Tag Archive: Wear

Runkeeper is killing its Wear OS app

Support will end with version 9.13 of the app.

What you need to know Runkeeper will end support for its Wear OS app starting with version 9.13 of the app. The app is being canned due to bugs, difficulty to maintain, and only a small portion of the community using it. This is another sign Wear OS is struggling as a platform, and according to recent sales data, it has only a tiny fraction of the wearables  [Read More…]

Samsung sees massive smartwatch growth in Q2 while Wear OS barely holds on

Apple still holds the top spot.

What you need to know The North American wearables market grew by 38% YoY in Q2 2019. Samsung saw a massive annual growth of 121% for a total market share of 24.1%. Wear OS is barely on the map, with Fossil Group having a 4.1% market share. Apple continues to dominate with 32% annual growth and 37.9% market share.

Research firm Canalys has released its numbers for the smart wearables market  [Read More…]

Fossil announces Gen 5 Wear OS smartwatch with Snapdragon Wear 3100

The watch also includes GPS, NFC, and a speaker.

What you need to know The Gen 5 Fossil Touchscreen Smartwatch has been announced. It’s powered by Wear OS and includes NFC, GPS, 3 ATM waterproofing, and a speaker. You can buy the Gen 5 watch right now for $ 295.

Fossil, one of the few brands that remains committed to Wear OS watches, has just unveiled the latest entry in its lineup — the Gen 5 Fossil  [Read More…]

Google ruined Wear OS

When Google decided to tackle the world of wearable devices, it began with Android Wear. Launched back in 2014, it would eventually become platform-agnostic and rebranded as Wear OS.

It would not be much of an exaggeration to say that Wear OS has been stagnant over the last few years. Sure, there have been minor, incremental updates, but Wear OS has constantly lagged behind the competition.

Over the last half decade Apple, FitBit, Garmin, and Samsung have gone on to  [Read More…]

Mobvoi TicWatch S2 review: Decent rugged smartwatch letdown by Wear OS

The TicWatch S2 is a decent option if you’re in the market for an affordable Wear OS smartwatch, but that’s not saying much.

Wear OS hasn’t gotten much love recently, and while Google rolled out a new Tiles feature that easily lets you view news headlines and your fitness goals, the platform as a whole needs an overhaul. Wear OS 2.0 was introduced last year, and while it brought forth a new interface, the underlying problems with  [Read More…]

How to pair your Bluetooth headphones with your Wear OS watch

In case you didn’t already know, it’s possible to pair Bluetooth headphones with your Wear OS watch. This is perfect for taking calls or listening to music because no one wants to listen to music coming out of that little speaker.

Follow the steps below and your favorite Bluetooth headphones will be paired with your watch in no time.

Initiate pairing on your Bluetooth headphones Swipe down the quick toggle panel on your Wear OS watch Tap on the settings  [Read More…]

Wear OS gets helpful “Tiles” widgets for improved user experience

Google, in its continual process to refine and enhance the Wear OS (formerly Android Wear), experience, has rolled out a new feature for its wearable platform.

The latest change, Tiles, are glanceable widgets that can be swiped for information. Users can swipe to the left to pull up the tiles which can include details such as weather, calendar appointments, heart rate, news headlines, timer, and more.

Whether you’re into headlines or heartbeats, you can tailor your watch to meet  [Read More…]

Wear OS’s interface is changing once again with the introduction of Tiles

They’re replacing the dedicated Google Fit page.

Late last year, Google launched Wear OS 2.0 — a huge overhaul for its wearable operating system that aimed to make Wear OS simpler and easier to use. A big part of Wear OS 2.0 focused on new swipe gestures, and with another update that’s rolling out now, Google’s slightly tweaking how these work with the introduction of Tiles.

Prior to this change, Wear OS consisted of four main swipes:

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Google Fit launches on iOS with support for Wear OS and Apple Watch

It’s available to download starting today.

Last year, Google completely overhauled Google Fit with a much-needed update. It’s been a great experience so far on Android, and as of April 24, it’s now heading to iOS.

Similar to Google Fit on Android, the iOS app tracks your activity in two main categories — Heart Points and Move Minutes. Heart Points are earned for intensive workouts and Move Minutes add up throughout the day as you keep moving.

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Mobvoi TicWatch S2: The best budget Wear OS watch

Apple iPhone owners have it easy. Do you want a smartwatch to pair with your smartphone? You buy an Apple Watch and go about your way. The Apple Watch is shockingly good and it stands as the only reason I carry the iPhone as my secondary device.

If you’re on team Android, the field is a lot more muddled.

You have plenty of options, but there are few distinguishing details aside from price tag. Most of the watches currently on  [Read More…]