The LG Watch Urbane Luxe is the gold Apple Watch of Androids
Sep01

The LG Watch Urbane Luxe is the gold Apple Watch of Androids

The LG Watch Urbane Luxe is the most luxurious Android smartwatch we’ve seen to date. Boasting an alligator leather strap, 23-karat gold plating, and a “deployment clasp,” each watch is “individually numbered and presented in a piano gloss lacquered case with a signed certificate of authenticity.”  Interestingly enough, though, these are the only differences between the Urbane Luxe and its predecessor, the Urbane. The body shape, style, and specs remain completely unchanged. Just as the Watch Urbane is LG’s answer to the Apple Watch, the Watch Urbane Luxe is the Gold Apple Watch equivalent. Because for those who can afford it, why not splurge for luxury, I guess? As LG VP Chris Yie says, “Wearable devices shouldn’t be thought of as an extension of one’s smartphone, but as an extension of oneself.” The result of a collaboration between LG and Reeds Jewelers, the Urbane Luxe is set to be featured at the IFA electronics show in Berlin this week. But don’t get too excited just yet. Only 500 limited edition watches will be manufactured, available for pre-order now and set to ship at the end of October. This seems about right, considering only about 500 people will find the $1,200 price tag...

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Android Experiments website showcases open source apps for Android devices
Aug12

Android Experiments website showcases open source apps for Android devices

Google recently unveiled a new website showcasing experimental applications designed for Android and Android Wear powered devices. Titled Android Experiments, the website could have the potential to take emerging apps in a new direction. So far the website has around 20 apps that are being showcased and is expected to add to that. According to Techcrunch, the developers will be using current tools like the Android SDK and NDK,Android Wear, the IOIO board, Cinder, Processing, OpenFrameworks and Unity. Innovation in the app development world is going to be strongly dependent on the open source requirement that Google has on the developing apps. Google expressed the difficulty in app creation and how open source development can change how we perceive the functionality of apps. “Each project challenges in small and big ways how we think of the devices we interact with every day,” wrote Google design advocate Roman Nurik and Google Creative Lab member Richard The. One of featured apps in the Android Experiments page is Inkspace by Zach Lieberman. According to Lieberman, you can draw on your device, move the phone by tilting in different directions, adjust line that you are drawing, create an animated line which pulses and re-draws itself and record an animated gif of whatever you make. What you draw is then transformed into an animated 3-D picture. Designed by Anthony Tripoldi, Landmark is another frontrunner open sourced application on the website.The app uses your device sensors, coupled with GPS and the Google Places API to show you the world around you in a completely new way. This isn’t the first time that google has put open source information on a website before. In 2009, the tech company showcased Chrome Experiments, a website dedicated to open source chrome extensions. Chrome quickly became one of the leading browsers around and some have credited the experiments portion to its success. If Android Experiments provides anything to the users, it is innovation across platforms. The developers have a chance to work on each others’ applications and perfect the user experience. That could have a cascading effect that up-and-coming developers can use on other devices (looking at you,...

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The best Android smartwatches on the market: Motorola, Samsung, Sony, and more
Jul31

The best Android smartwatches on the market: Motorola, Samsung, Sony, and more

While it can feel that Apple gets the spotlight for any product it releases, most of the innovative wearables on the market are not iOS specific. Android Wear has a firm grasp on the technology and produces most of the smartwatches on sale today. With new watches still expected to come out this year, we’ve pieced together some of the best Android smartwatches on the market today. Each watch is categorized by a particular championing feature. Whether you are looking for the best battery or something for fitness, you just have to ask yourself — what do you want in your watch? Moto 360 The best Android Wear watch for affordability Critics’ rating: 3.2 out of 5 We know, we know. The Moto 360 has received its fair share of mixed reviews, but don’t let that fool you. This watch is beautiful and at $149 bucks, it’s a complete steal. You can pair the Moto 360 with any smartphone running Android 4.3 or higher. The watch comes equipped notifications alerts, calorie counter, heart rate monitor, a pedometer, and it responds to your voice. Also, the Moto 360 2 is set to release this year and both devices are expected to work together, which means the first generation won’t become obsolete. Samsung Gear 2 The best Android watch for battery life Critics’ rating: 2.9 out of 5 You might be surprised by us giving the Samsung Gear 2 a best at battery life, but think about it. The Gear 2 smartwatch lets you quickly glance at notifications on your wrist, including emails, texts, and phone calls. You can perform hands free calling and voice response allows you to send texts directly from your watch. There is a 2 MP camera that allows you to record videos in HD 720p and comes with an accelerometer and Gyro sensor. The Moto 360’s battery usually lasts around 24 hours, and you’ll be lucky if the Apple Watch gives you 18 hours. The Samsung Gear 2 has been reported to last for up to 48 hours. It’s a little more expensive, coming up around $299.99. LG Watch Urbane The best Android watch for doing it all Critics’ rating: 3.5 out of 5 The LG Watch Urbane is was only released this past May, but it’s causing a huge commotion thanks to all the nifty things they put into it. The watch comes with a 1.2GHz Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, Android Wear OS, a P-OLED display, and accelerometer, and a heart rate monitor. You can answer phone calls directly from the watch and allows for syncing with bluetooth headphones so you can listen without using your phone. The coolest feature for this watch...

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The 15 best Android Wear apps in 2015 to help you navigate every day
Jul24

The 15 best Android Wear apps in 2015 to help you navigate every day

Congratulations! You remembered to charge your Android Wear smartwatch last night, and now you’re ready to rule the day with an iron wrist (or whatever material your smartwatch is made out of). That is, if you have the right suite of apps to turn your fashion accessory into a productivity machine. Below are fifteen of the best Android Wear apps destined to help you get the most out of your day. From fitness tracking, to to-do list conquering, to financial consulting, to dating and everything in between, the following pieces of software will remind you why your several-hundred dollar smartwatch is far more valuable than any Rolex or that $775,000 timepiece Rafael Nadal wore at this year’s French Open. Whether your Android Wear watch is a circle or a square, a Moto 360 or LG Watch Urbane, make sure it contains these time-saving, cool Android apps. A day spent with the 15 best Android Wear apps IFTTT Rating*: 4.1 of 5 (*Ratings are based on Google Play’s aggregate scores) The best part of waking up is IFTTT on your watch. (Sorry, Folgers.) With the IFTTT Android Wear app, you can turn on your lights, adjust your thermostat, and even start your coffee pot — all from your wrist. All it takes are a few connected devices and several of the millions of pre-made “recipes” (ex: “If the weather says 50% chance of rain, send me alert to remember my umbrella.”) in the IFTTT archives. Aeris Wear Weather Rating: 4.0 of 5 Once you open eyes and your foggy vision clears each morning, you’re going to want to know what the weather is like in your area. The free version of Aeris Wear Weather provides you with local temperatures and weather conditions. And for $0.99, you can amp up your app experience with notifications and live radar feeds. Wunderlist Rating: 4.4 of 5 Aside from weather, one of the first things people want to know when they wake up is what they have to do that day. One of the best Android Wear apps for teeing up your to-do list is Wunderlist. It allows users to check off tasks, make notes, and receive notifications without lifting their phone. Runtastic Rating: 4.5 of 5 If “Go running” pops up on your daily Wunderlist, you’re going to need an app to record that workout. Fitness fanatics, pay attention: Runtastic is one of the top Android Wear apps for training. In addition to counting your steps, you can start runs via voice command, pause and stop sessions by tapping the screen, and view post-run summaries on your wrist. Find My Phone Rating: 4.2...

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This week in wearables: Superheroes, hedgehogs, and everything else you missed
Jun05

This week in wearables: Superheroes, hedgehogs, and everything else you missed

This past week saw some pretty huge developments in wearable technology throughout all industries. From toys to fashion to medicine, we’ve got you covered on what to keep your eye on. 1. Disney unveiled Playmation, a system of connected wearable devices and motion-sensor toys encouraging kids to spend less time in front of a screen and more time actively playing. Hailed as “the next step in the evolution of play”, the first product line is based on Marvel’s Avengers. Playing superhero never felt more real. 2. Two scientists at Stanford’s Echo Labs showed off a prototype for a wearable that sees through your skin and scans your blood. 3. Tag Heuer announced its luxury smartwatch will soon be available in Switzerland. Despite the $1,400 price tag, it is expected to give Apple a run for its money, which hits the country June 26. 4. Story Studios, the Pixar led film arm of Oculus VR, has dropped a trailer for its second animated short Henry. Viewers get to interact and watch the story of a cute little hedgehog that has trouble making friends through the Oculus Rift headset. 5. Google debuted Project Jacquard, a conductive thread that when woven together behaves like the touchscreen on your smartphone. Tap your jeans and turn on the lights. Swipe a pocket; an Uber arrives at your door. First collab: Levi Strauss. 6. Startup Thync has created a head device that uses an electrical current to either decrease stress or increase energy through the skin. Scientists are “super...

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