Developer Mohammad Abu-Garbeyyeh has been making quite the buzz lately with his work on pairing Android Wear with iOS. In his first video, he showed the Moto 360 receiving notifications after pairing it with an iPhone. Then in his second video, he showed that you can answer phone calls using Android Wear.
Now in his third video, he demonstrates that Android Wear’s native music controls can control music being played on the iPhone.
This is all pretty cool, but I am not sure that many iOS users would jump on the Android Wear bandwagon instead of the Apple Watch, but it’s nice to have the option. Check out the video below and let us know what you think.
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There’s a lot that Android enthusiasts don’t like about the new Samsung Galaxy S6 – its lack of microSD slot immediately springs to mind as well as its lack of removeable battery. The list is exhaustive, as it usually is, but in the bigger picture where Samsung is doing battle with Apple for top dog […]
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If you’re an iPhone user that’s just not happy with the current selection of smartwatches, well, you’re probably on the wrong website, but there’s some good news on the horizon. Developer Mohammad Abu-Garbeyyeh recently released a video showing off how he paired a Moto 360 with an iPhone through some clever workarounds. Most of the functionality was borked, but you could at least check some text messages.
Today, he’s shown off some new progress on pairing the two together. It’s not a ton of improvement, but he’s able to answer a phone call made to the iPhone right from the Moto 360. There’s no jailbreaking, rooting, or anything else done to make this work. Just a simple APK sideloaded onto the Moto 360.
While developers like this are working at making Android Wear compatible with iOS, Google is supposedly working on their own iOS app to enable compatibility. Who do you think will get things working first?
source: Techno Buffalo
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Almost every carrier and hardware manufacturer has some form of an incentive program to gain customers. Whether it is paying for fees or offering credit for old devices, consumers have it made to get value when making a decision. Apple, however, has not entered this kind of territory. The company has long had its Apple Reuse and Recycle Program but that kept trade-ins restricted to its own products. That will all change as Apple is preparing a more generalized trade-in program.
Owners of non-Apple smartphones will be able to recycle and trade-in their devices for credit from Apple, according to 9to5Mac. The company-issued gift cards that accompany the trade-in are tasked with converting consumers into buyers of an iPhone. The value of the devices being swapped is based on both looks and operative status.
Training for the new program starts by the end of this week with a launch scheduled in the coming weeks. To make the trade-in process as seamless as possible, Apple employees in retail locations will offer to port contacts to a consumer’s new iPhone. All other data must be moved manually by the device owner.
When Apple launches this trade-in program, will you be interested in jumping ship from Android? Let us know in the comments.
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Apple’s recently announced MacBook and Watch both understand the difference between a gentle press and a hard shove. It should surprise nobody that the company is likely to add this technology, dubbed Force Touch, to the next generation of iPhones. The Wall Street Journal has called around its circle of people familiar with the matter, who all say that it’ll be the headline feature for the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. In addition, those in the know believe we’ll soon get a fourth color option to choose from: pink.
Broadly speaking, Force Touch enables a new level of control by responding to the heaviness of your touch. At the launch, Apple’s Phil Schiller showed how you could speed up a fast forward action just by pressing harder on the MacBook’s touch pad. On an iPhone, hard presses could replace toggles (stab the screen for a capital letter, for instance) as well as making media controls and apps more responsive. It’s just a rumor for now, but one that ticks all of the boxes marked “plausible.”
Source: Wall Street Journal
I was never a watch guy. Actually, let me rephrase — I was never a watch guy until I bought a Tissot online for giggles (and about $350). That day sort of changed the way I looked at these seemingly archaic wrist appliances. They become a statement about you. They can make you feel awesome. And, perhaps most importantly to Apple, they can stop being a thing you wear and become something you don’t want to take on your day without. With all that said, and given my general lack of expertise in horology, I did the only sensible thing I could. I strapped on the $12,000, yellow gold Apple Watch Edition in an incredibly dark room and took it for a spin.
A brief aside: Yes, $12,000. That’s how much Apple is asking for the 42mm Apple Watch Edition, and it’s a princely sum no matter how you slice it. We’ll get back to that a little later.
Despite the differences in materials, all three versions of the Apple Watch feel very similar once you’ve got ‘em strapped on. The 42mm versions are just a touch more substantial thanks to the slightly bigger chassis and battery (I’m told the difference in battery life is super small), but you’re not going to notice the difference. My go-to watch is a stainless steel Mondaine and the Watch felt dramatically heftier, only natural considering all the stuff that’s been crammed into it — it’s also got more weight to it than an ASUS ZenWatch, the Android Wear watch that Apple’s work most closely resembles. Don’t worry: You might not love the shape, but the Watch feels suitably expensive.
I was a little concerned about the digital crown at first, given how integral it is to actually using the watch — you’ll press it to view that constellation of apps, turn it to zoom in and out and double-tap it to bring up your watch face. It’ll sound minor, but there’s plenty of resistance to be felt as you start turning it, and that helps make the whole thing feel a little more measured and (dare I say) premium. You’ll be doing quite a lot of force touching as well, which works exactly the way it sounds — pressing down and holding lets you swap through the 10 available watch faces. Let’s be honest here: I’m not entirely sure what force touching brings to the table that a standard long press doesn’t. Apple just might be trying to save us all fractions of seconds of interaction so we can go back to our lives as quickly as possible, but I’m not convinced yet.
Moving on. Obviously, the software’s still not ready for public consumption — Apple staffers seemed to cycle through two demo Siri questions ad infinitum — but interacting with the Watch does seem more thoughtful and elegant than earlier reports might’ve suggested. What seems most immediately useful are the Glances, little applets that are invoked when you swipe up from the bottom of the screen. Need to check stocks? Toggle Bluetooth? You’ll be able to do that without having to dive into your app galaxy — just swipe up and take a gander. Meanwhile, smart approaches to third-party apps like WeChat and Uber only extend the value of a device that plenty of people would’ve kneejerk-bought anyway.
As I noted during our liveblog, Tim Cook made several attempts to frame the Watch not as a gadget, but as a companion. It’ll remind you “like a friend does.” It’s like having a “coach on your wrist.” I’ve admittedly only spent maybe 20 minutes with the Watch lashed to my wrist, and I spent that entire time waiting to be struck with a flash of inspiration along the lines of what Cook envisioned. “Oh,” I thought I’d say. “That’s why it’ll be worth buying one of these things.”
The epiphany I was half-hoping for never materialized… but that’s not to say it won’t. Apple’s Watch is ambitious in a way that few devices are, and its true value (which I suspect will come in the form of dev support) isn’t obvious to me just yet.
I’ll update this story with further impressions after I do a little more playing.
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According to a French source, Google is planning to bring Android Wear to iPhone owners. This is unconfirmed at this point, but makes sense given Google’s willingness to improve Android Wear marketshare.
The smartwatch OS is currently an exclusive to Android smartphones, so it will certainly be a surprise if the company bakes in support for the competing iOS devices. This might perhaps be the only way to stop Apple device owners from getting the Apple Watch, which will release this Spring.
Even if Google does introduce support for iPhones, users won’t be able to install third party apps like on their Android devices, so functionality will be very limited. The fact that Google has merely said that they don’t have anything to share at this time sparks off speculation that the Mountain View giant is working on something.
What do you think?
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If you carry an iPhone but would rather accessorize it with a Moto 360 than an Apple Watch, you might just get that choice without resorting to unofficial tricks. Sources for French outlet 01net claim that Google is “preparing to launch” an iOS version of its Android Wear app. There aren’t any other details, although it’s safe to say that third-party app support would require additional effort — it wouldn’t be an Android-to-Android connection any more, after all. This is very much a rumor and may not pan out, so don’t assume that you’ll be strapping on a Huawei Watch any time soon. With that said, Google isn’t strictly denying that something is afoot. The folks in Mountain View say they “don’t have anything to share at this time,” so hope springs eternal.
Source: 01net (translated)
Dropbox just scored a huge deal that will not only put its cloud storage in front of a lot of people, but help you safeguard your smartphone’s data. The company has forged a partnership with Vodafone that both gives the carrier’s Android and iPhone users 25GB of free space for a year and integrates Dropbox into Vodafone’s new Backup+ service. Rather than depend on a specialized backup space, you simply save your valuable files to Dropbox — you can restore content on other devices and share it with friends without having to use two services or limit the kind of data you protect. The Backup+ app will be available as soon as the end of March, although the service itself will take a few months to reach “most” Vodafone areas.
As you already know, Android Wear watches and iPhones aren’t compatible. Despite Google claiming that they’ll work on supporting iPhones in the future, to this day you’re still out of luck.
But that hasn’t stopped one intrepid Android developer from getting the two devices to engage in some friendly, albeit limited, dialog.
Android developer Mohammad Abu-Garbeyyeh figured out that if you just treat the Android Wear watch like a Pebble watch, and you’re using iOS 7 or later, you can use Apple’s Notification Center Service to deliver iPhone notifications to your Android Wear smart-watch. Abu-Garbeyyeh then used an app on his Moto 360 to catch the incoming notification and present it for him to view.
If you’re wanting to go above reading notifications, like getting directions or making use of the smart-watch’s sensors to deliver biometrics to your iPhone, it won’t work. For that, you’re still going to need an Android device with the Android Wear app. As for the smart-watch app that Abu-Garbeyyeh uses, he says that if enough interest is gathered, he’d make the app available for download.
Source: The Verge
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