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Huawei CEO confirms Watch 2 launch at MWC 2017

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Feb 14, 2017 1:22 pm

Huawei will host hold a press conference at MWC in Barcelona, and we are expecting to see the P10 and P10 Plus.




Richard Yu, Huawei CEO, confirmed today that we would also see a new Huawei smartwatch with Android Wear 2.0.


Yu posted an image on Weibo that shows a male looking at his smartwatch with a tag line "Made for free spirits" which might indicate a sportier watch design. The photo doesn't reveal any specs, but we have already seen some leaks previous month.

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LG announces Watch Sport and Watch Style

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Feb 8, 2017 9:13 pm

LG has announced their two new smartwatches, they are the first to run Android Wear 2.0 - Watch Sport and Watch Style.


LG collaborated with Google on the smartwatches, and they will both come with Android Wear 2.0 pre-installed.


Watch Sport




The Watch Sport is a bigger and more expensive LG smartwatch. It is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon Wear 2100 and comes with 768MB of RAM, and 4GB of storage. It has a 430 mAh battery with wireless charging.

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ZTE to announce Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Feb 7, 2017 9:28 pm

LG and Google are set to introduce the first two smartwatches running Android Wear 2.0 on February 8th - LG Watch Sport and Watch Style.




However, they won't remain the only smartwatches with Android Wear 2.0 for very long. According to the leaks, ZTE is supposed to unveil their first watch to run Android Wear - Quartz.


The image of the ZTE Quartz along with some specs have already leaked, and we are looking at 3G connectivity meaning you will be able to take calls even if your smartwatch isn't paired with a phone.

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LG Watch Sport and Watch Style pricing revealed

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Feb 2, 2017 4:26 pm

LG and Google are set to introduce the first two smartwatches running Android Wear 2.0 on February 9th, according to the rumors.




We already got an idea of what to expect, and the first images have been leaked. Now, the rumors also revealed the pricing of the upcoming LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style.


The LG Watch Sport is rumored to be priced at $349 in the US. It should come with LTE, NFC, GPS, and a heart monitor. It will also have a bigger battery than cheaper LG Watch Style, rumored to have a price of $249.


Previous rumors have mentioned 1.38-inch screen with 768MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, and 430 mAh battery for the LG Watch Sport.

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Huawei to launch Watch 2 with cellular connectivity

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jan 26, 2017 2:33 pm

Huawei is reportedly planning a launch of the Huawei Watch successor at this year's MWC in Barcelona.




The Huawei Watch was launched in 2015 and other than the women's version of the watch, we haven't seen any upgrades. Their new smartwatch is allegedly going to have a "sportier" look than the original and run the new Android Wear 2.0. According to the rumors, it will feature a 1.4-inch display.


It is also expected that the Watch 2 (for lack of a better name) will have cellular connectivity, something that the Huawei Watch didn't have. The smartwatch will have a built-in SIM card, so you will be able to receive and make phone calls even if you aren't connected to your phone.

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Samsung smartwatches now compatible with iOS devices

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jan 17, 2017 1:28 pm

Samsung has announced the expansion of iOS compatibility across the latest Gear family of devices including the Gear S3, Gear S2, and Gear Fit2.




Users can already download the Samsung Gear S app for the Gear S2 and Gear S3 or the Samsung Gear Fit app for the Gear Fit2 on compatible iOS devices from the Apple App Store. The app is compatible with the iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and iPhone SE (iOS 9.0 and above).


Younghee Lee, Executive Vice President of Global Marketing in Mobile Communications at Samsung Electronics said in a statement:


We're constantly looking for ways to enhance our offerings and we do this in part by listening to what our customers want - and that includes greater access to our cutting-edge wearable technologies with iOS support. By offering Android and iOS compatibility with our latest Gear devices, we're giving users more ways to optimize their wearable experiences and connect to Samsung's Galaxy of possibilities.

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Fitbit acquires Vector Watch startup

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jan 13, 2017 3:39 am

It seems that Fitbit is on a buying streak, having previously announced the takeover of Pebble, the company has today announced the acquisition of smartwatch startup Vector Watch, which will further bolster Fitbit's future smartwatch credentials.




Vector Founder and CTO Andrei Pitis told Techcrunch that "the company was acquired for its software platform and design team" and would incorporate their "unique technology and knowhow with Fitbit's experience and global community". However, the purchase won't necessarily mean that its new owners will movie to develop the same high-end luxury watch that Vector is known for.


Vector's customer support will continue to operate and warranties will be honored, but no new software will be developed.

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Fitbit planning a smartwatch future

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jan 10, 2017 3:51 am

While market leading fitness wearable producer Fitbit has resisted calls to produce a smartwatch for a number of years, CEO James Park has revealed that functionality is indeed coming - and sooner rather than later.




Speaking to Engadget from CES, Park confirmed that the company will pursue an active app store "as soon as possible". Despite launching the Fitbit Blaze in 2016 with a colour touchscreen, the company hasn't yet launched a model which allows for the loading of third party applications. Instead, users have become accustomed to incremental updates via Fitbit.


Late last year, Fitbit purchased the start-up company Pebble, which launched with a bang on Kickstarter in 2012 but which struggled against competition in recent times. No doubt this acquisition will prove very important to Fitbit as it moves from a stationary fitness wearable to a fully fledged smartwatch.

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Google confirms two new flagship smartwatches in Q1 2017

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Dec 23, 2016 4:32 pm

Google will be unveiling not one, but two new flagship smartwatches in Q1 2017, according to The Verge - who heard it exclusively from product manager of Android Wear at Google, Jeff Chang.




Chang said that the two new smartwatches will be the first flagship Android Wear 2.0 devices that will launch on the new platform. Strangely, the two new wearables won't have Google or Pixel branding, and will be branded by the manufacturers who make them. Chang said that Google is collaborating with the manufacturer, who wouldn't be named, but he did tease that the company has made Android Wear devices in the past.


After the initial launch of the new smartwatches, Google will push out Android Wear 2.0 to existing Android Wear devices, which will include:


  • Moto 360 Gen 2
  • Moto 360 Sport
  • LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE
  • LG Watch Urbane
  • LG G Watch R
  • Polar M600
  • Casio Smart Outdoor Watch
  • Nixon Mission
  • Tag Heuer Connected
  • Fossil Q Wander
  • Fossil Q Marshal
  • Fossil Q Founder
  • Michael Kors Access Bradshaw Smartwatch
  • Michael Kors Access Dylan Smartwatch
  • Huawei Watch
  • Huawei Watch Ladies
  • ASUS ZenWatch 2
  • ASUS ZenWatch 3

So... 'smart socks' are now an actual thing

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Nov 29, 2016 5:45 am

We live in a world of smart fridges, smartwatches, and smart other things - but now we're slowly shifting into a world where 'smart' socks are a reality.




Siren Care, a diabetic health tracking startup as developed what I guess we could call 'smart socks' that detect inflammation and injury to your feet, in real-time. The socks use temperature sensors, with type 1 and type 2 diabetic patients being prone to foot injuries, swelling, and other problems that are associated with nerve damage.


This can lead to infections, and amputation if not treated in time - and this is where Siren Care's smart socks come into play. Siren Care founders Ma and Veronica Tran have said that there are sensors woven into the fabric of the smart socks which detect inflammation of any sort, once it's detected inflammation, it will send an alert to your smartphone (you'll need to install the app, obviously) - warning you that you need to check your feet.

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