Posts tagged with: Wearables
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    Back in 2014, smartwatches were really starting to make their presence felt, expanding from niche products to those with broader commercial appeal. And only fittingly, plenty of companies with experience in mobile electronics were lining up to release one. And after months and months of rumors that Microsoft was working on just such a wearable – one that would offer cross-platform support – we finally saw the Microsoft Band launch in late October. More fitness tracker than smartwatch, Microsoft has continued to improve upon its wearable with new software updates adding additional ...

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    Google I/O 2015 is getting started in just a couple days, and while that's almost sure to bring us word of new software and services, could it mean some new hardware, too? After all, last year brought us the start of Android Wear sales, including the initial announcement of the Samsung Gear Live. It also marked the debut of the Android TV, which would usher in a new breed of devices. We're thinking about all that today as we catch word of a couple new sales, targeting both Android Wear and Android TV devices. Motorola's been offering Moto 360 sale after Moto 360 sale lately, and now its ...

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    A little confused about the new big Android Wear update? We don't blame you. While Google first announced the software a month back, the only way to get it was with a brand-new LG Watch Urbane. And then then this week Google seemed to repeat itself, re-announcing the update (but at least finally in a way that made it clear that updates were heading out soon to existing hardware). But while these new release notes spelled out which models would get the promised WiFi support, some seemingly compatible smartwatches weren't on the list. In an effort to shed some light on what's going on, LG's ...

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    Do you find yourself among the lucky contingent of Apple Watch owners, those smartphones fans who have been able to score this still-hard-to-come-by wearable? Your Apple Watch obviously came with one band, but have you picked up any alternate options? If you're growing a little tired with your band's look, Apple is happy to sell you one of its many other designs right from its website, but depending on the style you choose, you could find yourself waiting two, three, even up to eight weeks. In case you don't list patience among your strong suits, it thankfully looks like a new option is ...

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    Just about one month ago, Google shared word of the latest Android Wear platform update, one that promised a bevy of new features, not the least of which being giving compatible hardware the ability to take advantage of WiFi connections. It all sounded pretty great – the only problem being getting your hands on it. For while the new LG Watch Urbane ships with this latest Android 5.1.1 build (above), and there have been early signs of update availability for other LG Android Wear models, everybody else has been doing without. That sounds like it's finally about to change, as Google makes ...

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    Wouldn't you know it? We only just get done telling you about our experiences with the Apple Watch running its base Watch OS 1.0 software, and Apple's already out with an update. Distribution of Watch OS 1.0.1 is currently underway, with the 51.6MB release delivering a number of performance-related improvements. Let's take a look at exactly what's changing. Apple cites a number of features that should be working better after installing the update, including a lot of activity-based stuff like distance and pace calculations, calorie analysis, and measuring standing times. Siri also sees a ...

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    ASUS launched the first ZenWatch back at IFA last year, and ever since 2015 got rolling, the company's been talking about its plans for a follow-up. We heard that we could expect the smartwatch to arrive sometime in Q3, and that it should offer greatly improved battery life. Responding to rumors of possible delays, CEO Jerry Shen has now not only confirmed that the Q3 release timeframe is still on track, but that the company intends to introduce the ZenWatch 2 at Computex in early June. We also get an update on the battery situation, and while the dream of running a whole week on a single ...

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    Last spring, Android Wear got started with the announcements of the LG G Watch and the Motorola Moto 360, but it wouldn’t be until a few months later when the first hardware actually arrived. And while the Moto 360 would remain in the shadows until even later in the year, the G Watch found itself joined by another model as they marked the platform's commercial debut: the Samsung Gear Live. In the months that followed, LG released additional Android Wear models, but the Gear Live remained Samsung's sole Android Wear experiment. Now that experiment may be drawing to a close, as the Gear ...

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    With the arrival of the Apple Watch and its integration with Apple's Health app, the intersection between wearables and fitness is once again back in the public eye. And while for the moment it's Apple that's capitalizing most on this publicity, other players in the smartwatch game aren't about to let this opportunity pass them by. Last fall, Google formally got the ball rolling on Google Fit, its own health and fitness hub with tight ties to wearables, and today Google shares word of some new features its own tool is receiving. Apps like Google Fit are all about data, and beyond ...

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    That the Apple Watch makes for a good heart rate monitor shouldn't be surprising. OK, sure it struggles to read your pulse through heavy tattooing, but this is an optical sensor – what did you expect when a bunch of ink gets in the way? But compared to the tiny sensors on many of the phones and wearables we've seen to date, the Apple Watch's is positively ginormous. It's over-engineered to the extent that it would work just fine as a pulse oximeter, delivering even more health data than it does now, should Apple ever implement such an ability in software. But as things stand now, ...

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    We're just about three weeks away from the start of this year's Google I/O conference, and today Google finally went public with the full event schedule. While there's going to be a lot of exciting stuff to see, and news to be announced, one entry on the calendar that's catching some early attention is a Google ATAP (the Advanced Technology and Projects group) session on Friday, May 29. Among talk of Project Ara and 3D films, Google mentions that it also plans to show off some mysterious new wearables. The session description promises “wearables that we hope will blow your socks off,” ...

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    The Apple Watch has landed with a bang, and it's easy to see just how fervent early order intensity was; nearly as soon as we witnessed pre-orders open last month, ship times were already slipping further and further back. Apple's done an admirable job at chipping away at those shipping delays, but it ever see that kind of demand return? A new report suggests the initial wave of Apple Watch enthusiasm has passed, and consumer interest could be slowing down. Some industry analysts are already dialing back their projections for Apple Watch sales, to the tune of 10 million over the course of ...

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    Is “you're wearing it wrong” the new “you're holding it wrong?” Some new owners of the Apple Watch might find themselves wondering as much, as they struggle to get the smartwatch's optical heart rate monitor to function in certain cases. Following the wearable's commercial arrival, some users with tattoos covering their wrists reported that the Apple Watch struggled to get an accurate read through all that ink. Was this the way the smartwatch was supposed to work? Is there anything to be done about it? Now, Apple's finally acknowledging the matter, though without offering much in ...

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    Whether you're thinking about new Lumia flagships or just Windows 10 itself, it's easy to find reasons to be excited about upcoming Microsoft products. But there's one that's captured the minds of the tech community maybe more than any other in recent memory, the incredibly futuristic, all-sorts-of-ambitious HoloLens. The more we learn about the hardware that goes into this headset, and the more we hear about what it promises to allow us to do, the easier it is to become enraptured with its possibilities. But there's still a lot we don't know about HoloLens, including what could prove to ...

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    Smartwatches can pack a ridiculous amount of tech into tiny spaces, and this is very much true for one of the latest wearables to hit the scene, the Apple Watch. We've already shared with you a teardown that documented the smartwatch's construction, from the Force Touch screen to the troubled Taptic Engine. But that stopped short when it came to one all-important component: the S1 “integrated computer” that powers the wearable. Now we've got a chance to peek under the hood there, too, as a decapsulation attack reveals the silicon hiding within. Unlike the system-on-a-chip that you'll ...

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    Nobody's going to accuse Motorola of not loving mom: last year Motorola sure threw plenty of sales, but it didn't forget to include Mother's Day on that list, and this time last year we saw the company discounting the original Moto X. Well, May is nearly upon us again, and with Mother's Day just another week or so out, it's time for another sale event. This year the big focus is on wearables, with Motorola knocking $70 off the price of the Moto 360. It's not the lowest price the smartwatch has ever hit, but it's in the same very affordable ballpark. Motorola's also got a bundle deal for ...

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    If you're anything like us, you juggle a lot of mobile devices – probably quite a few more than your average user. And while walking around armed to the teeth with the latest mobile hardware can be a lot of fun, not everything behaves quite so nicely when you're pushing the boundaries of typical use cases. That's been an issue with smartwatches, especially if you own more than one model. Thankfully, it's also something that's been on Google's radar to address, and today we learn about the new Google Play Services 7.3, delivering among other improvements support for multiple Android Wear ...

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    Apple may have backed off from April 24 as the formal availability date for the Apple Watch, but with shipments already hitting customer doorsteps, the era of the Apple smartwatch has unquestionably arrived. While many of you will be content to slap the wearable on your wrists and go about enjoying it as Apple intended, the crew over at iFixit had slightly different aspirations for their Apple Watch, and have sacrificed a shiny new Apple Watch Sport to tear it open and see what makes it tick. Smartphones may already be marvels of modern micro-engineering, but smartwatches sure manage to ...

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    Google Glass was a grand experiment, but the combination of a wary public and sky-high price tag ended up standing in the way of the wearable becoming the next big thing. But while those initial efforts may have petered out, there's been the promise of bigger, better things from round two – and indeed, we started off this year hearing reports that the Glass project had found new management and would be producing a new Glass headset for release sometime later this year. That idea's since been supported by additional statements from Google, talking in particular about finding ways to make ...

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    For a company that released as many smartwatches as it did in 2014, Samsung has seriously slowed things down for 2015. For months now we've been expecting the company to launch its next-gen model, but the early year expo season has passed without the hardware arriving. Rumors have suggested that this next smartwatch, possibly in development as the Gear A, could represent a significant departure from past Samsung designs, ditching a rectangular display in favor of a circular screen. And while so far that's been the subject of rumor and speculation, it's now looking all but confirmed, as ...

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    With Apple Watch pre-orders upon us, and the smartwatch set to hit customer hands (well, wrists) soon, it's easy to get so wrapped-up in Apple's chapter of the wearable story that we gloss over what's happening with Android Wear. Sure, the other week's announcement about newly curated watchfaces and straps wasn't so hot, but that Moto 360 sale was solid. As it turns out, we just had to wait a little bit longer for the really substantial news, as today Google announces a big Android Wear update delivering some long-awaited features, including WiFi support. For watch hardware that supports ...

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    Is Motorola burning thought old Moto 360 stock in preparation for a new model? Late last week we drew your attention to a rare Moto 360 price cut, with a couple big retailers offering some sizable discounts on the Android Wear smartwatch. But for as attractive as that $180 price was, it turns out that an even better deal was just days away. Now Google itself is following in Amazon and Best Buy's wake as it cuts the Moto 360's sticker price even further, bringing the wearable down to a scant $165. Compared to the $250 base price the watch went for just a week ago, that's a tremendous deal, ...

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    As Apple Watch pre-orders opened last Friday, and the first shoppers swarmed to get theirs in, we saw estimated ship times slip further and further back. After a few hours, it was looking like if you were to submit a new pre-order, you had basically no chance of seeing your smartwatch arrive before June. That's a frustrating position to be in, especially considering how long Apple fans have been waiting to get their hands on this wearable in the first place. Luckily, those June ETAs may not be set in stone, and today we take a look at one reason Apple Watch shoppers might have cause to ...

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    The Apple Watch is expensive, any way you slice it, so it's no surprise to learn that customers are looking to get the most out of their smartwatch-buying dollar. If you're trying to save a buck, you may already be considering a Watch or Watch Sport with the rubber Sport Band, the most affordable strap option. For a moment it seemed like there might be a way to get even more value out of the Sport Band, but those plans are now finding themselves going up in smoke. Here was the intent: it may have caught your eye that Apple's advertising that these models come with two straps in the box, ...

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    There's little denying it: if you're shopping for a smartwatch today, you're looking at the Apple Watch. You may not end up buying Apple's new wearable (and certainly, even if you are interested, you're going to be waiting weeks and weeks –and weeks– until you get yours), but its arrival spells a whole new level of fierce competition for the rest of the smartwatch field. As such, it's not too surprising to see other companies taking steps to make sure their own offerings don't escape the attention of shoppers, and to that end we're seeing the Moto 360 hitting some of its lowest prices ...

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