Posts tagged with: Wearables
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    Can you believe that it's really been since all the way back in May that we've stopped and checked in with what's new for Google Fit? Plenty of wearables have launched in the interim, and Fit has kept on doing its thing, helping users track their stats and use that data to gain insight about their workouts. But behind the scenes, Google's been working on adding even more features to improve Fit's usefulness, and today it finally pulls the curtain back on just what the app's about to do next. Fitness trackers have always been pretty good about gathering data about activities like running, ...

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    The Huawei Watch is by most account one of the better looking smartwatches around, and though there's a lot to like about the Android Wear model, there is at least one major downside: pricing. The least expensive Huawei Watch configuration fetches just under $350, and the prices only go up from there: $500, $450, $700, and even an $800 model. So it should go without saying that when we hear that Huawei is already discounting its wearable, we start to take notice. Earlier this month we learned about a deal that would score shoppers a $50 discount when picking up the smartwatch alongside the ...

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    If you set out to build the best smartwatch possible, one that aims to appeal to users across mobile platforms, how would you design it? What software would it run? Android Wear might be a good start, with limited iOS support, but where does that leave Windows smartphone users? One company thinks it can build a watch that not only works with any of the three big smartphone platforms, but also boasts some solid app compatibility of its own: meet OXY smartwatch, currently seeking funders through an Indiegogo campaign. OXY's big hooks are that it seeks to look and feel like a regular ...

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    Apple did a remarkable job in keeping its latest mobile accessory secret, and it wasn't until yesterday that details on a new magnetic charger for the Apple Watch first managed to reach the public eye. The dock offers users a convenient way to power their wearable, giving them the option to prop the Watch upright as it charges – or lay the Watch flat, if that's what they prefer. Now, just one day later, the dock is already going official, as Apple begins online sales and preps for the accessory's arrival in stores. Looks like what we heard about US pricing was right on the money, with ...

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    You wear a watch to help you know what time it is. Some watches tell you the day and date in addition to the time. Some display two time zones. Some have altimeters, barometers, stop watches, countdown timers, and more. Your smartphone likely has all of these features and functionalities as well. So why do you still wear a watch? Convenience, of course. It's easier to glance at the watch on your wrist than it is to fish your phone out of your pocket, turn it on, bypass its security mechanisms, find and launch the corresponding app, and finally see the information you're looking for. The ...

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    These days, fitness trackers are nearly a dime a dozen: they'll count your steps, connect with activity-monitoring apps, and maybe even give you a heads-up when your phone gets a notification. And with so many similar products out there, it's difficult to make your product stand out from an increasingly homogenous-looking crowd. Today Caeden introduces its Sona Connected Bracelet, and while it hits a lot of familiar notes, the Sona tries to differentiate itself by means of its advanced heart-rate sensor and focus on combined mind-and-body health. That next-gen heart-rate sensor gives Sona ...

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    LG's latest smartwatch is about to have its retail debut, and it's making a lot of noise in doing so as it brings cellular connectivity to Android Wear. Maybe we shouldn't be at all surprised, but the presence of that cellular radio in the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE brings carriers very much into the retail equation of this wearable, and that means what's turning out to be some incredibly confusing pricing. Overnight we told you about Verizon's plans for the smartwatch, and no matter whether you go on-contract or off, it's not coming cheap: Verizon wants nearly $450 for the smartwatch on ...

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    Watchmaker Fossil is finally getting serious about smartwatches, and last month introduced a lineup of new connected devices including fitness trackers, a notification watch, and a full-on Android Wear model. Together those all make for a good start, but what's next for the company? If you had any doubts that Fossil was interested in continuing to move forward with its work in connected wearables, wonder no more, as today Fossil announces its acquisition of smart-device company Misfit. We checked out the latest wearable from Misfit just a few weeks back, as the manufacturer launched the ...

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    Samsung's released more smartwatches than the rest of its smartphone-making peers, and while that spells a lot of variety, the majority of those models have suffered from a very significant limitation: they only work when paired with Samsung phones. Thankfully, there's hope for the company's fans who would like to see its wearables available for a larger slice of the greater smartphone user base, and we've already seen progress in the form of the Gear S2 and its broad Android support. While that's good, could Samsung be doing even better? A new rumor suggests as much, hinting that Samsung ...

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    Tag Heuer has been talking about smartwatches for months now, and all the way back in March we saw the company confirm plans to introduce its first such model, an Android Wear device. Over the months that followed, we started to pick up new details about the watchmaker's plans for this model, including a design that would borrow heavily from its existing models, and a price tag that would seem right at home with the the premium prices Apple helped introduce to the smartwatch space. Last month we finally got an ETA for the project, with a big launch event scheduled for today. Now Tag ...

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    Why do we have to call everything that isn't "smart," dumb (guilty as charged, by the way)? Smartphones? Dumbphones. Smartwatches? Dumbwatches. They are so stupid. All they're obsessed with is time, time, time. But with today's selection of smartwatches, there's quite the stratification of ... education levels that prospective buyers can choose from. But if you think that Android Wear, Pebble and even the likes of Martian and Runcible are overkill, get ready to longingly look at your dumbwatch. Chronos from Chronos Wearables is a 3mm-thick stainless steel disc that can latch onto the backs ...

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    This week's proving to be a surprisingly busy one for fans of Pebble's cross-platform wearables, and following news of a nice discount on this year's Pebble Time smartwatch, and an update on availability of the timeline UI for first-gen models, it's finally time to check back in with Pebble's latest design, as we get word of the arrival of the Pebble Time Round. The Pebble Time Round, you may recall, launched back in late September as the manufacturer's first smartwatch with a circular screen. We knew that shipments were slated to start heading out to users pre-ordered sometime early this ...

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    What gadget geek doesn't want his or her own combadge? Somewhere at the intersection between virtual digital assistants and wearable hardware there's the dream of being able to access a powerful voice-controlled computer wherever you go; just ask it something, and it answers. We've already got shades of that with Android Wear and the Apple Watch, and now Microsoft may be planning its own spin on the idea, as a source discusses the company's plans for a Cortana-based wearable device. Supposedly in development under the name Clip, the unit would provide users with a dedicated path to ...

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    Have you started your holiday shopping yet? Because if not, you're already way behind schedule, and no one on your list has any shot of getting what they want. OK, OK, so the situation isn't anywhere near so dire, but retail heavyweights aren't about to let you off so easy. You may still have a few weeks to go before Black Friday (and Cyber Monday, and Just Buy Some More Stuff Please Tuesday), but holiday sales creep means that we'll likely be seeing all sorts of deals landing between now and then. This weekend, Best Buy taps in to everything we love and hate about holiday sales with some ...

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    Today's wearables are as useful as they are for two main reasons: their connectivity, letting us stay up to date with notifications and app info with just a quick glance at our wrist, and their sensors, gathering information about how we move and the world we move through, all ready to be analyzed by things like health-tracker apps. Samsung's been working on a new chip that attempts to push innovation forward in terms of sensor performance, as the company shares news about an upcoming “Bio Processor” wearable component. The BP is a system-in-package design that integrates a processor, ...

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    If you haven't tried a Pebble smartwatch just yet, the company’s looking to introduce you to the world of wearable tech with a nice discount on this year's color-screened Pebble Time, knocking $50 off the watch's price. And while that's a great offer, what if you're already rocking a Pebble smartwatch – and specifically, one of the older models? Pebble hasn't forgotten you, and a few months back during the warm days of summer the manufacturer promised that owners of the Pebble and Pebble Steel could look forward to a major update coming to their wearables before the end of the year, ...

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    With September's launch of the circular-screened Pebble Time Round, the rectangular Pebble Time is no officially no longer the same new hottness it was back when it debuted earlier this year as the company's first smartwatch with a color display. But that's fine, because not only does it mean that we have new round option to look forward to (which should start shipping any day now), but it's giving Pebble cause to start discounting its older hardware. Today the company's up to just that, giving the Pebble Time a 25 percent price cut. While the Pebble Time could be initially be yours for a ...

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    "Hello parents! We see that you've bought your pre-teen child a smartphone and tablet. Would you like a smartwatch with all that other mobile technology?" Somehow, Verizon and LG have come together to reach a new frontier in tethering juveniles to the digital ether. As opposed to drowning prepubescent boys and girls with animated pixels, though, it's primarily a child surveillance tool — depending on how you view it, a good or bad thing. Evan Blass went to work with a leak of the LG GizmoPal 2 and GizmoGadget today. LG GizmoPal 2 (blue) and LG GizmoGadget (red) for VZW. ...

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    Driverless cars are here and you could be buying them soon. How soon that will be, we don't know. So until then, enjoy the ride while you still can. And while you're on the road with a foot to the pedal, keep your hands on the wheel and not your phone. It always helps to get a smartwatch, though. Google has applied for a patent (US009037125) that the Patent and Trademark Office just published that signals a heavy reliance on a so-called "wearable computing device" that can tell if you're in a moving vehicle and, if so, if your wrist and arm movements constitute enough shiftiness to ...

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    When we took Samsung's first smartwatch flagship, we pinned the thing as a smartphone that tried to be everything it could on a chunky wrist lump. It did so much, maybe too much for a watch. The company took the reins of a fluorescent excitement around wearables a couple of years ago, promoting its own Tizen-based projects while also chipping into the Android Wear platform.  Today, the chaebol promotes only three wearables: the more-than-a-year-old Gear Fit, the Gear VR and, it seems, the ever-so-popular Gear S2. The Gear S2 is the latest front in the wearables field for Samsung, not only ...

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    A new look for the Google Play Store debuted earlier this week, and ever since, users have been noticing changes Google's been delivering to further refine its app store experience. Earlier today we showed you how Google was providing more useful information about app ratings, implementing a clear numerical system to make fractional ratings more easily conveyable. Now another change is hitting devices, spelling out a glance whether or not an app will benefit from the use of an Android Wear smartwatch. Rather than start a secondary app store just for wearables, Google Play delivers Wear ...

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    It's been two months now since we first learned of Fossil's upcoming wearables, as the company brought along its latest gadgets to the Intel Developer Forum. Fossil had several models with varying feature sets to show off, ranging from simple notifiers, to fitness trackers, all the way up to the company's first Android Wear smartwatch. A few weeks later, we picked up more details still, including a name for the lineup: Fossil Q. Today the rest of the pieces fall into place, and we meet the entire Fossil Q family of products, including the Q Founder smartwatch. Unfortunately, Fossil is ...

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    What does the future look like for wearable head-mounted smart devices? Google Glass may have lost a lot of its initial buzz, but the effort should still live on as Project Aura, as recent reports of rebranding efforts reveal. And Microsoft has its HoloLens, but we're still waiting to see if the final commercial product can live up to the promise of the company's jaw-dropping demo displays. You don't have to be a major player like a Google or a Microsoft to get into this game, though, and today we're checking out a new crowdfunding effort that aims to deliver an Android-powered smart ...

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    Samsung's Gear S2 smartwatch is here: after launching back at IFA, we saw retail sales get started here in the US earlier this month. At least, that was the case for the standard Gear S2 and the Gear S2 classic, but we've yet to see availability begin for the smartwatch's cellular-connected edition. Samsung confirmed that carriers would get the ball rolling there sometime this fall, and rumors suggested that T-Mobile and Verizon could both pick up the Gear S2 beginning November 6. It turns out that report was half right, as both carriers start confirming the details of their Gear S2 sales. ...

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    Last week we first learned of the BLOCKS modular smartwatch, allowing users to marry a core watchface with a number of feature-packed links to add new functionality: one for extra flash storage, one for NFC connectivity, one for a secondary battery, and so on. And with an open platform for those modules, independent devs are free to craft their own add-ons to deliver new features the BLOCKS team hasn't even dreamed of. Today, the Kickstarter crowdfunding effort for BLOCKS finally opens, giving you a chance to contribute to the project – and pick up a modular smartwatch of your own. While ...

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