No new android wear watches from motorola this year

The second-generation Motorola 360 has had market well. We were sincerely hoping that Motorola or any of the other android where competitors would bring out some fantastic new watches this year.

Yet, it appears that this year we won’t be seeing any new by Motorola, Huawei or LG anymore. If you’ve been paying attention to the wearable space over the last few months you may have noticed that there is been no shortage of new android wear devices making their way to market.

Now that Apple has brought out their Apple watch to series and Samsung have delivered the S gear three watches, it appears that the other watchmakers are keeping their new products off the market. CNET has reported that neither LG or Lenovo’s Motorola have plans to release any new smart watches in the remaining months of the year. Maybe that is why it has been awfully quiet around the Motorola 360s 3rd generation Smart watch.

It looks like most of the companies are waiting for the next big push. Tech development has not gone as fast as we would’ve hoped it to go and it looks like the customers are waiting for something special. I think that it’s a good thing that tech companies are holding their product back because they are not fully happy with them. I would rather see a new innovative product by any of these companies then get a simple battery upgrade here.

We can continue to dream about new features and new products that will be brought to market in the next one or two years. I personally do not think that the android ecosystem for smart watches his dead at all. We are just taking a short break from the regular release cycles. And I am happy to see that we are not being forced to buy some Half baked product that nobody really wants to have.

At the end of the day this will help us keep a healthy ecosystem around smart watches and secure the longevity of this product group. We all know that we love our Moto360!

Moto 360 works om iOS

The New iOS Android Wear app is now available on the AppStore. One thing that was unclear though, was whether it would work with the first generation Moto 360. 

And yes it does!

The only thing you need to do is update your Moto 360 to the latest android wear 1.3. Version and pair it up with your iPhone. It should work beautifully. I have not been able to see what it is that you cannot do compared to the supported LG Urbane or Asus Zen 2 watches. 

Google claimed that they wanted to make this iOS app work with supported new smart watches on which it would work out of the box – ignoring the Moto 360. However, it seems to work just fine.

http://www.theverge.com/2015/8/31/9231701/moto-360-does-work-with-the-iphone

Gmail “undo send” functionality now available to all

Don’t you hate it when that happens? What? Well you have just send the wrong person that email you really did not want them to see. Half a second of not paying attention and it is out, gone, forever. But wait there should be a solution for that right? Within Gmail there has been a “hidden” feature for quite some time that enables you to get that email back before its been sent off.

Oh shoot that should not have gone out!

The ten second rule applies, or at least it did. Now you have the possibility to change the time you have to decide on whether you would have wanted to send that email out to thirty seconds.

It is pretty easy, you send off an email using Google’s Gmail on Chrome for example and when you click send, a small notification at the top of your screen shows up, asking you if you would like to “undo send”. If you click on that link, the email will not be sent out and remain in your drafts folder. Pretty neat right?

To enable it, go to mail.google.com, click on the settings cog on the top right of your screen, then choose Settings. Scroll down in the General tab until you see the “Undo Send” option, and check the box to enable the feature. Oddly enough, Google has given users an option to choose between 5, 10, 20 or 30 seconds for the cancellation period. I don’t really know why one would choose to only undo emails within the first 5 seconds when there’s a longer 30-second option available, but it’s there if you want to live on the edge.

Give it a shot, it is easy to use. Did you ever send someone an email you really would not have wanted them to see and wished you could have retrieved it? Leave your stories and comments in the comment section below.

Huge battery drainage issues after Android Wear 5.1.1. update?!

The long awaited Moto 360 Android Wear update 5.1.1. was finally there and I was so happy to see all those great features finally show up on my screen. For a short while I was in “smartwatch heaven”, but that did not last very long unfortunately.

For a short while I was in “smartwatch heaven”

Then reality hit me, the battery drained and drained and drained. Wasn’t the long awaited WiFi update supposed to bring us a lot more battery time? Use less energy on stand-by than the regular bluetooth 4.0 connection? Grr… apparently not. My Moto 360 does not last for more than half a day at the moment and I am having serious issues to make it past 3 PM on average to moderate use.

Did Motorola delay the 5.1.1. release because of the battery drainage issue?

Motorola and co. have a bit of work on their hands to fix this “little” issue. When Motorola finally released their Android Wear version 5.1.1. for the Moto 360, most other smartwatches that run on Googles Android Wear had already received the update. Now it turns out that there appear to be serious issues with the battery life on all Android Wear watches.

If Motorola knew about this and were trying to fix it before bringing it to market, why did they not simply inform the users that this was an issue that they had been working on? What is wrong with simply admitting that something is not working entirely the way it should be, and ask for help from the community? Next to that it would have saved them quite a bit of face-saving and a simple short little tweet would have probably sufficed to keep us all happy and up to date.

I hope that someone at Motorola or Google will take a stand on the battery drainage issue with the latest Android Wear version 5.1.1. soon and I will reach out to both of them right away. Hopefully we will get a reply soon and fully enjoy the new smart watch features we have been waiting for.

Android Wear update 5.1.2. around the corner?

It will surely not take long for Google or Motorola to solve this battery lifetime issue and bring out the newest Android Wear update to version 5.1.2. Whether a hot fix will do or if we need a full fledged update remains to be seen.

A Google representative named Ernest has jumped into a thread in Google’s Product Forums informing smartwatch owners complaining of massive battery drains after updating to Android Wear 5.1.1 that Google is currently working on solving the problem.

“Hi everyone, we are aware of this and we are working on fixing this issue. Thanks for your patience!” says Ernest.”

Is there a solution to the problem?

There is, however, a temporary fix for this problem. Many users have reported that rebooting their smartwatch when they see the battery running near empty stops the rapid drain for a while. However, this is quite an inconvenient solution, as some users report having to reboot their smartwatches a few times every day. Until then, there is no choice but to wait for Google’s development team to issue a fix.

We will have to wait for next Google Android Wear update to get this over and done with.

Do you also experience this battery drainage issue on your smart watch? Please do share your experiences and let me know whether you have the same problems or maybe even a good solution.

Google won’t charge transaction fee for Android Pay: Report – The Times of India

Google’s new mobile phone payment service, Android Pay, will not garner any transaction fees from credit card companies, which may put pressure on competitor Apple to drop or lower its charges, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Apple Pay, which launched last year, reached deals with big banks and other credit card issuers to receive 0.15% of the value of each credit card transaction, the journal said on Friday. Apple collects a half-cent per purchase on bank debit cards, it said.

Google’s service will not receive any fees for the transactions, the newspaper reported, citing unidentified people familiar with the situation. It said Visa Inc and Mastercard Inc have made their “tokenization” card-security service free, which prevents payments services from charging fees to issuers.

“There is one agreement with Visa and the banks can have confidence that there are no pass-through fees,” Visa President Ryan McInerney told the newspaper.

The Wall Street Journal said the rules may prompt changes in Apple’s mobile phone payment deal with banks. It said some banks are not happy about sharing fees and could try to use Google’s arrangement to effect changes in Apple’s deals.

source: Times of India – Tech

Performance issues delays update Moto 360 to Android Wear 5.1.1.

Due to some performance issues, the Motorola Update for its Moto 360 smartwatch to the new and improved Android Wear version 5.1.1. has been delayed. Most members of Google’s Android Wear family have received Android 5.1.1 already. The roll-out of the new Android Wear version had been reported and spotted more than 6 weeks ago, but we are all still waiting for the update. Now we finally know why.

We’re working with Google to ensure that the software works great on #Moto360

The news arrived via Motorola’s official Twitter feed, after a user inquired about the status of the update. Motorola mobility explained that they are having some issues to ensure that the software works great on the Moto 360. “The performance is not quite there yet”,  Motorola said.

Twitter official Moto 360

Update 12.06.2015 The roll-out of the Moto 360 Android Wear 5.1.1. update is still open. Motorola have been awfully quiet in recent days and there is very little information available about when the actual roll-out will start.

I will keep you posted as soon as there is more information available.

Update 18/06/2015 it is there!

And there is find me something I can tell you, the new android wear version 5.1.1 has been released for the Motorola 360 last night. It will slowly be rolled out in the coming 24 hours to all devices worldwide. Motorola have taken quite some time to get this release perfect, probably a bit longer than many had expected it to take them. I am personally happy with the fact that Motorola took a little bit more time to make sure that they don’t put a beta version of the software on the market without having tested it themselves thoroughly.

The Android Wear update 5.1.1. for the Moto 360 has finally arrived and Motorola Mobility have started rolling out the latest version of Android Wear to all Moto 360 devices. It might take a few hours to hit your watch too, but don’t worry you will surely get it!

I am looking forward to some heavy duty testing and I hope you will stay tuned and check out my site for some more information on the latest Android Wear version in the days and weeks to come. For now, everyone have fun updating your device and let me know your first thoughts and ideas in the comments section below. I would love to hear your insights and share some awesome tips and tricks.

 

Android short news – Android M Support for fingerprint

Android Pay and Support for Fingerprint: Android Pay, Google’s answer to Apply Pay, will also be a part of Android M, although you will need an NFC enabled device to use the feature. Google says Android Pay is secure because it only uses a virtual card number during the transaction and not your real credit/debit card number. Android Pay will work at 700 partner-stores in the US including Macy’s, etc.

Google is also working with app developers to allow more of these to use Android Pay.

Android M will get FingerPrint Support as well. The API for Fingerprint will be available for developers as well and they can incorporate it into their app as well. Google says it will work “across a range of devices and sensors,” so it’s not clear how devices without fingerprint scanners will support this. – See more at: http://indianexpress.com/article/technology/tech-news-technology/android-m-at-google-io-2015-permissions-to-android-pay-all-the-new-features/#sthash.hAsp35QE.dpuf