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Google informs us which Android Wear watches will get Oreo

By: Jak Connor | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 2 days, 8 hours ago

Last week we reported on Oreo coming to Android Wear watches but what we didn't know was which devices are set to be updated. So far we know that the LG Watch Sport is being updated to 8.0 but now thanks to a post by Google we can all see a full list.




Google seems to have put their main focus on the expensive fashion brands such as Fossil and Loui Vuitton leaving out older Android devices such as the LG Watch R and the original Huawei Watch. Oreo will give users the option of choosing vibration strength, touch lock and battery-saving upgrades. From the updates listed we can assume that the older model watches weren't compatible with this update which is why they have either been postponed for release or left out entirely.


The full list of which watches are set to receive Oreo has been provided below, while also Google answers the question of if your watch is not listed "For the exact timing of the update or if your device isn't on the above lists, please contact the device manufacturer."

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Android Wear upgraded to Oreo, rolled out today

By: Jak Connor | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 6 days, 13 hours ago

Today Android devices will be getting a slight upgrade, as Android Oreo rolls out to all Wear devices. The beta for Oreo originally only featured on the LG Watch Sport can be presumed over, as the Oreo updates for Android Wear include adjustments to vibration strength settings, touch lock and more.




Hoi Lam, the Wearables Developer Advocate at Google is the source for this news as he posted in the Android Wear Developers Community, giving a short run down on the features that wearable devices will be updated with. The update will feature improvements that include a notification vibration strength setting, touch lock option, notification channels, battery saving limits and support for 7 new languages.

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Google Glass Enterprise Edition unboxed, packs Intel CPU

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Sep 19, 2017 5:45 am

I was a huge fan of the original Google Glass headset, but the company went quiet with its wearable headset for a few years, but they're now back with an enterprised-focus wearable: Google Glass Enterprise Edition.



The first Google Glass Enterprise Edition has shipped, with an unboxing video promptly done, revealing that the new headset uses USB-A instead of USB-C, which sucks.




Inside, Google has made quite a number of improvements including an Intel Atom processor, 32GB of internal storage, and a 780mAh battery. There's an audible speaker, as well as dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity.




The new wearable comes in two parts, with the first being the new "Pod" which is the Google Glass hardware itself, while the "TI Band" is the titanium band.

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Huawei launches overpriced Porsche Design Watch 2

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jul 26, 2017 10:33 pm

Huawei has launched a Porsche Design variant of the Huawei Watch 2. The Watch 2 was launched back in February during MWC 2017 in Barcelona.




The Huawei Watch 2 Porsche Design has the same specs as the Watch 2, it only differs from the standard variant in terms of looks. This means we are looking at a watch powered by Snapdragon Wear 2100. There's 768MB of RAM on board and 4GB of storage.


Another difference is the price. While the standard version of the Watch 2 comes at a price of $275, the Porsche Design has an insane 795 euros (around $925) price tag.

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Snap's Spectacles are now available on Amazon

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jul 22, 2017 2:25 pm

Remember when Snap's Spectacles came out and the only way to buy them was to wait in lines for hours in front of one of the randomly placed vending machines? Well, those days are over.




After making them available for purchase on its website, Snap has now made Spectacles available on Amazon as well.


If you want a pair of sunglasses with a built-in camera, you can get it a price of $129.99. There are three color options available which are Black, Coral, and Teal.

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Qualcomm launches new Snapdragon Wear 1200 platform

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jun 29, 2017 1:24 pm

At MWC Shanghai, Qualcomm made a series of announcements including their new Snapdragon Wear 1200 platform. This platform is an addition to their current Snapdragon Wear 1100 and 2100 platforms which currently are in the majority of smart bands and Android Wear 2.0 watches.




The Snapdragon Wear 1200 is designed to offer less expensive IoT LTE M1 and NB1 connectivity to devices like kids watches and pet trackers. That way the devices can always be connected to the network but don't cost more than $150 and have very inexpensive service plans. Previously pet trackers cost upwards of $30 a month and the devices used to cost hundreds of dollars. Now the devices can cost less and the services much less.

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Huawei to unveil the Honor Band 3 with the Honor 9

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jun 6, 2017 10:26 pm

Not even a month after Huawei unveiled the Honor Band A2, the company is preparing to launch another smart band - the Honor Band 3.




Huawei sent out press invitations for the event on the June 12th when they will also unveil the Honor 9.


The invite reveals that this smart band isn't the successor to the Band A3 since it doesn't contain the letter 'A' in the name. The Honor Band 3 should be a more premium product, meaning it will come at a higher price than the Honor Band A2, priced at $29.

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Huawei unveils Honor Band A2 priced at $29

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: May 23, 2017 9:27 pm

Huawei has unveiled its latest smart band - the Honor Band A2, the successor to the Band A1, announced last year.


The biggest changes, compared to the last year's model, are an OLED screen and a heart rate sensor.




Fitness tracking functions include a pedometer, exercise tracker, sedentary reminder, and sleep tracker. The Honor Band A2 has an IP67 rating, meaning it's water resistant.

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High-end Pokemon watch costs $258,000

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: May 18, 2017 7:07 am

Well, this is something for the uber rich who are true Pokemon fans, with high-end watchmaker RJ-Romain Jerome collaborating with Pokemon on a new $258,000 watch.




The watch has "features" on its product page, with the company saying it has "Pikachu," "Lightning bolt," "Oscillating weight," and "Pokemon colors". This isn't the first Pokemon watch by the company, with their previous Pikachu-centric watch costing a cool $20,000.


On the Tourbillon Pokemon product page, the company explains: "The highlight of the timepiece is definitely the colourful dial, standing out from the all-black 48mm case and hands. Completing the ensemble, the black alligator strap is enhanced with yellow and blue stitching as a tribute to the Pokémon logo's symbolic colors. The composition and the placement of the characters-all were created to appreciate the beauty of the dial's numerous Pokémon".


"This concentration of and accumulation of characters in different sizes yields an incredible and captivating 3D effect, such that the characters look animated and ready to pop out at any second. As the most famous of them all, Pikachu is the centrepiece and is placed at the forefront. To complete the Pokémon scene, the tourbillon bridge is shaped like a lightning bolt, one of the key elements of Pikachu".


Alright, it sounds alright - but $258,000 alright? Yeah nah.

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ASUS may discontinue ZenWatch series due to low sales

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: May 16, 2017 5:15 pm

Back in 2014, ASUS launched its first smartwatch, followed by ZenWatch 2 in 2015, and ZenWatch 3 in 2016. However, it looks like we might not see the ZenWatch 4 at all.




According to a report said to be coming from "sources of Taiwan's supply chain," the company has a hard time finding the buyers for their smartwatches. The source claims that ASUS is shipping 5,000 to 6,000 units per month. Considering that Apple is shipping around a million smartwatches monthly, this number is extremely low.


This is the reason why, according to the report, ASUS is considering to discontinue the ZenWatch series.

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