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Google showcases new Android Wear 2.0 features in latest TVC

Google showcases new Android Wear 2.0 features in latest TVC

  Google has started rolling out the latest Android Wear 2.0 update to most of the smartwatches that came out in 2016. The much awaited and highly anticipated update brings with it a host of new exciting features that is going to revolutionize the way we have been using our smartwatches.       Some of the most talked about features include the integration of Google Assistant as well as Google Pay which allows you to make payments straight through the watch without the need to take out your phones on a regular basis. Other noteworthy features include Android Wear standalone apps, a dedicated Play Store (yes you can install apps directly from within the watch if that’s what you are thinking), an overhauled material design, integrated keyboard and a host of other new features. Here’s a quick look at what Android Wear 2.0 has to offer in this new TV spot....

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Google is all set to launch Android Wear 2.0 and two new Smartwatches at CES 2017

Google is all set to launch Android Wear 2.0 and two new Smartwatches at CES 2017

Google are all set to announce two new Smartwatches at the upcoming CES 2017 next month in Las Vegas. Details of which have been kept a hush hush but what we do know for a fact is that both the devices would be operating on the all new Android Wear 2.0 which promises to add a bunch of new exciting features. The most prominent additions to Android Wear 2.0 is the support for standalone apps which don’t require your smartphone, support for Android Pay and support for Google’s voice-activated Assistant that can be currently found in the Pixel devices. The update is also scheduled to arrive on a bunch of newer devices but for those of you who have older devices like the original Moto 360  or the ASUS ZenWatch are (unfortunately) not supported due to their hardware limitations most noticeable being the absence of NFC which is required for Android Pay to work. The devices that are scheduled to receive the Android Wear 2.0 update include the following: Moto 360 Gen 2 Moto 360 Sport LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE LG Watch Urbane LG G Watch R Polar M600 Casio Smart Outdoor Watch Nixon Mission Tag Heuer Connected Fossil Q Wander Fossil Q Marshal Fossil Q Founder Michael Kors Access Bradshaw Smartwatch Michael Kors Access Dylan Smartwatch Huawei Watch Huawei Watch Ladies Asus ZenWatch 2 Asus ZenWatch 3 Even though we were  left a bit saddened by the fact that the Moto 360 would not be getting the update since that was our very first Android Wear device, it does give us an added incentive to treat ourself to any of the aforementioned or maybe even one of the new upcoming Google devices this holiday season. Will keep you guys posted on this in the weeks to...

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Introducing BLOCKS – The world’s first modular smartwatch

Introducing BLOCKS – The world’s first modular smartwatch

Not too long ago we were all buzzing about modular smartphones which could very well be the future of most of our hand held devices. When we talk about modular devices, Google’s Project Ara and LG’s latest flagship phone of 2016, the LG G5, would be among the first names that come to mind. If these aren’t enough to make a few jaws drop, we’ve got another exciting entrant in the modular devices family – BLOCKS which is the world’s first modular smartwatch. What’s most exciting about these modular devices is the option to customize them as per your own needs. Same goes for the smartwatch, which offers a wide variety of options for you to choose from. The modules include: Extra Battery Heart Rate GPS Adventure (Module has a 3-in-1 sensor which combines digital humidity, pressure and temperature sensors in one). Flashlight Programmable button   Four of the aforementioned modules come with the watch and the good thing is you get to choose all four of them. The BLOCKS smartwatch is expected to release in October this year and will be retailing for $330 with $11 in shipping costs if you’re in the US and $15 for the rest of the world (Pre-orders have already started). Additional modules can also be purchased separately which will cost you an extra $35 per piece. We really like the idea of customizing your watch according to your own needs and even though Motorola offer a similar option with the 2ndgeneration Moto 360, BLOCKS offers something uniquely different. If you’re on the lookout to get a new smartwatch running on Android Wear anytime soon, then you probably should wait a few more months. The BLOCKS smartwatch features a 1.39” full circular 400 x 400 Gorilla Glass AMOLED Round Display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8009w processor, 512MB RAM, a 300 mAh battery, 4GB of storage, a stainless steel casing, microphone, WIFI 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1 (BLE) and runs on the latest version of Android (Wear) Marshmallow. The watch is also fully compatible with iOS devices which will surely make Apple users quite happy. Even though the market for smartwatches hasn’t quite gone mainstream as anticipated, the modular technology might just be able to change this norm and in doing so, re-define the future of how smartwatches can be utilized. Let us know your thoughts on this in the comments below. Cheers! BLOCKS Smarwatch Tech Specs at a Glance 1.39″ AMOLED 400×400 Display 300mAh battery Stainless Steel casing Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8009w processor 512MB RAM 4GB Storage Microphone WIFI 802.11 b/g/n Bluetooth 4.1 (BLE) G Sens + Gyro E-Compass Android Marshmallow Source:...

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Samsung officially launches the Gear Fit 2 and Gear Icon X wireless Earbuds

Samsung officially launches the Gear Fit 2 and Gear Icon X wireless Earbuds

Samsung held an event in New York yesterday in which the South Korean tech giants unveiled the Gear Fit 2 Smart watch which is a successor to last years highly acclaimed Gear Fit along with the bluetooth enabled Gear Icon X wireless ear buds. Let us now take a closer look at what these two new smart accessories has to offer: Gear Fit 2: Advanced Features for Fitness   The Gear Fit 2 is a followup to the original Gear Fit and outfits the activity tracker with a gorgeous 1.5-inch curved AMOLED display, dedicated GPS, heart rate monitor, and 4GB of storage for your music. Depending on use, Samsung says the Gear Fit 2 should deliver between 3-4 days of battery life with up to 5 days of standby time. The Gear Fit 2 will be available in three colors: Black, blue and pink   Features an ergonomic, sleek and slim design for comfortable everyday use Provides a Super AMOLED curved display with a high-resolution color touchscreen for easy fitness monitoring, or checking and responding to text message notifications Embedded GPS and HRM sensor for accurate data tracking of activity With the Auto Activity Tracking feature, users won’t have to manually activate the sports band – whether running, walking, cycling, or using a rowing machine Enables easy transfer of fitness data between S Health and other select fitness applications, and provides ‘Step Challenges,’ for 1:1 competitions with your friends The standalone music player provides a workout boost without the need of a mobile device   Gear IconX: A Simple and Wireless Experience     The Gear IconX are true wireless earbuds, each coming with their own batteries to power each bud. Where things get interesting is that they also have 4GB of internal storage for storing music, and are capable of tracking physical activity like distance, speeds, heart rate, and calories burned. Needless to say, they’re the perfect workout companion.     http://www.samsung.com/global/galaxy/gear-iconx/videos/gear-iconx_powerfully_small.mp4     The earbuds are stored in a pill-shaped case when not in use, which provides up to two full charges. Battery life is said to be around 2 hours depending on use (you’ll get more mileage by listening to music stored on the earbuds themselves, obviously). The Gear Icon X will be available in three colors: white, blue and black   Provides a lightweight, secure and comfortable fit with three different sizes of eartips and wingtips, and can be activated by simply placing the earbuds in the user’s ears Enables tracking of fitness data such as distance, speed, duration, heart rate and calories burned, and easily syncs with S Health Includes a Voice Guide feature that provides instant voice feedback on the user’s...

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Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 will power the next – gen Android Wearables

Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 will power the next – gen Android Wearables

Qualcomm have just  introduced their next generation chipset the “Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100”. The new chipset is built specifically for the next generation of Android Wear devices, which is a pleasing sight to see. Previously most of the Android Wear smart watches are being run on the Snapdragon 4oo chipset which was a commendable chipset in its own right. The new chipset is said to be 30% smaller, while also being 25% more efficient in power usage. This should directly translate to improved battery life and a more sleeker design of the smart watches. This goes out to all those who doubted the survival of Android Wear. The future of Android Wear is looking really bright and we expect it be even more brighter. Source:...

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Motorola unveils the Moto 360 Sport

Motorola unveils the Moto 360 Sport

Motorola this time came out with two smart watches the Moto 360 (2015) and the Moto 360 Sport. The Moto 360 Sport is designed and built to withstand some real punishment. Ofcourse this means that you will not find the elegance of the standard Moto 360, but will get all of the experience and more. The Moto 360 Sport is the only Android Wear Smart Watch in the market which is designed specifically for fitness, so that is a first by Motorola. The Moto 360 Sport has a silicone construction with special UV coating that wicks away moisture and resists fading or staining, while side ventilation channels help you stay cool.   The Moto 360 Sport comes with a one of  a kind AnyLight Hybrid display, which has a basically two different types of screens in the front and back. This means that the Moto 360 Sport’ display will be easily readable even in the brightest days. Another cool thing is that the device has built- in GPS, so not more phone required to provide co-ordinates. The smart watch is able to tell you the way all on its own. Out and out this is after all a fully functional Android Wear device and will run all your Android Wear apps and provide notifications such as your mail or WhatsApp. The plus point is the extra fitness features it provides. The pricing and availability of the smart watch is still yet to be announced, we suspect Motorola will do in a few...

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