Twitter post shows outline of rumored Asus smartwatch
Asus has started to tease the launch of its smartwatch, ahead of an event taking place at IFA on September 3rd. The image on the Asus Twitter account gives a small glimpse of the device, with the shape of one side suggesting it will be using a square display instead of a circular version, despite it having rounded corners on its face.
Second LG smartwatch launch touted months after original released
LG may have a second Android Wear smartwatch being prepared for launch, according to a report. Months after the G Watch went on sale in the United States, the electronics manufacturer is allegedly looking to launch a follow-up of the wrist-based device at IFA next month, with the device said to have a number of upgrades compared to the existing model.
Texas Instruments processor claimed to power Moto 360
More details for the Moto 360 have surfaced, ahead of its expected launch early next month alongside two smartphones. A product listing for the Android Wear smartwatch appeared on the Best Buy website before being pulled from view, and provided not only a full list of specifications for the wearable device, but also confirmed that it will launch at $249.
Sony SmartWatch 3 allegedly includes Wi-Fi connection for standalone usage
Sony's latest iteration in its SmartWatch range will have a higher resolution but a similar design language to the SmartWatch 2, according to a rumor. The SmartWatch 3 will continue to have a rectangular display, and will also use the same transflective LCD technology, one that relies more on ambient light than a backlight, in order to save battery life.
The iWatch will deliver unmatched levels of sophistication and integration
This is part two of an earlier article assessing why the Apple iWatch will succeed where others have failed. The first part of the article set out the backdrop against which the iWatch will be launched and argues that given the current competition, the iWatch stands an excellent chance of being successful. The current crop of smartwatches haven't managed to get the right mix of functionality, usability and desireability. Even Google's new Android Wear smartwatch platform makes a far from convincing case as to the benefits of owning a smartwatch. Only Apple has the ambition and product execution to make a compelling smartwatch and the signs are there that this is what we will get when it eventually launches before the end of the year.
Repeatedly-delayed Meta M1 soon to reach customer hands
Meta Watch has finally put the Meta M1 smartwatch up for preorder, after several delays. The long-in-development smartwatch, designed by Frank Nuovo and his Nuovo design studio, is said to start shipping this September, with the eight different finishes of the device ranging in price starting from $249, rising upward to $449.
Standalone Samsung smartwatch could be unveiled next month
The Gear Solo, a rumored standalone smartwatch in the Samsung Gear range, may be announced next month before the IFA tradeshow, according to a report. It is believed the company will use its Unpacked event on September 3rd to show the watch alongside other expected smartphone launches, including the Galaxy Note 4 and the Galaxy Alpha.
Only Apple is capable of delivering the first compelling smartwatch
Apple has been long been rumored to be working on a smartwatch widely referred to as the iWatch thanks to some Apple trademark applications surfacing. However, even though the product hasn't yet been revealed some naysayers like the notorious Apple sceptic John C. Dvorak have already started to write off the device before it has even been released. Similar conclusions were also drawn about Apple's iPhone and iPad by Dvorak and others before each was released; but both as we know have been phenomenally successful. While it seems less likely that an iWatch will have the same widespread appeal as either the iPhone or iPad, there are several signs that suggest that Apple will once again succeed in a market where others have thus far failed to inspire.
Withings aiming for Activité smartwatch release in October
Withings is aiming to put its Activité smartwatch on sale in October, CEO Cédric Hutchings has revealed. At the same time as advising to Wareable about the updated release schedule for the wrist-based device, Hutchings highlighted the stylish and minimal design of the Activite compared to other smartwatches, claiming "We found that wearables were not that wearable." The Withings Activité will apparently cost around $500 at launch.
Smartwatch from Timex includes messaging, emergency texting
Watch manufacturer Timex is attempting to enter the smartwatch market, by collaborating with Qualcomm and AT&T. The Ironman One GPS+ aims to provide typical smartwatch and GPS running watch functions, though instead of relying on a Bluetooth connection with a smartphone for data, it will instead use its own cellular connection.
Close-up shots of Moto 360 point to heart rate sensor pedometer
Motorola's upcoming Android Wear smartwatch, the Moto 360, has allegedly been spotted being used with its charging station. The leaked photographs appear to show the smartwatch attached a charging dock for the first time, with the leak also providing a considerable number of close-up views of the Moto 360's sides and back, and demonstrates its size when worn and in comparison to the LG G Watch.
Music control, recognition added to Casio G-Shock GBA-400
Casio is adding another smartwatch to its wristwear range, this time adding a new item to the G-Shock collection. The G-Shock GBA-400 provides the option to control music on an iPhone or Android smartphone over Bluetooth, with the additional ability to pipe nearby music to the smartphone for recognition by SoundHound, displaying the track information on the watch's digital display.
Designer HP smartwatch said to have interchangeable straps, stainless steel casing
HP will be joining the race to produce smartwatches, by working on a high-end wrist-based device. Working with American fashion designer Michael Bastian, HP will apparently concentrate on the engineering aspects of the timepiece, and though relatively few details about the item have been leaked, it is believed the device will take the form of a typical wristwatch rather than the screen-based design the majority of on-the-market smartwatches have taken.
Design sketches, website render of OneWatch hint at OnePlus smartwatch design
OnePlus, the manufacturers of the CyanogenMod-based OnePlus One smartphone, may be making its own smartwatch. Leaked images suggest the company is working on a round-faced smartwatch in a similar vein to Motorola's Moto 360, with a screenshot of the OnePlus website seemingly suggesting the OneWatch will be launching sometime in the near future.
Meeting between executives concerned Android Wear, Tizen use in smartwatches
Google is unhappy by Samsung's choice to use Tizen for its main smartwatch platform instead of Android Wear, according to a report. CEO Larry Page is said to have spent time earlier this month with Samsung Vice Chairman Jay Y. Lee in a "tense private meeting" over the smartwatch software issue, with Samsung allegedly spending more on devices running Tizen than Google's new Android offshoot.
Asus smartwatch to help with 'real-time problem solving'
Hardware producer Asus will be attempting to make its smartwatch a 'hero product,' claims the company chairman. Speaking at the Taiwan Economic Summit in Taipei, Jonney Shih effectively confirmed the company is still working on a wearable device, and that Asus is still deliberating over 'trade-offs' between a good watch design and the technical requirements of including various features to the device.
Fitness tracker with small screen could be on the way from Microsoft
The rumored smartwatch from Microsoft could in fact be a fitness tracker, according to a report. A recent rumor stating the smartwatch will be more like Samsung's Gear Fit rather than something from Android Wear or the the Gear 2 has been given more credence, with the claim that the device will have the appearance of a wristband with a small screen for the time and notifications.
Budget Android Wear device from Asus could cost as little as $99
Asus will launch its smartwatch at a far lower price than other Android Wear devices, according to a report. The Taiwanese computer producer is said to be looking to charge at most $149 for its wearable device, and potentially as low as $99, heavily undercutting both the Samsung Gear Live and the LG G Watch, and is likely to be far below the Moto 360 when it ships.
Rumored Android Wear device from Samsung has similar specifications to Gear 2 Neo
Samsung's rumored Android Wear smartwatch, expected to be unveiled at Google I/O today, is reportedly called the Samsung Gear Live. The same report also claims the device will have a 1.63-inch Super AMOLED display and a resolution of 320x320, along with a list of specifications relatively similar to that of Samsung's existing smartwatches, the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo.
Trademark hints at dedicated app store for Gear smartwatches, wearable devices
New trademark filings suggest Samsung may be launching an app store for its Gear wearable device collection in the future. A listing for the 'Gear Store' has surfaced in the United States Patent and Trademark Office, along with the back-up 'Samsung Gear Store' registration, seemingly showing the Korean manufacturer is looking to create a unified app store, one that may not stop with smartwatches.
Android Wear notifications meant for glancing, different from smartphone notifications
Google has given more of an idea of what to expect from wearable devices running Android Wear, such as the Moto 360 and the LG G Watch. A video from Google Developers expands on an earlier YouTube clip about notifications for the smartwatch operating system, reiterating that there is "No work required" for smartphone notifications to exist in a basic fashion, though adding a few lines of code to apps will make the notifications more useful for users.
Honeywell releases Pebble smartwatch app for remote thermostat control
Honeywell has released an app for the Pebble smartwatch, allowing it to remotely control the company's Evohome smart thermostat. Pocket-Lint reports the app can be used to check the temperature in each zone, as well as to activate a number of thermostat "quick actions," instead of reaching for the smartphone app. The watch face is compatible with both Android and iOS devices, and can be downloaded from the Pebble App Store now.
LG G Watch could be priced below Samsung Gear 2 Neo
Specifications for LG's G Watch have leaked, claiming the smartwatch will have a 1.6-inch 280x280-resolution TFT display. The leaked specifications, appearing on Twitter, hint at the capabilities of the Android Wear-powered device, while a second report claims that, in the United Kingdom at least, it will be shipping at far below the cost of the competing Samsung Gear 2 Neo.
Elongated flat screen, health monitoring sensors claimed by Microsoft smartwatch report
Microsoft's rumored smartwatch has allegedly been spotted being tested in New York City, according to a report that claims the watch was caught in public a few months ago. The report states the wearable device had an elongated form, similar to the Samsung Gear Fit in terms of appearance, with a flat display on a curved casing designed to fit closely to the wrist.
Computex Taipei reveals massive interest in wearable technology
A lot has been written about the potential explosion in the wearable computing segment, with 2014 expected to be a watershed year. Electronista was on hand at the Computex Taipei 2014 Qualcomm keynote on wearables to highlight what it thinks is going to be the a massive opportunity for the company and its technology platforms. With technology moving quickly, no one wants to arrive late to the party and miss out on what could be the next booming market segment. Yet at the same time, there are plenty of sceptics who question just how much potential there is in the segment given that computing wearables are just another device that will require recharging, while many people have long abandoned their watches in favor of just using their smartphones. Qualcomm, however, believes it has done the research and can hit the sweet spot for usability and wearability.
Samsung eschewing Google Wear platform for home-grown Tizen
Despite being a Google Wear partner, Samsung is updating its original Galaxy Gear smartwatch to its in-house Tizen operating system. Tizen is currently being used for the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo. Samsung's Gear Fit wearable is not being updated to Tizen, and is remaining on its proprietary OS, at least for now.
Kinect engineers rumored working on persistent heart rate monitoring in Microsoft smart watch
Microsoft is still working on its rumored smartwatch, according to multiple sources of Forbes. The device, which will apparently offer heart rate monitoring similar to the Samsung Gear Fit, is said to be a device that will offer cross-platform compatibility, working with iPhones and Android devices as well as Microsoft's own Windows Phone operating system.
Executive reveals existing investment in smart watch software prevents use of Android Wear
Sony will not be using Google's Android Wear platform for its smart watches in the future, an executive has revealed. Ravi Nookala, head of Sony Mobile in the US, said in an interview that the manufacturer will continue to use its own SmartWatch platform for the immediate future, instead of switching to Google's recently-announced wearable device platform.
Read-it-later service reveals prototype app for Android Wear platform
Pocket, the read-it-later service that syncs articles across devices, has revealed a preview of its prototype app for Google's Android Wear platform. An Android Wear smartwatch is designed for delivering concise information, such as notifications, news alerts, and more; Pocket's prototype offers the ability to save content to Pocket from an alert. In a blog post, Max Weiner of Pocket gives an example of a friend sending the user an interesting article, which sends an alert to the Android Wear smartwatch. If the user wants to save that article to Pocket to read later, they can swipe, and an action pops up to save to Pocket. Considered a work in progress by the company due to Android Wear's SDK still in Developer Preview, a release date is not yet available.
Virgin Atlantic to provide concierge staff Google Glass, Sony smartwatch devices
Virgin Atlantic airline has announced its introduction of wearable technology amongst its Upper Class Wing concierge staff. Using either Google Glass or Sony Smartwatch technology, staff will be able to facilitate a thorough check-in process, providing up-to-the-minute flight information, weather, local events information, and language translation, and more. The gear will be equipped with a dispatch app built by air transport IT company SITA, which will manage all task allocation and concierge availability. The app pushes individual passenger information directly to the assigned concierge's smart glasses or watch just as the passenger arrives at the Upper Class Wing, using facial recognition. The integration of wearable technology is initially set to be a six-week pilot program.
Unpacked event to be restrained launch compared to Galaxy S4
Samsung's "Unpacked 2014 Episode 1" event at Mobile World Congress will not only host the launch of the Galaxy S5 smartphone, but also a new Galaxy Gear, claims a report. Sources of the New York Times claim that the event will be a "relatively low-key" affair when compared to the singing and dancing used for the launch of the Galaxy S4 at New York's Radio City Music Hall last March.
Galaxy Band, other wearable be in the offing
Samsung may be preparing to reveal yet another wearable computing device in the near future, as Samsung UK hinted this week that such a device was in the offing. A post on the Samsung UK Twitter feed teased the unveiling of a new Samsung device, and the presence of the Galaxy Gear smartwatch in that post has observers speculating that Samsung's next big unveil may be another entry in its nascent line of wearable tech. Some speculate that Samsung could show off a new wrist-mounted device as soon as next week's Consumer Electronics Show.
Announcement fuels speculation around Apple's rumored 'iWatch'
Glass manufacturer Corning has announced that it has adapted its popular "Gorilla Glass" strengthened glass variation to work with curved and other "3D" shapes, clearing the way for the product to be used with existing and future devices that rely on curved surfaces, such as smartwatches, eyeglasses and other "wearable tech." Corning's relationship with Apple -- Gorilla Glass is used in all of its mobile products -- has fuelled further speculation on Apple's alleged "iWatch."
Smart Home Tablet to act as central location for connected device interaction
Archos has outlined the range of devices it is preparing for CES next week, including a number of wearable items and some destined for use in the home. A smartwatch and a fitness tracker will be accompanied by a set of "connected objects" centered around home automation, and a separate 7-inch "Home Gateway" Android tablet that will act as a central hub for the collection.
Gear successor may be sleeker with flexible screen
A patent filing revealed last week shows that a future successor to Samsung's ill-received Galaxy Gear smartwatch may sport a sleeker design with a flexible display. Dutch site Galaxy Club pointed out the USPTO filing, which shows off a device much slimmer than Samsung's much-hyped smartwatch. The device described in the patent filing could, in fact, be related to the rumored Galaxy Band device that Samsung is said to be preparing.
Samsung updates notifications on Galaxy Gear for Twitter, Facebook, Gmail
Samsung has issued an update for the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, improving the notifications on the device. Messages and tweets from Gmail, Twitter, Google Hangouts, and Facebook Messenger can now be partially read on the wristwear, reports Pocket-Lint, with changes to Smart Relay making the switch between viewing information on the watch and a smartphone easier. The lift-and-pause gesture for activating the clock has also been improved.
Siri engineering head now at Samsung for wearables
Samsung will release a follow-up to its ill-received Galaxy Gear smartwatch, one that will expand the company's nascent line of wearable devices instead of replacing the Gear. The new device, according to Digital Daily, would be dubbed the Galaxy Band, and it would have a notably different focus than the Gear. Leading the development of this new device would be Luc Julia, a former software engineer for Apple's Siri, who jumped ship to Samsung earlier this year.
Foxconn putting $6.8 million into wearable tech
Foxconn – also known as Hon Hai, assembler of Apple's iPhones and iPads – is looking to capitalize on the anticipated boom in wearable tech by starting an investment fund to finance nascent companies working in the segment. Sources familiar with the project told Bloomberg this week that Syntrend Creative Park Co., a Foxconn unit, will administer the NT$200 million ($6.8 million) fund aimed at giving the firm a hand in the development of wearable devices in the vein of Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch, the Google Glass eyewear computer, and the suspected Apple iWatch. The move is the latest by Foxconn to diversify its operations to handle more things than the construction of iOS devices for its most lucrative partner.
Chinese manufacturer's smartwatch will be limited
ZTE's own forthcoming smartwatch device will only work with ZTE smartphones when it launches early next year, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal. The Chinese smartphone maker already confirmed that it has smartwatch devices in the works for the second quarter of 2014, but this new word is the first that those devices will be limited in their smartphone compatibility. The limitations on device compatibility may help to ensure a larger feature set for ZTE's devices, but it will also almost certainly limit their attractiveness in the consumer electronics market.
eBay Now's same-day delivery service free until Christmas Eve
Auction site eBay announced today that its local shopping and delivery service, eBay Now, is offering free delivery from now until Christmas Eve on orders more than $25. The eBay Now service is available for customers in San Francisco and the Bay Area, San Jose, parts of New York City and Chicago for delivery of local products within an hour of ordering online.
A smartwatch unstuck in time
If the tech analysts and manufacturers are to be believed, we sit on the cusp of a boon in wearable technology. With its Galaxy Gear smartwatch, Samsung has tried to get the jump on its competitors -- pushing out a powerful, feature-heavy smartphone companion while other devices focus on displaying notifications and showing what time it is. The Galaxy Gear has had a rough debut, but does the truth of the device lie somewhere between Samsung's marketing speak and the tech press' takes on it? Find out in our in-depth review.
Sony SmartWatch 2, better made, more functional, faster
Sony started experimenting with Android smartwatches in 2012, sometime before there was any real hype about the concept. After giving the original Sony SmartWatch an update in earlier this year that extended its functionality considerably, Sony has now released its SmartWatch 2. The new device is much more substantial in its fit, finish, choice of materials and build quality bringing a new level of all-round refinement to the experience. So is it worth the trouble of owning yet another device that you have to charge?
Prototype integrates six displays
Nokia recently submitted a patent filing for a smartwatch concept that features modular display components. The application describes a wearable device with up to six displays, each capable of showing separate content as the band is rotated around the wrist.
Fitness smartwatch designed as standalone device, tracks workouts
Adidas has introduced a new smartwatch that it says is designed for runners. The watch, announced just one day after Nike revealed its updated FuelBand SE, is a standalone device that includes an integrated GPS and heart rate sensor, which it combines with movement sensors to monitor the wearer's training session.
Smartphones, smart watch sold off-contract, unlocked from Sony directly
Sony has put two new Xperia smartphones and an upgraded smart watch on sale in the United States, off-contract. The unlocked Xperia Z Ultra LTE and Xperia Z1 have gone on sale through the company's online store, and are accompanied by the follow-up to the SmartWatch, the SmartWatch 2, which also goes on sale today.
Toq compatible with Android 4.0.2 and up, available later in 2013
Qualcomm Connected Experiences, a division of Qualcomm, today announced that it will release a smartwatch sometime in the fourth quarter of 2013. Designed to serve as a second display to a smartphone, the Qualcomm Toq ('talk') smartwatch will feature the new Qualcomm Mirasol display technology, a reflective, low-power display that enables an always-on viewing experience, wireless charging by Qualcomm WiPower LE technology, and stereo Bluetooth audio, all while offering its wearer long battery life with seamless connectivity to their smartphone.
Casio chief says company ready for smartwatch revolution
The chief executive of Casio says his company is already prepared to face new competition in the watch sector from tech giants like Apple and Samsung. Speaking with The New York Times, Kazuo Kashio proclaimed that his company has long known the value of the wrist with regard to wearable computing, and that it has been preparing accordingly. Casio has already introduced devices that integrate a number of mobile technologies.
Galaxy Gear gets tipped before Sept. 4 reveal
Ahead of a confirmed September 4 unveiling new images have emerged on the Internet showing off a prototype Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch. VentureBeat got a look at the prototype device, which it says had been shipped out to developers and a few select partners. Samsung, reportedly, will make a big push at positioning Galaxy Gear as a fitness companion.
Gear Manager app to change watch face, app settings on Galaxy Gear
The Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch will pair with a smartphone over NFC, according to newly-leaked screenshots. Images said to be from the Samsung Gear Manager app show that the Galaxy Gear will initially pair quickly over NFC, with further connections between phone and watch to take place over its low-power Bluetooth 4.0 radio.
Smartwatch to be revealed at same time as Galaxy Note III
An executive at Samsung has confirmed that its smartwatch will be launching at its September 4th event at IFA, alongside the Galaxy Note III. Mobile business executive vice president Lee Young-hee said that Samsung will "be introducing a new wearable concept device called Galaxy Gear" at the event, though initial reports of a flexible screen are apparently incorrect.