You can now pair an Android Wear smartwatch with an iPhone
Aug31

You can now pair an Android Wear smartwatch with an iPhone

Hell hath frozen over: Those with iPhones can now pair their Apple smartphones to an Android Wear smartwatch. For now, only a certain selection of Android Wear smartwatches will be compatible with an iPhone 5 or later running at least iOS 8.2. The first smartwatches on deck are the Huawei Watch, the Asus ZenWatch 2, and the LG Watch Urbane. However all future generations of Google’s smartwatches will be iOS compatible right out of the box. You might also like: The best Andoird Wear watches on the market Temper your expectations, because it’s widely reported that you cannot do nearly as much with an Android Watch and an iPhone as you could by pairing together a smartwatch and smartphone of the same brand. There are no third-party apps or Wi-Fi support. As Wired succinctly put, “Using Android Wear will be like using the Google app on your iPhone — it’s very good, but it’s siloed.” A limited experience it may be, but users can expect to receive notifications, integrate Google Now, use voice search, and track their fitness. Below are the specifics Google outlined in its official blog post. Get your info at a glance: Check important info like phone calls, messages, and notifications from your favorite apps. Android Wear features always-on displays, so you’ll never have to move your wrist to wake up your watch. Follow your fitness: Set fitness goals, and get daily and weekly views of your progress. Your watch automatically tracks walking and running, and even measures your heart rate. Save time with smart help: Receive timely tips like when to leave for appointments, current traffic info, and flight status. Just say “Ok Google” to ask questions like “Is it going to rain in London tomorrow?” or create to-dos with “Remind me to pack an umbrella.” If the user experience is strong — and this is a huge “if” — this is a largely positive move for Google and any other Apple Watch competitors. An entire new market of customers has just opened up for Android Wear. Also read: Android Wear 101: What it is, what it can do, and which device to...

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What’s included in the first Apple Watch update — and what’s to come
May20

What’s included in the first Apple Watch update — and what’s to come

The first Apple Watch update has hit iPhones everywhere, addressing common culprits like small bugs and wonky performance issues. However, an even larger update is allegedly on the horizon which could positively overhaul the experience of the Apple Watch for many. The currently available update includes fixes to slow-loading third-party apps. As Fortune points out, “The fixes to third-party app usage could be the update’s most important aspect, given how many users have complained about how slow apps work on the smartwatch.” The update also includes 14 security patches, correcting vulnerabilities that PC World explains “could enable arbitrary code execution, information disclosure, denial of service, traffic hijacking, privilege escalation and other attacks” The new software, deemed Watch Software 1.0.1, also claims to boost the accuracy of activity and workout measurements. The update will bring improved tracking capabilities for indoor cycling and rowing workouts, as well as advancements in the “stand recognition software,” which tells the user to stand up after remaining sedentary for too long. 9to5mac reports the possibility of an update to the heart rate monitoring software to alert users of an irregular heartbeat, which likely wouldn’t be unveiled until Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June. Also exciting is a potential “Find my Watch” function akin to “find my iPhone.” Next, a “Smart Leashing” concept is reportedly in the works to give users a tap if he or she is leaving the paired iPhone behind. And finally, 9to5mac says Apple plans to market the current Apple Watch as a primary input device for the next-generation Apple TV. Stay tuned as more specifics are revealed over the coming weeks. Current updates can be installed through your iPhone by going to My Watch > General > Software...

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The Olio Model One smartwatch aims to be non-disruptive
Mar31

The Olio Model One smartwatch aims to be non-disruptive

A San Francisco-based startup might be the one to give the Apple Watch a run for its money. The Bay Area Olio Devices has just unveiled its Model One smartwatch, a stunning accessory with an emphasis on design and non-disruptive notifications. The Olio Model One is a round, waterproof smartwatch made with stainless steel, available in two colors (silver for $595, black for $745). The watch comes with a variety of bands, ranging from links to leather. Allegedly, its battery power lasts for two days — and it only takes an hour to fully charge. Olio’s smartwatch is both iOS and Android compatible thanks to Bluetooth connectivity, but the company is careful to avoid notification exhaustion. While other smartwatches receive notifications from your smartphone instantly (and incessantly), the Model One creates organized notification streams — such as events you missed earlier or those happening later — to be checked all at once. Though only currently available for pre-order, Olio is receiving buzz for going against the grain: the Model One doesn’t use an existing operating system like Android Wear; it’s not loaded with apps like the upcoming Apple Watch; and its funding wasn’t crowdsourced. Founder, CEO, and product architect of Olio, Steve Jacobs, also told the Verge that the smartwatch doesn’t even include an activity tracker, though he doesn’t believe it’ll hold the product back. “That information is not yet useful,” said Jacobs. “The services that develop it are nascent. And the sensors for tracking everything are not yet accurate.” Perhaps being so cool, calm and collected will give the Model One all the edge it needs to succeed in the smartwatch...

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