Google confirms all smartwatches eligible for Android Wear Oreo upgrade

Google released a few days ago the so-called Android Wear Oreo update for smartwatches, an update that many customers have been waiting for. The update brings quite a lot of new features and improvements such as notification channels for apps, support for 7 new languages, the option to toggle for manually enabling “Battery saver” mode, and many more.

However, Google did not confirm which smartwatch are eligible for the Android Wear Oreo update that’s currently rolling out to some customers. Today, the search giant rectified that small mistake and published the full …


Oreo rollout for Android Wear devices begins today, here's what's new

Google has been on a roll over the past week. After releasing the December security patch, Android Oreo 8.1, Android Oreo Go, and Chrome 63, the tech giant has now announced the rollout of Android Oreo for wearable devices. 

The update is perhaps smaller than some would have expected, but it does bring a few changes on board. Here’s the complete list of new features: 
Vibration settings for notifications – Normal, Long, and DoubleTouch lock feature allows users to disable touch-to-wake functionality. Useful …

New Android Wear update brings recent app complication, connection indicators, and more

Android Wear, Google’s OS for smartwatches and wearables, has received a new update. Version 2.6 of the software brings several notable quality-of-life features.

First off, the text size of notifications will adapt in accordance with the length of a given message. This means that notifications containing more symbols will be shown in smaller text and vice versa, with Google stating that the changes should allow an extra line of text to appear in most cases. 
The Quick Settings shade has also seen some augmentations – connection …

Don't worry, Android Wear is alive – here's why Google dropped it from its store

Yesterday, we reported that Google has dropped all Android Wear devices altogether closed the Android Wear section from its online store, which was quickly deemed this as the illogical and rather untimely death of El Goog’s smartwatch platform. 
Thankfully, its seems that this is not the case. Hoi Lam, a Google expert for all things Android Wear-related, stated on Twitter that the wearable platform isn’t going the way of the dinosaurs – it’s just getting moved elsewhere. It seems that a recent change in the Google Store policy has the latter only stocking …

Android Wear 2.0 starts rolling out for AT&T's LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition


Great news for LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition owners who purchase their smartwatches through AT&T, as the carrier has just announced Android Wear 2.0 is now being pushed to the wearable device.

AT&T’s LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition is the last version of the smartwatch received this update after Verizon released it about a month ago. Not to mention the first generation model got Android Wear 2.0 back in April.

It’s been almost seven months since Google launched Android Wear 2.0, but it looks like carriers have been delaying the release of the update for quite a long time.

Anyway, …

Stuck on Android Wear 1.0? Your watch will soon support standalone apps

Android Wear 2.0’s rollout was infamously terrible, thanks to bugs finding their way into the final release, combined with the classic Android sluggish update pace. But most of this is in the past now — Wear 2.0 has made its way to pretty much all of the devices it was promised to, though that does leave some older wearables like the original Moto 360 out in the cold.

But Google has recently made a change to its Play Store policies which should be very good news to all the users out there still stuck on the older version of the OS. Namely, it now …

The iPhone 8 will wear its display "cutout" loud and proud, new report suggests

The “notch” or “cutout” at the top of iPhone 8’s display has been a polarizing topic among fans ever since the first legitimate schematics for the device leaked online. The so-called notch houses a number of important sensors for biometric authentication, as well as the phone’s front-facing camera, but many were hoping that Apple would opt to to hide the notch by blending it with a dark status bar.

This would have been a viable option, since the iPhone 8 is outfitted with an OLED display, and the cutout would have blended nicely with a black status bar, …

Motorola decides to roll out Android Wear 2.0 for Moto 360 Sport

Motorola has just announced that one of its smartwatches, the Moto 360 Sport will finally receive the long-awaited Android Wear 2.0 update. After updating the second-generation Moto 360 back in May, Motorola backtrack on its plans to leave the Moto 360 Sport without the update.

Unfortunately, the Moto 360 Sport did not sell well at all, which forced Motorola to pull the smartwatch from Google Play Store. That’s the main reason Android Wear 2.0 was delayed until now, and probably why Motorola was considering not offering the update at all.

Today, the US-based …

Android Wear bug leaves Google Assistant unable to do anything but basic search requests

A bug affecting smartwatches running Android Wear 2.0 is preventing Google Assistant from fully working on the platform. Actually, the virtual assistant will still run very simple Google searches. What it won’t do is set alarm times, send text messages or control smart appliances to name a few features. A community manager keeping his eye on the Android Wear Help Forum posted a message revealing that Google is aware of the problem and is “gathering bug reports.”

While most of the incidents surrounding Google Assistant deal with the version of the virtual personal assistant employed on Android …

Android Wear 2.0 for Asus ZenWatch 2 rolling out now

The ZenWatch 2 is the newest Asus smartwatch to receive the long-awaited Android Wear 2.0 update. Much later than expected, Asus has kicked off the rollout of the update, but only a small percentage of ZenWatch 2 owners will get the update in the first day.

Looking back in retrospective, Asus is one of the last companies that have delivered on their promise to upgrade its smartwatches to Android Wear 2.0. For some reason, Asus delayed the update for the ZenWatch 2 and 3 a couple of times.

Even now, Asus says Android Wear 2.0 for ZenWatch 2 will be deployed …