March 16, 2018
Yesterday, Google announced in a blog post that Android Wear was changing its name to Wear OS, a rebranding designed to reflect the fact that one in three Android Wear users also uses an iPhone. The company hopes to make it more obvious that devices running the wearable operating system are compatible with Apple devices as well, something which has been the case since 2015.
"As our technology and...
May 18, 2016
Google has announced a new version of its Android Wear software, called Android Wear 2.0, and with it announced two fitness-related updates: automatic activity tracking and a Google Fit data exchange API. The announcement was made at the Google IO event.
“We know that the most important role of your watch is helping you stay connected to what matters — to important timely information, to the...
December 17, 2015
The global wearable device market will ship 214 million units in 2019, up from the 80 million units expected to ship this year, according to a report from research firm IDC. This growth will be driven by smartwatches.
"In a short amount of time, smartwatches have evolved from being extensions of the smartphone to wearable computers capable of communications, notifications, applications, and...
September 3, 2015
Soon after Google announced that it released an iOS app, called Android Wear, which allows users to connect certain Android Wear smartwatches with iPhones, a report from Buzzfeed found that fitness data from these devices would not be shareable via HealthKit with Apple's Health app. Instead, the app will send the information back to Google Fit.
The report also noted that users who want to sync...
September 1, 2015
Google has announced that it now offers an iOS app, called Android Wear, that allows users to connect certain Android Wear smartwatches with iPhones.
The iOS Android Wear app will allow users to check smartphone information, like phone calls, receive messages, and get notified about app updates. Users will be able to track their fitness, set fitness goals, and view daily as well as weekly...
July 1, 2015
Novartis has released a new Apple Watch and Android Wear app geared at helping visually-impaired people navigate their environment. The app is one of two Via Opta apps that have been available on the iPhone since August 2014, but a new upgrade adds additional features and brings Via Opta Nav onto a wearable for more convenient navigation.
“Novartis is committed to providing innovative solutions...
May 14, 2015
Google Fit, a fitness app and data hub often considered to be Google's answer to Apple HealthKit, has added a number of new fitness features in a new update. These features help make Google Fit itself competitive with other dedicated fitness tracking apps.
Specifically, the update adds the ability to track calories burned and distance travelled, provided the user enters their gender, height and...
February 18, 2015
Samsung's Gear Fit.
With the Apple Watch launch, and its potential to upend the wearables market, a few months away, Canalys reports that the current market leader for "smart wearable bands" -- any wristworn device that can run third-party applications -- is Samsung. Meanwhile, the "basic wearable band" market, which Canalys defines as wearables that can't run apps, is still led by Fitbit.
March 20, 2014
RunKeeper CEO Jason Jacobs
More and more fitness devices are flooding the market, but Jason Jacobs, CEO of RunKeeper, thinks they are on a "road to nowhere." In an onstage interview with Xconomy editor Curt Woodward at the publication's Mobile Madness 2014 event in Cambridge, Massachusetts yesterday, he talked about how he sees the space changing.
"We built this app for the phone and then we...