Posts tagged with: Wearables
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    Manufacturers are having a lot of fun with off-kilter phone designs these days, bringing us models with curved bodies or those with over-the-edge screens. And in order to take full advantage of cavities within these curved handsets, we've seen the development of some interesting battery designs, similarly shaped to offer an optimal fit. But it's not just phones that are playing with new form factors, and smartwatches have really been embracing the idea of non-rectangular designs, heralded by last year's launch of the Moto 360. With more such wearables on the horizon, LG has been working to ...

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    It was over two years ago that we gave you a taste of life on the very first Pebble – the product that smashed crowdfunding records and almost singlehandedly launched the modern smartwatch era. The little Bluetooth wearable would go on to sell over a million units in both standard and Steel trims, and when the sequel Pebble Time hit Kickstarter this past March, it broke another record by being the first Kickstarter project in history to raise a million dollars … in 49 minutes. Clearly, the people at Pebble know a little something about getting the masses excited for a new gadget. ...

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    We first saw Android Wear version 5.1.1 on the LG Watch Urbane, and since then it's rolled out to most other Android-powered smartwatches. The Moto 360 has been a bit slow to receive updates, and 5.1.1 was no exception, but it's in our hands now and we wanted to run you through some of the new features that the software update has brought. Android Wear 5.1.1 on the Moto 360 introduces wrist gestures to manage notification cards on the main screen hands-free. It also brings a long-requested app launcher to the mix, meaning you'll no longer have to dig through menus or use your voice to ...

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    Across mobile platforms, smartwatch makers are eager to embrace the possibilities offered by health-related apps and services. After all, fitness trackers are a huge component of the current wearables market, and smartwatches allow manufacturers to pair a fitness tracker's sensors with advanced software and communications capabilities. That all makes for a prime environment for gathering and analyzing all sorts of personal health data, bringing us the likes of Apple HealthKit and Google Fit. But Google has some even grander ambitions than just helping you lose that winter weight, and the ...

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    When we first learned that Pebble was returning to the crowdfunding route for the new color-screened Pebble Time, we weren't sure quite what to think. Wasn't crowdfunding more for upstarts, not companies that had already established themselves on the market? But just hours later, our concerns quickly evaporated as the funding total hit millions upon millions of dollars. That's great news for Pebble, but with the campaign now closed, what's a smartwatch fan who missed all that excitement to do? Well, a little under a month back we learned about the forthcoming start to general pre-orders ...

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    One of the best parts of owning a smartwatch is being able to really make the wearable your own. While a regular watch may not offer much in the way of customizability besides picking out a new band, smartwatches open new doors for expression, not the least of which being your choice of watchface. Hundreds of such options are available for Android Wear devices, and beyond Google occasionally taking the time to highlight some of its favorites, we've also shared some of our own top picks with you. This week, Google's back with some more selections, showcasing seventeen stand-out watchfaces. ...

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    Does having a watch on your wrist feel a little … weird? Many of us smartphone users found ourselves abandoning watches years ago, since we were already carrying around these fancy gadgets that did a hell of a lot more than just tell the time. But now there's this new era of wearables upon us, and especially as popular devices like the Apple Watch debut, plenty of users who might have dropped their daily-wear watch habits are finding themselves returning to the world of wrist-borne accessories. But if you just can't get back on board with the idea of watches, there may be hope for you ...

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    The Motorola Moto 360 may be getting a little long in the tooth by this point, but some recent price cuts have served to help keep the Android Wear smartwatch on our short list of wearables worth wearing. The biggest problem, at least lately, has been software availability: while the new Android 5.1.1 Android Wear release had already started arriving for some of its competition, it was a no-show for the Moto 360. Back at the start of the month, Motorola confirmed the delay, blaming it on unsatisfactory performance and assuring users that it was working with Google to get things up to ...

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    Ready to get serious about fitness? You could win a brand new Fitbit Surge when you enter The Triple Fitbit Giveaway at the Pocketnow Deals Store. The Surge is Fitbit’s newest and most premium fitness tracker. It features GPS tracking, a heart rate monitor, wireless syncing, and more. In fact, it’s such a cool device, three lucky people are going to win one. To enter, just go to The Triple Fitbit Giveaway contest page at the Pocketnow Deals Store, register or log in, and click on ‘Enter Now’.  Then, share the contest among your friends on Twitter for a chance to earn bonus entries ...

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    The smartwatch market is in the middle of some huge shifts. When 2014 got started, the major players looked like Pebble and Samsung, and Android Wear had yet to debut. The arrival of Google's smartwatch platform seriously shook things up throughout the year, and now we're in the middle of another big adjustment, as the Apple Watch goes after a whole new segment of shoppers in 2015. Understandably, all this motion means that dominance can quickly change hands, and we're seeing just how true that is in some new market figures produced by Strategy Analytics, demonstrating the extent to which ...

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    If you helped fund the release of the color-screened Pebble Time through the company's Kickstarter efforts, odds are good that you've either already got your new smartwatch in-hand, or it's on its way in the mail presently. But if you missed that chance to throw some cash down on a Pebble Time, your next shot is coming up soon: a couple weeks back, Pebble shared news about the start of public Pebble Time pre-orders, set to open on Monday, June 22. Today, as we wait for those pre-order to get started, new details arrive about just how the process will work, with Pebble scoring an exclusive ...

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    With CES and MWC, there's a lot of pressure on manufacturers to have new hardware ready to show off in the early months of the year. And while that means we get to check out all this new hardware in a short span of time, sometimes the desire to introduce new products gets ahead of the commercial realities of the situation – and we're left hearing about interesting new tech that leaves us waiting for months and months with no opportunity to buy it. That's proving very much to be the case for Huawei's new wearable, with the Android Wear-powered Huawei Watch still waiting to make its ...

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    Just like pretty much every other mobile electronics manufacturer last year, Sony released a bunch of wearables. And beyond its full-fledged smartwatches, we saw the company launch a couple wearables more properly categorized under the fitness tracker banner, the SmartBand and voice-equipped SmartBand Talk. Rumors have suggested that a new model was in the works for 2015, one that would add a heart rate monitor to its hardware. While Sony has yet to formally announce anything, the SmartBand 2 is now as good as confirmed, as the company publishes the wearable's companion app on the Play ...

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    Last week we told you about the progress the new color-screened Pebble Time was making towards getting into the hands of buyers, not only learning about upcoming pre-orders for regular retail sales, but also of shipments on their way out to Kickstarter backers. And by now, plenty of those backers have received their orders, and they're all ready to start trying out their new wearables. Or, at least, they would be, if they had access to the corresponding smartphone app. Despite Pebble's efforts, the iOS Pebble Time app isn't yet available, and the company spends a moment today explaining ...

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    LG launched its first round-screened smartwatch in the days leading up to IFA year, the G Watch R. Although the number-laden bezel wasn't for everyone, it did give LG what it needed to accomplish what Motorola couldn't: creating a round smartwatch without that “flat tire” obstruction at the bottom of the display. Months later, LG would would spruce up the wearable's design with the debut of the Watch Urbane at MWC, giving users a shinier, arguably more premium-looking alternative. But now that's looking less like a new option and more like the only choice from here on out, as LG puts a ...

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    Were you one of the many smartwatch fans who backed the Pebble Time when it hit Kickstarter back in February? Tens of thousands of you did, and the first shipments are on their way out this week, with the balance of them set to be in the mail by the middle of next month. But what if missed that early adopter window and didn't contribute to the project while the crowdfunding effort was underway? Worry not, for you'll have your own chance to get a Pebble Time order in soon. In addition to providing that update about shipping to backers, Pebble shares that Pebble Time pre-orders will open to ...

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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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