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Android Wear hacking

Hacking Android Wear: What you can do — and if you should do it at all

If it exists, we can hack it — and that includes our Android Wear smartwatches Android on your wrist is still Android. That means it's still Linux, and people will want to do more than the simple user interface provides. We get it. We paid for these devices, and some of us want to do whatever we...
Motorola continues to tease with new Moto 360 video

Motorola continues to tease with new Moto 360 video

Motorola released a new Moto 360 video on YouTube, detailing the watch's unique cylindrical designed face rather than the square fascia of its rivals in the Android Wear camp. Though the video is new and is a nice promotion to the Moto 360 staying true to classical watch designs, it really is...
Google Camera and Android Wear

Google Camera update brings Android Wear remote trigger

An update to the Google Camera app is slowly making its way out to users, and it includes a neat new feature — a remote shutter button on your Android Wear device. The new version of the app contains an Android Wear component that, when triggered by running the camera app on your phone, will drop...
Samsung Gear Live

Another Android Wear update is now rolling out

Only days after the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live retail launch there's another Android Wear firmware update starting to hit devices, and it seems Samsung's smartwatch is first with the new build. Multiple Gear Live owners have told us they're receiving a small over-the-air update to build...
Android Wear

Google pushes workaround to enable paid apps on Android Wear

Google has a dedicated section on the Play Store that highlights all Android Wear apps, but thus far, users have faced issues when installing paid apps on their devices. An encryption bug was found to be causing the issue, which prevented paid content from transferring via Bluetooth to devices...
LG G Watch bootloader

LG G Watch gets first Android Wear custom ROM

We all knew it wouldn't be long, and now the first custom Android Wear ROM is available for the LG G Watch. Because the bootloader is unlockable and the G Watch uses fastboot, developer jakeday was able to whip up the Gohma ROM instead of spending time worrying about how to unlock the device and...
Gear Live

The Samsung Gear Live review

Samsung's third smartwatch — its first for Android Wear — looks a lot like its others Behold, The Samsung Gear Live! It's been about a year since we first heard rumors of Google jumping into the smartwatch race, and two of the devices are already trickling into the hands of consumers — the...
LG G Watch

The LG G Watch review

It's not at all flashy, but LG's first entry for Android Wear ends up being a solid buy There's an argument to be made — and this isn't a hard one to make — that the watch isn't the most important part of Android Wear, Google's Android offshoot meant for the wearables space. Instead, it's the...
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iFixit tears down the LG G Watch and finds it easy to repair

iFixit has not only managed to get their hands on the LG G Watch but the gadget fixing team has performed its now famous tear down procedure on the Android Wear smartwatch and found that it is pretty easy to repair. The team found that the watch's case was pretty easy to open, thanks to some...
Samsung Gear Live splayed open in tear down that reveals its deepest, darkest secrets

Samsung Gear Live splayed open in teardown that reveals its deepest, darkest secrets

The folks at iFixit have taken apart the brand new Android Wear-powered Samsung Gear Live, and unsurprisingly the small wearable device contains small electronic components. Even though the Gear Live has a lot visually in-common with the Tizen-powered Samsung Gear 2, inside it's pretty much a...
The tools

How to change the strap on your Android Wear watch

A new strap changes both the look and feel of your new Android watch So you have Android strapped to your wrist with your new LG G Watch or Samsung Gear Live. Pretty cool, isn't it? We know both devices are far from perfect, and Android Wear is still in its infancy, but chances are you'll be...
Android Wear steps

Tracking steps with Android Wear

Your smartwatch can count your strides, with no setup required I love the idea of having a step-tracker. But I loathe having to carry yet another device on me. And to that end, I'm loving the integration tracking built into the first around of Android Wear smartwatches. It's a very basic...
Android Wear — LG G Watch

The first Android Wear watches arrive today — here are 10 more things you need to know

If you ordered a new Android Wear smartwatch — that'd be the LG G Watch or the Samsung Gear Live — you should see it very shortly, as early shipments are reaching doorsteps today. And on one hand (erm, wrist), these watches are simple creatures, devices on which to display the Android Wear...
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LG G Watch available from AT&T July 11 for $229

AT&T has announced that it will start taking pre-orders for the LG G Watch on Tuesday, July 8 for the price of $229, and that it will begin showing up for sale in its retail stores on July 11. AT&T will be the first U.S. wireless carrier to sell the Android Wear-based smartwatch, and...
Wear Aware is a leash for your smartphone from your Android Wear

Wear Aware is a leash for your smartphone from your Android Wear

Wear Aware is a simple app for your Android Wear smartphone that serves as a leash for your smartphone. When you walk away from your phone, Wear Aware will vibrate and play an audible alarm on your wrist so that you know that you've left your phone behind. This is useful for those times when you'...
QR code on Android Wear

QR Codes and smartwatches, a match made in heaven

QR Codes are one of those things where you either love using them or they just don't seem to actually add any convenience to your life. The tech has been around for ages, and every time someone tries to breathe new life into this quick glance data delivery mechanism it seems to gain more and more...
LG G Watch power button

How to turn on the LG G Watch

With no obvious power button, switching the G Watch back on can be a little tricky The LG G Watch is designed to be an always-on device, whether it's on your wrist or resting on its charging cradle. But sometimes, for whatever reason, you might need to switch it off completely. Maybe you're...
Custom watch faces are heading to Android Wear

Custom watch faces are heading to Android Wear

Google has launched Android Wear with a decent supply of watch faces on the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live, but like all things Android half the fun is customizing the experience to make it your own. While some developers are readying existing apps to support Android Wear in various ways,...
Android Central 192: All About Android Wear

Android Central 192: All About Android Wear

We take up nearly this entire episode with Android Wear. What is it? Why would you want it? What is the smartwatch you have to have? Plus we answer your questions, live on air. Join us for the smartwatch revolution! Thing 1: Android Wear The complete list of Android Wear apps Android Wear app...
Pebble Steel, Galaxy Gear Live and LG G Watch

Pebble's place in an Android Wear world

Does a monochrome, non-Android smartwatch even have a chance anymore? We argue that Pebble indeed does. Android Wear is the new hotness. Of that there is no doubt. Mini smartphones on our wrists, basically, running fully baked versions of Android, with a specialized user interface better suited...

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