Google has announced a new platform for wearable devices called Android Wear and already word is out that LG may be working on a Google device using this new platform. Early indications are that the device is being called the G Watch and besides the Android Wear platform, Google Now will be featured on the device as well as the ability to initiate voice commands using “OK Google” similar to Google Glass devices or the Motorola Moto X. If accurate, this would be the fourth device produced by the duo of LG and Google, joining two Nexus smartphones and a Google Play Edition tablet. » Read the rest
It has finally happened. Google has officially announced Android Wear, a version of Android designed specifically for wearable devices. In an official blog post, Google explains that Android Wear will focus on getting key information to users at the right time, displaying health and fitness information, and providing an extra display to use throughout the day. As you can see in the image above, Android Wear (for smartwatches) is designed to closely resemble Google Now and, basically, it functions the exact same way. In fact, voice searches are still done through the “OK Google” activation.
Who is making Android Wear devices? Here is what Google had to say about that:
“We’re also already working with several consumer electronics manufacturers, including Asus, HTC, LG, Motorola and Samsung; chip makers Broadcom, Imagination, Intel, Mediatek and Qualcomm; and fashion brands like the Fossil Group to bring you watches powered by Android Wear later this year.”
When images of a controller linked to Amazon’s rumored set top box device leaked a few days ago, you may have noticed it was very reminiscent of a full blown game controller similar to an Xbox or PlayStation gaming console. That might seem like overkill for Android based games, but it isn’t too much if the games are full game titles like you would find on a gaming console or PC. The latest rumors about Amazon’s device indicate that ability could be part of the package. » Read the rest
Remember the Samsung Activity Tracker that passed through the FCC and Bluetooth SIG last week? It has returned due to a massive leak from SamMobile and the Activity Tracker carries the S Band name. The original S Band never made it to consumers after being announced initially as a Galaxy S 4 accessory. But now it seems that Samsung is moving closer to releasing the S Band to be compatible with their smartphones and poising the device as a competitor to Fitbit’s offerings or the Jawbone UP. The S Band differs from the Gear Fit in that this device is much more focused on fitness and lacks a display. All of the actual data is compiled and displayed on a smartphone. » Read the rest
Pebble’s standalone app store has officially launched, and the company is doing a lot to help developers begin producing useful apps for the up and coming smartwatch platform.
In fact, Pebble is starting its own “Pebble App Challenge,” which will award $5,000 to the first place app developer, and a Pebble Steel for each of the top 16 finalists.
The contest will accept submissions from today, March 10, until 5 p.m. PST on March 23. The public, developers and Pebble owners will be able to vote for their favorite apps between March 24 and March 27, with the top 16 moving onto the final rounds.
In April, Pebble users only will be able to vote for a different “app matchup” each day until one app, the winner, is left.
If you think you could do well in the competition, think about signing up at the link below.
Like so many tech companies, ASUS is scrambling to become a player in the “wearable device” market. According to previous reports, their first device to reach the market is shaping up to be a smartwatch that will be “feature packed.” In an interview over the weekend, chairman of the board Jonney Shih indicated the new device will likely be used to complement a smartphone as opposed to being a standalone device. He also hopes to incorporate “more natural user interfaces such as voice or movement controls.” » Read the rest
Moto Maker has added some pretty sweet options since its unveiling last summer, including bamboo backings for devices.
Today, Motorola announced that in the spirit of March Madness, the company would be adding nine new back colors and three new accents after studying the colors that many colleges use in their logos. Starting today, you’ll be able to fully customize your device with up to 40 college names and logos— Motorola will add more as time goes on.
Here’s the info on pricing from Motorola:
A custom Moto X from the College Collection is now available starting at the everyday price of $399 off-contract or $49 with a new two year contract. Currently in college? We’d like to sweeten the deal with a student discount. Register at motorola.com/college with a valid .edu address and you can get an off-contract Moto X for the discounted price of $339.
Seems like a pretty good deal to me— jump in if you’re feeling some school pride.
When the Galaxy S 5 was announced last month at the Samsung Packed Event 2014, the company did not unveil any accessories for its new flagship.
However, the accessories for the smartphone have appeared in a wide variety on mobile accessory site MobileFun. The first accessory is the Protective Hard Case Cover Plus made of plastic and which has a rugged look. The cover is priced at €25 which costs $35.
The other one is the S View Wireless Charging Cover which has a rectangular cut on the front that allows you to view the screen, answer calls, check the time & weather and view the notifications received. It’s called wireless cover because you can wirelessly charge your Galaxy S 5 without having to take off the cover. The cover comes in black and white variant and the wireless variant will cost you €67 ($93) while the one without wireless charging costs €55 ($76). » Read the rest
Samsung had a field day at Mobile World Congress, announcing a number of new wearable devices, including the Gear 2, the Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit.
Details regarding specs and availability were shared, but pricing remained a mystery. But now, we’ve received word regarding how much money the new wearables will cost.
Nothing is set in stone, but this should serve as a pretty good benchmark for how much you can expect the devices to cost when they are released.
The importance of developing an ecosystem for rising platforms these days cannot be stressed enough— Ouya certainly has the right idea, as the Android-based game console manufacturer as announced that it will be pushing its software to other hardware in the future. Although the move will likely decrease sales on the Ouya gaming system, the reach of the software platform will certainly be able to branch out.
In an interview with “AListDaily,” Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman discussed her plans. Hit the break for the details.