Turn the Moto 360 “flat tire” into a feature with a 99 cent watch face

The Moto 360 may have been the first Android Wear smartwatch to feature a round design… but the display doesn’t actually make use of the whole circle. The watch has a 320 x 290 pixel display, with a small black area at the bottom. Some folks have taken to calling this the “flat tire.” Find the […]

Lilbits (3-20-2015): Amazon Unlocked could be Prime for Android apps and games

Amazon Prime is a service that lets you pay an annual fee to get free 2-day shipping and access to thousands of streaming movies, TV shows, eBooks, songs, eBooks, and other content. Soon it could also include access to Android apps that would normally cost money. Or maybe Amazon plans to launch a standalone service […]

DIY Smart Mirror superimposes Android Wear notifications on your reflection

Android Wear smartwatches are designed to let you view notifications (among other things) by glancing at your wrist without finding and unlocking your phone. But what if you’re in the middle of styling your hair and don’t have time to glance at your wrist? Enter Nickolas Nothom’s Smart Mirror project. He’s created a mirror that […]

Huawei Watch is a round, high-res Android Wear smartwatch

Huawei is launching its first smartwatch, and it’s cleverly called the Huawei Watch. Behind the simple name is a rather slick-looking watch with a 1.4 inch, 400 x 400 pixel AMOLED display, a stainless steel body, and Google’s Android Wear software. Huawei will offer the watch in gold, silver, or black colors and the company plans […]

LG Urbane LTE luxury smartwatch makes phone calls, supports mobile payments

LG is introducing a new smartwatch that can double as a phone. The LG G Watch Urbane LTE supports phone calls and text messages, works with LTE data, and supports push-to-talk for walkie-talkie style communication on supported networks. It also features an NFC chip and software that lets you use the watch for mobile payments. […]

Android Wear can display iPhone notifications (unofficially)

Google’s Android Wear software for smartwatches lets you use a device like the Motorola Moto 360, LG G Watch or Asus Zenwatch to view notifications from your phone, search the web, or interact with Android apps while your smartphone stays in your pocket (or bag, or couch cushions, or whatever). Officially you need an Android […]

Canalys: 720 thousand Android Wear devices shipped in 2014

The first smartwatches running Google’s Android Wear software began shipping in 2014. But in the grand scheme of things, not all that many of them actually shipped. A report from research firm Canalys finds that about 4.6 million smart wearable wristbands shipped last year, and only about 720 thousand of them ran Android Wear. Of […]