Now, watch faces will display notifications and information from any Android Wear app, much like Apple Watch s own watchface complications.That certainly helps if you want a watch that s basically an at-a-glance notifications ticker on your arm.That s why it s developing three new ways for messaging on Android Wear: smart replies, handwriting, and a swipe keyboard.A 1.5-inch display is still far from any kind of display I d want to try to communicate on for than five seconds, but at least Google is experimenting.On the fitness front, Android Wear 2.0 takes the personal coach approach.Google-powered smartwatches will soon come armed with automatic activity recognition—a feature long present on Fitbit wearables—and will funnel health information with the Google Fit API.
Android has been leading the way in smartwatches ever since the market was born back in 2013.Google has since taken the route of open collaboration – partnering with other tech manufacturers and even watch makers to come up with a range of designs.With each of the speakers wearing a smartwatch, it was only right that Google address wearables during the I/O keynote.As part of the update, two new features stand out that will make both those already with or without a smartwatch sit up and take notice.The actual interface is being broadened too, with handwriting tool for replying to messages, and a keyboard to enable users to reply on their watch face has also introduced.The Apple Watch s arrival has caused some disruption and more attention to fall upon the wearables market, so Google has opted to go for increasing functionality and untethering the device from the phone as a way to hit back.
Does your smartwatch need a keyboard?Nothing embodies that difference more than text entry.While Apple has so-far eschewed complex text-entry on the Apple Watch, preferring instead to rely solely on speech-to-text, Google is flipping that around with a new on-screen keyboard and handwriting recognition in Android Wear 2.0.A keyboard on a tiny smartwatch display obviously looks a lot different to an on-screen keyboard on a smartphone, but Google is promising increased accuracy - never mind how fat-fingered you are in your typing or swiping - courtesy of Google Assistant among other algorithms.Third-party fitness apps can now tap into Google Fit, sharing your performance and results for better all-round assessments.There's a preview of Android Wear 2.0 available for developers today, while everyone else will get it this fall.
Certainly, Stuff s overdraft is a lot more lonely than it ever was before.Like MP3 players, sat navs and compact cameras, it seems as though cash is the next concept on the smartphone's hit list.While you wait for them to arrive, the likes of Starbucks and Deliveroo will offer special deals Android Pay Day will kick off in June, with special offers and deals on the Tuesday before pay day to make that last week just a little bit less painful on the paycheque on the last Tuesday of every month to encourage people to try out Android Pay.Just as Apple s 'Find My iPhone' app allows you to remotely wipe your device if it's lost or been stolen, the same applies with Android Device Manager.Naturally, no banks or retailers have been confirmed for the service but it will likely support the same Magnetic Secure Transaction technology that's been used in its US incarnation.When you consider Android Pay s general ease of use and its slick support for multiple payments under £30, it should soon be a match for Apple Pay.
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Fitbit s Blaze device has several features in common with the Apple Watch: Users can see text notifications and calendar alerts, and the device can be used to control music.Revenue more than doubled in 2015 compared with 2014, but the company has spent heavily to drive sales growth and future product launches.1 seller of wearables in the first quarter of 2016, with about 25% of market share, according to data from International Data Corp. Apple held the third-largest chunk of the market, behind Chinese electronics company Xiaomi Corp. Fitbit shipped 4.8 million units in the quarter compared with Apple s 1.5 million.We are focused on making wearable devices that motivate people to reach their health and fitness goals and that also make their lives easier with the smart features they need most, said James Park, Fitbit s chief executive and co-founder.Mr. Park added that Coin s technology will further our strategy of making Fitbit products an indispensable part of people s lives.Fitbit said this month that first-quarter sales climbed 50%, showing that less-expensive fitness trackers still have legs as they compete with the Apple Watch.
Now, watch faces will display notifications and information from any Android Wear app, much like Apple Watch s own watchface complications.That certainly helps if you want a watch that s basically an at-a-glance notifications ticker on your arm.That s why it s developing three new ways for messaging on Android Wear: smart replies, handwriting, and a swipe keyboard.A 1.5-inch display is still far from any kind of display I d want to try to communicate on for than five seconds, but at least Google is experimenting.On the fitness front, Android Wear 2.0 takes the personal coach approach.Google-powered smartwatches will soon come armed with automatic activity recognition—a feature long present on Fitbit wearables—and will funnel health information with the Google Fit API.
Holding up the joy end were two magnificent follies: a man managed to get stupid single-button-pressing game Flappy Bird to play on the screen of an e-cigarette, and someone else installed Windows 95 on an Apple Watch.But in that same month we also lost seminal British development studio Lionhead.Electronic Arts, another well-meaning but lethal behemoth, has acquired and inadvertently milked to death nearly a dozen smaller studios in the last two decades, from SimCity developer Maxis to Westwood, maker of the once-great Command & Conquer series.And so it went with Lionhead, whose focus shifted from enthusiastic creativity to churning out new iterations of Fable, the final version of which has now been canned along with the company that made it.It uses the touchscreen to excellent effect as you monitor a bank of CCTV cameras to defend your base against hordes of incoming robots.The other widely maligned multiplayer beta this month was Gears Of War 4, a similarly hoary old beast whose clunky controls, unbalanced weapons and muddy colour scheme left players hoping that its remaining six months of development will trigger a rescue operation.
Fitness apps will start automatically, and users can respond to messages with machine learning-based repliesAndroid Watches displayed on screen at Google I/O on May 18, 2016Android Wear, Google s operating system for smartwatches, is getting its biggest update yet with an upcoming 2.0 release that brings improved features for messaging and fitness.Among the improvements, Android Wear 2.0 will detect when you're starting to exercise and automatically fire up an app such as Strava.Google is also taking aim at how the Apple Watch displays information from applications, by allowing developers to display information from any app when users glance at their device.That s important for helping people to quickly see data from apps they use frequently.People who want to converse with friends from their wrists will also get new features, including a redesigned keyboard, support for handwriting recognition, and smart replies that offer machine learning-driven responses based on the context of a conversation.At a time when smartwatches are still a niche item, that could be useful for Google.
Now, watch faces will display notifications and information from any Android Wear app, much like Apple Watch s own watchface complications.That certainly helps if you want a watch that s basically an at-a-glance notifications ticker on your arm.That s why it s developing three new ways for messaging on Android Wear: smart replies, handwriting, and a swipe keyboard.A 1.5-inch display is still far from any kind of display I d want to try to communicate on for than five seconds, but at least Google is experimenting.On the fitness front, Android Wear 2.0 takes the personal coach approach.Google-powered smartwatches will soon come armed with automatic activity recognition—a feature long present on Fitbit wearables—and will funnel health information with the Google Fit API.
Valentina PalladinoFitbit devices are known for being easy-to-use, fitness-first products, but now the company that makes them may be planning to tack on extra features.Fitbit released a statement today announcing that it has acquired "wearable payment assets" from the Silicon Valley company Coin.Existing Coin users will be able to use their devices for the duration of their "lifetime"; the card itself can last two years without any recharging.One of the biggest differences between standalone fitness trackers and all-purpose smartwatches is mobile payment support: the Apple Watch has Apple Pay, and Google has Android Pay for its smartphones while Android Wear users eagerly await its inclusion on their wearable devices.Jawbone was the first big fitness tracker company to integrate mobile payments into its Up4 wristband, but that feature is in partnership with American Express, so only AmEx cardmembers can use it.Earlier this year, MasterCard and Coin announced a partnership to bring mobile payments to a bunch of fitness-related wearables, including the Atlas wristband, but there's no word on whether that plan will continue now that Fitbit essentially owns that technology.
View photosMoreFitbit Blaze watches are displayed during the 2016 CES trade show in Las Vegas, Nevada January 6, 2016.REUTERS/Steve Marcus Reuters - Fitbit users could soon make payments with a flick of the wrist, as the maker of the simple yet hugely popular fitness bands races to pack in more features in its products.NFC has featured prominently in some mobile devices and is used in the Apple Watch as well as payment services such as Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and Google Wallet.For Fitbit, which dominates the wearable devices market, the deal could help it catch up on a technology that is becoming increasingly popular with users and retailers.Fitbit retained its strong grasp on the wearables market in the first quarter, accounting for nearly a quarter of it, according to an IDC report released on Monday.Reporting by Narottam Medhora in Bengaluru; Editing by Sayantani Ghosh and Saumyadeb Chakrabarty
The update gives the UI a comprehensive Material Design-themed overhaul, enables compatible watches to do more without a phone attached, introduces some new input methods to make communication easier, and copies one of the things that the Apple Watch gets right.And since it s based on Android N, it picks up support for features like Data Saver, Java 8, and new emoji, among other platform features.Apple doesn t offer full-fledged smartwatch APIs for Wear to hook into, and so using Wear with an iPhone is an inherently limited experience; with standalone apps, watches will be able to communicate directly over the Internet using Wi-Fi or your iPhone s LTE connection, skirting around the API problem that currently makes Wear on iOS so lackluster.These complications should obviate the need for purpose-built weather or fitness-related watch faces, among others.Some of these are really only of interest to developers—watch apps can automatically be notified and updated when Fit data changes, rather than having to query for updates constantly.We won t know more details for sure until the finished version of Android Wear 2.0 is released this fall, presumably around the same time that the final Android N code is released to Nexus devices and the AOSP repositories.
When the original Pebble came out, it really kickstarted the smartwatch/wearables market.While their current generation of watches doesn't have all of the bells and whistles that you'll find on the Apple Watch and other competitors, they do have a trick up their sleeve.If you want to take your Pebble Time or Time Steel out on a hike and not worry about connecting your smartphone, the new Pal band can help you out.It can track speed, distance, elevation and route for up to 24 hours without needing a smartphone to help it out.You'll be able to access this information by syncing your phone up with the band and opening the Pal companion app.The Pal is currently a Kickstarter project, and is well on its way to reaching its goal of $80,000.
Jason Snell explains.Credit: AppleSince the day the Apple Watch was announced in September 2014, and certainly once it launched in April 2015, people have been speculating about what the second-generation Apple Watch might bring to the table.Apple could certainly make it thinner and lighter, though I don t consider the size of the Apple Watch to be one of its biggest issues—it s not any bigger than the mechanical watches I used to wear.This is a very limited feature, but it s undoubtedly the start of a long drive toward independence.Do I really want to pay an extra $10/month to add my Apple Watch to the constellation of devices attached to my AT Wireless account?A few carriers have added explicit support for wearable devices: T-Mobile has a wearable data plan and AT is happy to sell you a LGWatch Urbane connected to its cellular network.
Because I think the Apple Watch is a confused, mostly pointless piece of technology.While Google s Android Wear platform does quite a bit less on iOS, I ve found its focus to make the wearable experience much better and it actually seems to work and stay paired with my paired with my phone more reliably.You re really only going to need the adb command line tool but this is the quickest way to get everything set up properly so that your computer and watch can communicate.Don t worry if you don t get immediate feedback.If you want to do this, too, you have a bunch of options:Use the Android Developer Tools you already installed to actually write one from scratch.If you have an iPhone, then DO NOT use an Android app to make one, such as these great and previously-mentioned options from that Gizmodo suggests.
Siri integration for Mac appears in leaked screenshotsAfter making Siri available for Apple Watch and TV, the virtual assistant is seemingly making its way through Mac.Although Apple has been rumoured to be testing the OS X version with Siri integration since 2012, its plan to use the next Mac OS to expand the availability of Siri across the Mac lineup appeared in reports in February.Now, fresh screenshots shared by MacRumor, which claims to have obtained it from its source, suggest Siri is indeed coming to Mac.But the option is disabled by default and can be enabled from the Preferences menu.The virtual assistant would be able to answer many queries and perform tasks like it does on iOS devices such as opening apps, web browsing, controlling the HomeKit, sending text messages, reading emails, managing calendar events and more.Apple has announced that its 2016 annual Worldwide Developer Conference WWDC will start with a keynote presentation on 13 June, where the company is likely to introduce OS X 10.12 and iOS 10.
Google I/O 2016: Google delivers biggest update to wearable platform since its launch 2 years ago, adding new APIs, user interface changes and appsAndroid Wear 2.0 will arrive this autumn complete with a host of user interface enhancements and the ability to support standalone apps, giving wearables more independence from a paired smartphone.This means apps will still function whether a paired smartphone is out of range or switched off and work the same whether they are connected to an Android or iOS handset.Google I/O 2016: Google Duo and Allo Smart Messaging / Android N For Businesses / Is Google Home Secure?Android Wear 2.0Google has also added a new notification design, allowing users to take actions directly from alerts, a new face picker, app launcher and dark colour palette that it claims makes better use of round smartwatch designs.IDC recently estimated that 45.7 million wearable devices would be sold this year, up 133.4 percent from last year s figure.By 2019, the research firm predicts 126.1 million units will be sold each year.
Apple has announced the opening of a new development office in Hyderabad, India.This new office was opened to focus on the development of maps for Apple products like the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple watch."The talent here in the local area is incredible and we are looking forward to expanding our relationships and introducing more universities and partners to our platforms as we scale our operations."The team that will work in the new building is responsible for Maps features such as 3D views, flyover, and for creating tools to help Apple maps users find places where they want to eat, shop, and explore.One of the more recent features added to Apple maps is Transit, which offers a combination of trains, subways, buses, and walking directions for areas with robust public transit systems for more than 300 cities."We are experts in geospatial data and we will be hiring thousands of people from the local area to support this effort."
Wearables have the potential to change consumer and business technology, but how much do you know about them?Wearable technology has emerged from the darkened room of enthusiasts to the mainstream in recent years, with gadgets like the Apple Watch and Moto 360 becoming not just accessories, but fashion items too.Many of the biggest names in technology are working on smartwatches, smart glasses and smart clothing to help us lead healthier and more productive lives – and to create new categories of products to sell to consumers and businesses as smartphone adoption rises.Apple Watch 1 897x1000 Wearables are fast becoming the most creative area of technology, but there are serious technical issues to solve too, such as connectivity, functionality and privacy.The future of wearables seems to be only limited by the imagination.Maybe in the future we ll all wear networked clothing and browse the internet by moving our eyes?
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