It was just a few days ago when Google announced the Android Wear OS optimized for smartwatches and other wearable devices. LG and Motorola were first to announce Android Wear-based smartwatches, but Google promises even more are on the way.
Today LG UK released a teaser picture of the LG G Watch on its official Twitter account. Read more »
With the unveiling of Android Wear and the announcement that Pebble has sold 400,000 units, it’s pretty clear that smartwatches are the hot new gadget. But they differ vastly in functionality, looks and even intent.
Wear, a special branch of Android, is just a few days old, but there are already a few devices announced that will use it. Read more »
Motorola unveiled the first smartwatch, the Moto 360, something many people have been waiting for. But the company kept most details a secret – we know little except it on the new Android Wear platform, so we have to rely on rumors to fill in the blanks.
The screen is reportedly an OLED but even the rumors are mum on size and resolution. The smartwatch is said to feature a sapphire glass protection, which is usually reserved for high-priced watches. Read more »
Pebble has probably never even dreamed of raising 100 times the funding it wanted on Kickstarter a while ago. The first Pebble smartwatches entered mass production in January 2013 and begun shipping the same month.
But did you ever wonder how many Pebbles were sold to date? As it turns out Pebble has shipped more than 400,000 Pebbles worldwide since its launch and the number is growing by the minute. Read more »
In the light of the recent announcements made by Google, Samsung and Motorola, Pebble has decided to cut the price of its steel Pebble watch with a leather band by $20. Now, the watch sales for $229 on the Pebble online store.
As it currently stands, the Pebble Steel with a leather band is $30 more expensive than the Samsung Gear Fit and $70 cheaper than the Galaxy Gear 2. Motorola and LG haven’t announced pricing for their respective smartwatches yet. Read more »
The Samsung Gear 2 and Gear Fit were unveiled in Taiwan today, and so were their prices.
The Gear 2 will run you $299, and the Gear Fit will cost $199. Read more »
Samsung’s Gear 2 line of smartwatches was unveiled at MWC last month running on Tizen OS and providing calling, messaging and notification capabilities from a paired Galaxy smartphone.
A rumored next generation of the Gear 2 will supposedly do away with the pairing requirement, and be able to provide calling capabilities through an integrated SIM slot. Read more »
Last week we got a glimpse of the new S Band that Samsung is planning to reintroduce alongside as part of the updated health and fitness aspects of the new Galaxy S5.
The S Band fitness tracker was recently glimpsed at the Samsung Roadshow in Germany in the flesh, and has also gone up for pre-order in the country for €80 on Amazon. Read more »
You’ve had a week to vote for your favorite hardware from the MWC, now it’s time to review the results. The Mobile World Congress saw brought us several new flagships and expanded the wearables category, but there were plenty of other interesting devices too.
Most results from the polls are very clear – those were some good devices, but the companies still have a lot to work on. Read more »
The Samung Galaxy S4′s companion, the S Band, never saw the light of retail day, but it looks like Samsung is trying again to bring the S Band to market with the release of the Galaxy S5.
The S Band fitness tracker should be released in a few months. Hit the jump below to learn more about the wearable’s features. Read more »
The MWC this year made it clear that wearables are the new hotness and Sundar Pichai, Android’s head, was talking about a new wearables API. So, of course, rumors of a Nexus smartwatch are running amok.
All fingers are pointing to LG as the manufacturer and popular rumor source @evleaks has dug up more details. Read more »
The Samsung Gear 2 and Gear Fit got the official hands-on treatment from Samsung to highlight their best features. Both devices can help you exercise with built-in heart rate monitors and display notifications from the phone.
The more advanced Gear 2 can also function as a standalone device, by streaming music over Bluetooth to your headset as you run, for example. It also handles voice calls and can control your TV via the IR blaster. Read more »
Pebble has announced that their mobile appstore is now finally available on Android. Users who wish to access it will have to download the Pebble Android app from Google Play Store.
The Pebble appstore is part of the new Pebble 2.0 app that also has a new design. You will be able to access the entire store from the app, download the app and then push it to your Pebble watch. The Pebble appstore previously made an appearance on the iOS version but it took Pebble some time to get it working on Android. Read more »
HERE Maps has partnered with Symphony Teleca to bring its walking navigation to the TurnByTurn app for the Samsung Galaxy Gear.
Symphony Teleca bases its TurnByTurn app on Nokia HERE’s Android SDK, which allows it to use the company’s location services get navigation to the Galaxy Gear. Read more »
Samsung has released two new commercials for the new Galaxy S5 smartphone and the Gear 2 smartwatch, respectively. Both commercials were also shown during yesterday’s 86th Academy Awards ceremony, which Samsung was an official sponsor of.
Both ads are quite simple and done quite well. They feature simple shots of the products with a few line of text using double entendre, talking about the devices and the ceremony during which they were telecast at the same time. Read more »