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!

Pebble Time review: A modern day smartwatch, that’s stuck in the past (Video)

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Great article on 9to5Mac about the Pebble Time

This article was written by and published on 9to5Mac, but I thought you might like it. It is an interesting review of the Pebble Time, one of the contenders for best Smartwatch on the market today with a number of interesting features. Here is the link to the original article: 9to5Mac

The Pebble Time is an interesting smartwatch.

This is a bit different from anything else out there in the sense that it’s super low-tech. There’s absolutely nothing flashy about it. As far as smartwatches go, this is as barebones as it gets, but is that bad thing?

I’ve been wearing Pebble Time for about a week now and being an owner of the last generation, this was extremely easy to get used to. Pebble Time’s design is thinner, lighter, and more comfortable to use than its predecessor. It definitely feels like a second generation product, but still feels a bit behind in certain areas when compared to Apple Watch or Android Wear. The materials being used are mostly plastic, but there is a nice metal bezel around the outside (of the inner bezel) and Gorilla Glass covering the screen. Pebble Time is also water-resistant and feels quite durable.

Pebble Time features a colored backlit e-paper display, that’s easy on the eyes and works good enough to make your way through the menus and options Pebble Time has to offer. The company’s new Time OS is a re-imagining of the software you’ll use to navigate it. Everything on Pebble Time is controlled with four buttons. Animations are snappy and fun and the interface is very smooth, but you won’t find any touch screen here.

Check out our Pebble Time review video  (click on the link)

One of the main features here is Pebble’s Timeline. This is accessed from the main screen using the up and down buttons on the right side. This is essentially just a look into the past and future based on your calendar events. From an event you can dig deeper to find out more information about it or you can remove it. I never found much use for it, but it’s a handy feature to have.

Within the Pebble Time companion app, you’ll find additional watch faces that can be downloaded, along with third-party apps for things like Twitter, Philips Hue, and Nest to name a few. The companion app is very straight forward and easy to use and apps can be arranged in a custom order. Pebble’s developer community is pretty strong and there’s a lot to discover here, but I really only ever cared about having notifications on my wrist.

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The main reason I used Pebble Time was for notifications. When each notification arrive, you’ll feel a solid short vibration on your wrist. Unfortunately, it’s quite limited when compared to native smartwatch solutions on both iOS and Android, but one thing is clear: Pebble Time is much more useful if you’re using an Android device. A lot of what makes this a good smartwatch is currently unavailable for iOS users.

Three major things about Pebble Time and iOS that are extremely annoying:

  1. There’s no granular control of notifications on iOS. It’s all or nothing here, unless you’d like to disable those app’s notifications on your iPhone as well.
  2. There’s no way to prevent your iPhone from buzzing if notifications are being displayed on Pebble Time.
  3. There are currently no voice replies using Pebble Time’s build in microphone.

To be fair, I think these limitations might have to do with restrictions in iOS. Pebble notes that voice replies to Gmail notifications are coming soon, but currently there’s nothing else to look forward to with Pebble Time on iOS. On Android, this is a completely different experience. Everything I’ve mentioned works great across all compatible apps and services. Pebble Time’s voice dictation feature will work with hundreds of apps already available on Android.

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One other annoying aspect of Pebble Time’s software is that you need to press the center button twice to dismiss a notification. It’s a minor thing, but I’d like a one-click solution here. If you don’t dismiss the notifications as they arrive, they will remain visible on your device. However, you can go through the notifications list in Pebble Time and dismiss all of them at once.

The best feature Pebble Time has to offer is its battery life. I used Pebble for four days straight and still had 40% battery life. Regardless of anything that’s limiting Pebble Time’s functionality, there’s definitely nothing standing in the way of battery life.

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The real story here centers around the new hardware and software design. It’s nice for sure, but not the prettiest looking smartwatch available. Here’s the bottom line: Is Pebble Time a must-have smartwatch? Nope. Are there better solutions available? Yep. Pebble Time only set me back around $180, but I’d rather pay a bit more (or less in the case of certain Android Wear devices) for something that offers native integration on either iOS or Android. I’m sure software updates will improve Pebble Time in the future, but as for now, it feels like it’s stuck in the past.

TAG Heuer’s upcoming Android Wear smartwatch will cost about $1,400

The head of TAG Heuer stated that the company’s upcoming Android Wear smartwatch will cost about $1,400 when it goes on sale later this fall. The TAG Heuer Android Wear watch is an exciting new addition to the traditional product line that TAG Heuer have.

TAG Heuer was founded in 1860 in Saint-Imier (Switzerland) and one of the most respected watch brands in the world with a long tradition of high quality “sport watches”. Many probably know TAG Heuer from their Carrera line . TAG Heuer began as Uhrenmanufaktur Heuer AG, founded in 1860 by Edouard Heuer in St-Imier, Switzerland. The company was purchased by Techniques d’Avant Garde in 1985, when the Heuer brand became TAG Heuer. In 1999, TAG Group sold TAG Heuer to French luxury goods conglomerate LVMH.

The name TAG Heuer combines an abbreviation for Techniques d’Avant Garde and the surname Heuer.

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TAG Heuer first announced its plans for an Android Wear product in March. Intel will provide the hardware for the smartwatch. Jean-Claude Biver, the head of TAG Heuer, revealed the $1,400 price tag of the still unnamed smartwatch to Bloomberg. He added that the device should go on sale sometime in October or November, and that its battery life should last up to 40 hours.

TAG Heuer is one of the first large watchmakers that has started to embrace the new smartwatch era that is coming our way. The stylish and sportive luxury watch brand is showing the entire watch industry that luxury, class and tradition can go together very well with innovation and state of the art digital technology. TAG Heuer is hoping to take this new customer segment by storm and give potential customers out there a real high quality alternative to the “common” Apple Watches and Android watches that are out on the market today.

The TAG Heuer CEO (Biver) commented on the launch of the Apple Watch:

“I hope they sell millions and millions and millions of them,” Biver said, speaking ahead of the official opening of a Hublot boutique in Dubai Mall. “The more they sell the more a few people will want something different and come to TAG Heuer.”

First reactions to the TAG Heuer smartwatch

The first reactions on TAG Heuers move into this new industry and step away from solely focussing on the creation of mechanical watches was received with a bit of scepticism from the Android Wear community.

Not all Android Wear (smartwatch) fans are truly convinced that TAG Heuer will bring something new to the table. If TAG Heuer do not “combine” their traditional strength in analog timepieces with the new technology and “only” add a new outer shell to already existing smartwatches, it might not actually add a lot to the current set of available watches out there.

One person wrote (scoty024 @android central)

They are correct, TAG isn’t building a watch here, they’re building an Android Wear case. Here the $1,500 price tag isn’t a reflection of the construction and accuracy of a time piece, it’s only a reflection of the case and strap build quality… and the brand name.

I feel that this is a logical reaction to a somewhat more expensive price point than the current smart watches that are on the market today. I think we need to understand that the target group that TAG Heuer are trying to reach are not the typical Android Wear users, but a new (more settled and traditional) luxury customer segment that do not feel are being served well with the watches that are on the market today.

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In an interview with Wearable, TAG Heuers CEO confirmed the name for their first Android Wear smartwatch. It will carry the name “TAG Heuer Carrera Wearable 01”. The name is very closely related to the Carrera – Heuer 01, that was presented at the watch fair in Basel (Switzerland) early 2015.

The name shows that the smartwatch will be very closely related to the regular Carrera – Heuer 01 and will follow the same or a similar build type. The form factor will be very important for a premium brand smartwatch and the TAG Heuer fans will not be disappointed.

The launch date will most probably be November 2015. Only a few more months to go and we’ll finally know what the real watch will look like.

Tag Heuer smartwatch: Battery life

In an interview, Biver boasted that the new Tag Heuer smartwatch will have a battery life of 40 hours. That’s much better than the Apple Watch but next to mechanical watches and hybrids such as the Withings Activité, it doesn’t look so hot. Time will tell if Tag’s customers are enamoured enough with the smart features to put up with charging an expensive watch every two days.

Wareable has been told by Tag that the Android Wear smartwatch will be upgradeable. We spoke with UK communications manager Alexandra King, who revealed that a key focus would be the lifespan of the product.

“The watch will change the technology as it develops, Jean-Claude Biver was clear about that. We want to be able to change the technology but keep the watch elements,” she told us.

“If your child completed their Masters degree, you might want to give them a watch. We want to create something that will stay on your watch for a lifetime, that’s what Tag Heuer does. And as the technology changes, it will change,” she added.

TAG Heuer vs Apple Watch vs Moto 360

With the introduction of the Apple Watch (and its high price points), Apple have opened the smart watch market up to a new customer segment that were not interested in these “cheap” toys before. These users want to feel that they have something that not everyone can afford and own. Something exclusive, something special. I feel that this is exactly what TAG Heuer would like to create, an awe effect and something to dream about – and not a product for the masses.

If TAG Heuer do not live up to the high expectations of bringing a new innovation to the table and creating a “new generation” of best of breed traditional watches with the newest technological advances, it might rightfully so not suffice to compete with the Apple Watch or Moto 360 (of which one could buy 10 at a price tag of 1,500 Dollar).

Fact is, the traditional watch industry is moving forward and are taking the threat of smart watches very seriously. Luckily they are not just complaining about the new technology, but actually joining in on the fun and bringing something to the table that non of the current tech companies can truly bring; traditional craftsmanship and unparalleled luxury beyond merely using a gold “sugarcoating”.

As soon as the first version is out there, I would love to be able to have a closer look at it and report back to you with more insights.

Source: Bloomberg, “content” and images: Android Central

Do you wear your smartwatch every day?

As much as I love my smartwatch, I do not wear it every single day. When I am travelling, or on the weekends when I am not expecting to get a large number of notifications I generally leave my smartwatch at home.

Don’t get me wrong, I still love wearing it of course, but I have found out that it works best when you are expecting to get a relatively large number of messages, notifications, or reminders. At work it is the perfect gadget that helps me leave my phone in my bag or (jacket-) pocket. I have set my Moto 360 up in such a way that I can only be “disturbed” by my VIP contacts, for meetings or emails on my work email address marked important.

Why not wear it all the time?

I noticed that I have stopped losing interest in checking my phone every 5 minutes to see if something “important” has happened that I should know about. Thank god I have my Moto 360. It really helps me focus when I need to be, because I simply know that if my watch does not tell me that I have to pay attention I can focus on getting things done. That alone is already worth the investment I think. If I would count up the hours that I have spend checking my phone for the sake of simply checking that all is fine, I think my boss would get a heart attack.

I have stopped losing interest in checking my phone every 5 minutes to see if something “important” has happened

When do I use it? Mostly when I am at work and want to get things done. My smartwatch helps me keep track of the things I need to do, it tells me when I have meetings that are coming up and I receive the most important messages that I really want to read. Everything else is apparently not that important and I can plan ahead as to when I really want to start working on my inbox and answer the emails that were not marked VIP.

Do I ever feel bad not wearing it all the time? No, not at all!

Actually I don’t really miss it when I don’t wear it, but when I do I notice that it makes my life quite a bit easier and maybe more importantly I really enjoy “playing around” with it. It really feels like I have my own little personal secretary who tells me what to do (and when) from time to time. A little bit of luxury, a little bit of fun and practical at that.  When do you wear your Moto 360? Do you wear it all the time, or just on special occassions? Share your thoughts in the comments section below. I would love to find out how you use your smartwatch.

Why the Moto 360 is better than the Apple watch

I got a pretty little moto 360 for christmas last year (thank you my love) and I have to say that it is a gadget that I have learned to love over the last couple of months. Apart from the form factor and the obvious, „wow is that the new apple watch“ comments that I keep getting from time to time, it is a great little toy to play around with. I personally find the notifications very useful, they get better with ever software release and things like the google maps integration really make me want to leave my phone alone for at least a couple of minutes a day.

When it comes to gadgets, phones, tablets, pcs – basically anything that runs on batteries, I can surely say that I am the typical heavy user. I use all devices at the same time, am playing around with them constantly and am mildly addicted to it.

Great thing about having a watch that notifies you only when something really interesting and important happened? It makes you leave your phone and tablet at peace a lot more than usual. The moto 360 really changed the way I interacted with my devices and I thoroughly enjoy it (even with the obvious flaws that it has – I for one would love to have a tiny little speaker in the moto 360 smart watch, so that I can actually leave my phone alone for short conversations).

I got an iPhone 6 @work… Now what?

Challenge: my new „work cell” is an iPhone 6. So now what…? Should I get me an Apple watch? Should I leave my beloved Moto 360 in a drawer next to my bedside table? To be honest, I don’t really want to. Having seen one of the first Apple watches now, I am not 100% convinced that it is in any way better than the current smart watch I already have. The form factor is definitely one thing that I do not like on the Apple watch, it simply does not really appeal to me that it looks so squared and technical. I love the fact that the Motorola watch looks a lot more like a fancy shiny regular watch.

Rumour has it, that Google is working on an Apple iOS application / support for Android Wear. A number of tech sites have reported that Google will announce iOS support at the upcoming I/O Google event in May 2015. I personally think that this could be a real blow to Apple’s smartwatch, as Apple-fanboys will then have an affordable alternative to the very expensive Apple watch. When software and usability are not as important as the form factor of a watch – or the brand for that matter – I personally think that Motorola and Google will be able to steal quite a few Apple fans away from the Apple branded watch, over on to the Android wearables platform.

Rumor has it, Google is working an on Apple iOS application to support Android Wear

A second rumour that has been going around, is that Android wearables will get full wifi support, so that they can operate most of the usual functions without having to be connected to a phone. The smartwatch would then be able to do search queries through a regular wlan connection, tell you what the weather will be like today and possibly receive push notifications from Google’s gmail servers so that you can stay updated on your latest mails.

I sincerely hope that the best looking smartwatch on the planet will get the software support it deserves. So far, the android wear team have done a fantastic job at fixing the most critical bugs and issues with the first generation of smart watches – and I am looking forward to what the future will bring. Let’s just hope it includes iOS support 😉

Fantastic Android Update on the horizon

Monday 20th of April is a great day. Google just released a big press release around the new features that will be rolled out to all android wear devices in the next couple of weeks. This update includes the use of the WiFi connection to be able to use the phone, instead of only Bluetooth – which makes is virtually independent of where the phone is. I hope that this means that the Moto 360 can now also be “used” without a phone for notifications, google maps, hangouts etc, and thus I do not need an Android powered phone anymore to use my beautiful Moto 360 on a daily basis. This does not necessarily mean that it will work with an iPhone, but it might mean that I do not really need a phone to have a functioning smartwatch.

Techcrunch (amongst others) wrote a few words on it and showed us the features that will be included. Have a look for yourself: Click here

What do you think about the Apple Watch compared to the Moto 360? Leave your comments in the section below.