Dark Sky brings hyperlocal weather information to Wear OS

Checking the weather is one of the features I use most on my phone. For years, I had a widget dedicated to just that on my homescreen, a layout I abandoned only a short time ago. When it comes to wearables, you have a couple of options in this area. Some watches come with pre-built faces that include weather info, you can build your own in something like Pujie, or install a separate app. Read MoreDark Sky brings hyperlocal weather information to Wear OS was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: C2 sales get started with 10% discount] Mobvoi announces TicWatch C2 at London event, plus TicPods Free earbuds are now on sale

Update 1: 2018/12/06 11:10am PST

You’ve been able to get your TicWatch C2 pre-order in for the past few weeks now, but today marks the smartwatch’s formal retail debut, with full sales of the wearable

Chinese AI company Mobvoi hosted an event in London today, in part to raise awareness for digital wellbeing, but mainly to make two announcements. The TicPods Free true wireless earbuds that we first heard about in April are now on general sale, but the main attraction is the brand new TicWatch C2. Read More[Update: C2 sales get started with 10% discount] Mobvoi announces TicWatch C2 at London event, plus TicPods Free earbuds are now on sale was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Facer v5.0 adds new watch face partners, a premium subscription, and more

What good is a smartwatch without some fancy custom watch faces to go with it? Facer has been one of the best sources for cusotmizable watch faces since the days before Google supported third-party watch faces. The app is forging ahead, even as interest in smartwatches has waned. The big v5.0 update adds more designers, including some traditional watchmakers. There’s also a new premium subscription option that includes the full catalog of watch faces. Read MoreFacer v5.0 adds new watch face partners, a premium subscription, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

The best wearable devices you can buy right now (Winter 2018)

Smartwatches haven’t been the smashing success that many manufacturers hoped they would be, but that doesn’t mean all of them are bad or useless. Not everyone needs or wants a screen on their wrist, but for those of us who like tracking workouts and responding to notifications without reaching for a phone, they can be great tools.
We’ve put together a small list of our favorite wearables, from the fitness-oriented Fitbit Versa to Samsung’s flagship Tizen smartwatch. Read MoreThe best wearable devices you can buy right now (Winter 2018) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

The Misfit Vapor 2 is official after repeated leaks

Few products have been as poorly concealed in the run-up to launch as the Misfit Vapor 2. It looked for a time as though Misfit would just release the watch without ever announcing it. However, the smartwatch is now official. The Vapor 2 is coming to various retailers soon, starting at $250.

The Misfit Vapor 2 comes in 41mm and 46mm sizes, both of which have a round OLED with 328 pixels-per-inch. Read MoreThe Misfit Vapor 2 is official after repeated leaks was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

LG Watch W7 to debut alongside the LG V40

If you’ve been waiting for a new Wear OS smartwatch from LG, we have some good news for you. Evan Blass has just shared that the rumored LG Watch Timepiece will launch alongside the LG V40 as the LG Watch W7.
As detailed in earlier leaks, the LG Watch W7 is expected to be identical to the LG Watch Timepiece — a hybrid watch running Wear OS while also featuring traditional mechanical watch hands to tell time. Originally, the watch was set to launch this past spring, but the device was never unveiled. The LG Watch Timepiece (which we will now refer to as the Watch W7) measures in at 45.5 x 45.4 x 12.9 mm which is bigger than the LG Watch Style, but still smaller than the LG Watch Sport. The 240 mAh will provide up to 100 days of battery life when “Watch Mode” is enabled and roughly 100 hours of battery life when Wear OS is fully enabled. The main watch face will be displayed on a 1.2-inch (360 x 360 pixels) LCD display and the body of the phone will be wrapped in stainless steel with IP68 dust and water resistance.

Half a year later, this will launch alongside the LG V40 ThinQ as the LG Watch W7. https://t.co/vEXJ6BOvvG
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) September 28, 2018

The leak from April claimed that the LG Watch W7 would feature 768MB of LPDDR3 RAM and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 2100, but there’s a chance that the process could be upgraded to the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 3100 which was unveiled earlier this month. There’s no evidence to back up this claim, but it could be the reason why LG chose to delay the launch of the smartwatch in the first place.
The LG Watch W7 is said to come with a basic 22mm silicone rubber strap, but users will be able to swap it out for any 22mm band of their choice. Rumor has it that LG is also planning a special edition of the watch which will come with a metal band and a special charging cradle for the Watch W7.
Now that we know LG has a new launch date scheduled for the LG Watch W7, we expect to see a few more leaks trickle in before the Wear OS smartwatch is officially unveiled alongside the LG V40 next month.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Withings is back with the Steel HR Sport, a hybrid smartwatch with advanced multisport tracking

Although its watches don’t run Wear OS, we’ve followed Withings closely for a few reasons. For one, it makes beautiful minimalist watches with some smart fitness tracking features added in (I own an Activité Steel and I love it). The French company has also been in the news a lot due to Nokia acquiring it, turning it into its Digital Health Division, and then selling it back to its co-founder. Read MoreWithings is back with the Steel HR Sport, a hybrid smartwatch with advanced multisport tracking was written by the awesome team at Android Police.