June is looking good for the first Android Wear smartwatch launch with the LG G Watch expected in at least two markets at a price that could put some pressure on existing smartwatch products.
This week saw news of the upcoming Amazon phone which will surely run the company’s forked version of Android. That means it won’t likely work with Android Wear watches, one of which got a price. And the high-performing Galaxy S5 is now available.
This is pretty cool: Some developers from the Telefonica-owned European mobile carrier O2 have been toying with the idea to use an Android smart watches as a Chromecast remote. The O2 Lab team first used Google’s newly-released Android Wear SDK to build a basic remote control app, and then ported the same app to Sony’s Android-powered smart watch – presumably because they wanted to run it on an actual device as well. Check out the video below:
The wait for Google to enter the smartwatch race is over. This week, the company debuted Android Wear, a software platform built around Google Now’s card-based interface. LG and Motorola already have products in the pipeline.
Popular read-later service Pocket already has way to save information from an Android Wear smartwatch to your Pocket reading list. It’s just a prototype for now, but illustrates how glanceable information can be easily managed and sent to the large screen.
The Moto 360 with Android Wear may look like a mockup, but the product is real and does work based on a video interview with Motorola’s Jim Wicks. Here’s what we learned from from Wicks about the watch.
Even if you’re not a developer you might want to download and install the developer preview of Android Wear. Why? Because you can run an emulator to simulate an Android Wear smartwatch to see how it works.
The case of the pre-ordered Asus Chromebox takes a plot twist as nobody seems to be getting their device. We discuss the issue on this week’s podcast, and talk about how Google Now is unifying Android devices with Chrome while the Chromecast goes international.
All of a sudden the race to build an Android smartwatch is on thanks to Google’s Android Wear platform. LG appears to have a head-start as the G Watch will be the first using Android Wear. The Moto 360 won’t be far behind though.
I suggested a watch built around Google Now and other Google services last year. Here it comes. Or rather, here they come: On Tuesday, Google released Android Wear for its hardware partners to power smart watches.