Mobvoi’s Ticwatch S and E smartwatches are now available in Europe. The letters stand for “Sport” and “Express” respectively and the designs have already won awards – an iF Product Design award for the S and Good Design Award for the E. Anyway, the straps are the major difference between the two. The Ticwatch S has a GPS antenna built into the breathable wrist strap for superior reception. The watch also has a sporty bezel with minute markings. Mobvoi Ticwatch in Knight, Aurora and Glacier colors The Ticwatch E also has a built-in GPS receiver, though its antenna is in the…
Earlier today, Google announced that Android Wear is being rebranded to ‘Wear OS by Google.’ For now, this is a simple renaming of the OS, with no functional changes to be seen. Google has now released a list of every watch that will receive the Wear OS update, and it looks identical to the list of watches that have been updated to Android 8.0 Oreo.
As far as I can tell, no watches have been dropped in the move from Android Wear Oreo to Wear OS.
Here are all the Android Wear watches being updated to Wear OS was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Earlier today, Google announced that Android Wear is being rebranded to Wear OS, a name that it says “better reflects our technology, vision, and most important of all — the people who wear our watches”. Now Google has revealed which of smartwatches will be updated with the new branding.
A Google support page says that in the coming weeks, select watches will begin showing the “Wear OS by Google” name rather than the “Android Wear” one. The update will also change the name of Google’s phone app for its smartwatches.
The watches that’ll receive an update to Wear OS by Google include:
- Casio PRO TREK Smart WSD-F20
- Casio WSD-F10 Smart Outdoor Watch
- Diesel Full Guard
- Emporio Armani Connected
- Fossil Q Control
- Fossil Q Explorist
- Fossil Q Founder 2.0
- Fossil Q Marshal
- Fossil Q Venture
- Fossil Q Wander
- Guess Connect
- Gc Connect
- Huawei Watch 2 (both cellular & non-cellular versions)
- Hugo BOSS BOSS Touch
- Kate Spade Scallop
- LG Watch Sport
- LG Watch Style
- Louis Vuitton Tambour
- Misfit Vapor
- Michael Kors Access Bradshaw
- Michael Kors Access Dylan
- Michael Kors Access Grayson
- Michael Kors Sofie
- Montblanc Summit
- Movado Connect
- Mobvoi Ticwatch S & E
- Nixon Mission
- Polar M600
- Skagen Falster Smartwatch
- TAG Heuer Connected Modular 41
- TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45
- Tommy Hilfiger 24/7 You
- ZTE Quartz
Right now, it’s unclear if the update to Wear OS will bring any changes other than the new name. It’s still nice to know if your watch is getting attention from Google and its manufacturer, though. If you’ve got one of the smartwatches on the list above, be on the lookout for your Wear OS update!
With the Galaxy S9 getting ready to populate carrier shelves, a new generation of users are about to be exposed to Samsung’s suite of Android apps. Fear and loathing may be our go-to emotions when encountering most pre-installed bloat, but Samsung’s collection of software is actually not that objectionable, as we noted when reviewing the Galaxy S9. Maybe the crown jewel there is the Samsung Internet browser, and today we’re learning about the newest safety and performance features to hit the development branch of this app, with the release of Samsung Internet 7.2 Beta.
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Just a few months after the release of the Fitbit Ionic, the company is preparing another smart watch, to further compete with the Apple Watch.
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Apple’s Emergency SOS feature makes it incredibly easy for a person to call for help, but this ease of use could be causing problems for police departments.
In 2017, Apple added a feature called Emergency SOS to their Apple Watch. To contact emergency services, a Watch owner just holds the device’s side button and waits for the triggered countdown to finish. At that point, the device contacts local emergency services.
Over the past few months, dispatchers for the Elk Grove, California, police department have answered nearly 1,600 emergency calls from a local Apple repair and refurbishment facility. Occasionally, the dispatchers hear the muffled sounds of repair technicians on the other end of the line.
“It started back in October, and we have been averaging about 20 calls per day,” Elk Grove Police Department Public Information Officer Jason Jimenez told Motherboard.
The timing of these calls lines up with the addition of the Emergency SOS feature to Apple Watches, and Jason Carroll, founder of Fruit Fixed, an independent Apple repair shop, believes the Watch’s screen size could be the reason the device is particularly susceptible to false calls. “It would probably [be easier] for a mistake [on the Apple Watch] because the screen is so much smaller,” he told Motherboard.
In a public statement to Mac Rumors, Apple confirmed they are aware of the problem: “We take this seriously and we are working closely with local law enforcement to investigate the cause and ensure this doesn’t continue.”
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Emergency SOS has already proven effective for its intended purpose – the feature may have even saved the life of a Pennsylvania woman and her child last year after a car accident. Unfortunately, accidental SOS calls could prevent others from receiving the same help when they really need it.
Elk Grove isn’t the only city on the receiving end of these calls. According to Newsweek, Watch owners in Michigan, North Carolina, and other parts of California have accidentally triggered the Emergency SOS feature.
Apple Watch and iPhone owners can adjust their Emergency SOS settings so that they have to drag a slider to make an emergency call, rather than the call going through automatically. This could prevent false calls, but it also creates an added barrier to getting help in a life-or-death situation, and device owners might not want to take that risk.
In the end, Emergency SOS is an incredibly valuable feature – Apple just needs to work out a way to reduce the number of accidental calls without affecting its usability.
“As far as safety goes, having that ability to press a button and reach us and have us be able to respond I think is very important,” said Jimenez. “Once that [issue] is resolved, still having the ability to have emergency help at a push of a button is important.”
Eventually, Apple could apply what they learn from the Watch false alarms to ensure future devices won’t have the same problem. The company is working on self-driving cars, and those are sure to include emergency features that will need to be easily accessible.
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