Posts tagged with: Wearables
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    Amazon has been building the world’s most popular e-book readers for nearly a decade now, beloved low-cost Fire tablets since 2011, also dabbling in smartphone manufacturing at one point, and achieving unexpected mainstream success with Echo and Tap intelligent speakers. What the Seattle-based e-commerce giant is yet to try its hand at are smartwatches or any other type of wearable devices, though that doesn’t mean you can’t talk to Alexa on your wrist. Remember the Indiegogo-funded CoWatch? Well, the Google and Android veterans behind it only needed $288K in pledges and five months ...

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    Apple made a pretty big gamble by waiting nearly a year and a half to upgrade its love-or-hate first-generation wearable piece, but as Android Wear manufacturers largely failed to get the platform off the ground, it may have all paid off for the early global smartwatch leader. Not only was Cupertino able to design a vastly improved Apple Watch Series 2 with built-in GPS and water resistance up to 50 meters, but the original model never feared it would lose its crown. Not for a day. Even as it reportedly and understandably ran out of steam in the past few months, the iOS-compatible ...

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    With both the Apple Watch Series 1 and Series 2 feeling rich for the blood of most early wearable admirers still not sold on the whole utility aspect, the Gear S3 probably a few weeks away yet, and LG, Huawei and Motorola all holding off on their next Android Wear releases, it might be time for the Pebble Time to step back into the limelight. Yes, we’re talking an H1 2015-launched, plastic-made, thick-bezeled, square-shaped, humble screen-sporting, non-heart rate-monitoring smartwatch here. One that could hardly be described as premium, elegant or fancy, especially compared to some of ...

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    Back in October of 2015, the new Microsoft Band 2 was first released. Our review was based on only about 1 week of usage and we felt that every complaint about the original Microsoft Band had been addressed. It really felt like a huge improvement. Last year in August, we also revisited our review of the original Microsoft Band with a 10 month later wrap up of how the band fared with a good amount of real health-tracking usage.  So today, we're going to do another wrap-up about how the Microsoft Band 2 has held up to 10 months of all sorts of health tracking. We've seen quite a few ...

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    Yet another “global luxury lifestyle brand” jumps on the smart wearable bandwagon, and unlike Tag Heuer, New York City-based Michael Kors somehow manages to keep its rookie stab at a super-fashionable Android Wear timepiece relatively affordable. Very recently showcased at IFA 2016 in Berlin, where we got a bit of one-on-one time with the elegant, classically designed but technically advanced smartwatch, the Michael Kors Access is already up for grabs online, including stateside, starting at $350. The plan is to launch the beautiful, circular device in 18 countries, both on and ...

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    Still not convinced a second-generation Apple Watch will finally break cover later today, alongside the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, thinking perhaps Cupertino might take even more time to substantially upgrade the rudimentary original model? One look over the International Data Corporation’s global wearable shipment numbers for Q2 2016, and you’ll understand why the Apple Watch 2 needs to launch yesterday. The OG’s post-holiday slump continued, despite a “reduced price strategy” on the Sport variant, with 1.6 million units sold worldwide between April and June, massively down from 3.6 ...

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    It wasn’t the most ambitious of crowdfunding targets, and Samsung could have always subsidized the waist health tracker itself, but New York-based startup Welt needed to gauge people’s interest in a fashion accessory/wearable device looking as simple as it feels unique and convenient beyond the surface. First displayed way back in January at the Consumer Electronics Show as a work-in-progress prototype from Creative Lab, Samsung’s business incubator dedicated to its own resourceful employees searching for personal development and success, the bizarrely-named Welt smart belt should ...

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    Wholly owned TCL subsidiary Alcatel (previously Alcatel OneTouch) was probably not among IFA 2016’s highest-profile exhibitors, but it arguably brought one of the widest, richest, most eclectic selections of smart devices to Berlin, the final four products of which nearly went completely unnoticed. At the eleventh hour, we’re turning our attention from mid-range phones, unique standalone VR headsets, and more mid-range phones, as well as run-of-the-mill Android tablets, to so-called “connected wearables.” The Alcatel Move family consists of a mainstream Movetime WiFi Watch, ...

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    TomTom is to Garmin essentially what Pepsi is to Coca-Cola, minus the evenly matched nature of the historic rivalry. The Dutch navigation and mapping specialist has always played second fiddle to the American GPS pioneer and industry leader, including on the smart wearable scene, where Forerunners, Fenixes and Vivo-series products are slowly but steadily catching on. Meanwhile, the name of one of TomTom’s IFA 2016-announced new fitness trackers surprisingly reveals this isn’t the first of its kind. The Spark 3 follows in the footsteps of a little known 2015-released GPS sports watch, ...

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    While France-based connected health device specialist Withings has been producing classically handsome activity-tracking watches for several years now, it’s only a few months back that a high-profile Nokia acquisition truly put the 2008-founded company on the smart wearable map. But if you perhaps feared the slowly recovering sleeping Finnish giant would mess with its newest subsidiary’s winning design DNA to enter the Apple-dominated premium smartwatch arena, the IFA 2016-unveiled Withings Steel HR will put you at ease. Extremely similar to stylish yet rudimentary members of the ...

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    The road from promising pre-release prototype to almost-ready-for-primetime commercial product was likely a long and bumpy one for the discreet, teeny-tiny but incredibly intuitive Xperia Ear wireless earpiece/voice and gesture-enabled personal assistant Sony first showcased at MWC in early 2016. Recommended for use alongside the newly unveiled Xperia XZ and X Compact phones, as well as the already obsolete X and X Performance, but technically compatible with any Android handheld running 4.4 KitKat and up, this hands-free “Smart Product”, aka wearable, is equipped with something called ...

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    No third-gen Moto 360 or second-gen Huawei Watch unveiled at Lenovo and Huawei’s respective pre-IFA press events, so with just the Samsung Gear S3 and Asus ZenWatch 3 brought to Berlin for predictable coming-out parties thus far, Garmin or Fossil can swoop down and partake in the customarily rich media attention attracted by fresh new wearable products. Of course, much like the Forerunner 35, the latest four entries in Fossil’s increasingly diverse Q lineup aren’t technically your everyday fancy smartwatches. The American fashion accessory designer calls them “curiously unassuming ...

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    Samsung has not provided a specific date of availability nor has it spilled the prices of its latest wearables, the Gear S3 classic and the Gear S3 frontier. Both of them come in Bluetooth-only and LTE-connected flavors as well, so carriers are bound to be wanting in on the action. Well, AT&T, carrying the 3G version of the Gear S2 and first to grab at the LTE-enabled LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition, is getting Samsung's first LTE wearable. Specifically, the Death Star mentions the Gear S3 frontier with 4G LTE as part of its future lineup. Ma Bell also has software value-adds to tell you ...

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    aGPS technology pioneer and smart wearable rising star Garmin seems to be technically sitting IFA 2016 out, electing to unveil its latest budget-friendly multisport watch from the comfort of its Olathe, Kansas home via a lackluster written press release. The announcement is lackluster, mind you, not the actual Forerunner 35 device, which offers the core features of the luxury Fenix Chronos at a fraction of the price. Specifically, just 13 percent of the professional athlete-centric smartwatch’s high-end retail costs, i.e. $200. Obviously, Garmin compromises heavily on build quality and ...

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    While it’s recently had to face unusual criticism for Gorilla Glass 5’s apparent scratch vulnerability on the otherwise tough as nails Samsung Galaxy Note 7, Corning remains the clear leader of the cover glass industry it single-handedly established almost a decade ago. But keeping more than 4.5 billion devices worldwide, including over 1,800 product models across 40 “major” brands, protected against scrapes and shocks isn’t enough for the New York-based “innovator in materials science”, which is now looking to take over the wearable landscape in addition to smartphones, ...

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    Less than 24 hours after Fitbit officially announced a pair of long overdue new entry-level wearable devices at seemingly reasonable $100 to $150 prices, Amazon quietly (and incredibly) decided to undercut the activity tracker manufacturer’s pre-order rates. These are the retailer’s own Fitbit Charge 2 and Flex 2 listings, mind you, and Amazon will take care of delivery when the products arrive, with no shady third-party sellers involved. What’s the catch then? Well, we wouldn’t exactly call it a catch, but while Fitbit expects to start shipping the second-gen Charge “within a ...

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    While Fitbit certainly knocked one out of the park when taking the wraps off its first “smart fitness watch”, the Blaze, which helped the global wearable king retain its crown and beat analyst estimates for both sales numbers and profits, the older, more basic Flex and Charge continued to contribute to the company’s stellar financials. Released way back in May 2013 and October 2014, the two entry-level activity trackers get their long overdue sequels today, though as suspected, the list of major changes is quite small. The Fitbit Flex 2 and Fitbit Charge 2 fortunately take a page ...

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    While it was hardly surprising to see Tag Heuer charge a whopping $1,500 for its rookie “Connected” smartwatch effort, we have to admit we weren’t expecting a similarly premium, equally overpriced timepiece from Garmin. After all, the Swiss watchmaker and fashion accessory producer’s name is synonymous with luxury goods, but the American multinational technology company remains known for GPS navigators and robust athlete-focused wearable devices first and foremost. Then again, the newly launched Garmin Fenix Chronos borrows the “full multisport and navigational toolset” from ...

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    Samsung, delivering software at the speed of sound. Dull, throbbing noise through thick layers of foam and lead. Like, seriously, this would've been useful way before the time when you're about to launch the next iteration of your Gear S lineup. Great. It looks like Koreans are starting to pair up their Gear S2 and Gear Fit 2 wearables to their iPhones. It's part of a beta test of iOS compatibility that Samsung promised would happen for the S2 by mid-January. Well, lucky you, Verizon customers. You were the only ones that almost got it. But this program should spread it to everyone (we ...

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    Worn by “the world’s greatest athletes” at the recently concluded Summer Games in Rio in a very shrewd publicity stunt that likely doubled as a mighty convenient pre-release beta trial, the Visa-powered NFC Ring finally seems (just about) ready for primetime and the contactless-paying masses. No need to continue carrying around a bulky smartphone or wearing an expensive smartwatch on your wrist to conduct easy, secure on-the-go transactions. This sleek, low-profile yet stylish and affordable patented smart ring should start shipping worldwide “by December 2016”, with pre-orders ...

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    Acer is just one of many already confirmed IFA 2016 exhibitors, and although we know the Taiwanese company plans to unveil its “new and exciting holiday season lineup” in Berlin, Germany on August 31, it’s going to need something special to stand out from the pack. Preferably, not special weird, like last year’s Predator 8 and 6 gaming-centric tablet and phablet that never amounted to much in terms of post-release buzz and, presumably, sales and profits. But alas, Acer’s most distinctive new product on display next week might well be another addition to the Predator family. This ...

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    T-Mobile and Sprint are delivering "optimized" unlimited data plans. What does this mean for your phone bill? We've spent some time with Google's Duo video chat. Will this pull people from Facetime? Plus we went hands on with the new Honor 8 at the launch even in San Francisco, and it seems we have yet another premium budget phone to compete against Oneplus, ZTE, and Alcatel. Make sure you're charged and ready for episode 214 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the live video broadcast from 2:00pm Eastern on August 18th (click here for your local time), or check out the high-quality audio ...

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    Fitbit can’t really hope to snatch Apple’s wearable profit crown away anytime soon, as it remains focused on selling activity trackers at between $80 and $150, and pseudo-smartwatches for around $200, but copiously dominating the fledgling market in terms of volumes is no small feat either. To consolidate this leadership position, and keep the likes of Xiaomi or Garmin at bay, a couple of low-cost fall 2016 hardware releases have essentially been confirmed a little while back, and today we get to see the upcoming Fitbit Charge 2 and Fitbit Flex 2 in the flesh. Well, more or less, as ...

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    There’s not much a pair of upcoming second-generation Apple Watch models are expected to radically change about the original, with essentially the same design and form factor in tow, slightly enhanced activity tracking, and even standalone cellular connectivity likely shelved until next year. Naturally, Cupertino’s long-term goal of saving users’ lives by improving the wrist-worn gizmo’s health and currently pseudo-medical features remains just that: a noble, potentially lucrative but distant dream engineers and software developers are working hard behind the scenes to bring closer ...

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    Meizu is one of China’s top ten smartphone vendors, according to some market reports, and while retaining its skepticism about a large-scale US expansion, as well as showing no interest in following Huawei or Xiaomi’s suit with PC releases, it’s dead set on branching out into wearables and VR hardware before long. In spectacular fashion too, it appears like, as opposed to the timid first steps of a few domestic rivals, which continue to keep pricing, marketing and expectations low for modest fitness bands and empty, handheld-connecting virtual reality containers. If one of two ...

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