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Chinese handset manufacturer Huawei went out officially announcing its first Android Wear the Huawei Watch at the MWC 2015 expo in Barcelona. We have already seen the promo videos of the watch a day before. The Huawei Watch comes in three different color of Silver, Gold and Black. Additionally, the smartwatch can be used with different bands and Huawei has offered 40 different watch faces to choose from. The Huawei Watch has got an circular diameter of 42mm with AMOLED display making it a perfect size for both men and women. The display offers an excellent resolution of 400×400 pixels with 286ppi and high contrast ratio of 10000:1.
The Hauwei Watch dial is made up of stainless steel with a push button for interaction. Under the hood lies the powerful quad-core Snapdragon 400 chipset supported with 512MB of RAM memory and Bluetooth 4.1 for pairing with the smartphone. Besides the Huawei Watch has also got a siz-axis motion sensor, heart rate monitor, a barometer and other sensor to give information about heart rate, calories burnt, step count, climbing height, distance travelled and other.
Huawei has said that the smartwatch would be released in 20 different countries. The pricing for the smart wearable is yet to be announced. In case you have missed the promos take a look at them here.
There has been a rumor going on since days regarding the Chinese handset manufacturer Huawei to be coming with its first Android Wear at the MWC 2015. Now, we have two promo videos which give us some details regarding its upcoming smart wearable.
One of the videos tells us about how the team at Huawei materialized the design for its smartwatch with a circular display. The watch-top is said to have a sapphire display for its protection. The diameter of its screen turns out to be 42mm which is considered to be the best for a luxury watch and is said to be unisexual. The Huawei Watch dial is being made up of stainless steel and is said to be customizable with other wristbands that include 18mm and 21mm. More technical specifications for the watch are yet not available but it is said to be powered with Android Wear. More details for the watch are to come at the company’s MWC 2015 conference.
We will get you all the official details in the meanwhile take a look at the two promo videos released by the company.
Recent reports coming from the industry show that the Android Wear 5.0.2 is being rolled out to three major smart wearable namely the Lg G Watch R, Samsung Gear Live and the Motorola Moto 360. However, with these update, no new features are added but it offers to update the Google Play Services and even adding system optimization to the timepieces.
However, before updating to the latest Android Wear version, make sure your watch’s battery is charged at least up to 80%. After you receive the update notification, press “Download” and the update will start soon.
The build number for this Android Wear 5.0.2 update for the Samsung Gear Live is LWX49K and that for Moto 360 is LWX49L. Other Android Wear watches like the Asus ZenWatch and LG G Watch could receive the update very soon.
Taiwan based chip maker MediaTek has announced a new chipset which the company has specifically designed for Android wearables. The chip is called as MT2601 and comes with some very impressive engineering having 41.5% fewer components and is more power efficient as compared to “other chipsets in the market”.
However, MediaTek has launched this chipset in competition against the Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 400 chipset which is currently found in many Android Wear smartwatches out there in the market. What we can expect from MediaTek is that the chipset would have a lower cost, longer battery life and smaller size with better design.
The MT2601 has a dual-core ARM Cortex A7 CPU with clock speeds of up to 1.2GHz along with a ARM Mali-400MP GPU for graphic control and can handle qHD display resolution of 960×540 pixels. The chipset is capable of communicating with many sensors and also has Bluetooth compatibility. We can surely hope for more affordable Android wearables with baked in MediaTek chipsets.
Back in September, Sony announced its first Android Wear Sony SmartWatch 3. Now at the CES 2015 expo at Las Vega that is currently going on, the company has unveiled the stainless steel version of the device and we rolled out globally from next month onwards.
Apart from the strap belt and the steel finish there is no change in the hardware of the device. Looking to its specs, the Sony SmartWatch 3 features a 1.6inch transflective LCD display with 320×320 pixel resolution. Under the hood lies a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset at 1.2GHz. The device has 512MB of RAM memory and 4GB of internal storage with 420mAh of battery capacity.
Apart from airing with smartphone via Bluetooth, it can even work as an standalone smartwatch and has integrated microphone, GPS sensors, gyroscope and compass. The device also supports micro USB port charging. The device comes with IP58 and IP68 certification making it dust and water proof.
The Android App for Pebble has now been officially updated to the version 2.3 after which users will now be able to act and even respond to notifications directly from the smartwatch. This means that the version 2.3 update now brings Android Wear compatibility to the Pebble smartwatch.
With this update, some new things can also be tried on the Pebble smartwatch that includes sending cash to a friend once you receive the Square Cash request. Using of emojis to respond a Hangouts message is also quite possible now. However, in order to receive this update, you need to join the Pebble Beta Testing Group by clicking the source link to the bottom of this article. Upon signup, you will be asked to beta test version 2.3 of the Pebble Android App. For this you will also need an smartphone running the Android 4.0 and above for using this update.
In addition to this, the version 2.3 update also includes few bug fixes along with a way to update watch faces and apps even when the smartwatch is idle or charging. It also solves the bugs that Pebble users were experiencing with notifications from WhatsApp. Udoubtedly, still Pebble is one of the most popular smartwatches as on date. Here are two videos giving you a glimpse of the update.
Yesterday there was a big rumor about today’s official announcement for the Lollipop update in Android Wear and now things are going as per the schedule. Google has now officially announced the Android Wear Lollipop update and to our surprise, the good thing is that the company has announced an official Watch Face API too. All the features that were rumored yesterday are now included like the organized shortcut menu showing up most of your actions, dismissed card, quick sound/brightness modes that includes Theatre and Sunlight mode and some new options for viewing storage and battery info easily.
Some unexpected changes include a swipe-down gesture from the home screen. Earlier a bit of swiping down would show the date and battery info and a full swipe would result in muting your watch. Now this new swipe-down gesture shows up a quick settings menu to view in notifications and change few brightness settings. Muting notifications has now become easier from certain apps on the watch only instead of doing it from the Android Wear app on smartphones. Needless to say, the biggest update is the inclusion of the Android Wear Watch Face API. Your phone’s Android Wear app is updated making it easy to browse, swap the watch face and even download stuff. At the existing moment, there are a lot many watch faces all over the Play Store which needs to be updated to have compatibility with the official API. However, Google has warned developers to have patience before updating their watch faces until the Android 5.0 update gets completed or else the watch faces would become invisible.
The new API feature will help developers to pull background service data like calendar events and watch faces. An inclusion of universal settings options to change between 12 and 24 hours clock displays is also done. Moreover, developers would be able to put customizable watch faces in a single package and even make use of OpenGL graphics. The update is likey to arrive in the coming week and Google also has partnered for some special watch faces (images below) for options from Porsche, Plants vs Zombies, Hugh Turvey, Despicable Me, Pac-Man and others.
source: Google Blog
After the recent launch of Android 5.0 Lollipop, it is now the time for the latest Android OS to hit every supporting device within the market. And in this motion, we certainly cannot forget the Android platform for wearables – Android Wear. According to the latest reports from the industry, the Android Lollipop update for the Android smartwatches could arrive as soon as tomorrow itself. As per tech website Phandroid, the new update would arrive as Android 5.0.1 with few improvements like easier access to storage and battery info, quick screen brightness setting toggles with regular, theatre mode and sunlight mode, an option to restore dismissed cards, few options included for the visually impaired and the action menu could be reordered depending upon the usage.
Additionally a new rumor has also claimed that this new update would “drastically improve battery life” for Android Wear smartwatches. We can also expect some more watch faces with this new update but however there is still no word about any watch face API, this means we might just need to continue with FaceRepo.
After a long long wait, Motorola has finally made its Android wear based Moto 360 official. The smartwatch is already available for purchase (click the source link to the bottom) costing $249.
Looking to its specs, the Moto 360 comes with a 1.56inch display having 320×290 pixel resolution where the glass surface is built with the toughened Gorilla Glass and comes with IP67 certification that makes it water-proof. The Moto 360 is powered with TI OMAP 3 and hosts a 512MB of RAM with 4GB of internal storage. Needless to say, it runs the Google’s wearable OS Android Wear on-board.
Some of the special features of the Moto 360 includes a heart rate monitor that comes with a Heart Rate card and Heart Activity card that checks whether you meet your daily activities or not. Another special features is that it comes with a wireless charging dock.
The Moto 360 will be available in different watch straps that includes metal and leather where the metal one Moto 360 is priced a bit higher at $299.99 and would be available later this fall. Get in more details for this smart gadget by clicking to the source link below. Here is the promo video for the device.
Smartphone maker Asus has made an entry into the smart wearable segment with its first Asus ZenWatch that is powered with Google’s wearable OS Android Wear. After all the rumors, Asus has finally voiced the device officially at IFA 2014 Berlin expo and comes with some spectacular specs.
The Asus ZenWatch design shows its dial to be having slightly curved display that comes with stainless steel built. The ZenWatch hosts a 1.63 inch screen having 320×320 pixel resolution. The smartwatch hosts a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor supported with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage. What makes the watch look even more elegant is its “iconic Italian design” that has stitched genuine leather strap. The smartwatch is IP55 certified means it can even sustain against water splash.
Some of the unique feature of the smartwatch include a Tap Tap feature that just needs a tap to the display to locate a paired smartphone. Other feature includes Cover to Mute, means when your ZenWatch notifies you about a call to your smartphone, you just need to cover your smartwatch to mute the call. Some other interesting features include Remote Camera that allows to take pictures remotely, Find My Phone, Presentation Control and Watch Unlock.
The smartwatch is also quite oriented towards some fitness and health features. The smartwatch will measure the steps you have made, your heart rate, calories burnt, relaxation level and much more.
Asus has announced that its ZenWatch would initially be launched with a price tag of EUR 199 which translates to $260 nearly.