Apple Watch apps became 64-bit due to ‘Bitcode’ feature

Apps developed for the Apple Watch transitioned from 32-bit to 64-bit last month thanks to the ‘Bitcode’ feature hidden in Xcode.

The feature was added to Xcode 7 three years ago in November 2015. While optional for iOS apps, it was mandatory for watchOS and tvOS. Now we know why,

Rather than update and recompile each app for 64-bit, Bitcode sits between human-written code and machine code to prevent this being necessary. Bitcode provides a partially-compiled app to Apple which can be completed...

By Ryan Daws, 02 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, App Stores, Development Tools, Platforms, Wearables.

Google will soon be reviewing every WearOS app for quality

Google will soon be reviewing every WearOS app to ensure those on the platform are high quality as part of its bid to revitalise the platform.

WearOS has struggled to take off quite as people hoped. Part of the reason is a perceived lack of reason to hand over hundreds of pounds for a glorified notification extender.

To help ensure users find good apps for WearOS, Google will soon be assessing whether submitted apps are of a decent standard.

Having a WearOS app review by Google was optional as of Android Wear...

By Ryan Daws, 16 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: App Stores, Platforms, Wearables.

Samsung set to switch from Tizen to Wear OS smartwatches

Prolific leaker Evan Blass (of @evleaks and Venture Beat fame) produced a rather interesting morsel this week: reportedly, Samsung employees have been spotted wearing smartwatches running Wear OS, rather than Samsung's own Tizen operating system.

Samsung has been committed to its homegrown platform for a few years now, with Gear smartwatches and fitness trackers exclusively using the Tizen OS, so seeing a switch to Wear OS is something of a sea change.

This tweet...

By William Judd, 25 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Ecosystem, Industry, Mobile, Wearables.

Open source Android Wear alternative AsteroidOS released

After more than three years of development, AsteroidOS has finally reached the version 1.0 milestone. This open source smartwatch OS is designed to offer Android Wear owners an alternative, especially for older watch models that have stopped receiving Wear OS updates.

The first stable release of AsteroidOS includes what its creators call 'all the features needed for a modern wearable experience'. That includes core watch apps like alarms, timers and weather, plus...

By William Judd, 17 May 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Android, API, Ecosystem, Mobile, Wearables.

Developer argues Apple could shutter Series 0 support for latest watchOS iteration

Usage of the Apple Watch Series 0 continues to decline - so much so that one developer argues Apple should dispense with it altogether when the company launched the watchOS 5 operating system.

The figures come from David Smith, an independent iOS developer whose apps include Pedometer++ and Sleep++, the latter being focused primarily on the Apple Watch with both apps in the top 200 in the App Store for health and fitness.

Smith says the Series 0 first generation of Apple Watch is ‘honestly a bit painful...

By James Bourne, 19 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Wearables.

Fitbit now supports third-party apps on its smartwatch

Fitbit has updated the OS on its first smartwatch to support third-party apps from its App Gallery.

Following the company’s $23 million acquisition of smartwatch maker Pebble, all eyes were on Fitbit’s next move to counter the increasing threat from the Apple Watch and Android Wear-based devices.

What emerged from Fitbit was the Ionic smartwatch. Many critics say its design is uninspiring, but...

By Ryan Daws, 05 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: App Stores, Platforms, Wearables.

Polar opens its API for developers to access health data

Polar has been steadily growing in the wearables space and is now taking the next step by opening up its API to third-party developers.

While larger competitors such as Fitbit have opened their API for some time, it’s made little sense for Polar until this point.

Polar has a wide range of health-related products on the market including smartwatches, fitness trackers, bike computers, and chest straps. In 1982, the...

By Ryan Daws, 31 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: API, Wearables.

Research: Consumers are most excited about these new technologies

The breakthrough technologies consumers are most excited about have been revealed in new research – providing an indication of what is set to be the next big thing.

Online smartphone retailer, Mobiles.co.uk, charted the sharp increase in demand for VR, AR, and AI. The firm also studied how the latest technological advancements are shaping the capabilities of tomorrow’s smartphones.

In the past 12 months, the company noted an increase from UK customers in:

  • Virtual reality (up 300%)

  • Artificial intelligence (up 56%)

  • Augmented reality (up 25%)

  • Curved screens (up...

By Ryan Daws, 21 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, iOS, IoT, Mobile, Platforms, VR, Wearables.

Developers are more excited for Apple TV than WatchOS

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Wearables seem to be a more discussed trend in tech circles, but a new report indicates that developers are more interested to build apps for the Apple TV over the Apple Watch. 

The information comes from Realm, a company which hosts apps used by approximately 100,000 developers. Apple TV has gained significant interest from developers since the fourth-generation was released, in stark...

By Ryan Daws, 31 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Devices, Industry, Platforms, Wearables.

Ten lucky developers will be invited to build apps for Magic Leap's AR technology

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Magic Leap is working on augmented reality technology, but we know little else other than from sporadic reports telling us it's pretty amazing. Ten lucky developers will be invited to get up close with Magic Leap's AR technology and become the first to build apps for it ahead of its full release. 

The announcement was made by Magic Leap's CEO, Rony Abovitz, during a Q&A session he attended via a telepresence robot (just to remind people...

By Ryan Daws, 26 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Platforms, VR, Wearables.