Posts tagged with: Wearables
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    This morning we alerted you to the presence of a big countdown timer on Pebble's website, ticking away in anticipation of Tuesday morning. But when Tuesday finally does roll around, what's going to happen then? We mentioned a couple theories, including the possibility of getting a peek at that new hardware the company mentioned recently, but wondered if it might be too soon for such news. Now a new rumor suggest that new hardware could very much be on the menu, and also gets into a few details about just what this new wearable might deliver. So far, Pebble's been a monochrome game: both ...

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    MWC 2015 is still over a week away at this point, but that's not stopping plenty of companies in mobile electronics from getting started with their latest announcements a little early. For some, that's going to mean press events on March 1, while others can't even wait that long – companies like Qualcomm, sharing its next-gen SoC news this week. Now we've got our eyes on another manufacturer that looks like it's going to get in on this pre-MWC announcement action, as Pebble begins counting down to next Tuesday. The counter up on Pebble's site will hit zero in just about five days, at ...

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    Tech pundits agree that wearable technology will be a dominant player in the consumer electronics marketplace this year. You could get in on this trend now when you enter to win The Choose Your Own Android Smartwatch Giveaway at the Pocketnow Deals Store, which is only open for a few more hours. When you enter The Choose Your Own Android Smartwatch Giveaway, you have the opportunity to win one of three fantastic and already popular devices that run on the Android mobile platform. The winner will surely have a difficult time selecting their prize but, that person can rest assured that no ...

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    Last week we got to speak with Simon Tian who showed us some mockups of a new product that's meant to be the next generation of his Neptune Pine Android-powered smartwatch. This isn't based on the Android Wear platform, by the way. We're talking about full Android in a wrist watch. Simon is only about 20 years old and has already seen some success with his Neptune Pine. (Just for some perspective, he was about 5 years old when Pocketnow was launched in the year 2000.) Now he's working on his next project. The Neptune Duo still has a wrist-mounted smartwatch that runs full Android, but now ...

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    ASUS launched the ZenWatch back at IFA 2014, its stylish Android Wear-powered foray into the smartwatch market. In the time since, we've heard the company divulge a little about what's next for it when it comes to wearables, and just a few weeks back a company executive talked about “simplifying” such a product so that it could run for a week on a charge – something that to our ears sounded like plans to ditch Android Wear. Now ASUS CEO Jerry Shen is shedding some additional light on the matter, clarifying that his company's future wearables will include both Android Wear models and ...

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    Xiaomi has found itself become one of the biggest names in the smartphone game, though to many users in the West it's still a mystery. Considering how you won't see any Xiaomi phones at your local Best Buy or Verizon store, that's hardly surprising. So when we heard earlier this month that Xiaomi was planning a US press event, our interest was piqued: was the company actually considering bringing its phones to the States. Alas, that hope was quickly shut down, as a representative clarified that Xiaomi wasn't about to announce its forthcoming entry into the US smartphone market. Today, ...

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    When you think of a smartwatch, which device springs to mind? A Pebble? Maybe an Android Wear model? Or what about the upcoming Apple Watch? While we regularly check out industry reports looking at which smartphone manufacturers are controlling the lion's share of the market, we haven't been so privileged as to get the same sort of data about smartwatches, leaving us a bit in the dark as to just who's succeeding and who's not. Today we get a rare glimmer of insight, with a new analyst report looking at sales through the end of 2014. Analysts at Canalys estimate about 4.6 million smart ...

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    As wearables continue to catch on, fitness-tracking software's been rising in prominence, with systems like Apple's HealthKit and Google Fit arriving. And while many of us may associate those apps with smartwatches and fitness wearables, it's not like the sensors in those wristbands are unique to that hardware, and the same kind of accelerometers live in our phones themselves. But are you still better off using a wearable, or is your phone good enough? A new study attempts to find out just that. A research letter just published in the Journal of the American Medical Association looks at ...

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    There are a lot of things current smartwatches could do to make themselves more attractive: deliver thinner designs, improve cross-device (and especially cross-platform) compatibility, and more. But there's probably no change that would be better received than doing something about power consumption, freeing us from daily (or even multiple times daily) charge cycles. That's why we're so intrigued to hear a new smartwatch Swatch is planning to launch soon, one that the company claims won't need to be charged. Swatch intends to introduce the smartwatch sometime before May, which will have ...

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    Apple's in the midst of its latest earnings call for investors at the moment, and just announced some jaw-dropping iPhone sales leading to record quarterly profit; it's a good time to be Apple. But these sort of calls aren't just about looking back on what the company has done to date, and are also designed to give us a little insight into how the next quarter should fare for Apple stockholders. While we're probably still several months away from any new tablet hardware, not to mention a new iPhone, Apple Watch sales have been looming in the shadows since the hardware was first announced ...

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    At CES this year, ASUS came ready to show off some very interesting new hardware, including both that 4GB RAM ZenFone 2 and the ZenFone Zoom with a camera capable of optical zoom. And while that left it with a solid handset showing, we didn't get to see the next chapter for its wearable offerings. Last year at IFA, the manufacturer introduced its Android Wear-powered ZenWatch, but for its follow-up it sounds like the company could be going in a very different direction: some recent comments from chairman Jonney Shih suggest ASUS might drop Google's wearable OS with the goal of improving ...

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    For several weeks now we've been hearing rumors about Samsung's next smartwatch, a device that's expected to represent the company's first foray into the world of circular-screened wearables. But rather than just being a Moto 360 or G Watch R copy, this Samsung smartwatch -codenamed Orbis- has been tipped to offer something a little bit different: a ring surrounding its display that the user will be able to twist in order to interact with the watch's software. Today some new rumors start diving in to just how those ring controls will work, while also discussing the wearable's feature set. ...

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    With the end of January now in sight, February looming close over the horizon, and MWC just beyond that, it's an exciting time to be talking about upcoming Samsung hardware. For that trade show getting underway in just a few weeks, expectations are high for Samsung to deliver not just a Galaxy S6, but maybe also a Galaxy S6 Edge and a companion smartwatch. Rumors about that wearable have started getting quite detailed in recent days, discussing not just a circular screen, but also a twisting bezel ring control for interacting with the smartwatch's UI. Today we hear about the latest attempt ...

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    Samsung may not have brought any new smartwatches to CES this year, but word is that the company's been putting something together with the aim of introducing it during MWC in early March. Unlike Samsung's prior wearables, this new one has been rumored to be a round-screened model, in the vein of the Moto 360 or LG G Watch R. We've heard that this could be another Tizen model for the manufacturer, but beyond that, there haven't been many specifics mentioned about Samsung's intentions for this purportedly model codenamed Orbis. This week we start to get into details, as a new rumor ...

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    What's next for Google Glass? It was supposed to be the next big thing, it arrived in limited form... and then it seemed to lose a lot of its momentum. Was interest in the project being killed by the rise of smartwatches, delivering on the wearable dream while doing so through a much more approachable form factor? In the latter months of the 2014, it sounded like there could still be a future for Glass this year, even despite uncertain interest from the public – one of the few specific things we heard concerned a partnership with Intel. Now a new report asserts that Glass will indeed ...

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    Last week, while neck-deep in CES action, we caught wind of a little rumor about what to expect from the next big industry event we'll be attending, hearing about Samsung's plans for a new round-screened smartwatch in the vein of the Moto 360 ready to break cover at MWC. And of course we've been wondering about what the conference could mean for Samsung's Galaxy S6 launch, and whether the flagship (or flagships?) would be debuting collinearly with the expo, or if Samsung would save that spotlight for a wholly distinct launch event. To hear the latest rumors, that new smartwatch will sure ...

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    With that new iOS 8.2 beta 4 update landing just hours ago, the release that further primes Apple's mobile OS for supporting the company's upcoming smartwatch, we've very much got the Apple Watch on the mind. As we just mentioned, the latest rumors have been pointing to a March start to actual sales, but some lucky folks already have access to the smartwatch. Obviously, that's going to include Apple employees doing some internal testing, but for this product Apple's also been reaching out into other industries, courting the design and fashion communities for their input. It's thanks to one ...

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    Sales of the Apple Watch should be getting started in just a few more weeks, with a retail launch sometime in March now looking like the most probable target for the smartwatch's arrival. We've already talked a lot about what Apple's doing in preparation for those sales, including a program to train salespeople for this new class of product. The other side to those preparations comes in the form of software, as Apple readies the rest of its iOS gear to play nicely with the Watch. In a new iOS 8 beta update hitting developers today, we can clearly see just how those efforts are coming ...

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    Round up ten of the biggest smartwatch enthusiasts you can find, and while they may agree about the importance of aesthetics, a UI crafted with that tiny screen in mind, and convenient charging options, there's one issue that's still pretty contentious: cellular connectivity. For some, a smartwatch is always an accessory, and loses much of its appeal when you remove the full-sized phone from the equation. Others will fret over power concerns and cellular service agreements. Still, there are those who have learned to embrace the extra flexibility such connectivity offers – the kind we've ...

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    For all the formal announcements of new products we've seen at CES 2015, some of the most exciting developments have come from model that aren't quite ready to step full-on into the spotlight yet. A couple days back, we learned of just such a stealth arrival, with a previously-unknown round-screened LG smartwatch spotted at an Audi presentation. Shortly thereafter, a report surfaced that claimed LG was working on a whole lineup of webOS-based smartwatches, adding fuel to the speculation that the model seen at CES wasn't running Android Wear after all. Now the whole picture is finally ...

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    CES 2015 is technically still in progress, but with no more big launches due, plenty of eyes are already turning to MWC in early March. A whole mess of new hardware is expected for the Barcelona expo, and in particular we've been talking about smartwatches a little. LG's tipped to be bringing a new circular model to introduce – the company's second, following the G Watch R – and now we're hearing about another player who could be planning to launch a round wearable of its own, as Samsung's tipped to be working on its first smartwatch with a circular display. The key components to this ...

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    Between HTC's partnership with Under Armour, that unannounced LG round-screened model, and numerous wearables that formally launched at CES this year, we've totally got smartwatches on the mind right now. That works out just fine for us, though, as a new smartwatch rumor has just hit our desk, talking about when we might expect to see the arrival of probably the most eagerly-anticipated wearable of the season, the Apple Watch. So far, numerous attempts have been made to nail-down just when Apple intends to get Watch sales started, but a firm ETA has been elusive. Now a new report looks at ...

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    Last year witnessed the proper dawn of the smartwatch, as new models, new manufacturers, and new system software all contributed into bringing a once-niche product as close to the mainstream as it's ever been. With all that progress, we expected to see the ball continue rolling into 2015, and so far CES has managed to give us a few new devices – watches like Alcatel Onetouch's, bands like Lenovo's, and new looks for old models like Sony's managed to deliver. But there are more smartwatches floating around Vegas than just those making their formal debuts, and one unannounced model has ...

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    Athletic apparel company Under Armour has been getting into the software and services game lately, and at CES this week, the company introduced its new UA Record app. The software acts as a hub for gathering data from fitness trackers, helping you analyze that info, and allowing you to connect with other users – really, it doesn't sound too far off from the sort of fitness hubs we've seen already, even with UA promising broad hardware support. The more interesting news, though, might come from a partnership Under Armour has just announced, teaming up with HTC. In a statement, HTC talks ...

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    Sony's CES 2015 press event is still a couple hours away, but it looks like one of the company's products has broken cover a little early: a new metal-banded edition of the Android Wear-powered SmartWatch 3. The original post providing the image you see above has been withdrawn, but the pic sure appears to fit with the design language we know from the rubber wristbands we see on existing SmartWatch 3 options. The guts of the smartwatch should remain unchanged from the original – this looks to be just the new band. Beyond the band you see here, the watch would support interchangeable ...

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