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Wearable News: List of watches getting Wear OS plus some thoughts on Google’s rebrand

Well, it finally happened. This week Google unveiled new branding for Android Wear. The new operating system that powers smartwatches made by its partners is now called Wear OS (See: Android Wear, it's time for a new name). A new tag line is here as well: "Make every minute matter."...
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Apple to (finally) eliminate iPhone notch?

Oh, the irony. Apple plans to remove notch from the iPhone X and subsequent models. Meantime Google has added notch support to Android as several phone makers copy Apple's (quirky) design.
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Here’s a helpful timeline of System on a Chip (SoC) designs by Apple

Prior to 2010, Apple tapped Samsung for its System on a Chip (SoC) supply. These are the brains that power devices such as the iPhone, iPad and various other devices including the Apple TV. With the A4, Apple decided in 2010, however, to roll its own. And has been increasingly...
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I/O 2018: Will Google finally reveal new version of Wear?

Google's annual I/O developer conference will once again be held at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View. The three day event, per the geekiest of geeky announcements, will take place May 8-10, 2018. Look, once again, for a visionary keynote followed by key product updates covering major product lines such as Android,...
What next for Android Wear?

Google and the Smartwatch: What’s next for Android Wear?

Google launched its wearable OS, Android Wear, in 2014. To much fanfare. All of us early adopters, tech writers, and geeks were fully on board. The future was right there on your wrist. All of a sudden we could all be Dick Tracy. After a few bumps, Wear devices finally...
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Google’s upcoming Pixel 2 phone might not feature bezel-less design

Bezels be gone. In 2017, I was expecting most new smartphones to not have bezels. At least, the premium, flagship models. I think it would be fair to expect as much. Samsung has been leading the charge towards less bezel and more screen. Phones like the Edge used slick wrap...
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Android Wear 2.0 availability – where in the world is Google’s latest wearable OS?

First there was fragmentation on the smartphone version of Android. Now, it looks like the same curse is striking the smartwatch version. Android Wear 2.0 was announced in 2016 at Google I/O at the Shoreline in Mountain View. Yet, today, over a year later, few Wear watches are actually running...
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Apple iPhone 7 on mission to kill the DSLR

It looks like Apple is on a mission to kill more than just the headphone jack. Camera. Camera. Camera. For a relatively long segment of today's Apple presentation, the emphasis was on the innovative software technology behind the camera in the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Rather: cameras. As...

Nexus 6P: Finally a really, really good Android camera

Finally! After a short working vacation I've come to a somewhat shocking, even revelatory conclusion: The Nexus 6P camera is actually very good. That's after using Android-based smartphones for the better part of the last eight years. And every one with a sub-par camera. It all started with the (superb) Motorola Droid in...
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Homegrown phone – Is Google aiming to be more like Apple?

Being open is both a blessing and a curse. One the plus side, others can run hog wild. In the case of Google's Android operating system that means manufacturers can build handsets to their heart's content. Large. Small. Cheap. Premium. They can run near stock Android (Moto X Pure) or come...