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How the Apple Watch compares to Android Wear and Pebble

Today was the big day: Apple announced its smartwatch, unimaginatively named “Apple Watch”- not iWatch or  iTime, simply “Apple Watch”. Perhaps that’s the best summary of Apple Watch: unimaginative. While the rest of the world is losing its mind over Apple’s new timepiece, let’s take a minute, step back from the hype, and see how Apple’s new competitor stacks up against the already saturated smartwatch playing field.

Features & Functionality

Apple Watch has a big grid of icons, tooWhen it comes to features and functionality, there are a few differences between what Apple offers and what everyone else does. Apple’s product includes two new input types: a twistable crown button for scrolling and zooming without blocking the display, and a touchscreen than can tell the difference between a tap and a press. Just how useful either of these features are will remain somewhat of a mystery until we get our hands on the device, but they’re worth mentioning, nonetheless.

As far as features go, it looks like Apple Watch is much more in-line with Samsung’s Gear lineup and devices powered by Google’s Android Wear. There are a few additions, of course, but their utility are hardly worth mentioning.

What does deserve recognition is the fluidity of the OS running on Apple Watch. I’m not, nor have I ever been, a fan of the “big grid of icons”, and a circular grid, as we’ve seen demonstrated here, doesn’t seem much more user friendly. Why Apple hasn’t abandoned this for something more useful, we may never know. The rest of the UI, however, looks amazing! It blows everything else away, hands down, no questions ask, no argument. Period. Google, Sony, and Pebble have their work cut out for them.

Apple Watch includes a feature that no other smartwatch currently has: mobile payments. Mobile payments via your watch certainly sounds like something the masses could get behind. No more credit cards. No more fishing your wallet or phone out of your pocket either! Just tap your watch and get on with life. Hopefully Android Wear will get some NFC support and enable this functionality through the Google Wallet and ISIS Softcard apps. Time will tell.

Size & Shape

Apple made the Apple Watch in two sizes, which is a bit interesting, but will attract more users, that’s for sure. Women and small-wristed men will flock to Apple’s watch over any other simply because it’s available in a smaller size. We assume, of course, that concessions had to be made, probably in the battery, to make up for the size difference, but until we see (and tear-down) the two in person, we’ll have to deduce.

What’s especially surprising is that if you want a round smartwatch you’ve got to go with either the Moto 360 (which is already available, if you can find it in stock) or the LG G Watch R (which is coming out next month). Prior to Apple’s announcement, almost every comment I read that was critical to the first round of Android Wear devices commented that Apple would never make a rectangular watch, they’d do it “right” and make it circular. Sorry to disappoint you, folks, but even the engineers at Apple couldn’t build a round smartwatch. They let you down. You can head back to those forums and post your apologies now. Go ahead. I’ll wait.

Form & Function

iwatch-goldThat leads us to the Apple Watch’s build. Here’s one area where literally every other smartwatch on the planet has just been lapped. Everything about the Apple Watch screams “high-end” and “attention to detail”.

Although all we’ve really seen is renders and a few samples, if Apple Watch lives up to its promises, it’s going to function very, very well.

Motorola and Pebble make smart watches out of metal, but Apple’s has a sapphire screen and various types of metal bodies – including gold. Yes, actual gold. Compare that to the LG G Watch and pretty much anything from Samsung and – well, there really isn’t any comparison, so we’ll just stop there.

Apple’s wristbands are very interesting as well! No, you can’t use a standard 22mm watch band like you can with many of the other smart watches. You have to buy Apple’s special bands. Looking at them, and the way they connect with the watch, makes me think this could be a feature rather than a drawback. I’m quite impressed with the several ways Apple has apparently reinvented the watch band!

Battery & Power

Apple Watch ChargerWe don’t know anything definite about battery life on Apple Watch, but we expect that it’ll last a day or so, just like everything powered by Android Wear , but it probably won’t come close to the 5+ days that Pebble users enjoy. Charging, on the other hand should be exciting! Similar to the Moto 360, Apple Watch will have wireless charging. Unlike the Moto 360, the charger looks like it uses a proprietary format, not the Qi-standard that Motorola opted for.

Limitations

Now for the bad news. In addition to starting at hundred dollars more than pretty much every other smartwatch available today (including the Moto 360), the Apple Watch is not available yet – and won’t be until next year. When exactly next year? We don’t know.

Like we mentioned before, charging the Apple Watch will require a proprietary charger, and is not compatible with the Qi or PowerMat standards. This doesn’t bode well for when Apple includes wireless charging in its phones and tablets, since it will likely go with the non-standard type of charger it will be using for Apple Watch.

What about compatibility? Android Wear is only compatible with Android-powered devices, and Apple Watch will only be compatible with the iPhone 5 and above. Pebble, on the other hand, works just fine with Android or iOS.

Although Apple Watch looks pretty neat, it’s going to have a hard time competing with the Moto 360, but Pebble and the rest of devices powered by Android Wear have some catching up to do.


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Intel and Fossil partner for Android Wear

Intel, a leader in chip-making and powering technology, and Fossil, a leader in fashion accessories, are partnering up for future smartwatches and wearable technology. While they plan to build all kinds of wearable technology, Android Wear devices are a certainty since they both are listed as partners on Android Wear’s official website. This partnership is… Read more »

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Instant for Android Wear: Instagram lovers rejoice! You can now browse through your feed without getting out your phone [‘Watch’ This App]

If you like so many of us are an Instagram addict and lament the fact that there’s no good Instagram app for smartwatches, then get excited because Instant for Android Wear has come to the rescue. Gone are the days of having to pull out our phones whenever we want to scroll endlessly through our… Read more »

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Android Wear BeeLink: Connect to Android devices from your smartwatch [‘Watch’ This App]

One of the biggest complaints from smartwatch users is that it’s a difficult process to connect the smartwatch to their different Android devices. Users oftentimes find it to be a confusing, tedious process, and just plain hard to switch from one device to another. If this is a problem you have, then the Android Wear BeeLink app might… Read more »

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Customize your smartwatch face with the Less is more Wear Watch Face app [‘Watch’ This App]

It’s no secret that when it comes to our devices we love to personalize them. It’s the reason there is such a large variety of ringtones, wallpapers, and smartphone cases out there. Now there is an app that allows you to customize your smartwatch face called Less is more Wear Watch Face. All of the design options you can choose from… Read more »

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Customize your smartwatch face with the Less is more Wear Watch Face app [‘Watch’ This App]

It’s no secret that when it comes to our devices we love to personalize them. It’s the reason there is such a large variety of ringtones, wallpapers, and smartphone cases out there. Now there is an app that allows you to customize your smartwatch face called Less is more Wear Watch Face. All of the design options you can choose from… Read more »

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LG to launch a round Android Wear watch at IFA

When Android Wear was announced earlier this year, two launch partners became known: LG, and Motorola. Later, Samsung also joined in with the Gear Live, as both it and the LG G Watch went official at Google I/O 2014. The Moto 360 was still absent at the time, with a vague “coming later this summer” for a release date. With all that time we had to wait, LG has apparently had enough time to knock out a second Android Wear product, with this one being squarely (roundly?) aimed at the Moto 360: a round LG G Watch, better known as the LG G Watch R.

g watch rNothing much about this wearable becomes known through the trailer video, but one thing is clear: this is meant to be a ferocious attack against the Moto 360. About 15 seconds in,  there’s a neat animation rounding an almost-round shape with the words “Feel the gap” (we hope LG meant to say “Fill the gap” instead). This can easily be seen as a dig at the fact that the Moto 360 isn’t entirely round, with there being a strip at the bottom allegedly for the ambient light sensor and other internals.

Most of the info about the watch has been saved for the big IFA 2014 reveal next week in Berlin – where we’ll have boots in the ground in the form of Michael Fisher and Taylor Martin – but this certainly gives us something to be excited about.


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Get Apex Notifier on Android Wear

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Loving your new Android Wear smartwatch? Well, you might just love it even more with the Apex Notifier update that now supports Android Wear. On your smartwatch, the app can show you how much battery remains on your smartphone, so you don’t have to take it out of your pocket just to check how much… Read more »

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WhatsApp brings voice replies to Android Wear, sort of

Android Wear is still what many of us like, but not necessarily what all of us want. It’s clear that we need more developers to embrace the platform, and some of us agree that we also need better watches to drool over. There is still much room for both Google and developers to take advantage of the platform, and as such we’re seeing this come first from WhatsApp.

The Facebook-owned company has just launched a new extension to allow you to interact with WhatsApp through your Android Wear smartwatch, and what makes this hot is that it allows you to voice replay to messages. If you think about it, this is the most logical step that any messaging app should take in order to fully take advantage of Android Wear, but if you count the amount of apps that can, you’d be disappointed.

At the moment this feature is sadly in beta, and it also requires a direct download in order to work. The biggest issue with this is that messages won’t arrive fully, but hey, it still is a beta away. If you’re already rocking an Android Wear device and you love WhatsApp as much as many of us do, hit the source link for your download.

Source: WhatsApp
Via: Phandroid


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iPhone 6 orders, iPad mini Air specs, HTC One Wear leaks & more – Pocketnow Daily

Watch today’s Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the LG G3 Prime announcement with some additional specs to the current G3. OnePlus then shows us how to make and not sell a bamboo back for its One smartphone. HTC follows as we get some interesting leaks Android Wear offerings. Then Apple takes the stage as reports claim an iPad mini Air in the works. We end today’s show talking about the staggering orders that Apple has made for iPhone 6 units to its partners.

All this and more after the break.

Stories:
LG goes official with Snapdragon 805-powered LG G3 Cat.6
OnePlus One gets its bamboo StyleSwap cover
Did HTC just leak its smartwatch on its own video?
A 30% thinner iPad mini Air in the works, 12.9-inch iPad until 2015?
Apple is preparing for tremendous demand of the iPhone 6?


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