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Top 10 Android-compatible wearables better than the Apple Watch

One can safely assume the decision to support iPhones on the Android Wear platform didn’t come easy for Google. Always an endorser of diversity and choice, the search giant would love it if its customers only had to pick between hardware products built by sanctioned brands.

Apple Watch vs Android Wear

But iPhones make the mobile world go round, and in order to stop the Apple Watch from rapidly rising to similar popularity levels, the Android architects made a major compromise, indirectly giving their blessing to the arch-rival’s main cash cow.

Cupertino likely accepted the “vote of confidence” without thinking twice, even if the Android Wear’s cross-platform support could soon prove a double-edged sword for Tim Cook & co. Will “iWatch” sales linger, while LG, Motorola, Asus, Huawei and Sony, plus Samsung, Pebble, Microsoft and Fitbit get to see their market share grow?

Android Wear devices

It’s possible, at least if we have a say in this, and you lose your flock instincts, going for the wearable device that objectively looks better, not the one the crowds are recommending. Namely, one of the ten following Android-compatible smartwatches and activity trackers superior to the Apple Watch:

LG Watch Urbane – $278 in silver; $299 pink gold

Until the 2015 Moto 360 and Huawei Watch become widely available stateside, this beaut remains the handsomest of its kind. It’s perfectly round, unlike the boxy, rectangular Apple Watch, breathes strength through every pore, yet also elegance and slimness, courtesy of a 10.9 mm profile, and 66.5 grams weight.

LG Watch Urbane

Water and dust resistant, the Watch Urbane may soon spawn a high-res sequel, though at 320 x 320 pixels, it’s already pretty sharp. And it lasts a while between charges, thanks to a 410 mAh battery.

Motorola Moto 360 (original) – starting at $147

Obviously eclipsed by its recently unveiled follow-up in style, autonomy and especially customization, the 2014 Moto 360 is cheap enough to stay in the limelight a few more months. Even in snazzy cognac leather, light metal and champagne gold metal versions, it sets you back around $150 a pop, which is peanuts compared to the “entry-level” $350 tag of the Apple Watch.

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Mind you, this is one of the first Android Wear pieces that will offer iPhone synchronization functions, although it should still work better pulling notifications from a Moto X Style or Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+.

Motorola Moto 360 (second-gen)

Only up on pre-order from Lenovo’s daughter company, the polished men and women’s 360 starts at $300, which feels excessive. Next to the OG, that is, not the clearly inferior and still pricier Apple Watch.

Moto 360 2015

With a refined exterior, improved battery, a whole lot of size, case, bezel, band and face choice, we wouldn’t be surprised to see Android Wear single-handedly propelled to the mainstream by the “New” Moto 360.

Huawei Watch – $350 and up

Okay, so it’s not exactly affordable. It actually matches the “iWatch” in terms of retail costs, but with a big, fat fashion advantage. Oh, yes, the $350 flavor is a definite knockout, what with its circular body, robust stainless steel construction, and distinguished black suture leather strap.

Huawei Watch

What does the Apple Watch offer at $350? A fluoroelastomer (read good, old-fashioned, chintzy rubber) band, awkward squarish build, anodized aluminum (i.e. a material short of steel toughness), and let’s not even go into specifications like screen resolution, processing power, or non-iPhone-dependent productivity.

Asus ZenWatch – $150

We know you’re inclined to wait for the second-gen, but at $150, the original feels almost impossible to turn down. Fashionable in its own way, with a curved 2.5D display, fairly chunky bezels, and a rectangular build, the ZenWatch can do plenty of things sans relying on a phone’s brains.

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It counts steps, estimates calories burned, measures your heart rate, tracks your progress in different sporting activities, not to mention it’s water-protected, endowed with a microphone, stereo speakers, and 4GB internal storage space.

Pebble Time – $195

The newest plastic-made Pebble feels like one of our own, although it technically runs a proprietary operating system, backing both Android and iOS before multi-platform compatibility became the norm rather than the exception.

Pebble Time

The simplistic UI allows the Time to keep the lights on for up to seven days, with a fairly rudimentary 64-color e-paper display in tow. Rudimentary but always-on, and despite the lackluster design, you get Gorilla Glass protection, a curved, ergonomic profile, water endurance up to 30 meters, plus all the essential alerts and notifications brought to your wrist.

It’s definitely not for fashionistas, but people perennially on the move, looking to make their connected lives easier, will love it.

Samsung Gear S2

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They say it’s going to cost $350 stateside in a Bluetooth and Wi-Fi-limited configuration, or $400 with standalone 3G connectivity. Too rich for your blood? Too Tizen-y, maybe? Keep in mind it supports an entire slew of Android handhelds, not just Samsungs, it’s got a rotating bezel somewhat similar to Apple Watch’s “crown”, a vivid, circular display with minimal borders, and vows to run for at least two days on a single battery charge. It’s almost worth it, huh?

Samsung Gear S – $200 with AT&T contracts; $330 outright

Samsung Gear S

Let’s be honest, the oddly shaped Gear S is uglier, less functional, powerful and bulkier than its successor, only working in combination with a handful of Galaxy gadgets. On the plus side, it can run solo, it’s relatively inexpensive with carrier pacts, and the Super AMOLED panel still wipes the floor with the “Retina” on the Apple Watch, at 2 full inches and 480 x 360 pixels.

Microsoft Band – $138

We know exactly what you’re thinking. A primitive fitness band that trumps a progressive, extravagant smartwatch?! That’s crazy! Well, it is, and… it isn’t, as the primary use case for intelligent timepieces and activity trackers alike remains various fitness and health application.

Microsoft Band vs Apple Watch

So, if that’s what you’re looking for, why not purchase a contraption designed specifically for tracking your vitals, knowing when to push you, and how to convince you to live a better life. Plus, it’s got a screen, it can do messages and emails and notifications, and works smoothly with Androids, iPhones and Windows Phones for up to two days continuously. It’s pretty much the best of both worlds.

Fitbit Charge HR – $143

Fitbit Charge HR

If you’re willing to give up even more of your fancy wrist computer functions, and get a longer-lasting, simpler, super-reliable wireless activity tracking device, you can’t go wrong with a Fitbit. They’re the sales leaders of the market for a reason, unlike Apple, and the Charge HR deservedly rules supreme in Amazon fitness technology demand.

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[Deal] 45mm Moto 360 Sport for $119.99

Moto 360 Sport

The 45mm #Moto360Sport can now be yours thanks to a deal on eBay for just $119.99. The smartwatch was originally launched by the company last year, so it’s not exactly a new kid on the block. But barring that, the Moto 360 Sport is a pretty solid offering even today. So how is it different from the standard Moto 360?

Well, it comes with dedicated fitness related features, and a band designed to sustain prolonged intervals of usage. This is a necessary feature to have given that most users who purchase this will be fitness driven. A slew of fitness related features makes the Moto 360 Sport a desirable option for fitness buffs.

The fact that it supports Android Wear by default is like the icing on the cake really. So in addition to getting the wide range of fitness features, you’re also getting access to one of the best smartwatch OSes going around.

Check out the Moto 360 Sport from the link below.

Get the 45mm Moto 360 Sport for just $119.99 on eBay!

[Deal] 1st gen ASUS ZenWatch for $59.95

The #ASUS #ZenWatch is now selling via eBay for just $59.95. The smartwatch was launched a couple of years ago, so it’s not exactly the newest kid on the block. But if that’s not much of a caveat for you, this can be an excellent smartwatch to get you started with the concepts of Android Wear. Naturally, the wearable is refurbished.

The ZenWatch comes with the same set of hardware that we see on other Android Wear offerings. This includes a 1.63-inch Super AMOLED display, the quad-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 SoC, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, Android Wear OS, and a 369 mAh battery. Given that it’s the holiday season, we’re guessing the pricing has been slashed somewhat by the manufacturer. If these factors interest you, we suggest you have a closer look at the deal.

Stocks might be limited, so make sure you hurry.

Get the 1st gen ASUS ZenWatch for just $59.95 on eBay!

Two new Android Wear smartwatches to launch by Q1 2017: Google

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#Google has announced that there will be two new #AndroidWear 2.0 smartwatches launching within the first three months of 2017. The information was provided by Jeff Chang, who is the product manager of Android Wear at Google.

The company clarified that these wearables won’t carry Pixel branding on board as it will be produced by third-party manufacturers who have already been involved with Android Wear in the past. Google refused to divulge details on the manufacturers, though, but it’s safe to assume that LG will be one of them.

Manufacturers were revealed to be a bit hesitant a couple of months ago with regards to the prospects of Android Wear, but things seem to have changed since then. It is said that other manufacturers will reveal Android Wear 2.0 based smartwatches over the course of 2017, so we have that to look forward to as well. Android Wear 2.0 will bring support for Android Pay, which could be a game changer.

After the new hardware is unveiled, Google will start sending out the update to existing smartwatches. While the list hasn’t been confirmed yet, it seems like only the recent crop of wearables will be included.

Google says that its goal is to convince the market and customers that Android Wear or smartwatches are still in demand, which could be a driving force to take the sales forward.

 

Via: The Verge

[Deal] 45mm Moto 360 Sport for $111.95

Moto 360 Sport

The #Moto360Sport is now available for just $111.95 on eBay. The seller only has the White version of the smartwatch in stock, which means you don’t have much say in terms of colors. But that shouldn’t be much of a problem since the White model is the most attractive variant (for me anyway).

The smartwatch runs Android Wear by default and comes with support for all major updates that are sent out by Google. So how is this different from the standard Moto 360? Well, it comes with a bunch of fitness related features that make it ideal for runners and athletes. There’s built in GPS, a heart-rate sensor and a whole lot more with the Moto 360 Sport.

It can easily replace the best of your fitness bands that are selling in the market. Keeping this in mind, be sure to check out the wearable from the eBay link below.

Get the Moto 360 Sport for just $111.95! 

[Deal] Moto 360 Sport for $99.99

Moto 360 Sport

The #Moto360Sport is now available for just $99.99 on eBay. This is Motorola/Lenovo’s most recent smartwatch which was released late last year. The device runs Android Wear out of the box, with support for all of the new features that have been released by Google. The 360 Sport also features GPS and WiFi, which makes it perfect for outdoor run sessions as well as cycling.

The Moto 360 Sport here is available only in White, so you have don’t have plenty of choices. But that shouldn’t be much of a problem since the White variant is the preferred choice for many. Given the price that it’s selling for, the Moto 360 Sport is a pretty attractive offering and something that could be gifted to your loved ones as well.

The smartwatch might not stay in stock for long, so we suggest you head over to the eBay link below.

Get the Moto 360 Sport for just $99.99 on eBay!

[Deal] First-gen Moto 360 for $99.99

Moto 360 Press

Moto 360

The first-gen #Moto360 can now be yours for just $99.99 via eBay. This is one of the first Android Wear smartwatches to break cover in the market, along with the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live. Keeping this in mind, this has a special place in Google’s heart as a legacy device. Although Motorola unveiled a second-gen model last year, there aren’t a lot of visual differences between the two variants.

Keeping this in mind, it wouldn’t hurt to give this particular wearable a try. The Moto 360 could be a perfect stepping stone into the smartwatch world considering how expensive most wearables are today. To my knowledge, Google is still updating the device with the latest Android Wear updates, so you’re assured to get the best out of the wearable as it is.

The Moto 360 might not remain in stocks for long, so be sure to check it out.

Get the first-gen Moto 360 for just $99.99 on eBay!

[Deal] 1st gen ASUS ZenWatch for $64.95

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ASUS ZenWatch

The 1st-gen #ASUS #ZenWatch is now available via eBay for just $64.95. The smartwatch was one of the early Android Wear models to launch in the market, which makes it a fairly attractive option for early adopters of the platform. Although Android Wear has been around for quite some time, the public hasn’t quite embraced the platform as of yet. But at this price point, it wouldn’t hurt for you to give it a shot.

The ZenWatch comes with all the bells and whistles of a regular Android Wear offering. This includes 512MB of RAM, 4GB of native storage, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC. There are several high-end offerings available out there which are capable of providing a lot more to the customers. However, we feel that the ASUS ZenWatch is as good a smartwatch that you can buy right now, especially at this price point. Hit the link below for more details.

Get the ASUS ZenWatch for just $64.95 on eBay!

[Deal] Moto 360 Sport for $124.99

Moto 360 Sport

Moto 360 Sport

You can now grab the 45mm #Moto360Sport for just $124.99 on eBay. This is a significantly discounted price on the original price tag of the wearable, which makes this a fairly attractive deal for everyone. The Moto 360 Sport is basically like the standard 2nd gen Moto 360, but with some added features which will appeal to the fitness buffs. If you’re one to go on a jog or want to track your workouts every day, then the Moto 360 Sport is meant for you.

What’s even better is that the seller is offering the smartwatch in two colors – White and Orange/Flame. That’s plenty of options for a wearable. The Moto 360 Sport comes with standard Android Wear related features on board as well, so it’s not just a fitness wearable. The smartwatch comes with a 45mm band. Be sure to check out the smartwatch from eBay’s page below.

Check out the Moto 360 Sport for just $124.99 on eBay!

[Deal] ASUS ZenWatch 2 for $94.95

ASUS ZenWatch 2

You can now get your hands on the #ASUS #ZenWatch2 for just $94.95 on eBay. This is the company’s last known smartwatch and was originally released in 2015. Considering that we still see the 2014 Moto 360 selling for about $100, this is a pretty good deal. The ZenWatch 2 is not your conventional circular display as the company has stuck with a oval-shaped shaped display, much like its predecessor.

The wearable comes with a familiar hardware underneath, much like the rest of the Android Wear crowd. The handset is IP67 certified water/dust resistant, which means it can handle practically any amount of liquid you throw at it. However, we won’t suggest you take it for deep sea diving as it will probably succumb to the pressure.

The ZenFone 2 is an amazing value at this price, so make sure you check it out from the link below. Any takers?

Get the ASUS ZenWatch 2 for just $94.95 on eBay!

[Deal] 1st gen Moto 360 for $99.99

Moto 360

The first-gen #Moto360 is now available for just $99.99 on eBay. This wearable has been selling with impressive discounts for quite some time now, but this is perhaps the best deal we’ve encountered in a while. The retailer is offering the smartwatch in a Light Metal (18mm) variant as well as a Stone Leather model, so there aren’t a lot of variants to pick from.

Even though this is the first-gen model of the smartwatch, you get to experience all the new features of Android Wear thanks to Google’s comprehensive support system. Barring a couple of legacy Android Wear smartwatches, the Moto 360 is still supported by Google, which means you get the latest Android Wear updates directly on the wearable.

Stocks might be fairly limited for this offering, so we suggest you get your hands on it while you still can. Hit the link below for more details on the smartwatch.

Get the first-gen Moto 360 for just $99.99!

[Deal] ASUS ZenWatch for $59.99

ASUS ZenWatch

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The #ASUS #ZenWatch can now be yours for just $59.99 through eBay. This is the cheapest price we’ve seen on the ASUS wearable, and well worth your attention given the features on board. This is the first-gen model of the smartwatch, which partially explains the low cost. The ZenWatch comes with an oval shaped display which is quite unique to the smartwatch market that is crowded with square and circular display offerings.

It comes with a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of internal storage. Originally launched about two years ago, the ZenWatch is one of the most appealing first-gen Android Wear offerings you can buy right now. Although it pales in comparison to the likes of the Huawei Watch and the Watch Urbane, it’s certainly no slouch when it comes to performance.

The wearable might be available in limited quantities from the seller, so be sure to check the listing before it’s too late.

Get the first-gen ASUS ZenWatch for just $59.99 on eBay!

Google’s Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches expected to launch by early 2017

Android Wear

While early rumors had predicted that #Google would reveal the new refresh of #AndroidWear along with the new #Pixel phones, we didn’t quite get to see that. Well, it seems like we have some more waiting to do with a rumor claiming that these new smartwatches will be unveiled by early 2017.

According to @evleaks, Google is planning to release two wearables codenamed Angelfish and Swordfish. These smartwatches will be equipped with the Google Assistant smart voice assistant, thus bringing uniformity across multiple Google products.

These are early rumors, of course, so nothing can be said with certainty at this point. However, considering what we’ve seen from Google so far, nothing would be surprising anymore. Frankly, Android Wear has been waiting for a refresh for quite some time now, so Google could really help its cause with the new Android Wear 2.0 platform. What do you think?

Source: @evleaks – Twitter

Via: Techno Buffalo

HTC and Under Armour branded smartwatch leaks out in pictures

HTC Smartwatch

HTC Smartwatch

#HTC and #UnderArmour have come together for a fitness band before, which has been available in a handful of markets as well. It seems like the two companies might be taking their partnership even further if a leak coming out of an online source is anything to go by. This HTC and Under Armour branded smartwatch has been spotted by a tech site, although we’re only getting a glimpse of the rear portion of the device. The device is supposedly codenamed “Halfbreak“.

It is said that this device is running Android Wear by default, which is not a surprise given that we’ve heard about an Android Wear based HTC smartwatch for quite a while now. In terms of onboard features, we can expect there to be some fitness based features to be present. But not much else is known about this device for now, so it seems like we’ll have to wait till the device is made official to get more info on that.

HTC has been surprisingly absent from the smartwatch industry while we’ve seen practically every other major Android OEM launching a smartwatch or two of their own. Considering these factors, an HTC made smartwatch might have a different appeal on the market.

Source: TechTastic.nl

Via: Mobile Syrup