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Nokia is attempting to get back into producing consumer-grade devices and jumpstarting its wearables product catalog, by acquiring health company Withings. The French wearable device and fitness tracker producer is being bought by the former smartphone producer for €170 million ($191 million), subject to regulatory approval, with the cash deal expected to close early in the third quarter of this year.
Withings has produced a fitness tracker that uses an e-ink display, instead of using LCDs or LEDs like other similar devices. The Withings Go is able to display on its round screen the time and a progress dial, showing the percentage of a target achieved, with the use of the 1.1-inch e-ink display meaning it can have a battery life of up to eight months, far beyond the battery lives of other smartwatches and many fitness trackers currently on the market.
Withings has introduced another wristwatch with activity tracking capabilities, in time for holiday shopping. The Activité Steel fits in between the Activité Pop and the original Activité in the tracker roster, using the same nondescript watchface with an added percentage sub-dial for monitoring progress, with the timepiece housed inside a stainless steel case with chrome hands and smooth silicone straps.
LG is claiming it will be the first major manufacturer to roll out Android Lollipop to its flagship device. The company is aiming to ship the Android 5.0 upgrade for the LG G3 in Poland this week, with "other key markets" to follow in the "near future." A rollout schedule for other LG smartphones and tablets will be announced by the device producer at a later date.
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.
Withings has unveiled a fitness tracker embedded in a traditional-looking watch. The Withings Activité combines the typical functions of a fitness tracker, such as the Pulse, but hides the majority of its functionality behind a plain watchface, with the only clues to the device's capabilities being the logo and a secondary dial showing the percentage of progress made towards a fitness goal.
Four health and fitness technology companies -- RunKeeper, Withings, Strava, and iHealth -- have confirmed plans to support Apple's HealthKit platform. RunKeeper's CEO, Jason Jacobs, comments that bringing "some of the other key players in the ecosystem (doctors, EMRs, etc) into the discussion" is "where things need to be heading." Withings CEO Cedric Hutchings says his company is in favor of the shared API approach, since it already produces an API of its own.
Health accessory manufacturer Withings has announced that its Pulse activity tracker has been updated with new sensor capabilities and followed the news with the release of the Pulse O2. Able to measure the user's blood oxygen level, the Pulse O2 features a new bracelet mount for wrist wearing. By measuring one's oxygen saturation level, the Pulse O2 can determine how efficiently the user is breathing during activity. The Pulse O2 is priced at $120, and is available now through Withing's online store. Existing Pulse users can adopt the new features by downloading a free firmware update.
Revealed at today's CES 2014 Unveiled event, the Wellograph offers users an activity-tracking device that emphasizes its aesthetic, and functions as a standalone device.
Withings released its activity tracker into the American market yesterday, aimed at the large market of joggers and runners throughout the country. The Withings Pulse is designed to be readily available while remaining unobtrusive in size. With a full functioning OLED touch surface, users can navigate their 14-day data history that includes tracking of steps taken, distance covered, elevation, calories burned, and quality of sleep. Withings Pulse is unique in respects to other activity trackers for its ability to not only automatically detect running, but can measure heart rate with its on-board heart rate sensor. The device can hold a charge up to two weeks, and is charged by USB port or power supply unit.