Posts tagged with: Wearables
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    Yesterday we shared with you an HTC behind-the-scenes video, highlighting the company's work with design. In theory, this should have been innocuous stuff, were it not for what some eagle-eyed viewers noticed during an otherwise not really noteworthy shot: a watch. Not a watch being worn, but one sitting rather prominently in a stand on an employee's desk. Almost like where you might keep a smartwatch you were working on? At least, that's the rumor that got started, but now HTC is stepping up to set the record straight, denying that this is something we'll soon see the manufacturer ...

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    When we first laid eyes on the Martian line of smartwatches, I was unimpressed. Too low-tech. When we first laid hands on the Martian Notifier, I remained unmoved. Too low-key. When AT&T and Martian dropped a Notifier on our doorstep, I almost recycled it for our summer of giveaways. Too busy. Then I used it for a week ... and I had to schedule a review. Too awesome. In a world with smartwatches like Android Wear, Samsung’s Gear line, and the Pebble, you might think the time for a simpler wearable has long passed. But a company called Martian Watches is betting the other way, ...

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    Wearables, man. It used to be that if you wanted to be at the forefront of technology, having a smartphone in your pocket was all you needed. But now with smartwatches and the likes of Google Glass being picked up by new users every day, living on the bleeding edge means strapping a bunch of that gear right on to your body. Some of these futurists are taking things one step further, and today Motorola shares one of the ways users are doing just that, introducing a “tattoo” that lets Moto X owners unlock their phones. Well, the VivaLnk Digital Tattoo may describe itself as such, but ...

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    To say I've been excited about Google Now on a smartwatch is a bit of an understatement. I've ranted about how Google Now and wearables were a match made in heaven more than once. And the minute Android Wear was announced, I stopped what I was doing and vented about my buyer's remorse over the $250 I had just spent on Pebble Steel. Things have changed somewhat, though, and I'm now perfectly okay – even quite pleased – with Pebble Steel. Android Wear has finally hit virtual shelves and the launch hardware is, dare I say, boring and bland. And turns out, our Michael Fisher found the new ...

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    Chinese OEM Xiaomi has been catching out attention lately with some decent hardware, like the Tegra K1-powered Mi Pad or the very affordable Redmi 1S we just took a look at. Now it's back with both a high-end smartphone and super-cheap wearable, as the company introduces the Mi 4 and Mi Band. The Mi 4 sports a five-inch 1080p display, runs a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801, and has a solid 3GB of RAM. The phone packs a 13MP main camera, very high res 8MP front-facer, and offers either 16GB or 64GB of internal storage. And to power that hardware, Xiaomi gives the phone a phablet-sized 3,080mAh ...

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    Samsung and Google have a complicated relationship that's seemed more than a little strained over the past year or so. Back in January things really came to a head, as Samsung debuted the Magazine UX for its latest tablets. Google was concerned with the extent to which Samsung seemed to be reinventing Android, pushing its own look and own services to the forefront, at the expense of Google's efforts. But the companies quickly came to an understanding, and the signing of a long-term licensing agreement appeared to indicate that peace had been brokered. But would that last? A new report ...

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    I was minutes from publishing a speculation article about the rumored Google smartwatch when Google announced its brand new wearables platform, Android Wear. Then Motorola and LG followed suit, announcing the Moto 360 and G Watch, respectively. Minutes from publishing, I had to rewrite the entire article. I changed the angle from a purely speculative piece about all the rumors we'd heard and whether they were credible or not to a piece about how Google and Motorola made me regret my $250 purchase of Pebble Steel. Sure, it was a reactionary, knee-jerk piece, but it was true. The one thing ...

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    At its core, the mission of a smartwatch is to make life easier. To improve on the smartphone experience by giving you leave to keep it in a pocket or leave it on the table across the room, because your messages, calls, emails, and other notifications are coming straight to your wrist. The nondescript, water-resistant G Watch does a fairly good job of delivering those notifications, popping up inbound messages alongside weather reports, calendar items, pedometer readings and much more on the 1.65-inch IPS LCD. But it's not until the Snapdragon processor spins to life that the G ...

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    Smartwatches present some real challenges when it comes to user input, but despite the cramped quarters their screen dimensions afford, companies behind keyboard software have been pretty enthusiastic about coming up with usable solutions for these tiny displays. Minuum's been especially vocal about smartwatches, and that makes a lot of sense, as its unusual linear keyboard is highly adaptable to non-standard screen layouts. It showed us its keyboard on the Galaxy Gear, teased how a round Minuum keyboard might look on the Moto 360, and now it's back to squared-off displays, helping new ...

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    The summer of smartwatches is upon us, and new Android Wear users everywhere are just starting to settle into life with their mobile accessories. The Moto 360 is standing by in the wings, ready to jump onto the retail scene in just another month or two, and entries by Apple and Microsoft are anticipated for a little later on. No matter which platform you call home, or what style smartwatch you prefer, you're going to have some good options to choose from. And as more and more of these wearables arrive, we're seeing how the decisions being made by manufacturers are shaping out expectations ...

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    Looking forward to Apple's iWatch? Sure, just you and a couple billion other iOS fans who have so far been eyeing all this Android Wear business this summer with thoughts of “just wait; you'll see.” And based on the rumors we've heard so far, the iWatch really is shaping up to be a force to be reckoned with, not just with some very premium hardware but also deep OS-level integration with Apple's other mobile devices. We've been hoping to see the iWatch arrive sometime this fall, with reports leaning towards availability maybe sometime in October, following production hitting full-blast ...

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    Android Wear is here in full force, following the arrival of LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live hardware. We've already been giving both smartwatches a spin, as well as checking out some of the new software that's been coming in with the addition of Wear-specific features. While both these watches should keep us busy for some time to come, their presence isn't being enjoyed without a little lingering disappointment: Google I/O came and went without the start of sales for the Moto 360. Rumors have suggested that Motorola might be holding back until the Moto X+1 is ready to launch, so as to ...

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    If smartwatches really want to catch the public's eye, they need to prove to us that they're genuinely useful pieces of hardware worth adding to our lives: giving us something we didn't have before. For some smartphone users, the convenience of wrist-borne notifications may very well be enough, while others of us are waiting to see what additional capabilities arrive. With Android Wear smartwatches now live, developers are already delivering updates for apps that bring new Wear components. Google's getting in on that action itself, and today releases a new Camera app that lets Wear devices ...

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    Powering a smartwatch can be tricky business. Most of us aren't used to the need to charge our (non-smart) watches weekly (if not daily), so if manufacturers want the public to embrace their products, they really need to make this chore as easy and seamless as possible. For companies like Motorola, that's meant taking advantage of the latest wireless charging tech, while other OEMs go with a charging cradle of one form or another that physically connects to the watch. While you might think that a simple cradle would be a lot more straightforward than a wireless system (and less prone to ...

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    Smartwatch fans have been looking forward to the start of sales of Android Wear devices since the platform was first announced this spring, and two weeks back we saw things get underway with the addition of the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live to the Google Play Store's device listings. That's well and good for what it is, but if you'd like to get your hands on the G Watch a little quicker, or maybe just check it out in the flesh before dropping $230 on the wearable, your chance is arriving, as LG announces the start of retail G Watch availability in nations around the globe. AT&T ...

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