Android Wear 2.0 delayed until 2017, but Developer Preview 3 is out now

There’s good news and bad news for folks that have been waiting for new features to hit their Android Wear smartwatches. The good news is that Android Wear Developer Preview 3 is now available and it does have some new goodies, including the ability to browser the Google Play Store for smartwatch apps on your smartwatch […]

Asus ZenWatch 3 leaked a few weeks early (probably)

Asus has been offering a line of affordable smartwatches powered by Google’s Android Wear operating system for the past few years. But it seems the upcoming Asus ZenWatch 3 will be a little different. While the first two watches in the lineup had square(ish) displays, the new model will have a round watch face. Asus […]

Polar M600 is a fitness tracker that’s also an Android Wear smartwatch

Plenty of smartwatches have fitness-tracking features including pedometer and heart rate tracking functions. But the new Polar M600 seems more like a fitness tracker with watch functions than vice versa. Polar is best known for its fitness gadgets including a line of activity-tracking wristbands, a connected scale, and GPS running watches and bike computers. The […]

Report: Google developing Android Wear watches with Google Assistant

One of the biggest announcements from this year’s Google I/O developer conference was Google’s plan to launch a new platform called Google Assistant. Building on the company’s existing search-by-voice technology, Google Assistant lets you use natural language to ask questions, issue commands, and generally interact with a wide range of devices including smart home products, phones, […]

Report: Samsung confirms it’s done with Android Wear watches (Update: maybe)

Samsung may have been one of the first companies to launch a smartwatch using Google’s Android Wear software… but the company’s first Android Wear watch was also its last. Since launching the Samsung Gear Live, the company has launched half a dozen other wearables, and they’ve all used a version of the Tizen operating system. […]

Google launches Android Wear 2.0 developer preview

Google’s smartwatch platform is getting a major overhaul. Among other things, Android Wear 2.0 includes a new system user interface, support for text input through a keyboard and handwriting recognition, and support for standalone apps that work even if your phone isn’t nearby. Android Wear 2.0 will be coming this fall, but Google has already released […]

Casio’s rugged Android Wear watch launches for $500

The Casio WSD-F10 is the first smartwatch from the veteran watch-maker. But the brand name isn’t the only thing that makes it different from most other smartwatches on the market. Casio’s Android Wear-powered smartwatch also features a rugged design and water resistant up to 50 meters. Those features come at a cost: the Casio WSD-F10 is […]

Android Wear goes Marshmallow, gains new gestures, voice commands

Google’s smartwatch platform is getting a little smarter. The company has announced that a new version of Android Wear is starting to roll out, and it’s based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow (API 23 SDK). Among other things, this means you can use the speakers on Android Wear watches that have them. Google has also announced […]

The first Android Wear watch with cellular capabilities is canceled… at least for now

Google recently rolled out an update to its smartwatch operating system to add support for new hardware, including watches with cellular capabilities and watches with speakers. The first watch to make use of both of those features was supposed to be the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE, which was set to go on sale […]