Posts tagged with: Wearables
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    Whether we’re talking low-cost, smartphone-enabled virtual reality products like the Samsung Gear VR, Google Cardboard or LG 360 VR, or much pricier, fancier and higher-end PC or console-supporting PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive devices, there’s something not quite right and intuitive about all early VR hardware pieces. The aforementioned have reliance on a separate gadget in common, which a number of companies are looking to eliminate or cut back on to start with. Focused on growing and maturing the Daydream platform, Google likely paused its standalone VR headset-building ...

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    Samsung Gear S3 rumors are still thin on the ground, despite the Galaxy Note 7 “unpacking” event and IFA Berlin inching closer, with the Gear S2 of course unveiled at the previous German trade show in September 2015. Whether a sequel is in the pipeline or not, it’s nice to see the OG treated to its third incremental software update, previewed by tipsters very recently, and made official and fully detailed on the OEM’s newsroom portal earlier today. While iOS support remains on hold, Android users willing to pair their compatible smartphones with the Tizen wearable should rejoice ...

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    Doesn’t it feel like Samsung’s latest fitness products received too little attention from the company’s marketing department and consequently, the media, on the heels of their actual announcements? The Gear IconX in particular was pretty much forgotten after a few pre-release mentions by both leakers and Samsung PR, which is hardly fair. Not only are we dealing with “truly cord-free”, truly wireless headphones here, but the 3-in-1 Gear IconX device can also work as a standalone music player, courtesy of its very own 4GB internal storage, pulling triple duty via an in-ear heart ...

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    While yesterday felt like an early Black Friday of sorts, between Amazon and Microsoft’s 24-hour-limited deals and the introduction of sweet HTC and T-Mobile promos set to last a little longer, today is tech customer satisfaction-measuring day. After surprisingly hearing precocious digital wallet adopters are more content with Samsung Pay than market veteran Apple Pay, separate May-June surveys conducted by J.D. Power found Cupertino in the lead in the smartwatch landscape, and its Korea-based rival the recipient of the fitness band gold medal. The former was to be expected, given the ...

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    Even though Google hasn't found the amount of consumer adoption that rivals have seen with their smartwatch offerings, it doesn't mean that there isn't a tremendous future in Android Wear. This is not only the most diverse platform, but also the one that has evolved the quickest when compared to others. We've seen a few recent rumors that claim that Google is even willing to build its own smartwatches to compete, and today we learn about them. Today we find some very interesting renders of Google's possible Android Wear smartwatches, codenamed Angelfish and Swordfish. The renders are ...

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    It’s not pretty and circular, like the fall 2015-released Time Round, and it can’t monitor your heart rate, which is probably the key selling point of the recently unveiled, crowd-funded, and soon-to-be-commercialized Pebble 2 and Time 2. Nonetheless, last year’s Pebble Time Steel arguably has enough going for it to warrant its $200 MSRP. In fact, the premium-built, “marine grade” stainless steel chassis and bezel-sporting smartwatch has presumably been selling so well lately that a few configurations are currently listed as out of stock on the manufacturer’s US website. ...

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    This is an odd stunt, even for OnePlus, a company that once encouraged its fans to smash their perfectly functional old phones for a chance to receive a new and better one. It also makes us wonder whether co-founder Carl Pei might actually still be gauging interest in a prospective OnePlus smartwatch. Sure, Pei is adamant the wearable device “could have been but never will be”, following a decision taken in 2015 to cancel it over fears of losing smartphone focus and not being able to stand out in a “cruel”, crowded, challenging market where so few OEMs can turn a profit at the ...

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    Despite no major breakthrough or innovation in the past couple of years, the wearables market is still very much alive and kicking. 101.9 million wearable units are expected to be shipped worldwide this year, marking a 29 percent growth over 2015. The information comes from IDC, who predicts a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 20.3 percent, meaning the total number of wearable units shipped worldwide could very well reach 213.6 million units in 2020. Watches and wristbands take up the majority of these numbers, but other wearables are also contributing to the category's market growth ...

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    While Pebble detractors have been led to reconsider their stance on the smartwatch pioneer’s future following the Kickstarter debut of the affordable, heart rate-enabled Pebble 2 and Time 2, as well as the 3G-integrating Core, devoted fans probably feel there’s something missing. Specifically, a sequel for the September 2015-unveiled Time Round. Ask and ye shall receive, it turns out, with the circular, sleek wearable due for a redesign this September. That’s when “polished” gold and silver finishes will begin shipping to early adopters, who can already “pre-order” the ...

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    HTC’s generosity knows no bounds, it seems, at least when it comes to the company’s newest flagship phone, also seen as its prospective financial savior. For that to happen, of course, the HTC 10 has to be competitively priced, which isn’t really the case with the $100 coupon code from a while back no longer valid. On the bright side, Memorial Day buyers were offered complimentary Re Cameras, and now, folks in the market for a nice Father’s Day present can get one of two headsets bundled with the HTC 10 at no extra charge. Through Sunday, May 19, you have the choice between an ...

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    A pair of modular Moto-branded smartphones (or rather, normal phones with snap-on modules), the world’s first commercial product to integrate Google’s AR Tango technology, two surprisingly advanced foldable gadget prototypes, and… smart shoes?! As odd as it sounds, that’s the eclectic device roster Lenovo displayed on a glitzy San Francisco stage at the Tech World conference yesterday. There’s probably no need to explain why we got to the connected footwear last, since we’re clearly dealing with a pre-release concept unlikely to hit stores anytime soon. Still, we have to admit ...

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    Samsung clearly has great ambitions for its first “basic” activity tracker in two years, taking the wraps off the Gear Fit 2 just last week, instantly putting it up for pre-orders stateside, and already crowing over the wearable’s wide availability today. According to a new press release, the Samsung Gear Fit 2 is “now commercially available in select markets including the US, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and Australia”, gradually heading soon “around the globe.” Priced at $180 on American shores, the standalone GPS-packing sports band however is still listed on ...

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    There’s obviously a very close connection between one’s physical health and emotional stability, and while wearable and wellness pioneer Pebble doesn’t intend to read a user’s mind… yet, it wants you to better understand how “different environments and events impact your mood.” It’s not going to be easy, and it might get a little annoying, but if you install the aptly titled Happiness app on the Time, Time Steel, or Time Round smartwatch, and answer a few simple questions every hour for a full week, you’ll receive an email report containing “deeper insights” into your ...

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    If there’s one thing we’ve always liked and found refreshing about OnePlus co-founders Pete Lau and Carl Pei, that’s definitely their candor regarding the company’s plans, strategies and product lineup. Once again, CEO Pete Lau doesn’t shy away from talking past explorations of the fledgling wearable market, confirming a OnePlus OneWatch of sorts was very seriously considered before the Chinese startup concluded it needed to remain “focused.” Focused on smartphones in general, and budget-friendly high-enders in particular, which still have more room for growth than ...

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    Smart rings may not be quite as old as time, but plenty of tech startups have attempted to move at least part of the magic currently going on in your hands, pockets and around your wrists to your fingers in the past couple of years. We even have reason to believe industry veterans and leaders like Samsung and Apple are quietly working behind the scenes to integrate various ways to control phones, tablets and PCs on tomorrow’s intelligent rings. For the time being, though, we’re afraid you need to settle for a similar prototype developed by multinational financial services giant Visa to ...

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    It's been a couple years of silent squats and burpees for Samsung's fitness-dedicated wearables. That's not to say that the company has ignored fitness. Not by a long shot. But if the chaebol wants to keep battling the likes of Apple and Fitbit, it needed to get its fitness right. Did it? Well, the Gear Fit 2 is giving it a shot. It keeps the wide AMOLED display from its predecessor, though it's gotten a bit wider — 216 x 432 at a 38.1mm (1.5 inches) diameter — that can show live stats as well as messaging notifications. The display is shy of the 24.5mm profile of the ...

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    How much is an arguably tiny and low-res but super-convenient nonetheless OLED display worth? Apparently, under 10 bucks, as that’s the pricing difference between the first-gen Mi Band and lightly revised 1S on one side and the radically redesigned and upgraded Xiaomi Mi Band 2 on the other. Well, perhaps “radically” is a bit of an exaggeration, since the non-touch screen is the only important new feature brought to the table. But boy, is it important, transforming the way you interact with the world’s cheapest activity tracker by putting the time on your wrist, plus step count, ...

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    Technically, Jawbone was never rumored to be giving up on its semi-successful activity tracker business altogether. Still, the recent murmur of the company’s struggles to clear old inventory and its overall delicate financial standing ultimately prompted a representative to issue a full press statement after initially declining to comment. “Speculation that Jawbone is exiting the wearable business or going out of business altogether is false.” begins the somber proclamation, with a full frontal assault then directed at the Tech Insider reporter that spread “this false ...

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    While the vast majority of today’s popular activity trackers highlight the number and precision of their sensors, battery endurance, build quality, water resistance and connectivity as key selling points, you shouldn’t be very surprised if the next wave of low-cost wearables takes a cue from smartphones in engaging in spec wars. The Samsung Gear Fit 2, for instance, is tipped to pack a homebrewed 1GHz dual-core processor, 512MB RAM, and 2GB internal storage space. That’s in stark contrast to the meek 180 MHz ARM Cortex M4-based CPU inside the original Gear Fit model, whereas RAM and ...

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    MediaTek caught a lot of Computex 2016 attendees off guard and made plenty of headlines yesterday with the announcement of its own groundbreaking fast-charging solution for Android smartphones, but if you were expecting Qualcomm to unveil something similarly innovative at the Taipei expo, we’re sorry to disappoint. Then again, it’s clearly far too early for Quick Charge 3.0 or Snapdragon 820 follow-ups, so all things considered, it’s nice to see even a new entry-level Snapdragon Wear processor brought to light and commercially launched inside low-cost wearables from low-profile ...

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    Even Microsoft’s most hardcore fans and health nuts in general have to admit Redmond’s second-gen fitness band, while better than the original in every single way, felt a little on the pricey side at $250 back in the day. Luckily, MS didn’t take long to realize that itself and amended the situation by first shaving 50 bucks off retail. The temporary promo rapidly turned into a routine thing, and then the Microsoft Band 2 lowered the asking price further, to a much more palatable $175. That was initially supposed to be a limited-time affair as well, but after expiring in late March, ...

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    In addition to expanding its global presence in the smartphone landscape, Xiaomi clearly intends to diversify its product portfolio this year in order to return to growth after a couple of stagnating quarters as far as both sales and profits were concerned. Following the kiddie-oriented Mi Bunny smartwatch, Xiaomi recently confirmed a mainstream intelligent timepiece with more than just LED indicator lights or a basic display is in the pipeline. Also, a 4K-supporting Mi Box with Android TV for Western markets, iHealthBox wellness monitor, and mystery VR headset. But the wildly successful ...

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    It looks like activity tracker pioneer and wearable market leader Fitbit has much more important things to worry about than declining profits and prospectively stagnating sales, as a class action lawsuit filed a few months ago may end up greatly harming the company’s reputation. We’re probably way past the silently settling phase too, with a lot of fingers pointed at the Charge HR, Surge and Blaze for erratically and imprecisely monitoring heart rate information which can “pose a danger to not only the clinical population, but those population of individuals who may not know that ...

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    The phrase "make or break" is tossed around often in the world of consumer electronics. With that editorial trope acknowledged, we could be looking at a make or break product release from Pebble. Unveiled today, the smartwatch pioneer showed off the new Pebble 2, Pebble Time 2, and Pebble Core on Kickstarter. This company has been facing challenges of late, recently dealing with some layoffs, but the market for wearables remains strong. Is Pebble back in the game with these new products, or have consumers moved on to more visible brands? Fans flocked, Kicstarter funded Whether you agree ...

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    While we’re certainly a little disappointed to see Pebble once again ask its fans for financial support before commercially launching a new product (or three), the advancements of the Pebble 2 and Time 2 smartwatches guarantee them a spot in the same league as most Android Wear heavyweights, making everything else feel irrelevant. Both the Pebble Time 2 and Pebble 2 feature 24/7 heart rate monitors, built-in microphones, activity and sleep tracking, water resistance up to 30 meters, and multi-day battery life. Oddly enough, although the Pebble 2 seems to sport the smaller, more frugal ...

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