With technology brands slowly starting to encroach upon the territory of traditional timepiece makers with their fancy schmancy smartwatches, the watermakers are slowly starting to feel the heat. But while traditional watches are far away from extinction right now, that doesn’t mean watchmakers aren’t worried or not taking any steps to avoid becoming irrelevant.
Montblanc has announced a new Timewalker Urban Speed collection of watches that will have a special addition to the bottom of the strap. An optional display called e-Strap can be purchased with the watch that turns it into sort of a smartwatch. Read more »
Having already made its way to the USA, the Asus ZenWatch was supposed to finally make its debut in the UK tomorrow. But, for whatever reason, the wearable was launched one day early, as you can already buy one today.
Like we told you before, for now the ZenWatch is exclusive to Currys PC World. So you can only purchase one from those two outlets. The situation may change in the future, of course. Read more »
The latest company to hop onto the smartwatch bandwagon is Scania – yes, the truck making company from Sweden. It has unveiled the Scania Watch, its very first offering in this space, which is targeted at truck drivers, as you might expect.
The device is in fact a rebranded Sony SmartWatch 3, but it does feature some interesting software additions (as well as promises for much more to come in the future). This might make it more appealing to truck drivers than any other smartwatch out there. Read more »
Asus’ first Android Wear-based smartwatch is going to finally make it to the UK later this month, after it became available in the US in November. The ZenWatch will be yours to grab starting on December 23, so it could make for a very last minute present for someone (or yourself).
If you want to buy one, you’ll initially only be able to do so from Currys and PC World, since apparently these two retailers have nabbed an exclusive on the watch. The price you’ll need to pay for it will be £200. Read more »
An update to the Pebble Android beta app brought actionable notifications to the smartwatch. Version 2.3 of the beta app is available to users with devices running Android 4.0 and up.
The new functionality allows Pebble smartwatch users to reply to and delete messages among others, just like on an Android Wear device. Read more »
Wearable tech appears to be here to stay and the Apple Watch is the long anticipated future entrant to the fast-growing niche. It is set to arrive sometime early next year, but it appears that the smartwatch has already captivated the attention of the of the luxury world and in particular the American diamond importer Mervis.
It appears that it is never too early to reimagine a fashion accessory, as the prestigious company recently published a diamond-covered version of the Apple wearable on their Facebook page. The exquisite device is up for preorder with delivery dates set for the middle of 2015. The smart piece of Apple-powered jewelry is priced at $30,150, which coincidentally is around the price of an entry-level Chevrolet Camaro, but put into the right perspective sounds like a good deal. Read more »
The smartwatch craze is in full swing and competition has never been more fierce, at least in the Android Wear world with a dash of Tizen and iOS for extra flavor. Precisely 7 days ago, we asked you which smartwatch currently available is your favorite having just released our LG G Watch R review.
Now, the results are in and the LG G Watch R is in for a sweet victory almost across the board. This is pretty encouraging news for the Korean company, since this is its first attempt at a completely round smartwatch running Android Wear. Read more »
It looks like yesterday’s rumor was right. Google has now announced the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for its Wear smartwatch platform, which will be rolling out to all Android Wear devices in the next week. Aside from bumping up the Android version number it’s based on, the new Wear software will come with several enhancements.
And what is already the most advertised of those is the addition of Android Wear watch faces to the Google Play Store. There are many new watch faces in there just waiting to be downloaded. And the new watch face API is now out for all developers, so they can create even more of them. Read more »
We’ve seen some games crop up on smartwatches, but what about playing with the smartwatch rather than on it? That’s exactly what HandyGames did (I’m not sure if the name is a coincidence or not).
HandyGames adapted its Aces of the Luftwaffe to use a wearable as a sort of joystick. Read more »
Motorola released another ad for the Moto 360 smartwatch. The latest clip, like the quartet of videos from last week, is part of the “A watch for our times” series of ads.
Entitled “Architect,” the new clip shows a creative mind in the middle of work, accompanied by classical music. Read more »
On the phone and tablet side some devices have already been updated to run Android 5.0 Lollipop, the latest version of Google’s OS. But the company’s Android Wear platform has not yet made the jump. That could all change tomorrow.
A new rumor says that’s when the update to Android 5.0.1 Lollipop for Android Wear will start rolling out. This means the smartwatches that have been released so far running Google’s wearable platform should all get the new software in the following days and weeks (since Google itself is in charge of updating the Wear devices). Read more »
2014 has undoubtedly been an eventful year for mobile tech. One of the definite refrains of the past moths has been the smartwatch reemergence as a viable and fast-growing market niche. Wearables seem to be popping up more and more frequently and the recent introduction of Google’s Android Wear only fueled the market fire. LG has remained at the forefront of the new craze, producing not one, but two very successful smartwatches in under a year – the LG G Watch and the round LG G Watch R.
LG G Watch R
Earlier today, Business Korea reported on a rumor that claims LG is already hard at work on the G Watch R’s successor. The new device will bear the logical name LG G Watch R2 and will be unveiled to the public during the next Mobile World Congress, held in March 2015 in Spain. Read more »
The LG G Watch R review is now up and it’s time to put it through the gauntlet of our community’s opinion about it. Watches are quite personal items and are seen as a reflection of your personality, so we think this week’s poll is going to be something interesting to check out.
Especially in this day and age when almost every major tech company offers a smartwatch. There are plastic and metal ones, square and round, well almost round. We’re looking at you Moto 360. Read more »
This year we’ve seen mobile device makers launching smartwatches left and right. But traditional watchmakers apparently haven’t stood idly by, instead some have been working on their very own smartwatch offerings. One of these will be made by TAG Heuer, one of Switzerland’s best known watch brands.
Back in September, that company has already admitted that it’s developing a smartwatch of its own. And now a rumor claims to know when the wearable will be unveiled. Read more »
Motorola has released four new ads for the Moto 360 smartwatch. The ads focus on the design and craftsmanship of the device while stressing that despite its classic design it’s a device made for modern times.
The ads are pretty awesome and genuinely amusing. They also perfectly encapsulate the experience of using the device, that despite its sophisticated appearance you are still going to occasionally get a silly notification on it that’s just at complete odds with design. Not something that would happen with an actual premium watch. Read more »