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Report: Google’s 2019 hardware plans include Pixel ‘Lite,’ Home refresh, new Nest cameras, and wearables

Wednesday, February 13th, 2019

Google's first-party hardware options may be set to ramp up this year according to a recent report. Based on the details, we might see new product lines as well as refreshes of existing ones. In addition to the already knownupcomingcheaper Pixel "Lite," Nikkei is reporting that Google plans to release its own wearables (plural), a Google Home refresh, and security cameras this year.

The full report is pretty long and worth a read if you're big into Google's first party hardware efforts, but the relevant bits discussing previously unknown hardware are just below:

"One person with direct knowledge of the matter told Nikkei that Google plans to release a new security camera later this year after it integrated the team from Nest Labs... The company will also roll out an updated version of its signature smart speaker Google Home this year, as well as a new smartwatch to compete with the Apple Watch, the person familiar with the plan said."

New smart speakers and security cameras aren't especially surprising.

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Report: Google's 2019 hardware plans include Pixel 'Lite,' Home refresh, new Nest cameras, and wearables was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Report: Wear OS makes up less than 12% of smartwatch sales in the US

Wednesday, February 13th, 2019

Take these estimates with an appropriate grain of salt, but reading between the lines of a recent analysis by The NPD Group indicates that smartwatches running Wear OS account for at most 12% of unit sales in the US, and the real numbers are likely much lower than that. Although Google continues investing inredesigning and rebranding the platform, which now boasts plenty of hardware partners, it has barely made a dent in the market.

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Report: Wear OS makes up less than 12% of smartwatch sales in the US was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Available starting $2550] Louis Vuitton’s Tambour Horizon watch receives a Snapdragon Wear 3100 and an upgraded screen

Saturday, January 26th, 2019

It seems like every luxury brand has a Wear OS watch offering these days, and Louis Vuitton is one of them. According to Engadget, the designer has updated its Tambour Horizon watch with Qualcomm's new Snapdragon Wear 3100, as well as a handful of other improvements for the new year.

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[Update: Available starting $2550] Louis Vuitton's Tambour Horizon watch receives a Snapdragon Wear 3100 and an upgraded screen was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

TicWatch E2 and S2 are now available for $159.99 and $179.99

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

Smartwatches aren't quite the product category that some thought (or hoped) they would be, but that hasn't stopped some companies from continuing to expand and improve their offerings. Take Mobvoi, the makers of the TicWatch line, for example, which has just announced pricing and immediate availability for its new TicWatch E2 and TicWatch S2.

Powered by the Snapdragon Wear 2100 and Wear OS, both watches share quite a bit in common.

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TicWatch E2 and S2 are now available for $159.99 and $179.99 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

LG Watch W7 drops another $50 to $200 at B&H

Monday, January 21st, 2019

In hindsight, LG's decision to launch the Watch W7 at $450 was a mistake. Selling expensive wearables is hard, and the mechanical hands gimmick is not exactly a big selling point. Retailers almost immediately dropped the price to $250, and now it's $50 cheaper than that.

The Wear 2100-powered Watch W7 is the first Wear OS device to have physical hands like a "real" watch. There's a touchscreen under the hands that shows all the usual Wear OS content.

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LG Watch W7 drops another $50 to $200 at B&H was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Wear OS 2.3 is now rolling out to some smartwatches

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

While Google's battery-focused Wear OS 2.2 H update continues to roll out, version 2.3 of the wearable operating system is now beginning to hit smartwatches as well. The new Wear OS version comes with a Home app update from 2.20 to 2.21, which promises a more intuitive, efficient design; improved health coaching; and more proactive help from Google Assistant.

Apart from that, and potentially some bug fixes, not much seems to have changed.

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Wear OS 2.3 is now rolling out to some smartwatches was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Mobvoi unveils two updated Wear OS smartwatches: Ticwatch E2 and S2

Tuesday, January 8th, 2019

Chinese AI firm Mobvoi has been a shining light in the generally underwhelming Android Wear/Wear OS space, and today it's announcing two new products. The TicWatch E2 and S2 (standing for Express and Sport) are follow-ups to the company's most affordable smartwatches, with updated designs, bigger batteries, but still Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100.

While it's disappointing not to get the latest silicon, it's understandable given the likely low price points of these models and it didn't stop the TicWatch Pro from performing well when I reviewed it.

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Mobvoi unveils two updated Wear OS smartwatches: Ticwatch E2 and S2 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Pujie Black for Wear OS adds custom images, cloud library feature, and more

Monday, January 7th, 2019

Pujie Black is one of the best custom watch faces for Wear OS devices, and it has gone through update after update over the past few years. It's endlessly customizable — even more so with the latest update. Version 4.0 of the watch face is now available on the Play Store, with a few new major additions.

The most important new feature is the ability to add image layers to watchfaces, so you can set custom backgrounds or watch hands.

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Pujie Black for Wear OS adds custom images, cloud library feature, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Fit launches monthly challenges to keep you moving throughout 2019

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019

New year, new you. Or at least we'd all like to believe it. If you've made a 2019 resolution to move more, you'll want to use an activity tracking app or wearable to keep an eye on your progress, and thanks to a new feature, Google Fit could be one of these options. The service is launching new challenges that aim to keep you moving throughout the year.

Open the Fit app on your phone and you'll see a banner asking you whether you want to "Challenge yourself this New Year." Tap to learn more, then sign up for the challenges, and Fit will start tallying up your Heart Points (i.e.

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Google Fit launches monthly challenges to keep you moving throughout 2019 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Louis Vuitton’s Tambour Horizon watch receives a Snapdragon Wear 3100 and an upgraded screen

Monday, December 31st, 2018

It seems like every luxury brand has a Wear OS watch offering these days, and Louis Vuitton is one of them. According to Engadget, the designer has updated its Tambour Horizon watch with Qualcomm's new Snapdragon Wear 3100, as well as a handful of other improvements for the new year.

The highlight here is the Wear 3100, which puts battery life as its number-one priority. Louis Vuitton claims that the watch can now last for a full day (wow!) and six days in total if it's just being used to show time.

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Louis Vuitton's Tambour Horizon watch receives a Snapdragon Wear 3100 and an upgraded screen was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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