Just over a month after chairman Eric Schmidt made it clear that Google isn’t giving up on Google Glass, Massimo Vian, CEO of Italian eyewear manufacturer Luxottica, has said that the next iteration of the high-tech eyewear is coming out soon.
Speaking at the company’s general meeting in Milan, Italy, Vian also revealed that while the version 2.0 is currently being worked on, version 3.0 is also in the planning stages. “In Google, there are some second thoughts on how to interpret version 3 [of the eyewear],” he said. “What you saw was version 1. We’re now working on version 2, which is in preparation.” Read more »
Today is the Apple Watch day – you can officially order it online, while the retail sales will begin in few months. The Watch is on back-order, so you’ll have to wait about two months before it arrives at your doorsteps, but at least you can now place your order, right?
So, you can’t get an Apple Watch soon, unless you bought it from one of the six fashion boutiques scattered around the world. But at least you can warm up with the new promo videos uploaded today. Read more »
The LG Watch Urbane, which was unveiled back in February this year and showcased during the MWC 2015 in Barcelona, carries a price tag of $365 in South Korea, which is $30 more than the price of the Watch R. The wearable goes on sale in the country today.
In terms of specifications, the smartwatch is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC with 1.2GHz CPU, and sports a 1.3” P-OLED display with a resolution of 320 x 320 pixels. It comes with 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of internal memory, and packs in a 410mAh battery. Measuring 45.5 x 52.2 x 10.9mm, the Watch Urbane comes with Google’s latest version of Android Wear, and has IP67 rating for water and dust resistance. Read more »
Today Google has started rolling out a new version of its note-taking app, Keep. The main new feature inside this release is support for Android Wear. So, in other words, you can now use Google Keep on your Android Wear-running smartwatch.
A note-taking app is obviously a good fit for your wrist – not only for quickly creating new notes, but also for viewing the ones you’ve already added from your phone or tablet. If you use Keep for grocery shopping lists, you may find it easier to glance at such information on your watch instead of your smartphone. Read more »
Sure, this could simply be a coincidence, but on the day that marks the start of pre-orders for the much anticipated Apple Watch the Moto 360 has been discounted at two big retailers. Motorola’s first wearable is one of the Apple Watch competitors running Android Wear.
And you can now purchase one with a leather strap for just $179, which is $70 less than the original price for it. Both Amazon and Best Buy are offering this deal right now. Read more »
As Apple is set to start taking pre-orders for its first ever smartwatch tomorrow, Google is once again said to be working on making its wearable platform play nice with iOS. We first heard something like this about one month ago, and this new report even has some details about Google’s progress on the matter.
Apparently Android Wear already works with iOS in Google’s labs, through a companion app. That’s nothing out of the ordinary, since the same path is taken on Android itself. However, this might become an issue when the search giant will want to publish said companion app in the iTunes App Store. Read more »
Today Alcatel has officially started US pre-orders for its first smartwatch, the aptly named OneTouch Watch. The wearable was announced earlier this year, and it’s very affordably priced at $149.99.
That’s a far cry from the Apple Watch, for example, but don’t forget that this doesn’t run Android Wear, Google’s platform for smartwatches. Instead, Alcatel chose to develop its own solution, one that is thankfully compatible with both iOS and Android smartphones. Read more »
Just a few weeks before the launch of Apple Watch, documents have been leaked detailing how Apple will handle the sales of the wearable. As per the documents, that were obtained by MacRumours, the Cupertino-based company will not be selling the device to walk-in customers at launch.
Customers will instead be required to make an online “Product Reservation” to hold or pick-up a specific model of the smartwatch at a retail store. “If a customer walks in and wants to purchase a watch, offer the option to try on a watch. Then help them place an order online or through the Apple Store app,” the documents say. Read more »
Pebble’s Kickstarter campaign for its Time smartwatch with color e-paper screen quickly became the most funded in history at the beginning of this month. And now, the company has already crossed the $20 million mark of raised funds, with just a few hours to go.
At the time of writing, exactly $20,235,088 has been pledged for the Pebble Time by more than 78,000 eager backers on the crowdfunding site. This comes after the $14 million mark was reached in only one week. Read more »
The successor to the Apple Watch will be launched later this year, and unlike its predecessor, it will not require an iPhone to work, according to analyst Timothy Arcuri from Cowen & Co. He also said that the wearable might feature an OLED screen exclusively supplied by Samsung.
As for the first generation Apple Watch, which is set to go on sale next month on April 24th, Arcuri said that the iPhone maker is still facing yield issues with the device, predicting that the company will be able to build only 6 million units by June. He added that Apple is working with Foxconn to solve the low yield problem. Read more »
Today Microsoft has finally unveiled when its first wearable is due to head to international markets. The Microsoft Band has been available in the US for a few months now, but so far it hasn’t made it to any other places.
That will all change on April 15, however, because that’s when the Microsoft Band will be released in the UK. Over there, the fitness accessory will be priced at £169.99. Read more »
According to a report in Reuters Xiaomi has partnered with the Chinese manufacturer of athletic gear Li Ning on a smart running shoes. The clever kicks should make their debut this year.
The running shoes will track the user’s activity via an embedded chip. Read more »
Apple has promised to make the Apple Watch available on April 24 and pre-orders will commence from April 10.
Meanwhile, the companion app for the Apple Watch is getting ready for formal launch as well. Read more »
This year’s MWC saw a lot of action from Huawei. The Chinese tech giant announced two phones (Honor Y635 and Honor Y360) a tablet (MediaPad X2), but the real star of its show was its new Android Wear smartwatch.
Dubbed simply the Huawei Watch, the wearable is one of the most stylish Wear devices today. It offers a round display and a very thin bezel. Overall, it does look like the perfect next-gen device for your wrist, but recent speculations have been attributing a less than affordable price to the wearable – around $1000. Thankfully, there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel, as today a German website listed the Huawei watch along with a price, which is much more-palatable. Read more »
As you may know, yesterday Apple finally gave us more details about its first smartwatch, including full pricing information. And now it looks like it’s open season for jokes about the Apple Watch from the company’s competitors.
Jeff Gordon, HTC’s Senior Global Online Communications Manager, seems to think that Apple’s first wearable is just a tad more useful than a DVD rewinder. Read more »