Oreo update begins going out to Android Wear smartwatches today

It’s not often that we get news regarding Android Wear, but that’s exactly what’s happened today, and it’s pretty exciting news at that. Android Oreo is starting its rollout to Android Wear devices. Googler Hoi Lam announced the news on Google+, adding that the timing of each device’s update is determined by the manufacturer. The Oreo update for Android Wear brings with it new features like a notification vibration strength setting and a touch lock option for wet [Read Entire Story]

Samsung releases Gear S3 Value Pack update with new features, UI improvements

Heads up, Samsung Gear S3 owners, because there’s a significant update coming your way. Samsung today announced its Value Pack update for its Gear S3 smartwatches. This update brings several notable features and helps to make the experience of using the Gear S3 better. Included in the update are some improvements to the Gear S3′s workout functionality. Real-time heart rate monitoring now has improved accuracy and detailed feedback, and users can also better track their nutrition [Read Entire Story]

Google able to release new Android Wear features through the Play Store

Heads up, Android Wear fans, because you recently received some new features and will be getting more through the Play Store. Google employee Hoi Lam recently revealed that Android Wear 2.0 watches can get new features through the Play Store. This can happen when the Android Wear app on your watch is updated. An update was released this way last week, bringing with it new features like: 3rd party chat app support in Contacts Reduce accidental entry into the watch face picker Improve Play Store [Read Entire Story]

Huawei Watch sale knocks price down to $199.99, Huawei Mate 9 drops to $449.99

Amazon today kicked off some deals on a new wearable and a new smartphone. First up, Amazon is selling the Huawei Watch for $199.99, which is $200 off its regular price. That price is good for the Black Stainless Steel with Black Stainless Steel Link Band model, and the watches that are being sold are brand new and are shipped from and sold by Amazon. B&H Photo Video is also selling the Huawei Watch in Black Stainless Steel for $199.99. While the successor to the Huawei Watch did recently [Read Entire Story]

Samsung Gear Sport smartwatch tipped by FCC entry

Looks like the Galaxy Note 8 may not be the only thing that Samsung announces later this month. A new Samsung smartwatch has been spotted in the FCC database. The image for the device’s FCC ID label shows that the smartwatch’s name is the Samsung Gear Sport and that its model number is SM-R600. We can also see a few squarish cutouts on the backside that could be used for heart rate sensors. Most of the features of this Samsung Gear Sport are missing from this FCC entry, but the documents do list [Read Entire Story]

Samsung Galaxy S8 Active official with ruggedized frame, 4000mAh battery

There’s another new member of Samsung’s Galaxy S Active family of smartphones. The Samsung Galaxy S8 Active will be available for pre-order from AT&T on August 8th, with a full launch happening August 11th. Pricing will be $28.34 per month for 30 months. The new Galaxy S8 Active will be exclusively available at AT&T “for a limited time.” AT&T is celebrating the launch of the GS8 Active with a few promos that apply to both the new Galaxy S8 Active and the non-Active Galaxy S8 and [Read Entire Story]

Casio WSD-F10 rugged Android Wear smartwatch gets $149 discount

Amazon’s Prime Day 2017 deals won’t kick off for a few more hours, but if you’re ready to start saving money now, you can get a deal on a new Android Wear smartwatch. The Casio WSD-F10 Smart Outdoor Watch is now on sale at Amazon for $249.99. That’s $149 off the device’s normal price and half off the price that the WSD-F10 launched with last year. This deal is only available today, July 10th. It’s good on all four colors of the Casio WSD-F10: orange, black, red, and green. Casio’s WSD-F10 is a [Read Entire Story]

Samsung Gear 360 (2017) gets $40 discount at Amazon

Samsung’s new Gear 360 camera has only been available for around a month now, but Amazon is already offering the device at a solid discount. Amazon is selling the Gear 360 (2017) for $189.36, which is $40 off its normal asking price. The Gear 360 is in stock and ready to ship, and it’s also available for two-day shipping for Amazon Prime members. The Gear 360 (2017) lets you capture 360-degree video in 4K as well as 360-degree images. It also offers live streaming support when you pair your Gear [Read Entire Story]

Google says Galaxy S8 will be updated to support Daydream VR, standalone VR headsets also in the works

In addition to Google Home, Google Assistant, and Android O, Google’s Daydream virtual reality effort got some stage time during today’s I/O keynote. Google revealed today that the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ will be updated to support Daydream VR this summer. This is big news for the Daydream platform, as the GS8 and GS8+ are sure to be two of 2017’s biggest Android releases. This news is also notable because Samsung already has its own VR platform that the GS8 and GS8+ support, called Gear VR, [Read Entire Story]

Huawei Watch Black Stainless Steel model on sale at Amazon for $249.99

We’ve seen quite a few Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches debut lately, but if none of them have piqued your interest, there’s currently a nice deal on an older Android Wear smartwatch. Amazon is selling the Huawei Watch in Black Stainless Steel for $249.99. That’s $150 off the regular asking price and $200 off the price that the Black Stainless Steel model had when it launched in 2015. The Huawei Watch is among the smartwatches that’ll be updated to Android Wear 2.0, which will add new features like [Read Entire Story]

Movado, Hugo Boss, and Tommy Hilfiger prepping Android Wear smartwatches

There’s a big watch show happening in Switzerland right now, and today some new Android Wear smartwatches were announced there. The Movado Connect collection will include five men’s styles, and Movado plans to include more than 100 dial designs that are based on the company’s single dot design that it’s become known for. Spec details for the Connect are light, but Movado does say that it’s running Android Wear 2.0 and that it’s got “smooth edge-to-edge crystal” and an always-on display. Wareable [Read Entire Story]

Montblanc getting into Android Wear with the Summit luxury smartwatch

Days after TAG Heuer unveiled its latest smartwatch, another luxury Android Wear device has made its debut. The Montblanc Summit is now official. It’s an Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch with a fully-round 1.39-inch 400×400 AMOLED display that’s also got curved sapphire glass. The 46mm case is 12.5mm thick and is available in steel and titanium finishes. It’s also IP68-rated for dust and water resistance. Powering the Summit is a combination of a Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor, 512MB of RAM, and [Read Entire Story]

Samsung Gear VR gains a controller

Today turned out to be a pretty big day for Samsung at MWC 2017. In addition to introducing a new Android tablet and teasing its next flagship, the company debuted a new controller for the Gear VR. The Gear VR with Controller is a bundle that includes a Gear VR headset and a wireless controller. That controller includes a touchpad and Home, Volume, and Back buttons, letting you use those features with the controller in your hand rather than making you reach up to your headset overtime you want [Read Entire Story]

AT&T Unlimited Plus and Choice plans official, coming March 2

The unlimited data war in the US continues this evening. AT&T says that this Thursday, March 2, it’ll launch two new unlimited data plans. The first is Unlimited Plus, which starts at $90 per month for a single line with autopay and paperless billing and goes up to $145 per month for two lines and then $20 per line per month for additional lines. With Unlimited Plus, you’ll get unlimited talk, text, and data, HD video streaming with Stream Saver turned off, and 10GB of high-speed mobile [Read Entire Story]

Huawei Watch 2 leaks out in a trio of colors

The Huawei Watch 2 is due to be unveiled this weekend, but thanks to the rumor mill, we’re getting a look at the new Android Wear smartwatch today. Several press renders of the Huawei Watch 2 have been shared by VentureBeat. Not only do the images give us a look at the Huawei Watch 2 from several angles, but they also show off the three colors that the device will be available in: black, orange, and gray with light flecks. When it comes to features, the Huawei Watch 2 is expected to include a [Read Entire Story]

ZTE Quartz leak shows off a round Android Wear smartwatch

Google and LG are expected to debut new Android Wear smartwatches tomorrow, but they aren’t the only companies prepping new Android Wear hardware. A new image of the ZTE Quartz has been leaked by VentureBeat, revealing ZTE’s first Android Wear smartwatch. Details about the device are light, but ZTE USA CEO Lixin Cheng recently confirmed that ZTE is prepping an Android Wear smartwatch and that the device will include LTE connectivity that’ll enable it to work without a paired to a [Read Entire Story]

Android Pay for Android Wear shown off in new screenshots

Tomorrow’s the day that Google is expected to launch Android Wear 2.0, but we don’t have to wait until then to see one of the update’s biggest new features. Google has posted screenshots of the Android Pay app for Android Wear. The images, which can be found on Android Pay’s Play Store page, show off a few of the app’s screens. First up, you can see a screen that shows your active card and the prompt “Hold to terminal…” so you know how to pay using your watch. The second screenshot shows [Read Entire Story]

LG Watch Style leak offers clear images of the Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch

The LG G6 has been leaking quite a lot lately, but it’s not the only major new device that LG is cooking up. Rumors say that the company is also prepping a couple of new Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches with Google, and now some clear images of one watch have leaked out. The device you’re looking at below is the LG Watch Style. The images, which come to us from Evan Blass, so a round-faced Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch with a digital crown on the side of the case. This crown can be used to navigate [Read Entire Story]

LG G6 leaks continue as new image surfaces

Today’s been a big day for unannounced flagship smartphone leaks, with both the Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG G6 leaking out. Now the G6 is back for round two. A new photo of the LG G6 has leaked out, giving us another look at the top half of the device. Once again, we’re treated to a view of the top half of the LG G6, but this time we’re looking at the other side, which is home to what looks to be the SIM card slot. This leaked image shows off the G6’s metal frame and front-facing camera, as well as [Read Entire Story]

Hugo Barra joining Facebook as VP of VR

After spending time at Google and Xiaomi, the next landing spot for Hugo Barra has been revealed. Hugo Barra will join Facebook as the company’s Vice President of Virtual Reality. The news was announced by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who said that Barra would lead all of Facebook’s VR efforts, including Oculus. Here’s Zuckerberg’s full statement on the Barra news: “I’m excited that Hugo Barra is joining Facebook to lead all of our virtual reality efforts, including our Oculus team. [Read Entire Story]

New leaks show LG G6, LG and Google’s upcoming Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches

It’s expected that we’re going to see some high-profile devices from LG in the next month or so, including a new flagship smartphone and a pair of Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches. But before those products are officially announced, the rumor mill has churned out images of them all. First up, the LG G6 has leaked. Specifically, the upper half of the front of the LG G6 has leaked. An image shared by The Verge shows part of LG’s next Android flagship, complete with a metal and glass body and slim [Read Entire Story]

Google’s Android One program said to be US-bound, first low-cost smartphone due by mid-year

It’s expected that Google will launch its first Android Wear smartwatches in February, and in the following months, we could see another major launch from Google. A new report says that Google is bringing its Android One program to the US. The Android One program places a focus on affordable smartphones that offer timely software updates, and sources tell The Information that Google will launch the first Android One phone in the US by the middle of 2017. It’s unclear which manufacturer will make [Read Entire Story]