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Just as video killed the radio star, smartphones played a big role in nearly eliminating the market for wrist watches. Ironically enough, smartphone makers are now trying to bring back the watch, albeit with smart functionality. One of the more active in this pursuit is Samsung, which is getting ready to launch its Gear S smartwatch in the U.S. next week, just as previously promised. The Gear S will be available a week from today (November 7), though if you're unfamiliar with the device, don't expect to see any traces of Android. Samsung is rolling with its own Tizen operating system, an open source platform based on Linux and developed in part with Intel. "Samsung continues to shape the wearable... Read more...
We reported this past spring about a Microsoft patent that dropped a major hint about the company's smartwatch plans, and mere weeks later, we learned that we could have been seeing the device launch in the summer. Well, as we're now in the midst of pumpkin season, and no Microsoft smartwatch has showed its face (no pun, of course), it's safe to say that the company missed its original target. According to Forbes, the company will be making up for that missed target soon, with a launch likely to happen in just a couple of weeks. If this proves true, the timing would be extremely important for Microsoft, because it would be launching its product in time for the holiday season - a season that Apple... Read more...
Apple's aptly-named 'Watch' isn't slated for release until early 2015, but it'd be a horrible thing if the actual development kit wasn't released well before then. After all, if the Watch launches with a small collection of apps, hype could potentially die down to the level of non-existence. Well, during a briefing late last week, Apple CEO Tim Cook assured everyone that a kit was en route, and will be made available at some point in November. With this kit, developers will be able to begin working on apps exclusive for the Apple Watch, or make special versions of pre-existing apps that will take better advantage of the device and its much more restrictive display real estate. I'm sure there's... Read more...
Have you ever tried hunting and pecking on a miniature keyboard that's been crammed onto a smartwatch's tiny display? Unless the tips of your fingers somehow resemble that of a stylus, you're in for a challenge. Interestingly enough, it's Microsoft that might have the most logical solution for typing on small size displays running Google's Android Wear platform. Microsoft's research division has built an analog keyboard prototype for Android Wear that eliminates the need to tap at tiny letters, and instead has you write them out. On the surface, such a solution seems like you'd be trading one tedious task for another, though a video demo of the technology in action shows that this could be a... Read more...
Intel-owned Basis has just unveiled a brand-new smartwatch, and while I'd understand it if you didn't get too excited based on that fact alone, this model does seem to have what it takes to stand out of the crowd. Called Peak, this high-quality smartwatch features a Gorilla Glass touchscreen face and an anodized aluminum body that comes in either matte black or brushed silver. Overall, it looks pretty sharp. What makes the Peak really interesting though isn't what you see, but what you don't see. For starters, it has a faster processor than the B1 Band, which most notably is able to improve the built-in heart rate monitor. According to Re/code, Basis claims that Peak should be accurate enough... Read more...
The wearable revolution is underway, and sometime before the winter months hit, you'll see an increasing number of people talking and tapping on the top side of their wrists. The reason? Samsung on Wednesday put the word out that its Gear S smartwatch is headed to U.S. shores this fall and will be available at all four major wireless carriers -- AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon. Samsung's Gear S sports a rectangular 2-inch curved face with Super AMOLED panel and 480x360 resolution; the watch as a whole measures 39.9 by 58.1 x 12.5 millimeters (1.57 x 2.28 x 0.49 inches). It rocks a dual-core processor clocked at 1GHz, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage. 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1,... Read more...
We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but if you paid several hundred dollars for your smartwatch, you may have grossly overpaid for the right to be an early adopter. According to market research firm Gartner, Android-based smartwatches will sell for an average of $30 in 2015 as Chinese OEMs and ODMs capture the consumer market mass market. Gartner also believes that the worldwide smartwatch and wristband market is going to take off in a big way. The research firm says that by 2016, smartwatches will comprise about 40 percent of consumer wrist-worn devices. Supporting its prediction is the fact that nine out of the top 10 smartphone vendors have now entered the wearables market, or are about... Read more...
Whether it's skiing down slopes or navigating the winding roads on a motorcycle, the go-to camera to catch footage of outside activities is the GoPro, at least for now. HTC, a major player in the mobile phone industry and maker of the popular One series of handsets, is reportedly developing its first camera. Like GoPro's models, it will have features that make it suitable for outside use. Citing a "person familiar with the plans," Bloomberg says HTC's camera will be a waterproof model for extreme sports. It will have an ultra wide-angle lens with a 16-megapixel sensor and will communicate directly with devices based on Google's Android and Apple's iOS platforms. HTC is said to be working on a... Read more...
After countless rumors, speculation, and supposed leaks prompting us to believe Apple would introduce an iWatch during its press event today, the Cupertino company shocked the world by making no such mention of it. Really? Well, we jest -- while Apple didn't announce an iWatch, it did unveil the Apple Watch, an iOS-friendly wearable with a sapphire display. The hype is in full swing here, with Apple proclaiming its wearable as its "most personal device ever" (sorry iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, you'll have to settle for playing second fiddle) with "revolutionary new technologies and a pioneering user interface," one of which is the device's Digital Crown. What the flip is a digital crown? It's... Read more...
We've been talking a lot about smartwatches lately - so much so, that I wouldn't blame you if you forgot that other wearables could actually exist. To the rescue for a refresher on that is MOTA, a company that has just announced its first "SmartRing", and based on its name alone, you can probably already tell what this wearable sets out to do. Once tied to your iOS or Android device, MOTA's SmartRing will monitor a handful of different apps and notify you when activity happens in one. If someone's calling you, for example, a quick glance will tell you who it is, and let you decide whether it's worth the effort to dig into your pocket for your phone. Other notification types include Facebook and... Read more...
The wearable market is heating up incredibly fast, and with its MICA fashionable smartwatch announced earlier this week, Intel highlights the fact that style is a very important aspect to ensure the success of devices in this market. This is something proved even further this week by Apple, with its hire of renowned designer Marc Newson. Marc's design work has involved a huge assortment of product types, including bicycles, furniture, glassware, cookware, first class lounges, and of course, timepieces. In fact, Marc had once founded a company called Ikepod (almost humorously named given the latest company he's involved with) that specialized in watches. While with the company, Marc was responsible... Read more...
One way or the other, Apple has a very busy week coming up. The Cupertino company confirmed plans to hold a press event on September 9, and you can expect there to be at least one new iPhone model, along with possibly a long anticipated iWatch announcement. Don't get too excited, however -- word around the web is that it won't actually be available until next year, and will carry a high price tag to boot. How high? Perhaps $400. According to Recode, Apple hasn't decided on a definitive price point yet and is still considering a range of prices for different models, including lower priced versions. If Apple does end up unveiling the iWatch in September, don't be surprised if the company is mum... Read more...
Rather than leave its hardware partners floundering in wearable waters to fend for themselves, Google threw them a lifeline in the form of Android Wear, a viable platform for the smartwatch movement that phone makers seem so eager to chase. It's still early in the game, but we're seeing some interesting smartwatches emerge, such as LG's new G Watch R. The LG G Watch R is billed as the world's first watch-style wearable device to feature a circular Plastic OLED (P-OLED) display that utilizes 100 percent of its watch face. It measures 1.3 inches and is viewable under bright sunlight with superb clarity from any angle, LG says. "What we’ve noticed in the year of the wearable is that this is... Read more...
The first time we heard about Apple possibly launching a smartwatch was nearly two years ago. Ever since then, there's been a fairly steady stream of rumors and speculation, but nary a peep from Apple. So, what gives? Well, if the latest chatter holds any merit, Apple could finally unveil a smartwatch during its scheduled press event next month. John Gruber over at Daring Fireball seems to have information that would suggest Apple is going to release its "wrist wearable thing next month." The comment was made as an aside to the Moto 360 and that the only thing funnier than Motorola's funky design would be if Apple launched its own smartwatch next month. That comment lit the tech world on fire.... Read more...
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