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Google is making Wear OS app quality guidelines mandatory

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

If you've been a Wear OS user for a while, odds are you've noticed that wearable apps in the Play Store are sometimes not very good. Google is looking to change that, and asking nicely didn't work. Soon, the app quality guidelines that rolled out with Wear 2.0 will become mandatory.

According to Google, it will begin enforcing the Wear OS app quality guidelines for new apps on October 1st of this year.

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Google is making Wear OS app quality guidelines mandatory was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: 28-day battery life] TicWatch Pro review: A good Wear watch at a bad time

Tuesday, August 14th, 2018


Chinese firm Mobvoi — founded by ex-Googlers — has a history of making connected watches that stretches back to its original TicWatch and TicWatch 2 running the proprietary TicWear OS. Around this time last year, the TicWatch S and E were launched with Wear OS (then Android Wear) on board, and they were praised for their quality and excellent value proposition.

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[Update: 28-day battery life] TicWatch Pro review: A good Wear watch at a bad time was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Michael Kors adds new Runway designs to stylish Access collection of Wear OS watches

Monday, August 13th, 2018

Fashion brands have been all over Wear OS. That includes Michael Kors, which has been selling a line of Wear OS smartwatches it calls Access for some time. Today, the designer has announced a new set of Access devices that borrow their design from Kors' established Runway watches.

The new Runway line is fairly feature-rich: the watches sport heart rate monitors, standalone GPS, and NFC for contactless payments through Google Pay.

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Michael Kors adds new Runway designs to stylish Access collection of Wear OS watches was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

If the Galaxy Watch really delivers on Samsung’s claims, I just might reconsider wearing a smartwatch

Thursday, August 9th, 2018

Smartwatches have always been a tough sell for me. In theory, I like the idea of having access to maps, weather, notifications, and fitness data right on my wrist – and who wouldn't? But with bulky cases, embarrassingly low battery life, and unintuitive interfaces, using one has long felt like a chore. While I'd love to live life on the bleeding edge, the polish just hasn't been there, and time after time (no pun intended) I'd find myself returning to really basic dumbwatches – ones that do little more than tell the time, but weigh next to nothing and have batteries that last for years.

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If the Galaxy Watch really delivers on Samsung's claims, I just might reconsider wearing a smartwatch was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Samsung Galaxy Watch is official, launches August 24th starting at $330

Thursday, August 9th, 2018

The oft-leaked Samsung Galaxy Watch is official after the company's Unpacked event today. The latest Samsung wearable comes in two sizes: a svelte 42mm version and a more robust 46mm watch. It will launch later this month in the US and Korea, with more markets coming next month. You better start saving now, because Samsung's watches won't be cheap with a starting price of $329.99.

So, the rumors of a switch to Wear OS didn't pan out.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch is official, launches August 24th starting at $330 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Qualcomm teases September 10th smartwatch event

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

Qualcomm doesn't make smartwatches (anymore), but it does make smartwatch chips. Almost all Wear OS devices for the last several years have run the aging Snapdragon Wear 2100. Rumors have swirled in recent months that Qualcomm would finally launch a modern successor, and September 10th might be the day.

We don't have much information about the event. Qualcomm is inviting press to attend the unveiling of something smartwatch-related. Qualcomm isn't likely to announce a watch, so that just leaves a new smartwatch system-on-a-chip (SoC).

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Qualcomm teases September 10th smartwatch event was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Fossil announces fourth-generation smartwatches with NFC, GPS, and heart rate sensors

Monday, August 6th, 2018

Fossil's third-generation Q smartwatches have been going on sale frequently as of late - and now we know why. Today the company announced fourth-gen Fossil Q watches, starting with the Q Venture HR and Q Explorist HR.

The two watches are very similar in styling to the third-gen equivalents, but the hardware is getting an upgrade. These are the first mainstream Fossil watches with heart-rate sensors and water protection - the only previous model with those features was the sports-orientated Fossil Q Control.

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Fossil announces fourth-generation smartwatches with NFC, GPS, and heart rate sensors was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Samsung accidentally outs unannounced ‘Galaxy Watch’ on its website

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

We've watched with moderate interest as the rumors swirl around Samsung's upcoming smartwatch release. Will it run Wear OS? Will it run Tizen? We still don't know, but we can now be fairly sure what the Galaxy Watch looks like. Samsung appears to have added a listing for the device on its website ahead of the announcement.

The big questions remain unanswered, so don't get too excited (if, indeed, you can get excited about smartwatches).

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Samsung accidentally outs unannounced 'Galaxy Watch' on its website was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Smartwatches and other accessories face looming threat of new Chinese-import tariffs

Friday, July 20th, 2018

The world of international commerce is a complicated one, and the particular path a product takes as it evolves from raw materials, to discrete components, to a final, assembled gadget can have a big impact on what it ends up costing. Right now, shoppers in the U.S. are concerned about what impact new tariffs on Chinese imports might have on all manner of consumer goods, from cars to portable electronics. Now some newly published rulings spell out exactly what what kinds of gadgets we may be about to see become slightly more expensive.

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Smartwatches and other accessories face looming threat of new Chinese-import tariffs was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Corning Gorilla Glass DX and Gorilla Glass DX+ want to make your next smartwatch tougher

Thursday, July 19th, 2018

Corning is primarily known as a manufacturer and supplier of hardened glass products for essentially every major smartphone brand in the world. But following yesterday’s introduction of the Gorilla Glass 6, billed as the company’s most durable cover glass yet, we’re now reminded Corning also designs market-leading glass composites for wearable devices. Your next smartwatch, be it a Wear OS or Tizen-powered product, is likely to use either Corning Gorilla Glass DX or Gorilla Glass DX+ protection.

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Corning Gorilla Glass DX and Gorilla Glass DX+ want to make your next smartwatch tougher was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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