Smartwatches are nothing new, but with the birth of Android Wear, they are likely to finally take off since it was created by Google and should get a lot of developer support. It’s a simple interface, yet very powerful. It’s all about getting relevant information and acting on it without the need to whip out your phone.
Android Wear is at it’s infancy, but you can already do a lot. You can see the weather, set timers, get navigation instructions, and so much more. You can even reply to text messages and emails, not to mention pause or skip tracks while casting your music.
Setting up a new device can be a daunting task, but thankfully Google has made it really easy to get your Android Wear smartwatch up and running in no time. It’s just a matter of downloading the Android Wear app and turning on your watch. The Android Wear app will walk you through the process and you will be receiving notifications within minutes. Hit the break for a quick video showing you how it works. Also be sure to check out our complete Android Wear walkthough that will get you acclimated with your new watch.
The OAA (Open Automotive Alliance) has a new partner today, as LG announced it would be joining Google, General Motors, Hyundai, Honda, NVIDIA and more in their efforts to bring “greater connectivity into cars through the innovative application of the Android platform.”
The company’s press release noted that LG was present at this year’s Google I/O conference, showcasing its new range of audio, visual and navigation (AVN) system solutions for connected cars. These “connected cars,” of course, refer to those that will be Android Auto-compatible.
The LG Vu brand undoubtedly includes some of the worst smartphones of all time. The design is just downright horrible due to the 4:3 aspect ratio. And not to mention they performed horribly. It seems that LG has learned its lesson and will be replacing the Vu brand. The new brand’s alleged name? G Stylus. There are no images or details available, but it is pretty safe to say LG will be implementing a stylus.
Source: @evleaks (Official site)
A new leak indicates the LG G Watch will be landing on both Verizon and AT&T. Currently the LG G Watch is like most other smartwatches in that it is paired with another device, like a smartphone, instead of having its own wireless carrier chip on board. This means companies like Verizon and AT&T will be selling the current version of the LG G Watch as an accessory to be used with other devices. It is expected the G Watch will come without bloatware from the wireless companies retaining a stock Android Wear experience.
source: @evleaks (official site)
We are finally starting to find out when carriers in the United States will make the LG G3 available. While the handset has been put on sale in some places outside of the United States, LG has remained quiet on anything further. But T-Mobile has decided to come forward and put the G3 up for pre-order starting today. Customers can then pick up the handset on July 16 on T-Mobile stores (or presumably shipped to their homes).
For other carriers, the rumored release dates are July 16 and 17.
Until now, there has been no way to own a desktop running Chrome OS. The only similar option would be to purchase a Chromebox and hook it up to a sizable monitor. With the new Chromebase, there is an affordable Chrome OS desktop. On Amazon, LG’s Chromebase costs $329, down from $349. It ships with the all-in-one monitor, mouse, and keyboard.
Specifications for the LG Chromebase are pretty good considering the price. The 22-inch display has 1080p resolution and inside is an Intel Celeron processor (2955U) with 2GB of RAM. The RAM is a little iffy, but we’re sure not everyone is throwing a whole lot at a Chrome OS device. There is also a 16GB solid-state drive (SSD), but the cloud will be backing up this machine with the included 100GB of Google Drive storage. On the rear is one USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI port, and even an ethernet port.
Lately there has been some confusion as to what exactly Verizon has going on with the LG G Vista. It looks almost identical to the G3, but now there seems to be clarity in that it is another LG handset with different branding. The LG G3 is on the left in the image above and the G Vista is on the right. The G Vista looks a tad wider and taller, meaning that this is quite possibly the G Pro Lite 2. It is very common for non flagship devices to be renamed and that could be the case here.
Look closely and we may have an August 7 release date on Verizon’s network for at least the G Vista. The G3’s release date is already scheduled for July 17.
Source: @evleaks (Official site)
If you were at Google I/O and got your hands on an Android Wear device already (Gear Live, G Watch, or perhaps even a Moto 360 if you’re lucky), you may have noticed that navigation commands to Android Wear devices didn’t work.
Google was clearly aware of this, and just updated Google Maps to version 8.1.1, bringing support for Android Wear.
If you don’t yet see the update on Google Play, just be patient as it may be rolling out to devices in waves. Once updated, you can search for a location, start navigating, view directions and more, all from your smart watch. Hit the break for the Play Store download link and QR code.
Next year, a consumer-ready Project Tango device will be available for everyone. Google has announced it is working with LG, a familiar partner, to design the unidentified device which is slated to be released next year. Is it a smartphone or a tablet? No one knows at this point. What we do know is that it will utilize 3D-mapping technology by taking advantage of the various cameras and sensors that are built-in.
Until we find out more of what Google and LG have in the works, you can check out our hands on time with a Project Tango developer tablet.
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