The Asus ZenWatch, which was unveiled by the company at IFA in September last year and went on sale a couple of months later, is now available for purchase from Best Buy at a discounted price of $180. That’s a saving of around $20 as the smartwatch usually sells for $200.
Specs-wise, the wearable is powered by a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, and sports an AMOLED screen covered in Gorilla Glass 3 and with a 1.63-inch diagonal of a square 320 x 320px resolution. It comes with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage, and has an IP55 dust- and water-resistance rating. Read more »
In case you didn’t get a $130 Moto 360 smartwatch from Woot! because they were reconditioned, you can snag a new unit from Best Buy at $150.
As with the Woot! deal, this one is US only (sigh). Read more »
LG has definitely left its mark on the fairly new and still maturing smart wearable niche. The Korean tech giant is now on its third generation smartwatch and the whole wearable concept is really starting to take shape.
The LG Watch Urbane is a beautifully crafted gadget with a more sophisticated, even business-like demeanor. A single glance is enough to see that the Watch Urbane isn’t a fitness tracker and is definitely not sporty in any way. On the contrary, it looks like a watch you would want to couple with a good suit and wear to corporate meetings, a more grown-up and serious toy, if you may. Read more »
A few days ago the latest version of Android Wear, 5.1.1, started rolling out to all smartwatches running Google’s platform. This release has many new features, chief among them being Wi-Fi support. What that means is that if a particular watch has the necessary hardware, it can connect to Wi-Fi networks directly, thus not being dependent on a Bluetooth connection to a phone.
The LG Watch Urbane launched running the latest Android Wear iteration, but the G Watch R is only now in the process of getting it. Intriguingly though, even if the G Watch R does have the required internals for Wi-Fi support, this will not be enabled after applying the Android Wear 5.1.1 update. Read more »
Over 1 million Apple Watches were sold on launch day, Slice Intelligence analysts put the number at almost 1.5 million. A solid start, but then something strange happened – demand all but disappeared.
These projections are for the US and are based on info from over 14,000 online shoppers and cover the period from April 10 to May 18. Most of the action happened on the first day, since then the total has sauntered to just 2.5 million. Read more »
Pebble has managed to earn a formidable reputation on the smartwatch market. The company’s battery life-first approach tends to stand out among the competition and this definitely has its appeal. So much so, that you might recall the manufacturer’s latest creation – the Pebble Time, shattered Kickstarter funding records earlier this year.
Everybody was keeping an eye on the impressive crowd-finding campaign, but now, after it has raised well over $20 million, it is time to get production moving and deliver on some promises. Today, we got an update with an estimated shipping date for the initial batch of units. The units will begin their journey to customers on May 27, but it will take some time for every box to hit the mail. Read more »
Today Apple has pushed out the first software update for its first wearable. The Apple Watch is getting Watch OS 1.0.1 through the companion iPhone app for the smartwatch. The download comes in at 51.6MB, and as the version number implies this is all about fixing bugs and improving performance for various bits of the Apple Watch experience.
In fact, Apple lists no less than six items under the “improved performance” heading in its official release notes. So after applying the new software, expect to see enhanced operation in third party apps, Siri, measuring stand activity, calculating calories for indoor cycling and rowing workouts, distance and pace calculations during outdoor walk and run workouts, as well as better accessibility features. Read more »
According to a report in 9to5Mac, there is a major Apple Watch update on the way. The new firmware is said to bring a number of connectivity and security enhancements.
A “Find my Watch” feature will arrive on Cupertino’s wearable device after the update. Read more »
Seventy years of technological advancements have lead us to a point where pocket-sized devices now pack enough computing power to put to shame supercomputers of old. A recently published infographic by Experts Exchange shows some intriguing comparisons between supercomputers, consoles, smart watches and smartphones.
For example, the current top dog on the supercomputer front, the Chinese Tianhe-2 is capable of a staggering 33.86 PFLOPS (peta floating-point operations per second), which would take 18,400 Sony PlayStation 4s consoles to match. Read more »
If you’re in the UK and have been interested in picking up a Moto X (2014), Nexus 6, or Moto 360 but haven’t yet done so, here’s something for you. Motorola has just announced a 48-hour sale for these three devices over there.
It will start at midnight on May 18. For two days from that point on, you’ll be able to purchase the second-generation Moto X (pictured above) for £299 (16GB) or £339 (32GB). Read more »
Android for mobile devices is up to version 5.1.1 these days, so you’d think Android Wear would follow. And you’d be right. Starting today, the update to Android Wear 5.1.1 is rolling out. It looks like the first device to get it is the Asus ZenWatch for whatever reason.
There are already people who have downloaded and installed the newest version of Android Wear on the ZenWatch, so if you own one of those there shouldn’t be much waiting to do from this point on. Read more »
The Samsung Gear Live smartwatch, which was announced back in June last year, is no longer listed on Google Play. The wearable, however, is still available for purchase on Amazon.
Although there is no information on why the device, which was recently spotted running Apple Macintosh II OS, was removed from the Play Store, the possibility of the South Korean company unveiling a new Android Wear smartwatch at the upcoming Google I/O conference cannot be denied. Read more »
A couple of weeks ago, there were reports of Asus CEO Jerry Shen saying that the ZenWatch successor – tipped to be called the ZenWatch 2 – won’t hit the market until 2016. However, he has now confirmed that the smartwatch will hit stores in the third quarter of this year as planned earlier, according to a new report out of Taiwan.
Dismissing earlier reports as “misunderstanding”, Shen made it clear that the launch time-frame of the wearable, which is scheduled to be unveiled at Computex Taipei 2015 trade-show early next month, “remains unchanged.” Read more »
LG claimed around 67% of the global smartwatch display market and a whopping 91% share of the revenue in the first quarter of the ongoing year, according to a latest report from market research firm DisplaySearch.
As per the report, LG shipped 8 million display units in Q1, 2015, up from 1.1 million units it shipped in the same quarter last year. It was followed by Japan Display, Futaba, and Sharp with 1.4 million, 1.12 million, and 900,000 units, respectively. Read more »
As it promised last month, Samsung has now made the software development kit (SDK) available for its next smartwatch. This will allow developers to have apps ready for when the watch will hit the streets, but it also means we get to discover some of the features of the device.
Samsung’s next wearable will be a round smartwatch, as the company itself has already confirmed. According to past rumors, it will be sold as the Gear A, though its maker is for now referring to it only as “The Next Gear”. Its codename is Orbis. Read more »