In a oddly worded statement to Engadget, a spokesperson said that "we disagree with Fast Company's interpretation.Samsung has not made any announcement concerning Android Wear and we have not changed our commitment to any of our platforms."Note that it disagrees with the "interpretation" of Fast Company's report — that "Samsung is done with the Android Wear OS" — not the underlying assertion: That there are currently no plans for more Samsung Android Wear devices.Samsung declined to comment to Business Insider on future plans for Android Wear.Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.According to Fast Company, the executives said that Tizen OS offers better battery life for its devices, and is also used in Samsung's other smart devices, allowing for greater compatibility.While Samsung and Google have an extremely close-knit relationship in the smartphone sphere — Samsung is the number one handset manufacturer in the world — this isn't the case with smartwatch.It has always focused on wearable products running its proprietary OS, and there's only one Android Wear Samsung smartwatch out there, the Gear Live.There has been tension between Google and Samsung in the past.And Samsung Electronics co-CEO J.K. Shin in 2013 said he envisioned Tizen, not Android, running a broad range of his products.Additionally, the smartwatch market is still in its infancy, and is far more fragmented than the smartphone market: Samsung may well think it has a better shot of going it alone.SEE ALSO: Google s smartwatch king has a 50-year vision for the future of Android WearNOW WATCH: Researchers built a robot hand that mimics human dexterity and learns on its ownLoading video...
Smartwatches are yet to take off in a big way, but that doesn't mean the Samsung Gear S2 isn't an impressive wearable.Although the Gear S2 eschews Google's Android Wear OS in favour of Samsung's own Tizen operating system, its sharp display, rotating bezel, and compatibility with a range of smartphones always made it stand out as a solid smartwatch offering.And now, it seems, the Gear S2 is about to get even better, with the news that Samsung is preparing a major new update for the device.As SamMobile reports, the update will bring a range of new features to the fold, including the ability to set photos as watch faces.No longer will you be limited to the designs Samsung already offers.The update also includes watch face recommendations, plus the ability to set watch faces through the Gear S2 itself, rather than through your paired smartphone.
The Moto 360 Sport comes down to £129 with these discount codesIf the Rio 2016 Olympics have inspired you to get your backside off the couch, this Moto 360 Sport deal could the perfect purchase.Motorola is offering a significant discount on the Moto 360 Sport smartwatch, but only if you have the right codes.If you enter the codes UKHOT164 and UKWELCOME10 at checkout, the price drops from £219 to just £129 – that s a £90 saving, and you even get free delivery.This sleek fitness-tracking smartwatch runs on Google s Android Wear and features GPS, a waterproof body, a heart-rate sensor, a Snapdragon 400 chip, 512MB RAM, and a 400mAh battery.We gave the Moto 360 Sport a 7/10 score at its review price of £219.99, praising its great display, accurate GPS, and improved Android Wear OS..
Half a decade ago everybody was afraid of a burglar breaking into an apartment, but now this burglar has become much smarter, got two higher educations and additional skills in hacking devices. Speaking about the Android ecosystem we can refer to Android OS itself, Android Wear (OS for smartwatches), Android Auto (OS for car trip computers) and Android TV (OS for smart TVs). I will not load you down with all these complicated protocol names or the defense layers that are used during your app's development. This protocol provides Android mobile security with protection for privacy and integrity of the exchanged data. Probably, Google's top managers have also faced this problem. After the installation process, users should reboot their devices and the new OS version will be available.  
According to a letter sent to developers and published by Android Police, Google is set to release version 2.0 of its Android Wear OS for smartwatches in early February.The biggest draw in the update is the on-watch Google Play store that will allow you to search and install apps right on your wrist.However, developers will need to ensure their apps are optimized for the latest version of the platform in order for them to show up in listings and search results.In addition, Android Wear 2.0 will also bundle several new features like Android Pay, handwriting support, a full QWERTY keyboard, the ability for watchfaces to display info from other apps and one-touch smart replies based on the context of your incoming messages.Google Assistant is also expected to arrive on the OS, but it isn t clear if it ll be available at launch as the company noted last week that its AI-powered bot will roll out to various devices over time .The next release is expected to be accompanied by the launch of two new smartwatches designed to highlight the OS features.
The next generation of TAG Heuer Connected watches is here and this one is a smart watch that may have smart watch naysayers taking a second look.THe new TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 watch has a lot going for it.In addition to being powered by Intel with a Google Android Wear OS, the watch is Swiss-made, can be customized in a host of different manners (TAG Heuer says as many as 4,000 different combinations currently exist), and is offered with two interchangeable watch heads so wearers have both an electronic watch and a mechanical watch -- changeable at will.Add to that the fact that the watch retails from $1,650 to as much as $17,000 (for the mechanical tourbillon) and this watch is bound to be turning heads left and right.The TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 watch features an electronic module finished in the brand's workshops in La Chaux-de-Fonds.Naturally, the rest of the TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 is already Swiss made.
But the most notable improvements, aside from design, are the fully circular display, and a new version of Google’s Android Wear OS.For those loyal to Michael Kors, you’ll notice the Access Sofie’s design doesn’t stray far from its signature style – pavé setting stones, where the gemstones are placed closely together.If you love rocking the pavé look, the Sofie is a great choice.Like nearly all Android Wear smartwatches, the Sofie is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor, with 512MB of RAM.We had zero issues with performance.My Social links to your Instagram and Facebook accounts, and you can set photos from your account as watch faces.
Misfit says its Vapor smartwatch, which was introduced at CES this year, will finally be available on October 31st.Misfit typically releases fitness trackers, but this is the company's first full-blown smartwatch.Misfit had initially planned to release the watch this summer but delayed the release date.The Vapor watch runs Android Wear 2.0 and features a 1.39-inch AMOLED touchscreen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 2100 processor, 4GB of memory, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, and water resistance up to 50 meters.Because it's built with the current Android Wear OS, wearers can consult Google Assistant and download various watch faces.At this point, it's unclear who would still be interested in this watch.
After an immature start, Google's OS for wearables - Android Wear is now more refined, courtesy to the version 2.0 of the Android Wear OS.The latest update now looks more logical, has a much easier usability features like replying to messages, handwriting recognition, Google Assistant integration and dependency on the smartphone is no more a compulsion.If it would have been 2016, it would've been a task to list good Android Wear watches but with the new OS, there's no better time to invest in an Android Wear watch.Each wearable has been extensively tested by either Indian or global TechRadar experts throughout our review process.The slimmest and best Android Wear till dateCompatibility: Android 4.3+, iOS 9+ | Display: 1.2" 360 x 360 P-OLED | Processor: Snapdragon Wear 2100 | Onboard storage: 4GB | Battery duration: Up to 24h | Charging method: Conductive USB charger | IP rating: IP67 | Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
It's been rather quiet on the Android Wear front recently, but the beta version of Google Play services suggests that the wearable software could soon be called simply "Wear OS".Could a rebrand give the platform some fresh momentum?The "Wear OS" name appeared when a user on Reddit came within connecting distance of a wearable device, as Android Police reports.Google Play services handles all kinds of low-level OS work on Android, including managing the way that different apps and devices connect to each other and communicate.If the accompanying notification is anything to go by, this new Wear OS will get a new logo as well, with a definite Google Assistant feel to it.The Google Assistant is already available on Android Wear devices, but it makes sense for Google to want to push it further.
Google may change the name of its Android Wear platform to Wear OS, according to evidence discovered inside the latest Google Play Services app update, and the Android P Developer Preview software.Android Wear is Google’s operating system for wearable devices, including smartwatches.The potential name change was spotted by an Android Wear watch owner during the device setup process, and a screenshot was posted on Reddit mentioning the new name, plus a new logo.In the Google Play Services app update taking it to version 12.4, a notification alerting owners of a nearby watch to pair replaces the Android Wear name with Wear OS.In version 12.5, a beta version to accompany Android P’ developer preview, the Wear OS name is accompanied by a new logo which looks like a stylized letter W. The logo uses lines and dots in color schemes reminiscent of other Google logos, in particular Google Assistant.The notification alert also mentions a Wear OS app, which indicates the Android Wear app will also be rebranded.
In a post published over the weekend, Redditor H3x0n pointed to a new name and logo for Google’s Android Wear platform as they set up a smartwatch for use with their phone – which leads us to believe that the company may soon rebrand it with the label ‘Wear OS.’H3x0n’s post included a screenshot that shows what the new logo looks like:The move sounds sensible: Android Wear watches work with both Android and iOS devices, so the new moniker could reduce confusion on that front.It’ll be interesting to see if that helps boost sales for the myriad hardware manufacturers making watches based on this platform; on an earnings call after Apple published its Q4 2017 results, CEO Tim Cook noted that the company saw “over 50 percent growth in revenue and units for the fourth quarter in a row.” It currently is in the lead in the global wearables business, with a 21 percent market share.Meanwhile, Huawei and other brands that make Android Wear-based devices are lagging far behind, and also have to worry about the likes of Fitbit before they can regain the top spot.The Next Web’s 2018 conference is just a few months away, and it’ll be .
Android Wear fans may be disappointed to learn the company is planning to rebrand its wearable platform in the coming months, but it's not necessarily a sign the company is giving up on smartwatches.Initially I was skeptical of the company rebranding to Wear OS.An arbitrary renaming of a tech product is usually one of the first signs of a lack of faith in a concept.Retooling the Android Wear platform to Wear OS actually makes a lot of sense now, especially as it's not for Android-only compatibility devices anymore.A screenshot of a beta version of the Google Play services app appeared on Reddit this weekend and showed the title 'Wear OS', suggesting the company is preparing to retool Android Wear.Android Wear initially launched for Google OS toting devices only, but the company has since opened it up to be compatible with iPhones too.
It seems that Google is on the verge of giving its Android Wear smartwatch, technically wearable, platform a new name and a new logo.Most rebranding doesn’t exactly mean much, especially when you’re like Google who switches logos and names with no discernible pattern or pace.The new logo was simply a stylized “W” in Google’s iconic four colors.Almost four years have passed and it’s still only at version 2.9.This new branding could, however, take Android Wear in a slightly different direction, at least as far as image goes.Google now has had two chances to clearly associate the version of Android with smartwatches but has kept the more generic “Wear” name.
A notification spotted in the Android P Developer Preview suggests that Android Wear may be rebranded to Wear OS.A Redditor (via Android Police) spotted the Wear OS text recently when pairing an Android Wear device, and it was accompanied by what could be a new logo (here’s the original).The branding can apparently be seen in the Developer Preview beta version 12.5, though there’s so far no explanation for it.The existence of both the text and the emblem—a “W” in Google’s trademark red, blue, yellow, green colors—however, suggest it’s not simply an error; other Google services have previously been spotted with new names in beta versions of Google products before being officially changed later.This could be part of a push to broaden the appeal of its products and services, rather than having them tied specifically to the Android system (both Android Wear devices and Google Pay work with iOS products, though support for the former isn’t great).Google’s mobile payments service Android Pay joined Google Wallet to become Google Pay only last month.
Google has confirmed last week’s rumor on Reddit: Android Wear has been rebranded to Wear OS by Google.In short, Google’s wearable operating system is no longer tied to Android — it’s “a wearables operating system for everyone.” Users will begin to see the new name on their watch and phone app “over the next few weeks.”Google explains that Android Wear was always meant to bring wearables to as many people as possible.After bringing iOS support to Android Wear in August 2015, Google has continued to make sure the platform works for both Android and iOS users.In 2017, one out of three new Android Wear watch owners also used an iPhone, Google revealed.While the name is new today, Google promises there is more to come.
Google is now officially changing the name of its smartwatch platform from Android Wear to Wear OS.As of right now, no other major changes are expected to arrive for the smartwatch platform other than the name change.Users should begin seeing Wear OS branding on their watches and in the app over the next few weeks.Android Wear is no more.In a bit of not-so-surprising news, Google has officially changed the name of its smartwatch platform from Android Wear to Wear OS.Why the change in branding?
Daon, a Virginia company that develops biometric software for governments and banks, has created a way for financial institutions to let their customers send money to friends, a landlord or just about anyone else using Alexa.And, yes, it will prevent an annoying friend from yelling to your Echo speaker to send him cash.The company, which helped Mastercard develop its "selfie pay," couldn't yet name any banks planning to use the technology, but it said it's under contract with several "major financial institutions who are interested in pursuing it as a new service."The tech could also help Amazon become a bigger player in the banking world, a new area it's expected to pursue.A handful of banks and financial institutions -- including Capital One, Ally Bank and American Express -- already offer Alexa skills, the term Amazon calls its voice apps.But none of these top financial institutions so far allow their customers to send money to other people's accounts through Alexa.
Android Wear has relaunched with a new name, with the smartwatch platform now called Wear OS by Google.The decision, Google says, was a fairly straightforward one: a growing percentage of Android Wear smartwatch owners were actually using it connected to an iPhone.Indeed, in 2017 the company claims, one in every three new Android Wear watches was paired up to an iPhone.That meant the “Android” part of the name wasn’t really making total sense any more, and could at its worst actually be dissuading iOS users from giving the platform a try.The new name, according to Dennis Troper, director of product management for Wear OS by Google, “better reflects our technology, vision, and most important of all – the people who wear our watches.”It’s fair to say opinion has been divided on Android Wear.
Google has officially changed the name of its wearable operating system from Android Wear to Wear OS.In its blog post, Google says "it's time for a new name" - although the announcement doesn't come as a total surprise as the switch was rumored a few days earlier.The post continues: "we're announcing a new name that better reflects our technology, vision, and most important of all—the people who wear our watches."We're now Wear OS by Google, a wearables operating system for everyone."'A wearable OS for everyone'The main driving force for the name change appears to be Wear OS's diverse user base, with Google revealing that one in three Android Wear watch owners had them paired to an iPhone.
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