Posts tagged with: Wearables
  • by | April 17, 2014 3:13 PM

    Rumors have been knocking around for a while now suggesting that Google intends to get into the retail business and set itself up some storefronts. One running theme attached to these claims was that Google really needed some in-person experience to sell Glass, considering both how unfamiliar products like it are to shoppers and the substantial sum of money Google's been asking buyers to drop on the wearable. It still remains to be seen if any of that will pan out, but today we learn about a different way Google is tackling those issues with Glass, starting a new program to provide in-home ...

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  • by | April 15, 2014 6:02 PM

    The amount of rumors surrounding the iWatch have gotten more intense lately. We've heard of Apple betting significantly on both health and fitness in ways that could revolutionize the already existing industry. Instead of just providing you with a fitness tracker, Apple is rumored to provide you with an actual health tool, which is also fashionable as well, and more rumors continue to point to that. New rumors point to LG being the only supplier that'll build Apple's iWatch displays, all based on OLED technology. The rumors are consistent with previous reports that we'll see a 1.3-inch and ...

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  • by | April 14, 2014 7:57 PM

    Last week, we heard a rumor that Google was about to take Google Glass down from the lofty realms of exclusivity and make the wearable broadly available for one day and one day only, putting it up for sale to anyone in the US still interested in being a tester before the full-on retail launch. Shortly after we shared that rumor with you, Google stepped up to confirm the news, and now we're just hours away from these Glass sales going live. Here's what's happening: starting tomorrow morning at 9am Eastern (6am Pacific), Google is opening up the Glass Explorer Program. In order to ...

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  • by | April 10, 2014 3:29 PM

    Google Glass has been available to participants in Google's Glass Explorer program for over a year by now. Participants willing to be Google's real world Guinea pigs and fork over $1500 for the headset have been able to get an early start on enjoying this next big wave of wearable technology, but the path to getting your hands on Glass hasn't been entirely straightforward. With broad commercial sales not yet open, buying Glass first meant being chosen specifically by Google, though later we saw availability open up a little. While we're still waiting for that day when Glass might be ...

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  • by | April 8, 2014 4:50 PM

    We just spent a few minutes touching base with LG and its upcoming G Watch, so let's stay in this wearables lane for a little while longer and check in with Samsung and the Gear Fit. Compared to the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, the Fit is a bit of an underdog, but it's not without its own stand-out features, including that curved OLED screen. While everything we've seen so far has depicted the Fit using that display in a landscape orientation, today we learn about a software update for the wearable that will bring it a portrait-mode view. Considering how very narrow the aspect ratio of the Gear ...

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  • by | April 8, 2014 3:55 PM

    Of the Android Wear watches we've heard confirmed so far, there's little denying that the Motorola Moto 360 is the star; the round, seemingly bezelless design is unlike any smartwatch we're familiar with. But while the Moto 360 may be the flashier option, we'd be doing ourselves a disservice to let that model distract us altogether from LG and its G Watch, the company's own Android Wear offering. So far, we haven't really had many opportunities to get a good look at the hardware, but today not only do some great hands-on pics of a G Watch prototype arrive, but we get to hear a little about ...

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  • by | April 7, 2014 2:24 PM

    Samsung has done some very interesting efforts to push the smartwatch ecosystem forward. The Galaxy Gear hasn't been the best smartwatch in the world, but Samsung did a very decent job in giving us a product that could allow you to use more of your smartphone features on your wrist, without needing to pull your phone out of your pocket. Some of these features even included allowing you to make phone calls through the device's speaker, and it seems Samsung wants to go even further with this concept. We have some new reports that show Samsung working on a device called the Samsung Gear Solo, ...

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  • by | March 31, 2014 7:23 PM

    Last summer, we saw Pebble take the success it found with direct sales of its smartwatches online and transition that over to the brick-and-mortar retail world, bringing the first-gen Pebble smartwatch to Best Buy stores. At first, only the black option was available, but we soon saw that joined by red. Fast-forward to 2014, and Pebble Steel may be the new hotness, but its very limited availability means that the classic Pebble design may be the smarter choice for users who don't want to wait. Today we learn of the latest way to get your hands on a Pebble as quickly and easily as possible, ...

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  • by | March 28, 2014 3:28 PM

    With wearables becoming "a thing" lately, we've seen attempts from Samsung, Pebble, LG and even Google. The results are definitely promising, as companies like Motorola have figured out a way to make these watches look elegant, and not necessarily something that only a teenager would use. The only company we haven't seen actually launch a product is Apple, and given all the rumors of the iWatch lately, we continue to wonder how Cupertino plans to differentiate its offering. According to the Financial Times, Apple has been in direct contact with many employees from Swiss watchmaker Hublot, ...

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  • by | March 24, 2014 8:37 PM

    The wearable space has greatly matured since this time last year. Pebble, for one, grew from the gauche, all-plastic smartwatch behind the most successful Kickstarter campaign of all time, to a finely machined luxury watch made of marine grade stainless steel with a blossoming ecosystem of applications and a dedicated development community and fan base. But that's hardly the only wearables development of the past year. The idea of wearables and, more specifically, smartwatches became more mainstream; Google Glass started spreading about the tech space; Google purchased WIMM Labs; Sony ...

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  • by | March 20, 2014 11:04 AM

    This week's announcement of Google's Android Wear project has very much shaken up our expectations when it comes to smartwatches, but before those get here and we have a chance to gawk over round displays on models like the Moto 360, we still need to see the retail arrival of some pre-Wear models. Samsung revealed the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, and Gear Fit back at MWC last month, but wasn't sharing pricing information at the time. We heard some rumors that suggested the Gear 2 might sell for around $300, with the Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit coming in close to $200. Now, as Samsung begins to provide ...

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  • by | March 19, 2014 4:19 PM

    The wearables we have today generally fit into three camps. We have the activity trackers, which may or may not have displays of their own, but generally require a connection to a phone or computer to analyze the data they capture. Then there are the smartwatches like the Galaxy Gear or Pebble that offer a lot of interactivity and can run their own apps, but still rely on a smartphone for data and other needs. Finally we have models like the Neptune Pine that are self contained systems, able to operate independently out in the world thanks to their cellular radios. A new rumor suggests ...

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  • by | March 19, 2014 3:34 PM

    Shortly after hearing about Motorola's Moto 360 Android-Wear-powered smartwatch yesterday, we shared with you news that Motorola would be holding a Google Hangout this afternoon to give you a little preview of what to expect. The event wrapped-up last hour, so now we can bring you a rundown of just what Motorola had to share. Despite this very public discussion of the Moto 360, Motorola isn't revealing all of its secrets just yet. Instead, we get a few answers (even if sometimes partial ones) to some select questions, but it's still a lot more than we had yesterday. For instance, we get ...

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  • by | March 19, 2014 8:01 AM

    Inbox Zero. It's become something of a myth in the Pocketnow Weekly recording studio ever since we started actively courting listener feedback all those months ago. Skip a listener-mail section here, another one there, and before you know it you've got a mountain of mail it'd take a whole episode to get through. So that's just what we're doing. Just like we did on episode 076, we're devoting an entire podcast to your missives. We'll hear from people concerned about dual-SIM stigma, people worried about the future of Apple, and people writing to remind us that the automated home isn't as ...

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  • by | March 18, 2014 7:30 PM

    For the past couple weeks, we've been following the story of a Samsung wearable that isn't a Gear smartwatch, nor the Gear Fit tracker. It first came to our attention due to some FCC paperwork, and the model number revealed there showed a connection to the S Circle name. Then late last we week we heard about an "S Band" that sure seemed to be this same S Circle device, as revealed in some seemingly official Samsung documents. Even then, though, we weren't 100% convinced about the name, as we didn't see “S Band” mentioned anywhere in the materials themselves; they referred to the ...

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