Posts tagged with: Wearables
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    By now, you're probably well aware of the timetables we're looking at for the Apple Watch: pre-orders opening this Friday, with full sales following two weeks later. And while many shoppers will no doubt take their shiny new wearables home on April 24, will that be the case for all possible Apple Watch configurations? After all, between the three different material types, the two different sizes, and the myriad strap options, there's plenty of potential for availability issues to get in the way. While Apple's not yet publicly discussing any such possibility, it looks like a configuration ...

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    With April 10 just a couple days away, when Apple Watch pre-orders will open as the smartwatch comes to Apple retail stores for demos, this is undeniably Apple's week when it comes to wearables. And while there may be no changing that fact, just because Apple has the spotlight is no reason for the other players to give up altogether, and Google is sure doing its darnedest to remind us that Android Wear is still a viable option – especially if you're not willing to jump platform lines just for the sake of a wearable. To that end, it's promoting some of Android Wear's customization ...

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    For the past few months now we've been awaiting word of a new Samsung smartwatch, and to hear the rumors, this one could mark the manufacturer's first attempt to craft such a wearable with a Moto-360-style circular display. The watch codenamed Orbis was once rumored to launch at MWC, but subsequent reports suggested it could still be half a year out. While there are still many questions about its launch to be addressed, today we check out a trove of new details about what to expect from Orbis, including a possible launch name and some specifics about the smartwatch's connectivity. Taking a ...

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    Pre-orders for the Apple Watch are closing in fast, with Apple ready to get them started this coming Friday, right at the stroke of midnight. And while swarms of shoppers are expected to descend on the offer the first chance they get, there's little denying that Apple's first wearable is an expensive one, with even the lowest-priced options selling for considerably more than the bulk of their wearable competition. As we steel ourselves to shell out $350, $400, $600, or more on the Apple Watch, we get word of an Apple discount that's coming to make the wearable a hell of a lot more ...

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    In just one more week, the Apple Watch hits retail. It won't be available for outright sale straight away, but on April 10 the smartwatch comes to Apple's stores, where you'll be able to interact with the wearable yourself for the very first time. You'll have to wait until April 24 to take an Apple Watch home with you, but pre-orders will start on April 10, giving you a two-week head start on securing your own. And considering how desirable surveys have suggested consumers find the smartwatch, and just how high initial sales could be, it might be a very smart idea to make sure you stake ...

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    Just under a month ago, Apple came through with some of the most anticipated details regarding the debut of its Apple Watch lineup, finally clarifying pricing. When sales begin a little later this month, you'll be able to pick up an Apple Watch starting at $350 for the aluminum Sport model, $550 for the regular steel Watch, and a what-are-you-guys-smoking $10,000 starting price for the premium Watch Edition. But as regular Apple shoppers know, we sometimes find ourselves buying more than just new hardware, and occasionally opt for the peace of mind imparted by some extra AppleCare ...

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    April is upon us, and that means we're just weeks away from the first Apple Watch sales. Apple brings its first smartwatch to its retail stores on April 10, where you'll have the opportunity to go hands-on and check out the wearable for yourself. Then a little later this month, on April 24, full sales of the Apple Watch get underway. When that happens, just how many smartwatches can Apple hope to move? Surveys have already suggested strong consumer interest, but who's buying an Apple Watch right out of the gate? A new analyst report suggests that sales will start at quite the brisk pace, ...

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    A little earlier this week, Motorola President Rick Osterloh took to Twitter to answer questions from users like you, and what he had to say helped prepare us a bit for when we could see some future Motorola devices like a third-gen Moto X, as well as clarified what the company's not working on, like a new tablet. He also talked a little about new options for existing hardware, including new selections becoming available for Moto Maker customizations. And while he made it clear that Motorola was testing new colors and materials, he didn't offer any specifics. But now today Motorola may ...

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    When it comes to smartwatches, if you want a really desirable, feature-packed model, you're going to have to pay for it – and sometimes pay quite a bit. We've come a long way from bulky models that felt almost like you had a full-on phone strapped to your wrist, and affordable but feature-poor fitness trackers, to some of the attractive, eminently capable models only just hitting the market now. With the Apple Watch, certainly, customers are being asked to pay a premium for their wearable experience, but Apple's not the only company that believes shoppers are willing to spend phone-level ...

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    The Apple Watch will soon descend upon the company’s retail stores, and no matter how you feel about Apple's new wearable, its arrival is almost certain to usher-in a new wave of increased public interest in smartwatches in general. But for the moment, the Apple Watch is the wearable to be checking out, and we've already heard a little about just how you can get the opportunity to take a look at it for yourself. Earlier this month we learned some details about how Apple's in-store try-on program would work, and how reservations wouldn't be strictly necessary (though presumably a smart ...

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    Apple is not only embarking on a new category with the Apple Watch, but it's also trying to succeed in a market that hasn't been able to take off. As such, we've seen the company hire an immense amount of experts from the fashion industry in order to develop the right angle for how to sell its new wearable. The company that was once famous for its laid-back Apple Store sales approach is about to change everything with the Apple Watch. Leaked insider information on how Apple Store employees are being trained over the next few weeks shows us that the new sales approach will dramatically ...

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    As much as the folks at Mountain View did their best in making Google Glass something cool to wear, we all know that the end result was far from positive. Many people debated if paying $1500 for a pair of unproven glasses was worth it, and those who did prove their bravery in the initial Explorer program, didn't like to be called "glassholes" at all. Google Glass was a true challenge for public etiquete, but the company has now come on record to confirm that the project is not done. Google's Eric Schmidt was recently interviewed by the Wall Street Journal on the topic, and he was clear ...

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    With last year's Moto 360, Motorola created the market for the round-screened smartwatch. In the months since we've seen the introduction of plenty competition, but the 360 remains the gold standard in the eyes of many consumers. As such, we've been hugely interested in learning what's next for Motorola wearables, especially this week as we mark the one-year anniversary of the 360's initial launch. While nothing's official yet, Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing may have just given us a little preview of the second-gen 360, sharing a couple pics on Chinese social media. While Yang calls this device ...

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    Pebble's got two new smartwatches on the horizon, the color-screened Pebble Time and Pebble Time Steel. There are lots of reasons we're looking forward to getting our hands on this hardware, from the new watch design to the reimagined system software. One of the most interesting components of these new models has been the smartstrap connector, offering the possibility of expanding what the smartwatch is capable of through the use of add-on bands; Pebble mentioned possible uses ranging from an extra battery, to a hear rate monitor, to a GPS receiver, but that's just scratching the surface. ...

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    The smartwatch market represents an interesting meeting of worlds: tech collides with fashion. Many of the efforts we've seen to date have been led by prominent electronics companies, though recent models like the Apple Watch are making big investments on the fashion side, as well. We've also heard about established watchmakers looking to expand their product lines into this new high-tech territory, companies like Swatch. The next to join those ranks will be Tag Heuer, as the Swiss brand prepares to introduce a smartwatch tomorrow. Right now, we only know a few specifics about the watch. ...

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    Huawei introduced one of the more interesting smartwatches to debut out of the early 2015 trade show season, launching its circular-screened Huawei Watch at MWC earlier this month. We've still got big questions on just how it will hit retail, though recent leaks have suggested that pricing will be a lot more agreeable than once feared – however details still aren't confirmed. As an Android Wear model, the Huawei Watch has the benefit of offering users a familiar user interface and broad compatibility with popular phones, but does that all come at too steep a price? Huawei would certainly ...

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    Ounce-for-ounce, smartwatches offer some of the highest performance-to-size ratios of any mobile electronics. They may not seem like technical powerhouses just yet, as developers still struggle to tap into their full potential, but the silicon's there: just look at the Snapdragon 400 SoCs in many current-gen Android Wear models. That might make for a mid-range phone experience, but when you're only dealing with a tiny smartwatch screen, you've got performance to spare. Now a new rumor suggests that some upcoming smartwatches could be looking to seriously step up their SoC game, hooking ...

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    When it comes to smartwatch news, this should be Apple's week. The company just took the lid of its hugely anticipated release plan for the Apple Watch, which customers will be able to start going hands-on with in just another month. And certainly, we've run our fair share of Apple Watch headlines over the course of the past day. But for all that action over on Apple's side of the fence, other wearables haven't been sitting idly by, and we've been talking a fair amount about other devices, ranging from that odd Runcible dealy to rumors of a pretty substantial Android Wear update. Now we're ...

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    Delivering a smartwatch with its own internet connectivity is, to put it mildly, tricky. Besides worrying about excess battery consumption, you've got to convince users to sign up for one more line of cellular service – and if they're already dropping several hundred dollars on an accessory, an ongoing fee just to get it online could stand to be a tough sell. Bluetooth tethering to our phones may be the best compromise we have right now, but Android Wear models may be about to do one better, as we get word that the next major Android Wear system software release could enable dormant WiFi ...

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    Sometimes it feels like getting technical details about Apple hardware can be like pulling teeth. Sure, the company can talk about until the cows come home about how it's the user experience that matters, and not the underlying tech, but would it kill you to admit how much RAM is in your phones? Now the Apple Watch is the new hottness and – unsurprisingly – we've got plenty of questions about how it ticks. Today some new information surfaces, attempting to clue us in to the storage situation on Apple's wearable. Go to Apple's site and it will tell you all about the Apple Watch's heart ...

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    In just over six weeks, the Apple Watch will be here. And before we even get that far, prospective shoppers will have the chance to check out Apple's wearable in the company's retail stores. Yesterday's press event brought much-needed details concerning the smartwatch's release, maybe most importantly the full breakdown on pricing. So now that you know what to expect from the Apple Watch's retail debut, we've got just one question for you: are you getting one? You've already heard from some of us, how even big Apple fans just couldn't get on board with what the company brought out to show ...

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    We heard about Apple TV, we heard about the new MacBook: now it's time for maybe the most anticipated news to emerge from Apple's event today, as we start learning about release details for the Apple Watch. Before we get to that, we're talking apps and functionality, as well as getting a formal answer to one of the biggest questions hanging over the Apple Watch: battery life. Apple says that users can expect to get 18 hours of average use on a charge. The latest version of iOS is arriving in preparation for sales of the Apple Watch, and users should start seeing iOS 8.2 headed out today. ...

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    When it comes to the Apple Watch, we've got three big outstanding questions: when will we get a chance to buy it? What will it cost? And what can we expect from its battery life? Answers are likely in store for us at Apple's Monday event, but until then we're getting a little insight into that last question, as a new report suggests the smartwatch's battery life might not be as dire as some earlier rumors suggested. Supposedly, while the Apple Watch may have struggled with getting through a full day on a charge earlier in its development, Apple's been able to stretch things out such that ...

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    Right now, if you're looking to buy a smartwatch, you know to expect to pay a couple hundred dollars. And if you go for a nicer one with a premium strap (assuming you have a choice at all), we might even be talking $300, $350 – somewhere in that range. But in the very near future expectations for smartwatch pricing are about to be turned on their head as Apple reveals the full retail breakdown of its various Apple Watch offerings – prices of which will only just start at that $350 point, and likely growing into the thousands of dollars. How long will it be before other smartwatches ...

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    One of the great things about the nascent wearables market, as more and more manufacturers churn-out product after product in an effort to find what works, is that we get to see a ton of variety in the product types released. Those range from the extremely simple to models that are practically a full-fledged smartwatch strapped to your wrist, with a huge amount of variation in between. We just looked at one of these non-traditional models with Cogito's non-rechargeable watches, and now we're checking out Garmin's Fenix 3. The manufacturer calls this one a “multisport training GPS ...

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