Here’s the thing about the Misfit Vapour 2: It’s the smartwatch Misfit should have released a year ago.
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The hunt for a truly great and iconic Wear OS smartwatch is still on—but in the meantime, you could do a hell of a lot worse than the Fossil Sport. Thanks to the newer Snapdragon 3100 processor, the Sport finally has most of the features you expect a 2018 smartwatch to have. Namely, heart rate monitoring, standalone GPS, a better fitness interface, and (slightly) longer battery life.
Anytime Google does a big revamp to its smartwatch platform, it seems like LG is always close behind with new wearable to test out how good that new OS really is. Unfortunately, LG’s most recent attempt was kind of dud, but with the new W7, LG may have finally created something with a little more legs (or in this case, hands).
While it doesn’t have a grand, overarching designation, you can think of Google’s recently announced revamp to its smartwatch platform as the third version of Wear OS (though officially, it’s 2.1). It has an all-new UI, updated health and fitness tracking, and better app integration, and it all should be headed to your device starting today.
Google recently rolled out a big update to Wear OS with improvements including a new streamlined UI, better health and fitness tracking, and an all-around smarter and more useful Google Assistant.
But as nice as that all sounds, software is just one piece of what you need to make a good smartwatch, because without the right silicon powering the device, gadget makers can only do so much.
Look I knew smartwatches were just going to keep getting bigger as device makers try to cram more stuff into them, and I knew fashion and tech joining forces would lead to ridiculous stuff.
But a smartwatch with a 1.39-inch display is too much. The Samsung Galaxy Watch comes in a 42mm and 46mm design — both of which are enormous. The new Diesel Full Guard 2.5 Touchscreen Smartwatch has a 1.39-inch display with a case size of 47mm by 56mm. That’s huge!
Earlier this year, I got a little annoyed when Google renamed Android Wear to Wear OS. This was because even though Google’s intention to make its smartwatch OS less platform specific was good, it kind of felt meaningless without any new software or hardware features to improve how Wear OS actually works.
There’s a whole host of Google apps that people use on a daily basis, like Chrome, Gmail, Drive, and so on. But Google Fit hasn’t really caught on like that. In an effort to improve its Android health and fitness app, Google has basically redesigned Fit to better support people’s activity and wellness goals.
If you carry around an iPhone as your smartphone of choice then the Apple Watch is hands-down the best option for a smartwatch, for the seamless integration if nothing else. But what about the rest of us? You've got more options than you might realise for a companion wearable, and we're going to get into the pros and cons of each.
When Google changed the name of its smartwatch OS from Android Wear to Wear OS, I was pissed. Not because the name sucked, as Wear OS does do a better job of reflecting the platform's support for both Android and iOS devices. The problem was that the rebranding didn't come with any new features or updates that advanced the capabilities of the platform. That meant the name change was more symbolic than anything, or at the very least, poorly timed.
Is it going to be called Pumpkin Pie or Peppermint Patty? Or how about Popsicle? Well, whatever Google ends up deciding on, if history is any indication, we're not going to know for sure until spring. So to hold us over, why don't we take a look at all the new updates and features Google showed off for Android at I/O 2018?
Video: Google I/O, the company's annual developer conference, kicks off today with a keynote at 3AM AEST led by Google CEO Sundar Pichai, who will no doubt wax about the major projects Google's been working on since its last conference. Are you ready for extremely nerdy details about Android P? It's a bit too late to hop on a plane and grab a seat at the event, but fortunately, you can enjoy it from the comfort of your chair.
Google's big once-a-year developer conference kicks off Tuesday May 8 (Wednesday May 9 in Australia). While much of Google I/O is meant to support coders and the people who create apps and software for Google's various platforms, what gets announced at the event will impact anyone who uses Android, Chrome OS, Wear OS, or any of Google's many first-party apps - so basically everyone. Here are the big announcements we're expecting to see (and a few things we won't) at Google I/O 2018.
Yesterday, Google announced it would rename its four-year-old smartwatch operating system from Android Wear to Wear OS. Ostensibly, the purpose of this rebranding is to prevent scaring off iPhone owners from purchasing smartwatches running Android Wear, which for a long time has supported pairing with both Android and iOS devices. As Google puts it, Wear OS is "a wearables operating system for everyone".