Music Radar: It turns out that Google Wear OS smartwatches contain a secret drum machine

Music Radar: It turns out that Google Wear OS smartwatches contain a secret drum machine. “You probably didn’t buy your smartwatch planning to make music on it – particularly, it has to be said, a Google-powered smartwatch – but it turns out that high-tech timepieces that run the company’s Wear OS contain a hidden drum machine.”

Rebble with a Cause: How Pebble Watches Were Granted an Amazing Afterlife (iFixit)

iFixit: Rebble with a Cause: How Pebble Watches Were Granted an Amazing Afterlife. “In the early summer of 2018, you could buy an Apple Watch with built-in GPS, wireless payments, and speakers that buzz water out after a swim. Meanwhile, Katharine Berry was hustling to keep five-year-old watches with black and white screens alive.”

TechCrunch: Alphabet’s Verily offers a more serious take on health monitoring wearables with the Study Watch

TechCrunch: Alphabet’s Verily offers a more serious take on health monitoring wearables with the Study Watch. “Designed with long-term medical research in mind, the Study Watch has a vastly different set of hardware requirements than your standard smartwatch. The device was designed by Verily, the ‘V’ in Google’s Alphabet, which is devoted to serious medical studies like MS observation and contact lenses capable of monitoring wearers’ glucose level.”

Google Will Launch Two Smartwatches Early Next Year

Ruth Porat apparently thinks it’s okay: Google is getting into smartwatches. “Google will be launching two new flagship smartwatches in the first quarter of next year, according to Jeff Chang, product manager of Android Wear at Google. In an exclusive interview with The Verge, Chang said that the new watches will be the flagship Android Wear 2.0 devices and will be the first ones to launch with the new platform.”

Could Your Smart Watch Leak Your PIN?

Turns out that smartwatches and other wearables have a bit of security problem. “Collaborative research conducted by a team from the department of electrical and computing engineering at the Stevens Institute of Technology and Binghamton University in New York State, has demonstrated how a wearable device such as a smartwatch could end up compromising a user’s PIN thanks to the motion sensing data it generates.”

Google To Build Its Own Android Smartwatch?

Is Google going to build its own Android Wear smartwatches? “Speaking to Android Police, a reliable source has told us that Google is currently building two Android Wear devices – possibly Nexus-branded – for release some time after the latest Nexus phones are announced. One watch will be larger, sportier, and more fully-featured (LTE, GPS, heart rate), the other will be smaller and lack the aforementioned mobile data and GPS.” This is a rumor and clearly presented as such. The author of the article, David Ruddock, does some speculation on the possibility and on the smartwatch market in general.

Luxury Smartwatch Is a Stack of Dollars

Tag Heuer and Google have teamed up for a smartwatch. Which will cost 1500 smackeroos. “The Carrera Connected was made in conjunction with Intel and Google, and runs on Google’s Android Wear operating system. In a presentation in New York, Tag Heuer CEO Jean-Claude Biver said that this launch marks the marriage of the traditional Swiss watch world with Silicon Valley, and the future. Perhaps more importantly, however, the Carrera Connected represents the market’s first luxury Android watch, meant to compete more directly with the Apple Watch.”

New Android Wear Watches Will Work With iOS

Newer Android Wear watches now work with iOS. “Once you’ve paired your watch with your iPhone (the app is compatible with the iPhone 5 and all newer iPhones as long as they run iOS 8.2 and up), the actual on-watch experience is pretty much the same as always. The app supports rich notifications from Gmail, Google Calendar and Apple Calendar, Google Now Cards, voice queries, Google Fit support, alarms, and everything else you’d expect (including support for the recently launched Translate app on Android Wear).”