Blocks modular smartwatch will use Samsung’s Tizen OS

 

blocks smartwatchBlocks, a company based in the UK that’s investing into modular tech design, has announced some new details regarding their upcoming modular smartwatch. The watch works pretty similarly to what we’ve seen from Project Ara where you’ll be able to swap out different pieces of the hardware to keep your device up to date and customize it exactly how you want it. We’ve yet to see a modular device become extremely mainstream, so the idea may not be a commercial success, but there are plenty companies willing to tackle it, anyway.
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LG looking towards webOS as an option for upcoming smartwatch

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We’ve already got two LG smartwatches running Android Wear — but who said the company couldn’t double dip into the market, this time with a device running webOS?

It doesn’t sound like such a bad idea, as Samsung has already diversified itself by offering Tizen-based smartwatches in addition to its Android Wear devices.

Speculation seems to be true regarding LG and webOS, as the company had a developer website set up earlier today for the project. (Although it has since been taken down.)

There are some screenshots from the site, though — check one out above and another after the break.


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iFixit tears down the Moto 360, finds an extremely difficult to repair watch

Moto 360 Front GrayAs usual, iFixit has torn down a Moto 360 to get a good look at its internals and see just how easy it’ll be to repair. Typically, we see that smaller devices that lack removable backs or batteries are the most complex to repair, and unfortunately, that holds true with the Moto 360.

The watchband on the device is the easiest part of the device to replace, although Motorola claims that you’ll need to take the watch to a jeweler to have it swapped out. iFixit found that it’s easy enough with a pair of tweezers, so some of the more handy users will likely be able to take care of that on their own.
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HTC to abandon plans for a smartwatch?

HTC_One_M8_Back_HTC_Logo_TA_02With all the excitement of Android Wear 2.0 and the debut of the Moto 360, it may be hard to pay attention to anything else, but we have some sad news for you. If you were hoping for an HTC One-styled Android Wear device you’re out of luck. A source close to the matter, at least according to Pocket-lint, has stated that the Taiwanese company is abandoning its Android Wear project. Although, he has no confirmation of why said decision was made.


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Google may push out Android Wear 2.0 update in October

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Android Wear is still a pretty new piece of software from Google, but it’s looking like we might see Wear version 2.0 hitting smartwatches in the middle of October. Rumors suggest that some Wear devices will start getting an OTA update on October 15th that might bring things like GPS support and Bluetooth headphone pairing capabilities, plus typical improvements and bug fixes.
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[New Wear App] Wear App Manager handles your Android Wear apps from your phone

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A new application has been released onto the Play Store that adds in some much needed functionality for managing Android Wear applications. The app is appropriately called Wear App Manager, and it offers an interface for quickly viewing the apps you have installed on your Android Wear device. Plus, you can uninstall the apps very quickly from WAM’s list function.
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