Posts tagged with: Wearables
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    Samsung's new Gear S smartwatch bucks trends in more ways than one, giving users not just a curved wrist-hugging display, but also a wearable with integrated cellular connectivity. We saw the smartwatch launch back around IFA-time, and a few weeks later we started picking up on news about the model's path towards a US release. What we didn't have, though, were a lot of details, including pricing and specific timing. Today our answers begin to pour in, and both AT&T and T-Mobile are talking about getting Gear S sales started early next month. AT&T will be first out of the gate, ...

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    A little over a month ago, we got what sure seemed to be an early look at a new flavor for the Moto 360, as Motorola was spotted showing off a 360 with an unmistakable golden tinge to its metal body. When confronted about the pic, Motorola removed the image from its servers, and while the company remained cagey about its ultimate intentions for a golden 360, acknowledged that it liked to experiment with different materials and confirmed that new styles for the Moto 360 would be available in the future. We've yet to see that golden 360 go official, but it sure came close earlier today, as ...

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    The entertainment industry's got a bit of a love/hate relationship with tech. While the rise of portable devices, higher-than-ever internet speeds, and ubiquitous connectivity, it's become incredibly easy these companies to sell you content. Suddenly feel the urge to watch Caddyshack? Hop on a service like Google Play Movies, and you're just a tap or two away from a streaming copy. But that same tech also makes it easy for pirates to capture and distribute extremely high-quality copies of the same media. As such, media companies have taken a hard-line stance against tech they view as ...

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    A week back, we checked out a leak that suggested a new smartwatch was on the horizon: not a new Android Wear model, nor Apple wearable, and not the rumored Microsoft smartwatch, either. Instead, we were to see Fitbit move beyond more basic fitness trackers to offer a full-featured smartwatch to call its own, the Fitbit Surge. Sure enough, today the company goes official with the Surge, as well as two new fitness trackers, the Charge and Charge HR. Considering how these models build upon the feature sets of each other, it makes sense to start with the most basic, the Charge. The company ...

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    Android Wear is a big deal for the evolution of smartwatches, giving developers a consistent platform they can code for, even as manufacturers release new and different wearable hardware. Really, its biggest limitation may be that whole “Android” bit of it, as while Wear makes it easy for you to use a Motorola smartwatch with a Samsung phone (or vice versa), you're out of luck if your phone choices fall over on the Apple or Windows side of the fence. To hear Android Wear product manager Jeff Chang talk about it, though, that's not a limitation that's necessarily set in stone, as he ...

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    Motorola found itself facing some fresh competition on the smartwatch front a couple months back, as LG tossed its hat in the ring with the G Watch R. In the time since, we've seen LG's round-faced smartwatch debut in the manufacturer's native South Korea, but what of international plans? When are all of us in the West going to get a shot at a round Android Wear without the Moto 360's not-a-big-deal-but-yeah-it's-there “flat tire.” In a new blog post this week, LG shares what's next for the G Watch R, starting with Europe. Beginning early next month, in just a couple more weeks, sales ...

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    Even though the Apple Watch has created a lot of positive buzz for Apple, that doesn't change the fact that not even Cupertino knows when it'll launch the product. This poises a great opportunity for all smartwatch competitors in order to step their game up, and a perfect time to innovate based on what we already see in Android Wear and the Pebble as well. Microsoft is one of those companies that's been rumored to launch a smartwatch for the longest time, and today we get some more information. Credible sources claim that Microsoft is already in advanced stages to be able to announce a ...

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    Back in the summer, before Apple launched its Apple Watch and when Android Wear was only just seeing its third model announced, we were talking about the idea of a Microsoft smartwatch – one that was said to come out this very month, in fact. Those rumors may have seriously cooled down in recent months, but Microsoft is still clearly thinking a lot about smartwatches. Over the weekend, news of a surprising smartwatch effort from the company emerged, not in the advancement of any Microsoft-branded wearables, but as it shared word of an experimental keyboard it had baked up for Android ...

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    Tomorrow is almost sure to bring us announcements of new HTC hardware, what with its “double exposure” event on our calendar (and don't forget to check back with us tomorrow afternoon for details of everything the company has to share), and while we're expecting the firm to branch out into uncharted territory with products like that RE camera we've seen teased, there's at least one thing we're not particularly likely to get news of: an HTC smartwatch. While the idea of such a device goes back a while, recent rumors have been all over the place, first saying that multiple models were ...

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    Android Wear as a platform may still be in its infancy, but it's already attracting a growing number of interested manufacturers. From those early days of LG and Motorola we've already seen Samsung hop on board, and IFA last month brought ASUS into the fold with its ZenWatch. We were optimistic that the ZenWatch would become the extreme budget-priced alternative to $200+ Android Wear models, but pricing info available at launch didn't really seem to back that up. Would the situation change before sales of the watch began? We're finding ourselves cautiously optimistic as we pick up some new ...

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    Motorola's Moto 360 isn't just the first round-faced Android Wear smartwatch to hit the market, it's also one that's already been taking early strides to make itself more attractive, picking up some enhanced battery life thanks to a recent software update. But it won't be the only circular player on the scene for long, with LG's own G Watch R set to give it some new competition. We had already heard that G Watch R sales could begin later this month on October 14, but a new report claims that LG's not content to wait even that much longer, and sales should be getting underway tomorrow. ...

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    The Moto 360 is quite possibly the most anticipated smartwatch of the year. This was to be the culmination of all of our Android Wear dreams in a round-faced, bezel-free masterpiece. Motorola was so proud of this device that it showed us every facet of its life span, from when it was a twinkle in its daddy’s eye to the time it rolled off the factory conveyor belt. It is a gorgeous device. But the Moto 360 to me is a bit of an enigma. It’s really so great in a lot of ways, but it’s not what I expected or ultimately need in others. I’m not really sure how I am supposed to feel about ...

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    Last week, Motorola started seeding a new software update for its Moto 360 Android Wear smartwatch. The changelog mentioned a few worthwhile improvements, like fixing some Bluetooth connectivity issues, but it didn't seem like anything to write home about... and then came the reports of big battery life improvements. While anecdotal at first, we started seeing them with the kind of frequency that really suggested there was something to all this, and now as the update has headed out to more and more 360 owners, some hard numbers are coming in – and they look damn good. The smartwatch's ...

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    Apple may be showing its new Apple Watch off to the public for one day only in Paris this week, but for the vast majority of us, the only exposure we've had to the wearable so far (and will continue to have for the months to come) has been through what we've seen online, and the majority of that comes from official imagery Apple itself has provided. But could even these Apple-sourced pics be a little misleading? That's what we're wondering today, after Apple's been caught editing its Apple Watch into video. The original video was posted by Apple back when the Apple Watch launched at the ...

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    This year has seen major new players arrive in the smartwatch space, both as Google introduced Android Wear and Apple showed-off its Apple Watch series. But throughout all this, the old stalwart Pebble has remained a more than viable contender. Even Pebble needs to evolve sometimes to keep up with the Joneses, and today we get word of not just some price reductions, but also the arrival of new Pebble functionality in the form of ongoing activity monitoring. The new software update empowers Pebble apps to gather sensor data in the background, even when you're not actively engaging with the ...

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    One of the big questions facing the still-quite-new smartwatch market concerns the idea of fully independent wearables, not reliant on a connection to a smartphone or any other device. It's not clear just how much demand there is from consumers, nor how much interest from manufacturers, and even probably the most mainstream-such model to be announced, the Samsung Gear S, still requires pairing with a Samsung phone for certain operations. In time, the market will provide us with those answers, and today we see what looks to be one new manufacturer getting ready to enter the ...

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    Last week we were talking about the possibility of seeing new color options arrive for Motorola's Moto 360 smartwatch, after the company appeared to accidentally tease a golden Moto 360 watch body. While it wouldn't confirm plans to release such a model, the manufacturer did say that we'd be seeing “a selection of styles in the future.” Now it seems that the first new look for the Moto 360 is already arriving, as the gray leather strap option is replaced by one in a new color called “stone.” Originally, you could buy the 360 with a dark metal case and black leather band, or with a ...

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    Hey, Moto 360 owners! Digging your eye-catching round-screened smartwatch? Why wouldn't you be? But in the interest of making a good thing even better, Motorola's got a new software update for the wearable coming out today (and unlike the iOS 8.0.1 update Apple users are dealing with, thus one has the benefit of not appearing to introduce any new bugs). Let's take a look at what's changing. Beyond some non-specific talk of general bugfixes and attempts to optimize watch performance, Motorola names a few particular issues it's addressing. For instance, charging notifications are being ...

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    Apple's first smartwatch is coming... eventually. While the company introduced the Apple Watch earlier this month, it will be some time before the wearable is ready for public release, and Apple's been talking about a timetable that would see sales begin in “early 2015.” But just how early is “early?” A new report published by The Information attempts to reveal the Apple Watch's path to market, including missed targets for a 2014 release, and mentions a possible goal for the start of sales: Valentine's Day. Based on our understanding of the Apple Watch – especially the higher-end ...

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    Ready to be jealous? The months leading up to Apple's launch of the iPhone 6, 6 Plus and Apple Watch may have seen plenty of hardware leaks deliver early looks at the company's new smartphones, but compared to those handsets the Apple Watch was practically a stealth project. By now, the cat's out of the bag, with Apple having formally introduced the wearable, but we've still got at least three months to go before any of us will have an opportunity to pick up an Apple Watch for ourselves. If you live out west in Apple's stomping grounds, you might want to prepare yourself for several months ...

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    The Moto 360 smartwatch being sold by Motorola right now comes in your choice of two finishes: dark metal or light metal (inspired names, right?). But is that going to be it? Truthfully, we'd be happy with just those options, but this is Motorola we're talking about, the manufacturer probably best making a name for itself through offering a variety of custom hardware – surely it could do a little better than just two colors? There very well may be a third one in the works, as Motorola has been spotted (possibly inadvertently) showing off what sure looks like a golden Moto 360. The pic in ...

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    Critics can accuse Apple of following instead of leading with the arrival of NFC support in its latest hardware -set up to start facilitating mobile Apple Pay payments- all they want, but there's at least one component of that project where Apple's breaking new ground, making those NFC-based payments happen with a smartwatch. Sure, we've seen NFC-equipped smartwatches before, but not any so intimately tied to a payment system. But while the Apple Watch may be first, it won't be the last, and we get word today that Samsung is developing a payment-equipped smartwatch of its own. An ...

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    To say that Apple's launch of the Apple Watch was a little unorthodox for the company might be an understatement: we don't have a firm release date, nor a solid sense of pricing. Sure, Apple told us that the line will start at about $350, but with so many different options for both case materials and straps, that figure's bound to go up quickly. But just how quickly, and how high will it get? John Gruber over at Daring Fireball makes the case for his Apple Watch pricing theory, and it quickly sees the company blowing past that $350 mark to hit prices in the thousands of dollars. The base ...

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    The Pebble Steel, first shown off at CES in January, was thought by many to be the best looking smartwatch to date. Anton and I swooned over the stainless brushed steel and matte black finishes in our pre-brief in Las Vegas. It was exactly what the budding smartwatch industry needed – serious hardware to run the increasingly useful software. Pebble's stainless steel smartwatch didn't hold the spotlight for long, however. When Google announced Android Wear in March, Motorola came out and teased something that caught everyone's attention: a smartwatch with a circular display in full, ...

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    Our Moto 360 review unit is still days away from its official turn at our review desk, but it's already been on quite an epic odyssey. Picked up in Chicago by Adam Doud on his Motorola HQ tour, it was immediately overnighted to our resident Android guy Joe Levi for a proper unboxing and initial setup while Taylor Martin and I were covering the sights and sounds of IFA 2014 in Berlin. Then it was quickly repackaged for a cross-continental journey in time to meet me in Boston, whereupon I immediately pressed it into service for a day of sweet wearable-tech action before using it to answer ...

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