made by Google (including last year’s Google Home) or made for Google (a whole lot of headphones and phone cases). But Android Wear, and…
Movado makes nice watches. On the scale of Walmart special to “oh god what happened to my bank account,” its watches are priced firmly in the middle. They’re fashionable and can last for decades, but they also don’t cost the same as half a year’s rent. Movado is also known for design. It’s most famous watch—the Museum…
Last year, Asus’s ZenWatch 2 was a really great and eminently affordable Android Wear device. This year, Asus is back with the ZenWatch 3, and it is addressing the pathetic battery-life problems that have plagued smartwatches for years.
At Google I/O, Sundar Pichai & Co had lots to show off. New smart home gadgets! New all-powerful AI bots! New VR goodies! Next-generation messaging apps! Dad jokes and hijinks! Whoa.
Android Wear big boss David Singleton just showed a demo of Android Wear 2.0 at Google I/O. And man, is the new software full of good ideas.
Sixteen years ago, you needed a reasonably powerful computer to run Counter-Strike. Now you can play it on a damn smartwatch, although you’ll need to bring a pretty lose definition of “play” along for the ride.
The lifecycle of a new gadget is relatively predictable: When it’s brand new, only early adopters are interested. Once the technology matures, everybody buys one. But smartwatches still haven’t caught on with most people—and that’s because no one has made a smartwatch that’s worth its cost.
The Tag Heuer Connected is the first Android Wear smartwatch made by a Swiss watchmaker. With a big display, a stainless steel frame, and powerful guts inside, the Connected is the forefather to all the luxury wrist wearables that will inevitably follow it, and it’s a wonderful piece of wrist gear.
With Android Wear smartwatches now looking the part and gaining new features on a regular basis, it’s a good time to hop aboard the Google-powered smartwatch bandwagon. There are plenty of professionally made watch faces to choose from, but you can just build your own using the apps listed below—zero coding experience…
The second generation of the Moto 360 smartwatch made some big improvements over its predecessor when it was released a few months back, chief among them having a design that was actually watch-like. Now, a fitness-focused version of that watch, the Moto 360 Sport, is finally coming in January.
The LG Watch Urbane 2 was notable among many other Android Wearables because of what’s inside: a cellular radio. But due to an unidentified ‘quality issue’, LG is pulling the watch from stores, offering refunds, and cancelling the worldwide rollout.
With rumors stretching back over a year, Tag Heuer finally showed off its $1,500 Tag Heuer Connected smartwatch, Android Wear’s answer to the high-end, gold-plated Apple Watch. It’s luxe. It’s Swiss. And it’s actually not a crazy idea.
The Nintendo 64 might not have had the massive library of games like the PlayStation did, but it made up for it with quality over quantity. Do you ever really need anything more than GoldenEye and Ocarina of Time? No. And with this N64 emulator on your smartwatch, those games will always be in easy reach.
One of the big benefits of strapping an Android Wear watch to your wrist is customizing your timepiece to suit your personality, current mood or sartorial taste. As Google’s wearable platform has grown, we’ve seen more and more Android Wear watch faces show up on Google Play—here are some of our favorites.