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 »
Motorola is clearly working on a successor to the Moto 360, its first ever smartwatch. And now it looks like this upcoming wearable has been certified by the Bluetooth SIG.
As you can see, a “Motorola Android Device” bearing the model number BTMW03 has been listed by the authority that handles Bluetooth certifications. Considering that the Moto 360 has the model number BTMW01, this is in all likelihood its successor. Read more »
Yu is growing its business with a new phone and an entry into the health gadget field. The YuFit smartband aims for availability with an INR 999 price tag ($16/€14) and pays special attention to the Indian market with the first calorie counter for Indian food.
The company is adding a human touch with real life personal trainers, the first 1,000 users get access to the service for free. Read more »
It looks like the Apple Watch can run a web browser if you hack it. The crafty developer Comex has enabled the feature after tinkering with Cupertino’s wearable device.
As you can imagine, browsing the worldwide web on the tiny screen of the Apple Watch is an exercise in frustration. Read more »
Samsung Gear Live is a smartwatch of many talents. In addition to booting Microsoft Windows 95 with no hiccups, the Korean giant’s first Android Wear device can also run Apple Macintosh II OS straight from 1987.
Just like in the case of Redmond’s mid-90s OS marvel, the Gear Live runs Macintosh II via an emulator. Read more »
Apple Watch is powered by the so-called Apple S1 chip, which specs Apple is still keeping under wraps. Indeed the S1 tiny piece turned out quite an achievement packing an amazing set of features into a single tiny 5.2 x 6.2 mm chip.
Many are still trying to figure out all the pieces inside the S1 chip, including its ARM processor, and more and more details are coming to light. Read more »
Samsung has been working on its next smartwatch for quite a while now, even confirming itself that the device will come with a round screen. The Korean company has said it wants to take its time with this one, hoping to get it just right, but now it seems the wearable has seen a delay of sorts.
While Samsung hasn’t announced an unveiling date for the Gear A yet, it was expected to come pretty soon. That’s not the case anymore, according to a new rumor claiming that it’s been delayed until the second half of the year. Read more »
The folks at iFixit have managed to get their hands on the new LG G Watch Urbane, which means it’s time for yet another teardown. The G Watch Urbane is LG’s latest smartwatch running on Android Wear and also the most expensive one so far.
Even though on the outside the G Watch Urbane has a shiny gold or silver finish with new leather bands, on the inside it is still pretty much the G Watch R. iFixit found that the Urbane was quite easy to repair, with the only issue being most of the parts being glued together to save space and seal the watch from dust and water. The problem with glue is it makes it harder to put the device back together the way it was. Read more »
One of the key features of the Apple Watch are the replaceable bands. Although all watches have bands that can be detached, Apple has made it super simple by just pressing a button and sliding it out.
Considering how simple the design is, there were always going to be third party bands for the Apple Watch, and many have already been released. But Apple has now released the official design guidelines if an accessory maker wants the official Made for Apple Watch certificate for their bands. Read more »
Remember the Reserve Strap charging band for Apple Watch? The yet to be launched accessory received a major redesign, which ditches the magnetic inducing charging setup of the first model.
The revamped Reserve Strap will take advantage of a hidden 6-pin port in Cupertino’s smartwatch. Read more »
Last week, we asked you to tell us what you think about the Apple Watch and how you would size it up against an array of competitors. The results are now in and you definitely made it clear that Apple’s new smart wearable just isn’t your cup of tea.
The Apple Watch took a hell of a beating in our polls and some of your comments seem to show why. Most of you seem to agree that poor usability and high price are major drawbacks to picking up an Apple Watch. But is seems that there one even more-prevailing opinion across the board – that all wearable devices, despite functionality, price, platform or manufacturer come with little actual purpose at this point in time. Cluttering said devices with apps also doesn’t seem to be the answer, as most of you seem to be skeptical of Apple’s “more is better” strategy for the wearable as well. Read more »
Earlier this week, LG had released the Watch Urbane smartwatch running the Android Wear platform on Google Play Store. The Watch Urbane indeed is looker and with its attractive price is one of the more interesting propositions on the market.
Now to sweeten the deal even further an LG Call app for the Android Wear platform has been released to let the Watch Urbane owners make a call directly, without the need for you to take the phone out from your pocket. Read more »
TAG Heuer has been promising a smartwatch for months now, but the watchmaker’s CEO Jean-Claude Biver, said that the watch will launch in October and November and will offer 40 hours of battery life, compared to the Apple Watch’s 18 hours.
Biver is not bitter about competition from Cupertino, in fact he welcomes it: “I hope they sell millions and millions and millions of them,” he says. “The more they sell the more a few people will want something different and come to TAG Heuer.” Read more »
One of the notable things about the Apple Watch is that it does not support third party watch faces. Although there’s a whole bunch of them that come pre-installed and you can customize them further, you can’t actually download more.
Although an SDK will be coming later this year, certain developers have been trying to find a loophole by creating apps that do nothing but show a custom watch face. Obviously, Apple is having none of that anarchy. Read more »