Posts tagged with: Wearables
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    Google Glass is in the middle of a transition period. After its very public test run with the Glass Explorer Edition, Google took its vision for the wearable back to the drawing board, and has been working on a new Glass experience – one with new hardware, as well as (presumably) new software. We've been checking out evidence of this Glass headset over the past several weeks, while hearing rumors that the new Glass could be positioned as an Enterprise Edition with the intent to sell it to businesses. That account picks up new support from additional sources, as rumors attempt to describe ...

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    We've already seen what Pebble can do when it outfits its a smartwatch with a color display, and after launching this past winter, the Pebble Time finally arrived several weeks back. That's given us ample time to get to know the wearable, at least in one form; shortly after the original Pebble Time went public, we learned of a second model, the metallic Pebble Time Steel. And despite the Pebble Time's availability, we've still been waiting on the Pebble Time Steel's arrival. A couple weeks back we heard Pebble deliver assurances that its first shipments of the metal smartwatch would get ...

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    We're two weeks away from Samsung's next Unpacked event, where the company is likely to introduce the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+. But there could be even more hardware waiting for us beyond those two phablets, and the timing finally feels right for Samsung to also launch its next smartwatch. We've been waiting for the new Gear for a long time now, and recurring rumors of a round-screened wearable have found confirmation from Samsung itself. As we wait for the Gear A to go official, Samsung's already busy talking about what sort of hardware we can expect. One of the first rumors ...

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    This morning's Motorola event brought us three new phones and two new Bluetooth accessories... and that's it. And while that was ultimately more hardware than we were necessarily expecting, there was one other device lingering in the back of our minds that we were holding out hope might make an appearance: a new Moto 360. After all, we've been anticipating new hardware for a while now, and recent price cuts sure seemed to suggest that Motorola was clearing stock of its first-gen model. While we didn't get a new smartwatch today, some new evidence sure makes its eventual arrival seem almost ...

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    The arrival of the Apple Watch has brought with it a big family of accessories, and owners of the wearable are able to outfit their smartwatches with all variety of alternate bands, bumper cases, and screen protectors. There are also plenty of options when it comes to charging, with accessory manufacturers designing a number of third-party charging stands. So far, though, the implementation with such chargers has been a little less than graceful, requiring users to take the original magnetic charger that shipped with the smartwatch and pop it into these stands. However, that may soon start ...

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    Rumors dating back several months now have been talking about Microsoft's follow-up effort to last year's Band wearable, a cross-platform fitness tracker with an interesting sensor package. After those first whispers of a Band 2 arrived, we eventually saw Microsoft confirm its general plans, mentioning development of a new Band, presumably for launch later this year. That idea of the wearable arriving sooner rather than later may be picking up some new support thanks to a fresh rumor out today, claiming that Microsoft is already winding things down for the original Band. Supposedly, ...

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    Pebble's latest smartwatch has been charming us for weeks now, as the color-screened Pebble Time took an already successful smartwatch and only managed to improve upon it. We've been busy checking out recent developments like the start of retail sales, as well as talking about some of our favorite customization options, and now we get word of Pebble's latest effort to fine-tune the Time user experience, upon the release of a new Pebble Time firmware and updated Android app. The new Pebble Time 3.2 firmware delivers a number of worthwhile changes and new options for the watch's settings, ...

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    Google Glass is still moving forward, even after the initial hardware failed to find broad mainstream success, and we've been looking forward to the introduction of a new Glass headset at some point later this year; we've certainly seen FCC evidence that appeared to confirm work on that very project. Now some new rumors have been suggesting a very different direction Google could be pursuing for this new device, one that's focused mainly on business users. Today we pick up some rumored new hardware details about the changes that may be in store for Glass. Reports from earlier this month ...

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    ZTE may already have launched its flagship Axon smartphone in the US last week, but it's been clear that the story behind this handset was far from over. After all, just yesterday we caught wind of a seemingly upgraded version of the Axon for China, enjoying the addition of a fingerprint scanner. Today we get the full picture on the Axon lineup as ZTE introduces a series of models for the Chinese market, including a smartwatch. First we have the Axon proper, picking up a fingerprint scanner which the US version didn't have, but seeing its RAM drop at the same time to just 3GB. There still ...

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    Slowly but surely, Pebble's latest wearables have been becoming available to more and more shoppers. We're still in the Pebble Time phase of deployment – Pebble Time Steel will be on its way soon, though – and have been moving past initial shipments fulfilling crowding commitments to the first steps towards broader retail availability, with Best Buy accepting Pebble Time pre-orders. Today that path to retail sales reaches its inevitable conclusion, as Pebble shares word of the Pebble Time coming to Best Buy and Target stores. In addition to accepting orders online, both retailers will ...

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    Earlier this week we got to wondering about the HTC Grip, after seeing some certification paperwork for the wearable surface over at the Bluetooth SIG. When HTC first announced the Grip fitness tracker back at MWC, the company said that it was looking to get sales started during the spring. And since it hasn't shown up at retail since, we we've been wondering what was going on. Those Bluetooth docs had us hopeful that a release might be nearing, and we reached out to HTC for comment. Today we get our answer, and it's not necessarily a great one, as HTC confirms that plans for the Grip have ...

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    While smartphone makers from Apple, to Motorola, to Samsung (and more) have all expanded into the world of smartwatches, other manufacturers are taking a more tempered approach, testing the waters with devices that are closer in construction and feature set to fitness trackers to full-on smartwatches: firms like HTC and Motorola fall into that camp. Last fall the latter brought us the Microsoft Band, a cross-platform wearable with a focus on exercise and health. Recently, we've been hearing that Microsoft could be in the midst of developing that model's follow-up, and today we get ...

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    For several months back there around the early part of the year, rumors had been landing pretty regularly about a round-screened Samsung smartwatch, codenamed Orbis and tipped to possibly launch as the Gear A. And while we've yet to see the wearable go official, or even get a look at the actual hardware, Samsung's as good as confirmed the project, releasing an SDK for round-screened watches that identifies this circular form factor as the company's choice for “the next Gear.” Now as we wait for an official announcement, a new leak attempts to give us a better idea of what to expect ...

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    Back in March, HTC announced the One M9. But the company's latest flagship didn't launch all by its lonesome, and we also saw the debut of the exciting HTC Vive VR headset. You'd be forgiven for thinking that those were the only two products HTC brought out onto the stage at MWC, but then you'd be forgetting the third, the company's first wearable: the HTC Grip fitness tracker. At the time, HTC said that sales of the Grip would begin sometime in the spring … and as we're clearly well into summer by now, that just hasn't happened. So, what gives? Is the Grip dead? Delayed? We don't have ...

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    The color-screened Pebble Time has been shipping out to its crowdfunding backers for several weeks now, and we've even seen general pre-orders open to the public at large. And while that edition of the smartwatch may be here, we're still waiting for its metallic cousin, the Pebble Time Steel. When Pebble announced the smartwatch back in the early days of March, it promised shipments would start going out sometime in July. With the month nearly half over, today Pebble's following things up with some new info about how and when Pebble Time Steel will finally become available. The good news ...

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    If you've been itching to get into the wearable space, you might find it hard to find out which devices are worth looking into. Smartwatches release less frequently than smartphones or tablets, and even when a new device launches, it just doesn't see the same type of hype and publicity. Wearables don't just include smartwatches though, and there's a certain VR kit that has every potential to be a home run — assuming it's properly marketed. Find out our top picks for the best wearables in early 2015! [embed width="780" height="439"]http://youtu.be/zEJQ3MeOIK0[/embed]

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    Over the past few months, we've gotten to know the Apple Watch. We've worn the smartwatch on our wrists, used it to interact with our iPhones, and become familiar with all it has to offer. So while the wearable itself may be quite known to us, there's a bigger picture question that's so far remained elusive, as we've tried to get a sense of what kind of sales the Apple Watch is seeing. At least, while most accounts have suggested strong initial performance, questions have surfaced over just how sustainable those sales might prove to be over the long term. While we still don't have any ...

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    The Pebble Time is one of the hottest new smartwatches to hit the market, and though we've already reviewed it and compared it to Android Wear, reviews only get you so far. Sometimes using a product as a normal consumer goes beyond what specs it has or how it holds up against similar products. There are small things that we don't mention in our reviews, like the strong vibration feedback from the Pebble Time compared to other smartwatches, because they're minor enough that they don't necessarily affect the end user experience — but small changes are still worth noting somewhere, right? ...

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    The new color-screened Pebble Time has landed, and we've been spending the last few weeks covering the smartwatch's arrival. The original Pebble (and Pebble Steel) already offered users a lot of customization options with the help of alternate watchfaces, and the debut of the color display with this generation only opens the door for more variety. Beyond that, you can always swap out the band for another 22mm option. But if even that's not enough for you, and you crave further control over the way your smartwatch looks, dbrand may have just what you need, as it reveals its new modular ...

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    Smartphone manufacturers and upstarts like Pebble may have led the charge for the initial waves of smartwatches, but now we're at a place where traditional watchmakers are finally coming around to getting involved. That includes companies like Tag Heuer, which is gearing up to start sales of its own Carrera Wearable 01 later this year. And while we're very much looking forward to seeing what the company can put together, that model's going to be a very expensive prospect, selling for around $1400. Today we're talking about another established watch brand* that's looking to jump on this ...

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    Google Glass managed to get plenty of people excited, and for good reason. Far more than smartwatches, the tech seemed practically right out of science fiction, yet here Google was not just developing it, but giving the public a chance to experience it for themselves. While the original Glass momentum may have seriously slowed down (publicly, at least) since its heyday, work on the project has continued, and we've heard that a new generation of Glass hardware is on the agenda for sometime later this year. Today we have what might be our first run-in with some real evidence of that device, ...

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    Huawei introduced its round-screened (and aptly named) Huawei Watch back at MWC this past winter, and with a clean design and some attractive material choices, the Android-Wear-powered smartwatch very much piqued our interest. Really, the biggest thing that's been standing between this wearable and it finding some real success may just be availability: so far we haven't seen Huawei putting it up for sale anywhere, and in at least some markets it could be another few months away. But even as we wait for the Huawei Watch to make its retail debut, the company has been putting together some ...

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    The launch of the first Galaxy Gear back in summer 2013 marked the beginning of what would prove to be a major wearables effort from Samsung, ultimately bringing us models like the Gear Fit and Gear S. And while the manufacturer's been on a bit of a smartwatch hiatus lately, we've got big hopes for what the future might bring, especially with the round-screened Gear A (aka Orbis) on the horizon. But when it comes to a prolific smartwatch maker like Samsung, how do we really quantify its interest in the market? Counting the number of models it's released? Looking at sales totals? Today ...

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    Updated to reflect revised Apple Watch sales estimates. (Thanks, SocialBrian!) I remember the moment I realized smartwatches had a chance at being the next big thing in mobile. It was the spring of 2012, I'd just spent a week with the original Pebble, and I suddenly found myself unable to live without it. It was 1999 all over again: I was a wristwatch-wearing man, and leaving the house without it prompted angry expletives and a day full of accidental glances at an empty wrist. Three years later, smartwatches have made the jump to the mainstream consciousness. No longer confined to the ...

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    I’ve learned that there are two things about being a mobile technology reviewer. The first thing: you get to handle awesome gadgetry days or weeks ahead of its official release date, and you’re not just allowed to use the heck out of it; you need to, in order to do your job. That’s the awesome thing. The other (less-awesome) thing: you eventually have to give it all back. Empty Nest is a recurring column discussing what I miss -and what I don’t- about the devices I’ve had to return. • I wore the Apple Watch Sport for the better part of last month as preparation for our ...

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