Report: Google working on Pixel-branded Wear OS smartwatch

May 14, 2018

Image: pete pachal/mashable Google plans on launching up to three Pixel-branded smartwatches this fall, according to VentureBeat mobile reporter Evan Blass, who cites a “reliable source.”  SEE ALSO: Google accidentally confirms Pixel 3 in new Android source code Such a watch would almost certainly be powered by Google’s Wear OS (formerly Android Wear). It would likely also incorporate Qualcomm’s upcoming wearable chip, which Google helped design.  Qualcomm’s senior director of…

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Android Wear renamed to Wear OS

March 16, 2018

A handful of the new Android Wear smartwatches from the likes of Fossil and Michael Kors.Image: raymond wong/mashable Google’s Android Wear is dead — the name, not the platform. Ahead of Baselworld, an annual watch and jewelry show, Google is rebranding its smartwatch software as Wear OS. SEE ALSO: Hands on with the Fitbit Versa, a smartwatch for everyone Contrary to popular belief, Google’s smartwatch platform apparently isn’t dead. Though…

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Why Android Wear isn’t dead just yet

August 3, 2017

A handful of the new Android Wear smartwatches from the likes of Fossil and Michael Kors.Image: raymond wong/mashable Google’s Android Wear smartwatch platform isn’t dead. It’s just pivoting from a do-everything experience on your wrist to one that’s better customized for your own fashion and lifestyle. That’s good because I don’t want a world where the Apple Watch is the only smartwatch that matters. It’d be too dystopian. SEE ALSO:…

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It’s time to stop pretending smartwatches are useful in any way

May 28, 2017

The CEO of Chinese electronics maker Huawei raised eyebrows this week when he publicly trashed smartwatches. I am always confused as to what smartwatches are for when we have smartphones, Eric Xu Zhijun said, adding that he would never ever wear one himself despite the fact that his own company makes them. That may strike some as cold but his words should serve as a much-needed reality check to anyone…

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