Google has introduced a new Android Wear beta based on this year’s Android Oreo system upgrade for mobile. The interface that will bring you beyond Android Wear 2.0, which alone still hasn’t hit everybody, brings some improvements and enhancements.
We reported some days ago that a pair of Bose headphones featuring Google Assistant could soon see a release. And just like that, we have them!
A few months ago, Verizon and Quanta (the producer) debuted an Android Wear smartwatch namely Wear24. The watch was available for $349 outright and was 4G LTE compatible, with of course Verizon’s wireless network. In what was supposed to contribute to the revival of Google’s Android Wear platform by showcasing the powers of Wear 2.0, the Wear24 smartwatch appears to be no longer available.
Samsung took the stage earlier today in Berlin to announce some new products that will be showcased all through this week’s IFA 2017 conference. The company announced a new smartwatch in Gear Sport, as well as the rumored Gear Fit2 Pro wearable and refreshed IconX earbuds.
The ‘all-in-one’ solution for head-mounted displays seems to be the current trend for companies in the virtual reality industry. Following the initial plan of HTC for a Standalone headset, Samsung appears to be working on an all-in-one headset powered by one of its own Exynos chipsets. Samsung already has the Samsung Gear VR but the Gear VR is a headset that requires the need for a Samsung smartphone in order to function.
Motorola is on the move. According to a recent tweet in response to a smartwatch fan, Motorola Support confirmed the Android Wear 2.0 update for one of its watches. But will it be Motorola’s last?
Verizon added two Android Wear smartwatches to its cellular network this year, LG’s Watch Sport and the carrier’s own Wear 24. Wear 24 was announced the same day as Watch Sport, and has some similarities. However, it’s to be marketed as an entirely different watch, made by Verizon.
Android manufacturers are fleeing Google’s Android Wear platform left and right, especially considering the low share it reported last quarter coming in behind both Apple’s Watch OS and Samsung’s Tizen interface. ASUS, the known maker of a few Android Wear smartwatches, could very well be next to go.