Google has officially announced just this week that its operating system for wearable devices, Android Wear, will now henceforth be called Wear OS. Many will no doubt notice that the name change involves basically just the removal of the word Android. The tech giant has made it clear that this move is by design, which will be explained shortly.
Well known Swiss watch maker TAG Heuer has effectively confirmed that it will be officially announcing a new Connected smartwatch device this coming March 14th. The company has already released a teaser by way of Twitter promoting its upcoming latest wearable offering. Based on the teaser so far, there seems to be no major departure in terms of the design, although there is talk that this time around, the new smartwatch will come with tweaks to make it more appropriate to be worn on women’s wrists. It goes without saying that the previous model was a bit chunky, i.e. better suited for men’s more bulky wrists.
LG has confirmed this week during the Mobile World Congress being held in the city of Barcelona in Spain that it has plans of bringing back its LG Watch Urbane LTE 2nd Edition in the later part of 2016, as explained by a spokesperson for the South Korean tech giant. Back in November of last year, it was reported that LG had stopped taking orders for its Urbane LTE 2nd Edition smartwatch, due to an unspecified issue concerning hardware components of the wearable device (it turned out to be issues with the smartwatch’s display screen).
During the final quarter of last year, shipments of smartwatch devices across the globe have outpaced shipments of Swiss watches, according to information provided by market research firm Strategy Analytics just this week. This marks the first time that smartwatches have surpassed Swiss watches in terms of worldwide shipment volume. Big credit, of course, goes to the Apple Watch, the first and only wearable device produced by Apple so far. Ever since the device’s release back in April of last year, it has led smartwatch sales all over the world by a clear mile.
It is a good bet that when you take any smartwatch that runs on the Android Wear operating system, it will feature one of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 400 series of processors. Not many people may know this, but apart from being the foremost supplier of chip sets for mobile devices, Qualcomm also has done a pretty good job in producing processors for smartwatches. The company’s dominance in that regard is about to continue with its latest announcement.
LG has decided to stop the sales of its Urbane Second Edition smartwatch just over a week after the Android Wear powered wearable device hit store shelves across the United States. As explained by the South Korean mobile giant, the reason behind the cancellation of the rollout of its newest smartwatch was an unnamed issue concerning the hardware of the wearable device. As of now, the company has not announced when or if the Urbane Second Edition smartwatch will be sold again at a later date.
Mark this down as another win for Android users, especially those who own, or are planning to get, wearable devices, particularly those that are powered by the Android platform. Google has officially announced that it has finally added cellular connectivity to Android Wear, the operating system that the tech giant designed specifically for smartwatches and other wearable devices. This latest development from the company could finally pave the way for more smartwatches to function independently from the smartphones they are paired with.
LG has officially introduced the V10, a new smartphone that features a second screen, and the Watch Urbane Second Edition, a new wearable device that can double as a cell phone. The South Korean phone maker had sent out invitations for this unveiling event earlier in September of this year. The LG V10 phablet is the first of a new line of Android devices from LG that sports a secondary, fully independent screen inset above its primary 5.7 inch display screen.
It appears that Google is on a mission to have as many wearable devices powered by its Android Wear mobile operating system used by as many people as possible. The company is even willing to go into enemy territory in order to do so, or as suggested by early reports. Well, it turns out the rumors are true, as the tech giant recently revealed that smartwatches that run on Android Wear can now actually work with Apple's iPhone devices.
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