Google’s Smartwatch Programme Is a Mess, and a Name Change Won’t Fix That

Recently, Google announced it would rename its four-year-old smartwatch operating system from Android Wear to Wear OS. Ostensibly, the purpose of this rebranding is to prevent scaring off iPhone owners from purchasing smartwatches running Android Wear, which for a long time has supported pairing with both Android and iOS devices. As Google puts it, Wear OS is “a wearables operating system for everyone.” Read More >>

Google Explains Why Android Wear Devices Have Vanished From Google Play

Google announced quite a lot of stuff on Wednesday night, but there was one notable absence from the presentation: Android Wear. To make matters worse, people noticed that the Android Wear section of Google Play had been taken down - leading many to wonder if Google had abandoned smartwatches. Now, though, we seem to have an answer. Read More >>

What the Heck Is Google’s Plan for Android Wear?

Take a moment and wander over to the online Google Store. You’ll see beautiful photos of every product announced earlier this week, and if you click on the links you can buy any of the items made by Google (including last year’s Google Home) or made for Google (a whole lot of headphones and phone cases). But Android Wear, and the whole slew of smartwatches powered by it, are nowhere to be found. What’s up with that? Read More >>

People Only Want Fossil’s Fashion Smartwatches If They’re Cheap as Hell

Fossil, a company that makes both analogue timepieces and smartwatches, reported its earnings last night and the results weren’t great. Not only did the watchmaker miss analyst estimates for Q4 2016, its outlook for 2017 is fairly bleak. CNBC reports that the stock is down nearly 20 per cent. Read More >>

LG Wins Race to Make First Android Wear 2.0 Watches

Google is presumably breathing a sigh of relief today as it appears that someone, at least, cares about its Android Wear platform - as LG has become the first manufacturer to announce new devices that will come with Android Wear 2.0 baked in. Read More >>

HTC’s Teamed up With Under Armour For an Android Wear Smartwatch

Undeterred by the fact that nobody actually needs one, it looks like HTC’s decided to built a smartwatch. The ‘Halfbeak’ has been leaked on Weibo, and the presence of an Under Armour logo suggests it’s going to break the mould by... tracking your steps and heart rate. Probably. Read More >>

Android Wear 2.0’s Launch Has Been Delayed Until Next Year

A couple of days ago, Google released a third preview version of Android Wear 2.0. With it came a bunch of interesting new features along with one bit of bad news: the preview is being extended into next year, so we won't be seeing the public release for quite some time. Read More >>

Asus’ ZenWatch 3 Promises to Address the Most Annoying Thing About Smartwatches

Last year, Asus’s ZenWatch 2 was a really great and eminently affordable Android Wear device. This year, Asus is back with the ZenWatch 3, and it is addressing the pathetic battery-life problems that have plagued smartwatches for years. Read More >>

Concept Renders Show Rumoured New Nexus Smartwatches

We are all sort of expecting Google to build and release some own-brand smartwatches at some point in the future, and now we've landed upon, in a roundabout way, some images showing us what to expect. Read More >>

Is Google Building a Nexus Smartwatch?

Alongside its two rumoured new Nexus smartphones, Google might just be working on its own wrist-bound companions, with AI Assistant integration. Android Police has what it says is exclusive information on not one, but two, different Android Wear smartwatch projects going on at Mountain View. Read More >>

Google’s Reportedly Making Two Nexus Smartwatches

Like an exasperated parent muttering something about horses and water, Google has decided to take Android Wear by the scruff of the neck and create a Nexus-branded line of smartwatches. That’s according to an extremely confident report from Android Police anyway. Read More >>

The Best and Worst From Google I/O (Updated Day 2)

The first Google I/O keynote just wrapped up and Sundar Pichai & Co had lots to say. New smart home gadgets! New all-powerful AI bots! New VR goodies! Next-generation messaging apps! Dad jokes and hijinks! Whoa. Read More >>

Android Wear 2.0 Focuses on What Smartwatches Do Best

Android Wear big boss David Singleton just showed a demo of Android Wear 2.0 at Google I/O. And man, is the new software full of good ideas. Read More >>

Counter-Strike on Android Wear Just Barely Works

Sixteen years ago, you needed a reasonably powerful computer to run Counter-Strike. Now you can play it on a damn smartwatch, although you’ll need to bring a pretty loose definition of “play” along for the ride. Read More >>

Where Is the iPod of Smartwatches?

The lifecycle of a new gadget is relatively predictable: When it’s brand new, only early adopters are interested. Once the technology matures, everybody buys one. But smartwatches still haven’t caught on with most people—and that’s because no one has made a smartwatch that’s worth its cost. Read More >>