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Can you use an Apple Watch with Android phones?
The Apple Watch is one of the most coherent and attractive wearables on the market, so there are sure to be plenty of Android users tempted by its sleek lines and genuinely useful functionality. However, do you need to give up your Android phone to embrace the Apple Watch? Can you use an Apple Watch with Android phones?
Apple Watch Stories September 12, 2019
This week, Apple unveiled the Apple Watch Series 5. It’s the perhaps the most modest year-over-year upgrade for the Apple Watch yet, adding little more than an always-on display. But that’s the thing: Apple doesn’t need to make major strides with its smartwatch offering — they’re far enough ahead that it doesn’t matter. And they could leverage that lead to destroy Wear OS if they wanted to…
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The Apple Watch is the best-selling smartwatch on the planet, but I don’t use an iPhone, nor do I actually want an Apple Watch. Personally, I use a Gear S3 Classic on the day-to-day (previously a Gear S3 Frontier), and I love it. However, there is one thing I’ve wanted from the Apple Watch, one of its bands, specifically, the “Leather Loop.” Now, I’ve finally found one.
Apple Watch Stories May 2, 2017
A number of iOS apps are suddenly pulling support for the Apple Watch, and the latest to have its Watch app suddenly disappear is Google Maps. While one might see this as a sign that a major player has abandoned development of an Apple Watch companion for one of the most-used apps on the App Store (currently sitting at #9 on the free charts), Google says support will be coming back later…
Apple Watch Stories April 14, 2016
iPhone and Samsung Gear S2 support draws closer as iOS app leaks
We’ve previously reported that the Samsung Gear S2 would be gaining support for iOS later this year, and it looks like that support is coming soon. A member of the XDA-Developers forums has shared a link to a potentially early version of a Samsung Gear S2 specific app that would allows iOS to pair with the device. While the app appears to be in the early stages (indications of the app’s creation dates back to March 2nd), it could potentially show us what the final app will look like.
Based on discussions in the forum, users looking to attempt the pair the devices may have to restore their S2 to factory settings before having it pair with the leaked iOS application. This may require having another Android device on hand, but the results seem to be mixed at this point. Some forum members are also indicating that they are able to receive notifications pushed from iOS, but have no way to reply.
The Samsung Gear S2 Lite iOS application can be installed through iTunes, or by side-loading through Xcode. Before launching the application, a Samsung specific enterprise profile must be accepted through settings. We cannot stress this enough, installing applications from unverified sources is not guaranteed safe. Proceed with extreme caution.
Apple Watch Stories April 5, 2016
Reuters last month reported that Google has been bolstering its self-driving car team as of late, and now as April rolls in, we’ve uncovered some more information on new hires as the team continues to expand. In one case, Google has added an ex-Apple global supply manager for the iPhone and the Apple Watch to the self-driving car supply management team…
Apple Watch Stories March 17, 2016
IDC: Apple Watch to hold smartwatch lead through 2019 as Android Wear closes gap
IDC’s latest report is out today with new estimates based on worldwide wearable shipments, and in it is a prediction that Apple Watch will hold the market lead this year and through 2020 as Android Wear begins to close the gap.
While the report shows estimates based on overall wearable shipments, which IDC says will go from 72.2 million last year to 100 million in 2016 for watch and wristband products, it also shows a breakdown of estimates for leading smartwatch platforms by operating system…
Apple Watch Stories December 18, 2015
This is one of the best deals yet on our favorite all-in-one home security system and air quality detector.
Just in time for the holidays, get $20 off Canary. That brings the price down to $179 from the regular $199. Better yet, you can save a total of $50 off regular price when purchasing the Canary Two-Pack.
This Wi-Fi, smartphone connected security system does a whole lot more than the webcam style security cameras gaining popularity recently, and it does it all with gorgeous industrial design and slick companion apps for Android and other mobile devices… expand full story
Apple Watch Stories September 29, 2015
Google Maps comes to the Apple Watch in latest iOS app update
Google has released an updated version of its mapping application for iOS that includes several new features, including an Apple Watch app. Along with the new watch app comes the ability to compare ETAs for different modes of transportation, such as biking and walking.
Apple Watch Stories September 7, 2015
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Now that Android Wear is officially compatible with iOS devices there’s a lot more smartwatch love to go around, at least for Apple fans. Android users have had a taste of the first generation, but Motorola’s new Moto 360 is one of the many new options available for both sides for the fence. The question is, should you give Motorola your money?
Apple Watch Stories August 5, 2015
Adidas buys popular fitness app maker Runtastic for € 220 million
Runtastic, developers of several popular fitness apps, today announced it has been acquired by Adidas for € 220 million. The move, according to a press release from both companies, will help Adidas bolster its efforts in offering connected products and its vision of “the convergence of sport, digital and data in an always connected and always on-demand world.” Or in other words, Adidas now has a strong software component with a large user base to integrate with its digitally enabled sports products including balls, wrist devices, apparel, and shoes.
Adidas already offers several of its own mobile apps that cross over into Runtastic’s territory, such as the miCoach train & run app and the Adidas Go app that integrates with Spotify to offer music matched to a user’s running pace. Runtastic, however, has around 20 mobile apps related to fitness and health and claims around 140 million downloads and 70 million registered users. The company also offers a few hardware products, including a scale and fitness tracking devices, that compliment its fitness apps that integrate with other third-party hardware including Android Wear devices and other wearables.
It’s unclear what Adidas has planned for the company and its apps, but Runtastic will be joining the Adidas teams and building new experiences as part of the brand going forward. What exactly that means for the Runtastic brand and integration with Adidas products remains to be seen.
Apple Watch Stories July 24, 2015
Nest founder and former Apple iPod lead designer Tony Fadell has intimated in a BBC interview that the decision to make an early version of Google Glass available for public sale may have been a mistake.
He said that while Google has always launched beta versions of its products and gathered feedback from users, there was a very big difference between software and hardware.
If you are only doing services based on electrons, you can iterate quickly, test it, and modify it and get it right. But when you are dealing with actual atoms – hardware – and you have to get manufacturing lines and it takes a year or more to develop that product, you better understand what it is and what it’s trying to do and specifically what it’s not going to do.
Customers have to spend money to buy those atoms. They want something that delivers value or you end up with a real disappointment and you can spoil the market.
He was, however, “very bullish” about the product, and believes it has a big future … expand full story
Apple Watch Stories July 13, 2015
Google is working on some tantalizing new features for upcoming versions of the Android Wear software, according to a new report published by Phandroid. Citing anonymous sources, it claims that the next update to Google’s wearable OS will include direct watch-to-watch communication along with some new interactive watch faces. Purportedly, these features were due to arrive on July 28th, but are now not likely to appear until August.
Apple Watch Stories May 21, 2015
Shazam has finally made its way to Android Wear
Following the launch of Shazam for Apple Watch just last month, the long-time well-known music recognition app has finally made its way to Android Wear. With the app, you can recognize songs without ever taking your phone out of your pocket, see the list of songs you’ve tagged in My Shazam in the Android app, and watch the lyrics for the song that’s playing right on your Android Wear device.
High five, Shazam is now on Android Wear!
- Keep your phone in your pocket – see what’s playing with 2 taps
- Songs are added to My Shazam, and to your My Shazam Tracks playlist for connected Rdio or Spotify users
- Watch lyrics unfold in real time, right on your wrist
You can grab the app right now by downloading the latest version of the Shazam app for Android, and the Android Wear counterpart on your watch should appear soon after. We’ve tried it out and it doesn’t look like the update has rolled out quite yet, but it will likely pop up very soon.
Apple Watch Stories April 28, 2015
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Galaxy Tab 3 LTE $100, Galaxy S6 (unlocked) $630, LG G3 w/ $100 Amazon GC (AT&T), more
Today’s can’t miss deals:
New Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 4G LTE GSM unlocked 7-inch 16GB: $100 shipped (Reg. $200+)
Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone 32GB (unlocked) GSM: $630 shipped (Reg. $899)
LG G3 w/ free $100 Amazon gift card for $0.01 w/ 2-yr contract or $400 w/o (AT&T)
Aukey: 20,000mAh powerbank $27 (Reg. $35), Bluetooth hands-free car kit $20 Prime shipped (Reg. $30), more
Review: Omaker M4 Splashproof/droppable Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker with NFC: $25 Prime shipped (Orig. $70)
Small States Review: Grovemade’s Laptop Stand combines quality craftsmanship & thoughtful design, giveaway
More new gear from today:
Daily Deals: Samsung 50″ 1080p Smart TV $650 (Orig. $950), Quadcopter w/FPV Cam $130 (Orig. $200), more
- New! Your choice of two rugged Lumsing Bluetooth speakers: $20 (Reg. $24+)
- New! Harman Kardon AE in-ears w/mic & remote $49 (Reg. $125+), more
- New! Games/Apps: PlayStation Gold Wireless Headset $70, iOS freebies, more
- New! LG G Watch R drops to $249 following Watch Urbane release
More deals still alive:
HooToo USB 3.0 Hubs: 3-port w/ Gigabit Ethernet $12 (Reg. $24), 4-port $7 (Reg. $14)
- Samsung 60″ 1080p 240Hz HDTV $1,100, LG 34″ UltraWide Monitor w/ Thunderbolt 2 $751
- Earjax ‘Lyrics’ Noise-Isolating Earbuds: $35 Shipped (Orig. $100)
- Add AirPlay music streaming to your house w/ JBL’s SoundFly Air Wi-Fi Speaker for $39 shipped (Orig. $200)
- WD Wireless 2TB USB 3.0 Hard Drive streams 4 HD videos at a time, on sale for $160 (Reg. $200)
- Apple-certified MFi Lightning cables: 2-Pack 1.3-ft $10, 3-ft $7, 6-ft $10, 10-ft $10, more
- Home: 1 yr. Sam’s Club Plus w/ $20 GC $41 ($143 value), more
- Groupon 10% off: iPad mini Lifeproof $27, PS4/Xbox One refurbs from $234, more
- New Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 trailer and early access to multiplayer beta
- Baytek PartyMix Portable Bluetooth Speaker $22 Prime shipped (Orig. $46)
- iFixit Pro Tech Toolkit Bundle $65 shipped (Orig. $110)
- EC Technology portable foldable Bluetooth keyboard $27 Prime shipped (Orig. $70)
- 5-Pack of HDMI 6-ft cables $6 shipped (Orig. $12+)
- Jawbone Big Jambox Bluetooth Speaker w/ 3 Color options (refurb) $140 (Orig. $300)
- Laser Printers: Samsung Xpress Wireless All-in-One $100, Xerox Phaser $100, more
- Toshiba 1TB $50 (Orig. $75), 3-Pack Seagate 1.5TB $150 ($210 value), more
- Seagate Expansion 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive $120 shipped (Orig. $250)
- Add Ethernet and more USB 3.0 ports to your MacBook for $16 Prime shipped, more
- Media: Meat Loaf’s Greatest Hits free (~$15 value), Unbroken HD rental $1 (Reg. $5), more
- ZeroLemon SolarJuice 10000mAh water resistant Battery Pack w/ flashlight: $26 (Orig. $50)
New products & more:
Rock out with this scaled down Bluetooth-connected Iron Man Mark XLIII mask
The Flyte levitating light bulb works like magic and looks like a dream
- This voice-activated sensor turns any regular trashcan into an iOS connected smartcan
- This iOS connected hybrid trash can vacuum is “the world’s first smartcan”
- ElevationLab’s NightStand is a versatile charging dock for your Apple Watch
- SquareTrade takes on AppleCare+ for Apple Watch with its own 2-yr protection plans
- popSlate’s new case puts an E Ink display on the back of your iPhone 6
- Wakē uses infrared sensors and parametric speakers to wake up one person at a time
- Droplet smart buttons remind you to get things done without a barrage of notifications
- Two of Philips’ new LED light bulbs can be had for just $5
Apple Watch Stories April 23, 2015
Over the past couple of weeks, much virtual ink has been spilled over the Apple Watch’s first-day pre-order sales. If you missed it, the upshot is that an iOS analytics firm released an estimate that over one million Apple Watches were ordered on that first day, and as we told you, this represents more device sales than Android Wear had in all of 2014.
While many good reasons can be given for this disparity, ranging from Apple’s marketing budget to its reality-distortion field, there are a couple of key aspects to this situation that haven’t often been mentioned… expand full story
Apple Watch Stories April 20, 2015
Update: Various reports have confirmed that certain Android Wear devices, including the LG G Watch and G Watch R as well as the Asus ZenWatch, will not be getting WiFi support.
Android Wear is getting a pretty big update. Over at the official Android blog, Google this morning showed off the latest version of its mobile OS, packing several useful new features including wrist gestures for flicking through cards hands-free, WiFi support to free your watch from needing to be directly connected to your phone, support for quickly drawing emoji replies to messages, always-on screen support in apps, and a lot more… expand full story
Apple Watch Stories April 13, 2015
The latest estimates from Slice Intelligence suggest that Apple sold just under 1 million units of its new smartwatch on the first day or pre-orders, an unsurprising figure considering the fact that the Cupertino company sold 74 million iPhones in Q4 2014. Knowing the number of Apple Watches sold, and assuming it’s correct, we can say with certainty that Apple sold more Apple Watches over the weekend than the combined various OEMs (LG, Samsung, etc.) shipped Android Wear devices in 2014.
Apple Watch Stories March 17, 2015
9to5Toys Last Call: Free Moto E (2nd gen), Free $50 Play Store gift card, Samsung Galaxy S5 (unlocked) $420, more
Today’s can’t miss deals:
Free Moto E (2nd generation) w/ purchase of “Pure Edition” Moto X (Reg. $119)
Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900A 16GB unlocked: $419.99 shipped (Reg. $499)
Samsung Galaxy ALPHA SM-G850A 32GB 4G LTE: $279 shipped (Reg. $400)
ASUS Google Nexus 7 (2013) 16GB 7-inch tablet: $149.99 shipped (Reg. $200)
HTC One (M8) 32 GB Android phone unlocked: $325 shipped (Reg. $700)
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 32 GB factory unlocked: $295 shipped (Reg. $500)
LG G3 w/ free $100 Amazon gift card for $0.01 w/ 2-yr contract or $479 w/o
Thinking Android Wear? Pebble’s original timepiece might still be a better buy
Sling TV hits Xbox One with free one month trial for Live users, additional channels announced
More new gear from today:
SurfBoard SB6121 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem (refurb): $45 shipped (orig. $70), more
- New! Games/Apps: MacID for iOS goes free (Reg. $4), GuitarToolkit 50% off, freebies, more
- New! Daily Deals: Onkyo 5.2-Ch. 4K Receiver $230, 3Doodler 3D Printing Pen $70, more
- New! Klipsch Image X5 Noise-Isolating in-ear headphones $70 shipped (Reg. $90+), more
More deals still alive:
Get started with Tile Bluetooth iOS/Android item trackers for $20 Prime shipped (20% off)
- Position iPad as a 2nd monitor w/ Twelve South HoverBar 3: $75 shipped (Reg. $100)
- Samsung D3 Station 4TB Desktop External Hard Drive $100 shipped (Reg. $150)
- Big USB battery/flashlights: Omaker 15,600mAh: $25, Power Vault 18000mAh: $30 shipped
- Headphones: Audio-Technica ATH-M50x over-ears w/ $50 Amazon credit $158, more
- PreSonus Ceres 3.5/4.5-inch powered speakers w/ Bluetooth from $130 shipped
- Apple Watch leather bands hit Amazon for $10
- Get ready for Game of Thrones season 5 w/ free iTunes music from Method Man, more
- JBL J56 BT Wireless Bluetooth on-ear headphones $60 shipped (Reg. $90+)
- Samsung 48-inch 120Hz 1080P Smart LED HDTV $540 shipped (Reg. $650+)
- New Trent iPhone 6/Plus Trentium case $10 Prime shipped (Reg. $22), more
- Sabrent 60W/12A 10-Port USB Smart Charger: $23 shipped (Reg. $35), more
- Incase ICON MacBook and iPad sleeves from $40 shipped ($20 off)
- Seagate 4-Bay Diskless NAS $180 shipped (Reg. up to $270)
- Samsung 850 Pro 256GB 2.5″ Internal Solid State Drive $130 shipped (Reg. $180)
- LG 34-inch UltraWide LED IPS Monitor w/ Thunderbolt $750 shipped (Reg. $1,000)
- Portable Bluetooth speakers: Sony SRSX2 w/ mic $68 (Reg. $80+), more
- Sennheiser Urbanite On-Ear Headphones w/ remote & mic in denim: $132 (orig. $200)
- Sky Gamblers: Cold War is IGN’s free iOS game of the month ($5 value)
New products & more:
Sony announces free multiplayer weekend for all PS4 owners
- With summer approaching, SABER introduces the iPhone connected EDGE smart grill
- The Atlas Wristband can discern between different fitness activities
- LyfeLens dash cam pushes live video to your iPhone and doubles as a hotspot
- Kitchen Tech: AeroPress lets you make fancy coffee and espresso at budget prices
- New iOS/Mac game releases: Sid Meier’s Starships & Gameloft’s Dungeon Hunter 5
- Moleskine announces new backpack and messenger style bags for travelers, artists, more
- Straight Outta Springfield: LEGO announces new Simpsons inspired sets
- Kitchenaid’s new Siphon Coffee Brewer brings fancy gourmet coffee to your kitchen
- Amazon launches Exclusives storefront w/ specially curated gadgets
- This Transformers Autobot look-alike projects a virtual Magic Trackpad on your desk
Apple Watch Stories March 13, 2015
The Apple Watch was once again shown off at Apple’s “Spring Forward” event on Monday, and it looks like the Android Wear community is already putting together some watch faces inspired by Apple’s selections. Ironically, first up is the iconic Mickey Mouse face that has been the brunt of many a joke in the Android community on Google+, and it looks like the XDA-Developers user who made it did a pretty good job of replicating the real deal…
Apple Watch Stories March 12, 2015
The Apple Watch was once again shown off at Apple’s “Spring Forward” event on Monday, and many have been left wondering how the device compares to the Android Wear devices currently on the market. Technology has surely evolved a bit since the G Watch was announced, but how much have things changed?
There are several differences between the two platforms, but one that has now been brought to light is the device’s physical dimensions. Looking at Apple’s renders and images makes the device look big, but comparing its actual dimensions to Android Wear devices does the opposite. It’s tiny compared to most of what’s available today.
Apple Watch Stories March 9, 2015
I love my Android Wear smartwatch—it’s a great extension to the Nexus 6 I use daily. But not many people I know have an Android Wear device, even fewer have reason to use one every day, and basically no one (outside of my circle of geeky friends) really understands why they’re useful when I try to explain what they do. My LG G Watch R is seen as cool, because I can flip between a couple dozen watch faces and reply to texts with my voice, but these things don’t really make my peers feel like they’re missing out. It’s cool, but that’s about it.
The Apple Watch was shown off again today—this time in a bit more detail—and it’s clear that the device is going to be competition to the half-dozen-or-so Android Wear devices that are on the market. It’s priced a bit higher, and that’s typical when it comes to Apple products, but there are definitely things that this device offers that Google hasn’t yet introduced. The big one—in my opinion—is Digital Touch, which Apple describes as a “fun, spontaneous way to connect with other Apple Watch wearers, wrist to wrist.”
Apple Watch Stories March 3, 2015
Last month a developer managed to hack together a solution that enabled iPhone users to see their notifications on Google’s Android-powered wearable operating system, but at the moment there is no official way to use the two competing platforms together. That could change at Google’s annual I/O conference later this year, if new rumors are to be believed.
According to French tech blog 01Net, Google is developing an update to Android Wear that would enable it work with Apple’s iOS devices…
Apple Watch Stories February 17, 2015
As Apple prepares to bring its new smartwatch to the market, an extensive profile of Jony Ive from The New Yorker (you can find more over at 9to5Mac) has revealed how the Cupertino company sees Google Glass. But it wasn’t Ive, Apple’s design head, that made the comments. Rather, Apple CEO Tim Cook was very straightforward in saying that Google’s head-mounted display was putting a wearable in “the wrong place,” and that “glasses were not a smart move.” expand full story
Apple Watch Stories February 5, 2015
While Swatch certainly won’t be partnering with Apple on the iPhone maker’s upcoming Watch despite an ill-fated rumor that surfaced last year, the watchmaker does plan to go toe-to-toe with Apple promising its own version of a smartwatch due out soon. Bloomberg reports that Swatch plans to bring its answer to the Apple Watch to market in the next 90 days, and unlike the Apple Watch, it will work with Android phones.
The device will communicate via the Internet “without having to be charged,” Chief Executive Officer Nick Hayek said in an interview. The Swatch smartwatch will also let consumers make mobile payments and work with Windows and Android software, he said.
It’s unclear if Swatch intends for its own smartwatch to also be compatible with iPhones like the Apple Watch or if the company is only targeting competing platforms, but Swatch CEO Nick Hayek’s claim that its Internet-connected watch won’t need to be charged will be interesting if the company does indeed deliver with functionality that competes with an Apple Watch or even Android Wear smartwatch. expand full story