Posts tagged with: Wearables
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    Samsung has been pumping out smartwatches at a feverish pace, and in the past year alone we've seen the release of the Galaxy Gear, Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, Gear Fit, and most recently the Gear Live. We're coming up on the one-year anniversary of the inaugural Galaxy Gear's launch, and with Samsung's IFA 2014 Unpacked event scheduled for less than two weeks from now, will we see the debut of a new wearable? That's sounding like a distinct possibility, as we hear about Samsung's work towards a possible Gear 3. The first big change from the Gear 2, at least according to our source familiar with ...

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    What's next for Google Glass? We just heard about a minor hardware upgrade earlier this summer, but we're talking big moves: when's Google going to come out with a commercially viable sub-$1000 Glass that shoppers can pick up from retail stores? The question's been hanging over our head for literally years at this point, and Google doesn't seem to be in a big hurry to answer it. But putting aside that sales question for just a moment, what about the Glass hardware itself? A little more internal tinkering aside, are we looking at the final design? Maybe for this wave of hardware, perhaps, ...

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    ASUS has been talking about releasing a smartwatch for a while now, and this past spring the company's CEO offered Q3 2014 as a likely launch window. Rumors have since suggested that this would be an Android Wear device, and one that would stand out from the pack both by means of an extremely low price tag, as well as a noticeably slim build. The other day brought us notice that ASUS is hosting an IFA 2014 press event; might this smartwatch make an appearance? We're leaning very strongly towards “yes” after seeing the teaser the company distributed on social media early this morning. ...

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    Palm's webOS – at least the webOS we knew and loved - is dead. Sure, LG's picked up the platform for use in its smart TVs, and aspects the OS have lived on as they inspired devs working on current mobile platforms, but we're never going to see another Pre, Veer, or Pixi. But while webOS itself may be fading into the background, the minds behind it continue to contribute to this industry, and we just got word of a couple big webOS names finding a new home with a smartwatch manufacturer, with Pebble hiring both Itai Vonshak and Liron Damir. Vonshak and Damir both moved to LG after HP ...

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    LG introduced the world to its Android Wear-powered G Watch back in March, right around the same time the platform itself and Motorola's Moto 360 debuted. In the months that have followed, the G Watch has gone up for sale (joined by Samsung and its Gear Live), while we anxiously await for the 360 to join it. But now that Motorola's offering seems to nearly be ready for release, LG could already be thinking about a second-gen Android Wear model, as rumors suggest that the company could introduce a G Watch 2 at IFA next month. The idea of a little over five months between G Watch launches ...

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    Late last week brought us a couple interesting developments in the Moto 360's slow march to retail availability. We had that invite to Motorola's September 4 event, with a graphic of a round watch that sure seemed to be a Moto 360 reference to us, and then that news that Google was finally getting ready to send out long overdue Moto 360s to Google I/O attendees – and between the two of them, we started feeling more confident that the 360 could go up for sale in early September, rather than much later in the month. Over the weekend we picked up some new evidence towards this “360 is ...

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    What company comes to mind when you're thinking “smartwatch innovator?” Pebble? Samsung? They may be a couple of the highest-profile players, sure, but it's easy to forget about some of the smartphone makers who tried dipping their toe in this pool even earlier – companies like Motorola with its MOTOACTV in 2011, or Sony (then Sony Ericsson) with its LiveView all the way back in 2010. Since then, Sony's released some updated models, including last year's SmartWatch 2 (above). The wearables market has grown by leaps and bounds since last summer, and now we hear that Sony could nearly ...

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    It's fair to say we've got smartwatches on the brain right now. We just checked out that new analyst report looking at the state of the market and what manufacturers might want to start doing in order to drive consumer interest, and this afternoon we've been thinking about Motorola's plans for the start of Moto 360 sales next month. Perhaps those notices Google just sent out to I/O 2014 attendees about claiming the 360s they've got coming their way inspired the company to also step up its public promotion of Android Wear, as it's just released four new short promotional videos on YouTube. ...

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    With those invitations Motorola just started distributing for a September 4 event, the ones that pretty unambiguously feature an image of a watch among their highlighted products, it's safe to say that we're just about to learn of the start of retail sales for the Moto 360. But even if that announcement comes at the event, when might the smartwatch actually go up for sale? After all, a couple of the other products we're hoping to see announced – the Moto X+1 and G2 – have been rumored to land on September 25, and September 10, respectively. Would the 360 fall closer to the former or ...

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    Are you a big smartwatch fan? Convinced that wearables are the way mobile tech is headed? We very much like the cut of your jib, but being an early adopter isn't always for everyone; just how much interest does the public really have in wearables, and is there anything the manufacturers could be doing to get them more interested? A new report from Jan Dawson, Chief Analyst at Jackdaw Research, paints a pretty bleak view of the market, citing low consumer interest and a poor selection of devices, and suggests that something big needs to change if smartwatches are really going to take off. ...

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    The idea of a smartwatch can seem so alluring: access to messages, searches, calendars, and notifications, all without having to pull your phone out of your pocket. But actually using a wearable isn't without some very real compromises, and few of those are more palpable than limited battery life. Looking at the first wave of Android Wear devices, we were lucky to get a solid day of use out of either. Expectations are high for Motorola do to a lot better with the Moto 360, and the wireless charging the watch is set to employ could well make the recharging experience a very convenient one. ...

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    Ever since Google announced Android Wear in March, wearable fans around the web have been drooling over renders, pictures, and videos of Motorola's upcoming smartwatch, the Moto 360. Unlike its Android Wear counterparts, the Moto 360 has a circular display, sleek and classic design, and actually looks premium. The Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch, on the other hand, more closely resemble reference hardware with very little attention to style. Michael parallels the G Watch from LG to its barebones hardware for Google's Nexus smartphones, calling it "a combination of glossy and matte ...

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    It's been a little while now since we heard anything new about the rumored Gear Solo, said to be Samsung's effort to deliver a smartwatch that features its own cellular radio (like that Timex model we just looked at), freeing its operation from the requirement of having a nearby smartphone. The evidence we were seeing back in May looked pretty solid, with the wearable clearly showing up in an import database as the Gear 2 Solo, but there hasn't been much in the way of new developments since. Was this wearable still happening? When might it debut? The latest word out of South Korea suggests ...

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    The current pack of smartwatches sure is feeling a lot more refined than what the options looked like just a year ago, introducing things like a common wearable platform in the form of Android Wear. But for all the advancements, certain things have fallen by the wayside, and one we're not seeing on any of the models from major manufacturers is native cellular connectivity; all the most popular smartwatches still require tethering to a smartphone. Despite rumors about products like the Samsung Gear Solo, we've yet to see high-profile stand-alone smartwatches launch - or at least, not from ...

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    Ever since Motorola first announced its Moto 360 Android Wear smartwatch, we've known the wearable would get its power in a bit of a non-traditional manner. Back in June, when the 360 swung by the FCC, we started getting our answers about just what Motorola was planning, as the published certification paperwork confirmed support for the Qi wireless charging standard. But then recent rumors started getting us worried that this feature might come at a price, and wondering if the watch's steel construction might be a casualty of the choice to bring it wireless power. Fret not, for the latest ...

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