The LG Watch Urbane is stylish, but LG is already building its new watch
LG is building new smartwatch with Snapdragon Wear 2100: expect it to be thinner than ever
1. NonFanBoy (Posts: 157; Member since: 28 May 2015)
Google should make Android Wear open source, so that OEMs can make changes in the OS to make it compatible with different hardware features like the rotating rim in Gear S2, the rotating crown, etc. They can work closely with the OEMs to make sure that the changes comply with strict guidelines to prevent fragmentation and also ensure faster updates.
3. Feanor (Posts: 700; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)
People complain about Android skins and their abysmal software support, people complain about the closed nature of Android Wear. Guys, please make up your minds. I have had two Android Wear watches (LG G Watch R and TAG Heuer Connected) and I see no problem with the software. Ultimately you use your smartwatch 90% of the time as a watch. Things like rotating bezels and massive app support may tickle everyone's fancy and satisfy the inner geek but ultimately the smartwatch is mainly used for time telling and discreet notifications. This is what I've realised after four smartwatches.
4. sgodsell (Posts: 3623; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
NoFanBoy as it stands today, there is no fragmentation with Android Wear. So far every watch has received the latest updates. Maybe not all at once, but all received the latest updates to Android Wear.
As far as a rotating rim or rotating crown are concerned both of those are patented. Besides no one is stopping Samsung except Samsung itself from making another Android Wear device with a rotating rim (bezel). Everyone else would have to pay fees to license Samsung's or Apples patents.
6. NonFanBoy (Posts: 157; Member since: 28 May 2015)
Samsung cannot make an android wear smartwatch with a rotating bezel because the software would not support it and hence I want google to make android wear open source so that these hardware features can be supported by OEMs.
Yes there is no fragmentation because if its closed nature but if they do make it open source, there is bound to be fragmentation. Therefore, the best scenario would be Google allowing the changes only if they comply with a set of guidelines which would prevent any major changes but just a few bit of tinkering that would be necessary.
I mentioned both these points in my comment and this would be the best scenario for consumers in my opinion
2. Punchy506 (Posts: 87; Member since: 10 Jan 2016)
Now I know what I'm getting for black Friday this year. A smart watch with a 2100. My og 360 and its omap 3 need an upgrade.
5. Rhinoface (Posts: 177; Member since: 05 Dec 2014)
Feeling the same way. Just curious, does your 360 have a noticeable screen flicker, mainly on white screens?