Tag - Android Wear
Huawei has unveiled a pair of Android Wear smartwatches at CES, unusually aimed at women. Similar to the earlier Huawei Watch releases, the Huawei Watch Jewel and the Watch Elegant each have a 1.4-inch 400x400 screen protected with a sapphire crystal lens for scratch protection, though while the Elegant has a patterned edge circling the round display in cold-forged stainless steel, the Jewel adds 68 Swarovski Zirconia stones measuring 1.5mm each around the rose gold-plated edge.
Tag Heuer has launched its own attempt at a smartwatch, one that is partly constructed by Intel in the United States. The Tag Heuer Connected, priced at $1,500, is a round-faced Android Wear smartwatch inspired heavily by the premium watch producer's popular Carrera watch, with a 1.5-inch 360x360-resolution touchscreen LTPS display housed in a premium grade 2 titanium casing with IP67 ingress protection and a sapphire crystal face.
Google recently made Android Wear smartwatches compatible with the Apple iPhone, and in doing so, released its Android Wear app for iOS. It's an interesting move by Google, but it is a logical decision given its extensive efforts to bring its Google services to Apple's iOS platform. We've gone hands on with the LG G Watch Urbane, which is currently the only Android Wear device on the market that is compatible with the iPhone.
Google is expanding the reach of Android Wear from Android smartphones, by allowing some owners of its smartwatches to connect to iOS devices, confirming earlier rumors. Rolling out today, Android Wear for iOS will allow the LG Watch Urbane to pair with an iPhone 5 or newer running iOS 8.2 or later, though it appears the majority of Android Wear users won't be able to connect their older smartwatches to iOS at all.
British carrier EE has been fined £1 million ($1.5 million) by regulator Ofcom for failing to resolve customer complaints in a three-year period from July 2011 until April 2014, against Ofcom's Code of Practice. The Next Web reports that EE failed to provide information to consumers about the alternative dispute resolution scheme, a way UK companies and customers can resolve an issue between the two parties by going through an independent body, nor did it send "deadlock letters" to customers when such a stalemate occurs. EE has 20 working days to pay the fine.
Asus has launched its second smartwatch at Computex, following last year's ZenWatch. The ZenWatch 2 remains an Android Wear-powered device, but the design of the original has been altered to include a side crown, though more as a button than the Digital Crown of the Apple Watch, with it also replacing the previous dock with new magnetic charger to simplify the charging process, as well as improving the recharge time overall.
Comcast is finally allowing owners of the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick to access two major streaming apps. Showtime Anytime and HBO Go can now be used through the two streaming devices, with Comcast subscribers required to download the relevant apps and sign in using their Xfinity TV account details. Access to both Showtime Anytime and HBO Go has already been granted to a large number of other set-top boxes, including Roku, Apple TV, Xbox One, and Chromecast.
The latest update to Google Fit for Android has added the ability to estimate the distance the user has traveled, and using information such as gender, height, and weight from their profile, estimate the calories burned. The update also includes a new widget for use with Android Wear smartwatches, one which provides more details about how far away the wearer is from their daily goal.
Smartwatch listings on the Google Store have been updated, with a new Android Wear addition and some price changes. The LG Watch Urbane is available for the first time in the store, priced at $350, while the LG G Watch R has dropped $50 from $300 to $250. The Moto 360 has also been discounted in the store, dropping from $250 to $180.
The next update to Android Wear will extend the capabilities of wearable devices using the operating system, making them more useful as standalone devices. Just as previously rumored, the update will allow smartwatches with Wi-Fi connectivity to work over a local wireless network connection when outside of Bluetooth range, but it will require the user's smartphone to have some form of Internet connection in order to remotely access apps and notifications.