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11
Nov

Snag a 1st Gen Moto 360 for $99.99 from Google



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The holiday shopping season is fast approaching. In a few short weeks retailers will fighting for your hard-earned dollar on Black Friday. Some of you might even be fighting your fellow shopper for a door buster deal. Hopefully many of you will shop online and just tackle UPS or FedEx in your driveway. For those who still haven’t pulled the trigger on an Android Wear device, Google has your back right now with the 1st Gen Moto 360 for $99.99


At that price you could get yourself one and someone else one too. Google is offering up the Android Wear toting smartwatch in black on black or silver on grey. While it isn’t as customizable on the outside as the new 360, it is hard to not want to drop a Benjamin for it. Especially if you don’t have an Android Wear watch, or know someone who has really wanted one for a while. Head off to the Google Store and get your 1st Gen Moto 360 ordered today.

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11
Nov

First generation Moto 360 is now only $100


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The first generation of the Moto 360 turned heads last year, with some calling it perhaps the best Android Wear device to-date.  Back then it would have cost you $250, but this week the price just dropped from $149.99 to $99.99 at the Google Store.

If you’re looking for style, the Moto 360 (Gen I) has it in spades. Its minimalist design allows it to elegantly with pair with a variety of ensembles, and it’s round face struck many as a refreshing, retro-futuristic design move. The screen face is a little bit too big for some, especially those with narrower wrists, but the larger display brings ease of interaction and readability to this small device.

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The second generation of the Moto 360 took things up a notch both visually and in terms of specs. Admittedly, the first generation Moto 360 doesn’t quite have the power to run the large, circular screen as swiftly and responsively as users have come to expect from their smartphones, and the battery life ranges from about 8-14 hours, depending on usage. For some, this saw the Moto 360 (Gen I) dying just before bedtime each day. The Moto 360 (Gen II) increased processing power, RAM, and battery life… but the pricetag on that gorgeous beast still towers over its still-functional predecessor at $300.

If you’re looking to give Android Wear a spin for the first time, and you want something that’s attractive and effective – if not the absolute bleeding edge of the industry – maybe it’s time to give the Moto 360 (Gen I) a whirl. It’s never been more affordable to get this much style and usefulness out of an Android Wear device.

Get it at the Google Store

5
Nov

Motorola has opened a pop-up store in downtown Chicago to aid holiday shopping



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Everybody loves a good pop-up store – or at least, that’s what Motorola is hoping. Motorola has opened a pop-up store in downtown Chicago which will officially open its doors on November 7th and will sell Motorola’s full range of commercially available devices. While having a physical store might seem like a bit of a boon considering how convenient shopping online is, Motorola has actually provided pretty much all options that available on their websites in physical form. That includes a huge assortment of coloured cases and devices for Motorola’s smartphone range as well as all combinations available for the new Moto 360 smartwatch – it’s pretty much a physical Moto Maker store.

Motorola has opened a pop-up store in downtown Chicago
Motorola has opened a pop-up store in downtown Chicago
Motorola has opened a pop-up store in downtown Chicago
Motorola has opened a pop-up store in downtown Chicago

The other neat thing about Motorola’s pop-up store is that they have an area dedicated to the recently released Motorola Droid Turbo 2 which was heavily marketed to have a shatterproof screen. Dubbed the Drop Zone, customers will be able to test exactly how shatterproof the ShatterShield display on the Droid Turbo 2 is on surfaces like tiles and concrete. Motorola is also going to have a proper opening celebration on November 14th, so try and make it down there if you’re in the area.


What do you think about the Motorola pop-up store? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Motorola via Phandroid

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25
Oct

Two week impressions with the Moto 360 2nd gen



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Motorola’s Android Wear-toting Moto 360 smartwatch is the watch the started it all about a year and a half ago. It was easily the watch to lust over and own. Now we have the much anticipated 2nd gen, or 2015, model from Motorola. While the changes are light years ahead of the competition, the changes with internal hardware, external looks and options certainly make it the next big Android Wear success from Motorola.

Over the last two weeks I have been given the opportunity to give the new Moto 360 a test run. To see how it performs, how it feels and how it fits into my life. Also, up until now I personally saw Android Wear, and any other platform that put a touch screen on my wrist, as unnecessary. That didn’t mean I didn’t think it was pretty cool. I also read plenty of complaints from end users over battery life, cracked backs, sluggish performance and various other issues that kept me at bay from wanting to get one. That also means the the Moto 360 2nd gen (2015) is my first true experience with Android Wear.

Specs:

Mens 42mm and Womens:

  • 1.37-inch 263ppi (360 x 325) screen
  • 300mAh battery

Mens 46mm:

  • 1.56-inch 233ppi (360 x 330) screen
  • 4000mAh battery

All variants:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core 1.2GHz processor
  • Adreno 305 with 450MHz GPU
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 4GB internal storage
  • Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
  • Dual digital mics

Sensors:

  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • Gyroscope
  • Vibration/Haptics engine

Critical design changes:

Not owning or using the first gen Moto 360 leaves me at a bit of a disadvantage compared to other reviewers out there. I do work in a retail store with a dummy unit and a number of associates have been kind enough to chime in with a few images for reference. The two most notable changes to the design from the 1st gen to the second gen are size options and how bands attach.

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The Moto 360 now comes in two different housing sizes with three different watch band sizes. You have the Men’s 46mm housing which uses 22mm watch bands, a Men’s 42mm housing which uses a 20mm watch band and a Woman’s 42mm housing which uses a 16mm watch band. I chose the larger 46mm housing for my experience, even though I have smaller, more girlie wrists.

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The physical size changes are accompanied by a more traditional watch band attachment set of arms that taper down off the housing. The previous model tucked the band up under the watch which resulted in a number of complaints and issues of stress fractures on the backside of the watch. The arms not only remove this issue, but make it extremely simple to change out bands.

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Motorola also relocated the physical button that is found on the right hand side of the housing. Instead of sitting dead center it is now off set towards the top. Pressing the button when you need to feels natural with your index finger.

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They also moved the mic hole closer to the bottom instead of dead center on the opposite side as well. I am sure this helps with recognition of your voice, but it also just makes more sense as it now faces your mouth directly.

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Battery life:


Battery life is always a major concern for end users. Be it on your phone, tablet or smartwatch. We want our hard earned money to spent on products that not only do what we need or want them to do, but that can also keep up with our daily lives. The battery issues that plagued the first generation watches were resolved, for the most part, by software updates. However, they were still very much at the back of my mind when I gave the watch its first charge as my days are typically a lot longer than many. Motorola claims the 46mm variant will deliver 2 days of mixed use Ambient mode off and up to a full day of mixed use with Ambient mode on. Generally my days start at 6:30 a.m. and end between midnight and 1 a.m. Naturally I was concerned with the Moto 360 getting me through my day.

Moto 360 Battery (1)The first full day of use was on a Saturday and it started a bit later than usual, about 9 a.m. I left everything on, ambient mode (always-on screen), motion gestures, auto brightness and Wi-Fi. I also left all my notifications on. Well, at least calls, texts, hangouts, emails, G+ and whatever else is on by default. To my surprise I went to bed that evening around midnight with 68% battery remaining on the Moto 360.

The trend continued over the last two weeks. Many weekdays starting at 6:30 and ending around the same time, midnight or 1 a.m. There was not a single day that I ran into a dead watch before I was ready to call it a day. The most depleted I ever say the battery was 38% and that was because I showed it to a ton of people and did a ton of searches, commands and some navigation.

My battery concerns dropped to near zero when I placed it on the charging cradle and saw how fast it charged up. Going from 50% to 100% in just over an hour. Granted, the device uses a wireless charging cradle which could still leave you in a pickle if you didn’t bring it with you, or don’t have a second wireless charging cradle, or pad at the office or your friends house. Still, it is small enough to be portable. The added perk, it is Qi compatible so you could use just about any other Qi wireless charging pad in a pinch.

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While it charges it also offers up a digital clock along with its power level. There is a battery level ring that goes around the face so you can see how how power you have as well as a percentage listed. Makes for a nice little bedside clock while powering up for the next day. Motorola also offers up the docked clock mode in a variety of colors. Simply swipe across the screen to flip through other color options. You can also change it through Moto Connect if you would rather. I personally like the blue, but there is green, red, yellow and purple.

Moto 360 2nd gen 2015 (5)Moto 360 2nd gen 2015 (6)I can see it easily lasting the mixed use claim of 2 days with Ambient mode off, pulling back to priority notifications only and disabling the gesture mode like turning the screen on when you bring it up to look at it. Often times it will light up simply by turning the wheel when driving.

User experience

My understanding of Android Wear is that it is pretty much the same experience across all devices. They have access to many of the same apps and even watch faces. Motorola has the distinct addition of Moto Body as well as Moto Connect. The Moto Connect app offers up additional watch faces, Dock Mode, location settings and other related apps for your watch. The watch faces are designs from Motorola and are the same ones you can choose from when you create your watch through Moto Maker. Each one can be customized from the watch or from the app on your phone. you can alter colors and other aspects like clickable dials and things. It is very easy to use and user friendly.

Glancing at notification, swiping around the various screens and using actionable commands takes a little getting used to, but is fairly convenient. Android Wear is really all about the voice, not so much the touch interaction. While it still exists, much of what you will end up doing will require you to speak out loud to it, or open something on your phone from the watch. The speaking aspect is what takes the most getting used to if you don’t do it frequently with your phone now. I rarely used voice to search for anything, respond to messages, set reminders, play music or anything else. I am still “that” guy who does it all on my device. Since the Moto 360 is so voice centric to do things, I was forced more to start giving commands. I still feel a bit silly talking out loud to get things done, set and started, but it works damn near perfectly. More so the experience of seeing calls, text and other notifications at a glace is pleasurable and non intrusive to your daily routine.

Laggy?

The first gen Moto 360 was said to have a large amount off lag when doing various things on the watch. Some described it as unbearable, others said it was tolerable but left a bad taste in their mouth and prevented them from using the watch to its full potential. The new version of the watch has been met with less complaints and is said to be drastic improvement over the first edition. Not having the first one to compare against, I can only assume that the majority of users out there are speaking the truth. I can’t say here is no lag at all as there are times where I see it stutter or slow up on a transition. it isn’t 100% smooth as butter, but it doesn’t make things unusable. I do find myself jumping the gun on the “OK Google” command and not giving it enough time to start recognizing what I want to say.  Mostly because I am used to hearing the tone on the phone that lets me know Google is listening and you don’t get that with the watch. Once you get the timing down though, it isn’t an issue.

Overall thoughts from two weeks

From all the reviews and thoughts I have read from multiple sources, the conclusion seems to be the same: The new Moto 360 is more powerful, manages battery better, is snappier, looks amazing and offers up more design options to personalize how it looks than any other competitor. While this is my first Android Wear experience long term, I have to say, when I look at photos and dummy units of what else is out there, I am inclined to agree.

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The watch looks great for any occasion and certainly draws some attention. Having a second screen that doesn’t require you to hold it frees up your hands to do other things. Having access to things like Google Keep, your agenda, your fitness and more keeps my phone from needing to be pulled out which alleviates screen on time and unnecessary battery drain. I think, while Motorola didn’t drastically change things, that they did a great job with the things they did change. It really is a compliment to your daily digital life.

If you are hesitant on buying into the smartwatch game because you don’t see the purpose in your life, you are really missing out on the convenience factor that one can bring to you. Especially one that looks this good and is so easy to use.

Personal notes:

  • Be prepared to touch it ALOT.  I find myself constantly staring at my wrist now and just ‘looking’ at the screen for no real reason. I also find myself flipping through the same notifications and not dismissing them just to do it.
  • Be prepared to show it ALOT. While most people won’t immediately notice that you are wearing a smartwatch, the instant you get a call, text or notification the eyes will drift to your wrist. You could be a jackass and ignore the looks and interest, or you could stike up a conversation. I tend to strike up a conversation and set myself useless reminders to show how it works.
  • Grab some different straps. I opted for the bare bones basic configurations of the Moto 360 with a black on black look. The black leather strap that comes as part of your purchase is nice, but isn’t ‘me’, if you know what I mean. It looks fine, keeps the watch on your wrist and works, but the way it flexes and creases drove me batty. You can opt for metal bands from Motorola for $50 in 3 colors.If you aren’t looking to spend the extra there are plenty of other options out there. Since the watch sports a standard 22mm watch band your options are only limited by your budget. I ran a search on Amazon and picked up an inexpensive black metal band that still offered the quick release system to make switching easy. It might not be the best one on the market, but it looks good with the black watch and fits well.

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  • Pay attention to your apps. Just like apps for your phone, some Android Wear watch faces or apps will do more harm than good. Don’t go hog wild the first week installing every watchface you see. Some don’t offer good looking Ambient display modes, some don’t offer ambient display modes at all and others are battery hogs that will give you a bad experience. Install 1 or 2 at a time and see how they look and run. If they drain quicker then uninstall them immediately and reboot the watch to get rid of it entirely.

I am certain that I am missing out on a lot more uses and capabilities. Hopefully I touched on things that others might have wondered about or questions though. I will do a few other small posts in the near future on how easy it is to change watch bands, change watch faces and check your activities with Moto Body. Until then, go get your order placed for the new Moto 360 through Moto Maker. Unless you are anti-watch, you will be pleased.

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22
Oct

Best smartwatches right now


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Although smartwatches have yet to become mainstream, tech lovers like me feel the need to have one. Over the past year, numerous smartwatches of all different brands hit the market hoping to get slapped on your wrist. But not all of them feature the same functionality. With new manufacturers getting involved in along with those who are already returning with a second generation product, it has become harder than ever to choose the one that best suits your needs best.

All-around champ: Huawei Watch

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If you’re just entering the world of smartwatches, why not start out here. The Huawei Watch is one of the best offerings out there running Google’s Android Wear platform for smartwatches. Android Wear is still a work in progress but constantly receives updates adding additional features and reducing battery consumption. Without the need to go through carriers and all that mess, Google pushes updates directly to the watch so there’s hardly any wait to get the latest and greatest.

Unlike many smartwatches form last year that feature a square display, the Huawei Watch closely resembles actual watch design. Its round face is the most durable on the market built with sapphire crystal and can hold up to just about anything. For an added durability, the Huawei Watch includes an IP67 rating for water and dust resistance.

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Huawei didn’t forget that everyone has different tastes in design. That’s why the company made the process of swapping out bands as easy as possible. At Huawei’s website, buyers have the choice of different colors and band options. Under the hood, the Huawei Watch includes the typical hardware specifications for a smartwatch these days. The Huawei Watch’s 1.4-inch full circle AMOLED display is perfect for viewing outdoors. The quality is crisp and never shows a pixel with its included 286ppi. It’s powered by a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage space. Cellular connectivity is not included here; however, users will get a built-in gyroscope, accelerometer, vibration motor and heart-rate monitor for tracking daily activities. The Huawei Watch is made of 316L stainless steel and weighs in at 48g without the band. Huawei estimates 1-2 days of battery life.

The Huawei watch comes in a luxurious box, making it feel like a rare piece of jewelry. To charge the smartwatch, users must place the watch on a magnetic charging cradle that comes included. Pricing begins at $349 and goes up from there depending on the band you so desire. It’s compatible with Android devices running version 4.3 and up and Apple users running iOS version 8.2 and later. With all the functionalities of Android Wear, a variety of Android apps to download, built-in sensors for checking notifications, fitness tracking and a high durability that’s built to last, make the Huawei Watch the perfect companion for your smartphone.

[Huawei] [Google Store] [Best Buy] [Amazon]

Functionality: Samsung Gear S2

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The Gear S2 from Samsung is all about functionality. Samsung worked on this smartwatch for an extended period of time to ensure consumers get the best experience possible. It runs Samsung’s very own Tizen software with the new Circular UX. The new user experience is everything other than what one gets with Android Wear. The Gear S2 makes a very good impression, one that is far superior than that of its predecessor, the Gear S. Nearly everything has changed here. You no longer get the bulky body the Gear S came with. Rather, you get a sleek round display with a rotating bezel for a new way of interacting with what’s on the screen.

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Based on my usage and coverage of the Gear S2, there isn’t much not to like. Samsung really did a great job with this one. Tizen offers a wide range of functionality that Android Wear fails to offer and built-in cellular connectivity gives one the option for standalone functions. These include making and receiving calls (with the built-in speakerphone) and going on a run without having your phone on-hand.

On top of all that, you still get all the capabilities of a normal smartwatch such as apps (which Samsung worked hard to get), interchangeable watch-faces as well as notifications and calendar reminders right on your wrist.

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The Gear S2 comes in a bevy of options including different colors and watchbands. The price tag varies on the model but starts at $300. It’s compatible with Samsung phones and the company recently added support for many other Android phones. But, sorry, no iOS support here. The Gear S2 and S2 Classic are some of the best looking smartwatches out there and offer a wide-range of functionality.

[Samsung] [Best Buy] [Amazon]

Standalone: LG Watch Urbane LTE

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The LG Watch Urbane LTE is the first Android Wear device to offer cellular connectivity. However, it should be noted that the smartwatch is not for sale just yet but will be prior to the holidays.

LG’s newest smartwatch foreshadows the direction Android Wear could be heading in. With built-in cellular connectivity, users can carry out a number of features that other Android Wear smartwatches need a phone for. These include using online based apps, making and receiving phone calls, receiving notifications and monitoring fitness like a professional. The cellular connectivity guy, though, comes with some downsides. This smartwatch relies on the band to contain some sensors, meaning it cannot be replaced. Altogether, it has a larger body then the original Watch Urbane with a body that’s 3mm thicker.

The full-circle LG Watch Urbane LTE smartwatch is compatible with all Android devices running version 4.3 or higher and iOS devices running version 8.2 and above. The price will likely be north of $350, considering that’s what the original Watch Urbane was priced at without LTE connectivity. If you’re looking for an Android Wear device that brings something new and you want more independence, this is the perfect one for you.

Design: Motorola Moto 360 (2015)

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The Moto 360 (2015) expands even more upon the original Moto 360, one of the most anticipated smartwatches ever. With the enhanced second generation Moto 360, Motorola cleaned up its design a bit, added a more powerful processor, a better display and more customization options via its Moto Maker tool. With Moto Maker, buyers get to choose a band, body color, bezel color, pre-installed watch-face and more. And all models are IP67 rated for water and dust resistance.

This time around, Motorola decided to produce different sizes for men and women. Pricing starts at $299 and goes up from there depending on your choice of design and size.

The new Moto 360 runs the newest version of Android Wear, Google’s platform for wearables. The feature most rave about is the design. The smartwatch features a round display (360×330) with a design that is slimmer than the majority and more attractive to the eye. The screen is made out of Gorilla Glass 3 for added protection and has a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage space and either a 300mAh or 400mAh battery depending on the model. Motorola promises its smartwatch will last a full day on a single charge. The new Moto 360 also includes a variety of sensors that make Android Wear operate to its full capability. These sensors include a built-in accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, vibration/haptics engine, optical heart rate monitor, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g and dual microphones. A combination of these sensors allow the watch to track all your fitness data, receive notifications from your connected smartphone (Android 4.3+, iOS 8.2+) and pretty much anything else you want to do. Motorola has also made it easy to exchange different watch bands using standard band 16/20/22mm sizes. You won’t have to worry about the difficulty of plugging a cable in such a small confined space because the Moto 360 carries over wireless charging capabilities from its predecessor.

The Moto 360 has already launched in many countries and has generated a lot of attention over recent months. If you’re in the market for a new smartwatch and want one that stands out from the rest, the new Moto 360 has our recommendation.

[Motorola] [Google Store] [Best Buy]

Performance: Pebble Time Round

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The Pebble Time Round does things a bit differently. Rather than putting a bunch of gimmicks together and throwing lots of features into a smartwatch that many people have no intend on using, Pebble takes a more conservative approach. The Time Round is a taste of Pebble in a new round body. Users get access to everything that comes inside the standard Pebble Time but in a different design. Pebble is marketing the smartwatch as the thinnest and lightest smartwatch ever made, and boy is it thinner than it looks. After wearing a thicker watch on your wrist for some time, putting on the Time Round feels out of the ordinary. But not everyone is loving the new design of the Time Round due to its super large bezel around the display. The company says it was the only place to put some of the required sensors. With the smartwatch’s unique slim profile, not all the sensors were able to fit in the small confined place.

The Time Round’s interface evolves around its hardware buttons which are used to navigate through the interface. The most stand out capability is Pebble’s timeline feature that shows all one’s daily tasks, calendar events, notifications, appointments and reminders in a day by day layout. It’s super easy to navigate and nothing gets in its way. The smartwatch is very reliable when it comes to receiving notifications and hardly ever misses a beat. Crashes, bugs and studders are completely unknown on this device as performance exceptionally exceeds par.

The variety of sensors built into the Time Round allow it to track one’s steps, fitness data and lots more. Best of all, whether you have an Android or iOS device, the Time Round can connect to just about all of them due to its lacking need of an app store. What you get when you open the box is pretty much what you get. Don’t be discouraged! There are still plenty of options to play around and customize your watch. This is an area where other manufacturer’s seem to overboard and bombard people with options, which can seem a bit overwhelming at first. The Time Round costs $249 just about everywhere you’ll look. And if you’re not big into the design of the Pebble Time Round, Pebble offers the Time and Time Steel with the same, if not lower, cost.

All in all, Pebble has well deserved a spot on this list with its Time Round. If you’re constantly switching ecosystems and don’t want to keep having to replace your smartwatch, this comes in handy. And if you’re one of those people who can’t stand plugging in their smartwatch nightly to charge, the Pebble Time Round’s whopping week-long battery life will catch you buy surprise. This smartwatch’s astonishing performance and great reliability are very much appreciated.

[Pebble] [Best Buy] [Amazon]

Closing

All five of these smartwatches have their reasons to be on this list. The ecosystem, battery life, functionality and design all contribute to what makes them independent from each other. This year was predicted to be the year of the wearable, and it looks like manufacturers have done enough to satisfy that claim. There’s still plenty of room for improvement as people are still facing a brief question: do I really need this? Others are waiting for that ‘wow factor’ before they buy one. Next year will likely be another big one for wearable technology and we can’t wait to see what time research and development brings. With these smartwatches already on the market, one could be reasonably excited about what’s in store for next year.

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21
Oct

Celebrate ‘Back to the Future’ Day with the CAPACITOR Watch face for Android Wear



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I have always wondered if Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd ever imagined that Back to the Future would become what it has become. Regardless their thoughts while making the movies, the fact is they will always be the best time traveling movies in history. We would all love to have a Delorean that takes us through time at 88MPH, while it might be only science fiction, that doesn’t mean we all can’t have a Flux Capacitor at our disposal. Don’t worry, this sucker isn’t nuclear. The icon master, The Phlash, has a number of watch faces for your Android Wear watch in the Play Store. They are above and beyond your traditional watch faces and bring some pretty cool looks to your wrist. He released another one the other day in preparation for his time travel to 2012 with CAPACITOR.

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You know it is sick. You have control over what color your Flux is from the settings of the face on the watch and from Android Wear. Now, if I can get my hands on those Nike’s and a hover board, my life will be nearly complete.


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Gear yourself up for some time travel today and pick up CAPACITOR from the Play Store below.

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15
Oct

Kwikset Kevo app adds Marshmallow and Moto 360 support, plus InHome lock/unlock function



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A fairly substantial update to the Kevo app for the Bluetooth deadbolt system from Kwikset started rolling out 2 days ago for users. The update brings the current public version to 1.2.24p and adds support for the latest version of Android, Marshmallow. While that is great for those who may have run into issues after Android 6.0 updates on their devices, I would have to say the two other additions are a bit more important for general users.

With the update the app now allows for InHome Lock and Unlock functionality. Rather than needing to tap on the lock, and sometimes having to tap on it multiple times, you are now able to lock or unlock you door through the app. A small luxury, but if you are within range and half a sleep, it is nice to be able to just open the app and lock the door. Similarly, if your kid is pounding on the door to let them in because they lost their key again.

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Additionally, the Kevo app now supports the Moto 360. This gives you a bit more ability to get in and lock up your home.

The updated app also adds in what they call Kevo Plus. Probably the most important and useful service the device could get. Kevo Plus lets you lock/unlock remotely from anywhere and monitor lock status. Kevo Plus is a premium feature set, but doesn’t require a monthly or annual subscription. it does however require you to pick up the $69.99 add-on for your current Kevo that delivers the Bluetooth gateway and the ability to make it all happen.

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15
Sep

Motorola Connect app updated with new watch faces; New Moto Body app appears


Motorola’s accessory customisation app, Motorola Connect, is bringing some cool new features along with a recent update.

You’ll see a big new UI that brings the design in line with other Motorola apps and you’ll see new material design aspects to see connected devices and also add new pairings.

Upon tapping a device, you’ll see the familiar layout of watch location, and the gallery of watchfaces.

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On the topic of new watchfaces, the new faces include Dials, Dials II, Refined, and Essential. Dials and Dials II have three interactive dials you can set to options like Weather, Moto Body activities like calories or steps, and battery.

Let us know what you think of the new update in the comments section below.

 

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14
Sep

Motorola brings its Moto Body fitness tracking application to the Play Store


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Last November, Motorola launched a fitness application called Moto Body that gave Moto 360 owners some handy fitness tracking information on their wrists. Even though the app could deliver users a daily step count and some basic calorie information, there was no way to view this information on a smartphone. Now Motorola has released Moto Body to the Play Store, bringing more detailed activity information and more to the fitness app.

Moto Body will allow users to track daily, weekly, monthly and yearly fitness activity, Heart Activity, along with step counts, calorie burn data and more. It will even give you personalized insights, tips and helpful articles to help you improve on your goals. Compared to the smartwatch-only version of the app, the new Moto Body offers up enhanced heart rate sensing capabilities, a new dashboard that provides daily and weekly data and a more robust Moto Body profile setup process.

When it comes to fitness applications, users don’t want to just see daily statistics. It’s extremely helpful to be able to access fitness history and other stats, and now Moto Body can do that for you. Take a look at the screenshots below for a better look at the app:

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If you happen to own a Moto 360 and would like to give the newer Moto Body application a try, follow the Play Store link below for the download.

Download Moto Body from the Play Store

14
Sep

Motorola Connect in new update gets UI improvements, watch faces, and more


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Motorola Connect today was been updated, bringing with it a host of UI changes for a “more intuitive and easier to navigate interface.” This new update also brings with it, according to the change log, support for the new Moto 360, and the usual list of bug fixes and performance improvements here and there.

One thing not included in the new change log is the inclusion of the watch faces from Motorola’s Moto 360 (2015) smartwatch.

The new interactive watch faces are Dials, Dials II, Refined, and Essential. Dials and Dials II are interactive in that you can configure them for Weather, Moto Body, and Battery. The Essential watch face tracks your Moto Body goals for the day and displays your progress via the tick marks. Overall, there are some stylish watch faces that’ll all be handy to the user, and the best part is that Motorola has brought them to the original Moto 360.

As for UI changes, Motorola Connect has changed in that the user is now greeted with a carousel of all his or her connected applications. There’s also now a yellow button to connect additional Motorola devices. Finally, there’s been a few small changes, making options more compact and overall easier to navigate and interact with.

If you haven’t got the update yet, be sure to hit the download link below.

Play Store Download Link

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