Posts tagged with: Wearables
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    We first got our hands on the Pebble smartwatch back in the spring of 2013, following the wearable's crowdfunding campaign. About a year later, at CES 2014, we got our first look at the Pebble Steel, putting the old hardware in a shiny new package. This year Pebble took the next step forward in the evolution of its platform, introducing not just some revamped software but also its first color-screened smartwatch, the Pebble Time. You'd be forgiven for thinking you picked up on a pattern here with Pebble's product cycles, and that we'd be getting a sleek, metal-bodied Pebble Time another ...

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    At MWC this year, if you're introducing a new smartwatch, it had better be one with a circular screen. LG liked that idea so much, it brought along two such models. Huawei wasn't about to be left out on this trend, either, and in addition to some new fitness tracker bands, launched a full-fledged smartwatch, the Huawei Watch. We stopped by the company’s MWC presence to take a look at this new Android Wear model for ourselves. On paper, the Huawei Watch might just be the Android Wear model to beat. It's got the highest-res display we've seen from the platform, beating out other ...

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    The Huawei Watch isn't the only new wearable the manufacturer is introducing at MWC this year - far from it, as it turns out. Last year at MWC 2014 Huawei introduced its TalkBand B1, and now it's following that up with the TalkBand B2 and TalkBand N1 hybrid Bluetooth headset/fitness trackers. If the TalkBand B2 (below) is a fitness tracker that doubles as a Bluetooth headset, the N1 stands that dual-mode operation on its head, coming off more as a Bluetooth headset with activity tracking abilities. The B2 bracelet's 0.73-inch touchscreen display pops out to become a Bluetooth earpiece, or ...

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    Late last week we caught a glimpse of Huawei's newest wearable in the Barcelona airport, ahead of its MWC launch. The round-screened smartwatch looked quite sharp and ran Android Wear, but that's all we could suss out at the time. Well, now it's finally time for the smartwatch to go official, and we're getting the full scoop on the Huawei Watch, complete with all those juicy technical specs. The most interesting thing about the Watch's 1.4-inch circular display may be its 400 x 400 resolution, making it quite a bit higher-res than competition like the 320 x 290 Moto 360 or the 320 x 320 LG ...

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    If you thought that the HTC One M9 was the only thing the Taiwanese company was preparing for MWC 2015, you were wrong. Enter the HTC Grip, the company's take on a fitness tracker, powered by UA Record, and Under Armour. Accurate tracking is the keyword HTC uses in describing the functionalities of the product, and also setting it aside from competitors. It supports a range of sports and activities, while being also a training companion and trainer combination that allows the user to set goals, and then strive to achieve them. The waterproof build houses an eight-inch PMOLED mono flexible ...

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    HTC's launching well more than just the One M9 in Barcelona today, and beyond the company's latest Android flagship, we're also seeing it introduce it's long-rumored foray into the world of wearables, as it announces its first fitness tracker, the HTC Grip. Much like Microsoft did with its Band last year, HTC's stopping short of the full smartwatch routine with this wearable, focusing instead on doing a few key things (and hopefully doing them quite well). The cross-platform Grip works with either Android or iOS devices and features a 1.8-inch passive matrix OLED flexible touchscreen ...

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    LG may not have been able to wait until MWC to announce its latest wearables, but now that we're in Barcelona we've got our first chance to actually see some of this hardware in the flesh. Over the last few days, LG announced both the LG Watch Urbane as well as the Watch Urbane LTE, two smartwatches very similar in some regards, though with hugely important differences between them. While the Watch Urbane itself is an Android Wear model, the LTE edition runs the "LG Wearable Platform," which, as it happens, is none other than our old friend webOS at its core. We went hands-on with the ...

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    MWC is coming up on us fast, and in just another day or two, we'll already be checking out the latest announcements from some of our favorite mobile brands. While that will mean lots of high-end smartphones, it's been unclear the degree to which new wearables will be sharing in that spotlight. At least, we've already heard rumors that Samsung's round-screened Orbis may not join the Galaxy S6 at the company's Unpacked event. But even if Samsung's next watch sits this one out, we're starting to see confirmation of wearables that will indeed be resent, like this Huawei Watch spotted in an ...

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    Even if you're not carrying a Motorola smartphone yourself, it's hard to deny how much fun it can be to play around with the company's Moto Maker web tool, giving you the opportunity to custom-configure a handset of your own design. While the Moto X is the model basking in the Moto Maker's spotlight, it's far from the company's only hardware that's eminently configurable, and over on the smartwatch side you have your pick of plenty of Moto 360 design options, from case color, to size, to alternate straps. Right now, though, it's not quite as graceful a shopping experience as the Moto X ...

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    One of the very cool things about big expos like MWC is how they expose us to so many different kinds of devices all at once. Sure, the bulk of them are likely to be running Android, but we're sure to see products based on any number of mobile platforms, from Ubuntu, to Firefox OS, and more. For all the OS diversity the show will bring, there will always be a few hold-outs, and top on that list of doesn't-play-well-with-others is Apple, perfectly content to go its own way for its announcements. Luckily, we won't have long to wait after MWC before Apple is ready with some news of its own, ...

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    While Samsung and HTC wait for Sunday to showcase their next new mobile hardware, LG is having none of this “waiting” business. We've already seen the company introduce the Watch Urbane Android Wear smartwatch, as well as a new lineup of mid-range phones. As it turns out, LG wasn't done with its wearable news just yet, and today follows all those pre-MWC launches with yet another one, unveiling the Watch Urbane LTE. As that name should immediately clue you in, we're looking at a smartwatch with its own cellular connectivity, no longer dependent on a tethered smartphone for mobile data. ...

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    Microsoft introduced its Band wearable this past fall, a cross-platform fitness tracker that packed features like GPS reception and a UV sensor which helped elevate it above the pack of lesser-equipped activity tracking competitors. And while it was capable of doing quite a bit out of the box, the great thing about smart wearables is how they continue to evolve with the arrival of new software. This week, Microsoft's bringing just such an update to the Microsoft Band, introducing new biking functionality, a web-based dashboard, better service integration, and opening an SDK for third ...

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    The Apple Watch is going to be one hell of a premium product when it goes up for sale in the next few weeks, with even the base model costing more than the majority of smartwatches already on the market. And as you start moving up into the fancier and fancier models, that price tag is only going to grow. But just how high will it get? Shortly after Apple made its wearable official back in September, we checked out a well-reasoned analysis that suggested we'd see the gold-bodied Apple Watch Edition sell for somewhere around $5,000. As retail availability looms, people in the know are ...

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    Whether you're using a full-blown smartwatch, a more bare-bones fitness tracker, or even the sensors on your own smartphone, there's all sorts of data ready to be gathered about your activities, crunched by some helpful software, and turned into useful reports you can quickly analyze. Maybe you track steps, monitor sleep patterns, or count burned calories, but now a future smartwatch from Geeksphone aims to analyze some ... interesting other behaviors. The Geeksme smartwatch will feature a circular face with monochrome OLED display, and offer your usual assortment of sensors – so far, ...

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    This morning we alerted you to the presence of a big countdown timer on Pebble's website, ticking away in anticipation of Tuesday morning. But when Tuesday finally does roll around, what's going to happen then? We mentioned a couple theories, including the possibility of getting a peek at that new hardware the company mentioned recently, but wondered if it might be too soon for such news. Now a new rumor suggest that new hardware could very much be on the menu, and also gets into a few details about just what this new wearable might deliver. So far, Pebble's been a monochrome game: both ...

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    MWC 2015 is still over a week away at this point, but that's not stopping plenty of companies in mobile electronics from getting started with their latest announcements a little early. For some, that's going to mean press events on March 1, while others can't even wait that long – companies like Qualcomm, sharing its next-gen SoC news this week. Now we've got our eyes on another manufacturer that looks like it's going to get in on this pre-MWC announcement action, as Pebble begins counting down to next Tuesday. The counter up on Pebble's site will hit zero in just about five days, at ...

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    Tech pundits agree that wearable technology will be a dominant player in the consumer electronics marketplace this year. You could get in on this trend now when you enter to win The Choose Your Own Android Smartwatch Giveaway at the Pocketnow Deals Store, which is only open for a few more hours. When you enter The Choose Your Own Android Smartwatch Giveaway, you have the opportunity to win one of three fantastic and already popular devices that run on the Android mobile platform. The winner will surely have a difficult time selecting their prize but, that person can rest assured that no ...

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    Last week we got to speak with Simon Tian who showed us some mockups of a new product that's meant to be the next generation of his Neptune Pine Android-powered smartwatch. This isn't based on the Android Wear platform, by the way. We're talking about full Android in a wrist watch. Simon is only about 20 years old and has already seen some success with his Neptune Pine. (Just for some perspective, he was about 5 years old when Pocketnow was launched in the year 2000.) Now he's working on his next project. The Neptune Duo still has a wrist-mounted smartwatch that runs full Android, but now ...

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    ASUS launched the ZenWatch back at IFA 2014, its stylish Android Wear-powered foray into the smartwatch market. In the time since, we've heard the company divulge a little about what's next for it when it comes to wearables, and just a few weeks back a company executive talked about “simplifying” such a product so that it could run for a week on a charge – something that to our ears sounded like plans to ditch Android Wear. Now ASUS CEO Jerry Shen is shedding some additional light on the matter, clarifying that his company's future wearables will include both Android Wear models and ...

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    Xiaomi has found itself become one of the biggest names in the smartphone game, though to many users in the West it's still a mystery. Considering how you won't see any Xiaomi phones at your local Best Buy or Verizon store, that's hardly surprising. So when we heard earlier this month that Xiaomi was planning a US press event, our interest was piqued: was the company actually considering bringing its phones to the States. Alas, that hope was quickly shut down, as a representative clarified that Xiaomi wasn't about to announce its forthcoming entry into the US smartphone market. Today, ...

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    When you think of a smartwatch, which device springs to mind? A Pebble? Maybe an Android Wear model? Or what about the upcoming Apple Watch? While we regularly check out industry reports looking at which smartphone manufacturers are controlling the lion's share of the market, we haven't been so privileged as to get the same sort of data about smartwatches, leaving us a bit in the dark as to just who's succeeding and who's not. Today we get a rare glimmer of insight, with a new analyst report looking at sales through the end of 2014. Analysts at Canalys estimate about 4.6 million smart ...

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    As wearables continue to catch on, fitness-tracking software's been rising in prominence, with systems like Apple's HealthKit and Google Fit arriving. And while many of us may associate those apps with smartwatches and fitness wearables, it's not like the sensors in those wristbands are unique to that hardware, and the same kind of accelerometers live in our phones themselves. But are you still better off using a wearable, or is your phone good enough? A new study attempts to find out just that. A research letter just published in the Journal of the American Medical Association looks at ...

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    There are a lot of things current smartwatches could do to make themselves more attractive: deliver thinner designs, improve cross-device (and especially cross-platform) compatibility, and more. But there's probably no change that would be better received than doing something about power consumption, freeing us from daily (or even multiple times daily) charge cycles. That's why we're so intrigued to hear a new smartwatch Swatch is planning to launch soon, one that the company claims won't need to be charged. Swatch intends to introduce the smartwatch sometime before May, which will have ...

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    Apple's in the midst of its latest earnings call for investors at the moment, and just announced some jaw-dropping iPhone sales leading to record quarterly profit; it's a good time to be Apple. But these sort of calls aren't just about looking back on what the company has done to date, and are also designed to give us a little insight into how the next quarter should fare for Apple stockholders. While we're probably still several months away from any new tablet hardware, not to mention a new iPhone, Apple Watch sales have been looming in the shadows since the hardware was first announced ...

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    At CES this year, ASUS came ready to show off some very interesting new hardware, including both that 4GB RAM ZenFone 2 and the ZenFone Zoom with a camera capable of optical zoom. And while that left it with a solid handset showing, we didn't get to see the next chapter for its wearable offerings. Last year at IFA, the manufacturer introduced its Android Wear-powered ZenWatch, but for its follow-up it sounds like the company could be going in a very different direction: some recent comments from chairman Jonney Shih suggest ASUS might drop Google's wearable OS with the goal of improving ...

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