The smartwatch industry has a new player ready to enter, this time coming from the world of watchmakers hoping to add some “smarts” to its devices instead of a tech company looking to cram smarts into a watch form factor. Casio has revealed plans to produce a smartwatch for release in 2016. With the company’s history, the move to finally get into the market should probably not be a surprise. Read more
Huawei’s Watch was first unveiled at MWC back in March, and it is still one of the better-looking Android Wear devices around. There is no set shipping date for the Huawei Watch just yet, although it is available to pre-order in most countries. Not in China though, availability of the Huawei Watch has been delayed until at least September, although October hasn’t been ruled out if things don’t go to plan.
According to a report from Electronic Times, Samsung’s next smartwatch will include NFC, so mobile payments will be possible. One of Apple Watch’s best features is the ability to use the device for mobile payments using NFC, so should Samsung use Samsung Pay in the same way, a similar experience could be expected. While Samsung Pay’s big draw is the ability to pay at all credit card terminals instead of just NFC, just the ability to pay from a watch is still a great feature.
The current target release for Samsung’s new watch is the second half of the year, so we’ll see all the device has to offer in a few months.
Via: Droid Life
Tag Heuer, the watch company famous for its high-quality (and very expensive) Swiss-made watches, has unveiled the name of its first Android Wear watch, the Carrera Wearable 01.
The ASUS ZenWatch is the latest smartwatch to be updated to Android Wear 5.1.1, in what is likely to be a staggered roll-out. LG’s Watch Urbane was the first to receive the update, and its good to see the update appearing for other members of the Android Wear family.
Update: Woot has sold their entire stock of Moto 360’s–that didn’t take long! Sorry.
If you’re looking to pick up a leather-bound Moto 360 smartwatch, Woot has an excellent deal on the device.
While the likes of the LG G Watch R, Watch Urbane and the Moto 360 have taken all the attention among the Android Wear smartwatches, the ASUS ZenWatch has also received considerable praise from the customers. Read more
The next generation Moto 360 has likely just passed through official Bluetooth certification, which might indicate that we’ll see the successor to Motorola’s rounded smartwatch relatively soon.
The device has a model number of BTMW03, which is extremely similar to the Moto 360’s BTMW01 model. The certification also mentions that it’s an Android product, so that rules out any type of Bluetooth speaker, headset, or other accessory. It either has to be the new 360, or something completely out of left field that no one’s expecting. The former is a safer bet. Read more
Jean-Claude Biver, who is heading up the effort to bring a TAG Heuer smartwatch powered by Android Wear to market later this year, revealed some new details about the device in comments at a recent store opening. According to Biver, the TAG Heuer device is expected to hit the market in October or November at a starting price point of $1,400. Biver did not indicate whether the device that sells for that amount will be the only version available or if that is just the base and prices for other versions could be higher. TAG Heuer hopes to compete against Apple in the smartwatch market, whose watches start at $349, but can go for as much as $17,000 for versions in gold. Read more
Asus has unveiled their newest VivoWatch (that’s actually not part of the Zen family of devices) that’s focused on fitness tracking. The watch is water and dust resistant, offers a heart rate monitor and several other health services, and features a stainless steel frame. Asus is also making a pretty bold claim with this watch, saying it will last 10 days on a single charge. Read more