Augmented Reality Game Ingress Gets Android Wear Support

Augmented Reality Game Ingress Gets Android Wear Support

Jul 15, 2015

Tag this one with “juicy” please…

Ingress, Google’s hit augmented reality MMO by way of Niantic Labs, is getting an update which makes it even more relevant and that much more mobile: Android Wear support.

This is via an update which is rolling out now.

This update ostensibly gives agents on each side of the aisle the ability to hack and such right from their wrists with compatible smartwatches. One will still need an Android device, but with this new build, it doesn’t need to come out of the pocket to get stuff going.

On paper, it makes the game a bit more fluid for folks with Android Wear gear. At the very least, it gives addicts yet another reason to invest in Android Wear.

Ingress remains free on the Play Store; below is an image from the Ingress Google+ feed, showing the Android Wear iteration on a Moto360.

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Introducing WatchOut, a New Game for Android Wear

Introducing WatchOut, a New Game for Android Wear

Jun 10, 2015

As Android Wear looks to become more prevalent amongst smartwatch owners, it’s great to see how the development community is looking to support the new smartdevice platform.

The story surrounding WatchOut and its conception is a compelling one. WatchOut is a simple racing game made to be consumed in small chunks… right from one’s wrist.

Its developer, frustrated with the iOS approval process, decided to try Android development; in time, the experiment led to his procuring a Moto 360 and developing this Android Wear-exclusive game.

Thus we get WatchOut. Apple’s loss, Android’s gain.

The game utilizes high scores, day and night scenery and one-touch controls. It looks like a three-laned racer, and avoiding other vehicles is key.

The app is available for free on Google Play.

Google Maps Adds Full Navigation Support for Android Wear and More via Update

Google Maps Adds Full Navigation Support for Android Wear and More via Update

May 22, 2015

Google Maps is getting a pretty interesting update that, among other things, ups the functionality of the premier mobile navigation utility with Android Wear.

Also notable is new ability to receive audio traffic alerts during navigation, and traffic descriptions that help with pre-drive planning.

Officially, per Google Play, the updates are below:

What’s New
• Full screen Maps and navigation support for Android Wear. Know where you are and what’s around you with Google Maps at a glance of your wrist.
• Spoken traffic alerts in Navigation tell you about congestion and incidents on your route. Traffic descriptions give you a summary of traffic before you drive.
• New Transit directions when you’re in a city. Easily compare routes and see in next departures (available in certain cities).
• Bug Fixes

Google Maps is available for free on Google Play.

[Source: Google Play]

Swiss Luxury Watchmaker TAG Heuer Announces Android Wear Collaboration with Google and Intel

Swiss Luxury Watchmaker TAG Heuer Announces Android Wear Collaboration with Google and Intel

Mar 19, 2015

In an interesting amalgamation of technology heavyweights, renown timepiece maker TAG Heuer is partnering with Intel and Google to create a smartwatch that will be powered by Intel technology and Google’s wearable initiative Android Wear.

According to a press conference that was held on March 19th at watch and jewelry confab Baselworld, the partnership looks to “create a product that is both luxurious and seamlessly connected to its wearer’s daily life — a culmination of innovation, creativity and design from Silicon Valley in California and the Watch Valley in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland.”

Beyond the raw heft of the announcement itself, this is interesting in several ways. For one, getting TAG Heuer on board with the idea of making a smartwatch is pretty major. It definitely gives Android Wear much needed legitimacy in a budding wearables sub-sector. Also, it creates a potential cascade as other luxury watchmakers potentially try to add functionality to their pieces.

We can’t wait to see how this turns out.

Below is the official video of the announcement.

[Source: Intel via BBC]

ASUS Announces Android Wear-Powered ZenWatch at IFA 2014

ASUS Announces Android Wear-Powered ZenWatch at IFA 2014

Sep 3, 2014

IFA 2014 is definitely the place to be for gadget lovers. For folks dialed in to Android Wear, smart wearables and ASUS offerins, it doesn’t get better.

ASUS has announced its new Android Wear-powered smartwatch dubbed the ZenWatch.

The ZenWatch is a rectangular-faced affair, with classic strap and stainless steel frame. It features ASUS’ ZenUI overlay, scores of watch face options, and a Gorilla Glass/AMOLED display. it also expectedly serves as a smartphone companion and a health wearable.

More from the ASUS informational:

Fine Watch Craftsmanship
Exquisitely-crafted using premium materials
Sophisticated design enhanced by rose gold color layering
Genuine stitched-leather watchband and quick-release clasp design
100+ combination watch face choices to fit your mood and personality
Vivid AMOLED display and Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3

Smart Companion
Seamless ASUS ZenUI integration and enhanced functionality
Automatically unlock your phone with ASUS ZenWatch
Tap Tap and Find My Phone helps you locate your phone instantly if misplaced
Simply cover ASUS ZenWatch with your hand to mute an incoming call
ASUS Remote Camera frees users to take photos from creative angles where the viewfinder would be difficult to see.
Presentation Control enables ZenWatch to be used as a remote control and time manager when giving a business presentation or lecture

Wellness manager
Monitor and track a range of health-related statistics with the ASUS Wellness app
Measures steps taken, calories burned, activity duration, heart rate, exercise intensity and relaxation level
View an easy-to-understand relaxation score based on relaxation-level measurements

According to MobileBurn, the device will be available in select markets in Q3, and will cost about $260.

[Source: MobileBurn and ASUS]