Posts tagged with: smartwatch
  • by | January 16, 2014 5:30 PM

    Few will argue that wearables aren't the next big thing. Fitness trackers, smartwatches, and face-mounted displays were in full force at CES last week. And the term "wearables" is plastered all over every tech site on the Web. While not everyone quite understands the usefulness and importance of peripherals for smartphones with glanceable, easily accessible information, the attention the few important devices are getting in this brand new market is telling of just how ready we are for the next big thing. Several of us here at Pocketnow have been following the blossoming smartwatch market ...

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  • by | January 9, 2014 11:43 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about T-Mobile's new plans to reimburse you for early termination fees from competing carriers. We then move to the Moto G as the device has just landed at Verizon for just $100 on a pre-paid plan. Up next we have Archos, a company we haven't talked about before, and its plans for a $50 smartwatch later this year. We later talk about the iPhone 6 and the rumored frame that just got leaked, aside from more details on the phone's camera. We end today's show talking about Samsung, and its plans for the Galaxy S5, Galaxy Gear and Galaxy Note 4. All this ...

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  • by | January 8, 2014 10:18 AM

    When will Apple finally get around to releasing its smartwatch? Rumors argue quite convincingly that such a product is in development, but they've been in disagreement (or just fully in the dark) when it comes to precisely when the so-called iWatch might become available. In recent months, the narrative seems to be one dominated by talk of delays, and rumors have suggested that it won't be until well within the second half of the year before we see any iWatch launch. Now some new sources are weighing-in on the matter, describing some particular setbacks Apple has supposedly been enduring. ...

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  • by | January 6, 2014 2:00 PM

    Last week, we heard from Pebble that it had a special announcement ready to go for the CES, and would be sharing it with us today. What would it have in store; just more news about the upcoming Pebble app store, or could there also be new hardware? We were skeptical that we'd be seeing anything so bold as an all-new Pebble 2, but it turns out some new hardware really is in the cards, and today Pebble announces the new Pebble Steel. Functionally, Pebble Steel is unchanged from the original watch; we get the same display, same battery life, same feature set – it's still a Pebble at its ...

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  • by | December 27, 2013 11:39 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Oppo's Find 7, and all the details we've wanted to know about its 2K display. Then we talk about LG due to some rumors of the G3, aside from possible wearable items. Samsung is next as we first talk about rumors of a new Galaxy Camera on its way. We also talk about the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 that just landed at the FCC. We end today's show talking about some legal problems that HTC is giving to their previous VP of design due to leaks. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Oppo Find 7 display size, 2K resolution, confirmed - LG G3: ...

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  • by | December 24, 2013 2:58 PM

    Six months ago, we saw Sony introduce its aptly-named SmartWatch 2 (above), this year's follow-up to its prior model, featuring a larger, higher-res display. While it boasted specs like an impressive battery life, the lack of really head-turning features (such as the camera on Samsung's Galaxy Gear) may have hurt Sony's sales. Can it do better in 2014? It sure sounds like we'll be finding out one way or the other, with some new FCC docs sure suggesting that Sony's been developing another smartwatch. While that last Sony smartwatch was the SW2, this paperwork describes a Sony model SWR10, ...

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  • by | December 18, 2013 1:01 PM

    While the eyes of some smartwatch fans are firmly locked on the horizon, waiting to see what comes from Samsung with its second Galaxy Gear model, or from Apple with its long-awaited “iWatch,” there's still lots of interesting stuff happening with existing smartwatches. We've been keeping up with software updates from Pebble, but the really cool stuff started happening a little earlier this fall, with the introduction of the Pebble SDK 2.0. That change promised a new wave of apps for the watch, and today we start seeing just how those will become available, with the announcement of the ...

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  • by | November 25, 2013 3:28 PM

    Last week, we saw Qualcomm take off its SoC-maker hat for a moment and try on the role of accessory manufacturer, announcing the coming availability of its Toq smartwatch. While the $350 Toq is certainly more expensive than almost all of its smartwatch competition, it offers something the others don't: a display using advanced interferometric tech to form its image, letting it save enough power to make always-on operation a reality. We were told to expect the watch to go up for sale in one more week, on December 2, but it looks like Qualcomm couldn't help but let things loose a little ...

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  • by | November 19, 2013 2:54 PM

    With mass-market devices like Pebble and Samsung's Galaxy Gear on store shelves (and apparently selling better than we were being informed), the era of the smartwatch has arrived. Sure, most eyes are on Apple to see what it can pull off with the hardware we've been calling the iWatch, but just because the big kids are getting in on the action doesn't mean we're about to see a stop to new players looking to get involved. All the way back in February you might remember us telling you about the Neptune Pine, an ambitious smartwatch that attempted to ditch the need to tether and integrate its ...

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  • by | November 18, 2013 8:20 AM

    Smartwaches, whether you like them or not, are the next big thing, and everyone apparently wants to be in the game. Qualcomm announced today that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Connected Experiences, will make the Toq smartwatch available on December 2, which coincides with Cyber Monday. The Toq smartwatch offers Android smartphone compatibility and features Qualcomm's own Mirasol display technology. Aside from the "always-on" display, the gadget also features Qualcomm WiPower LE technology which enables "a hassle-free, true "drop and go" wireless charging experience", as well as stereo ...

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  • by | November 13, 2013 5:29 PM

    As you've no doubt noticed by now, smartwatches have really been taking off in popularity. This year we saw Samsung join Sony at the table, and rumors continue to be insistent that an Apple “iWatch” is just around the corner. More and more companies are making this kind of gear, and we've even got Google out on the fringes with its Google Glass, ready to take wearables in a bold new direction – but who's going to buy all this? According to a new study published last week, wearable tech is apparently pretty popular with people – though some types more than others. After speaking ...

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  • by | October 29, 2013 9:00 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Google's event, which didn't talk about the Nexus 5, but did focus on some enhancements to Hangouts. Then we talk about the Nexus 5, as carriers like WIND Mobile can't wait to get you one through their pre-registration form, aside from the possibility of the phone actually making it to Sprint. We then talk about the Google Smartwatch, and how we can expected it sooner than later. We later focus on Motorola, and the leaks of the Moto G, even if we only get a name. We end today's show by talking about Motorola's Project Ara, which brings us ...

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  • by | October 29, 2013 9:19 AM

    Well, Google's smartwatch didn't launch this month, as a report indicated at the beginning of October -- though there are three days left. Furthermore, the Wall Street Journal's sources are claiming that the hardware is just now in "late-stage development" and Google is allegedly in talks with suppliers regarding production. Mass production of the smartwatch should start within months, said one such source, which also mentioned that Google was working on battery life, specifically on making it longer, requiring less charges. The Google smartwatch is expected to run Android, feature Google ...

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  • by | October 24, 2013 10:04 AM

    At Pocketnow, the Galaxy Gear smartwatch has been the subject of hands-ons, comparisons, podcasts, and innumerable editorial attacks and praises. We haven't seen a device -or really, a product category- this polarizing since wireless charging dominated last summer's news cycle. The old cliché rings more true of the Galaxy Gear than most tech accessories: you either love it, or you hate it. Here's another cliché: if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Today, we're switching from fighting the extremes to embracing them - and as such, we're rolling polar with this review. We've toned down the ...

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  • by | October 24, 2013 10:03 AM

    At Pocketnow, the Galaxy Gear smartwatch has been the subject of hands-ons, comparisons, podcasts, and innumerable editorial attacks and praises. We haven't seen a device -or really, a product category- this polarizing since wireless charging dominated last summer's news cycle. The old cliché rings more true of the Galaxy Gear than most tech accessories: you either love it, or you hate it. Here's another cliché: if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Today, we're switching from fighting the extremes to embracing them - and rolling polar with this review. We've toned down the spec talk and ...

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