Samsung’s Tizen-based Gear S smartwatch is now official, so it’s up to the company and third-party developers now to begin making apps available for the device.
Samsung recently announced a new partnership with Nike in a press release — Gear S owners will be able to download the Nike+ Running app, which utilizes the device’s GPS and 3G connectivity to track fitness data.
The app comes pre-loaded on the device and can track their runs and record data all while their phone remains at home.
The features appear to be the same as the usual Nike+ Running App, except this is optimized for the Gear S.
Asus has released another teaser for their upcoming smartwatch, showing off a slim, sleek design and the name of the wearable. Asus will call their first entry into the smartwatch market the ZenWatch, which I’m personally not a huge fan of, but hey, I’m no market expert.
Regardless of the name, the watch itself does look great. We won’t have to wait too much longer for an official announcement, but in the meantime, you can check out the video of the watch below.
We’ve heard several rumors that Samsung is cooking up a SIM-enabled Gear smartwatch, and it’s looking like we’ll see it sooner rather than later. The latest rumors points to Samsung unveiling the new version of their Gear smartwatch (along with a VR headset) alongside the Galaxy Note 4 next month. Since the original Galaxy Gear launched with the Note 3, this a pretty predictable pattern.
Everyone is teasing soon to be released products in the run up to IFA 2014. Sony is getting in on the action and the image above, obtained by Xperia Blog, is showcasing two devices that have yet to be announced by the company. If the location of this image is any indication, Sony will stay true to its design language and keep everything water resistant.
Last week, a report claimed that LG would be launching a G Watch successor in at IFA 2014 for a release this fall. A teaser for the said device has surfaced and it is going by the name G Watch R. The extra letter is the only difference in name, but the design will certainly be different. The “R” is representing the round, circular display featured on the smartwatch. The device does have button on the side, just like the Moto 360.
The smartwatch industry is going to be very crowded this fall. The Moto 360 from Motorola is (eventually) going to be here, ASUS is going to announce something next month, and this could be the year Apple gets involved with smartwatches. There were also grumblings that HTC has a smartwatch incoming.
Hit the break for the teaser video.
Many have argued that the market isn’t yet ready for a massive influx of smartwatches, but Samsung would disagree — and perhaps that’s all that matters.
We’ve already seen the Galaxy Gear, Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, Gear Fit and Gear Live come from the manufacturer, and it appears that we should be expecting the arrival of the Gear 3 relatively soon.
Earlier this summer, shortly after the first Android Wear smartwatches were released during Google I/O, ASUS was quick to let it be known that they were working on something to be released later in the year. Since then, ASUS has shared some information about some of the design factors they worked through as they appeared to be working toward releasing the smartwatch at IFA 2014. The release date rumors appear to be panning out as ASUS took to Twitter today to tease the release of their smartwatch. They promise something “Incredible” so it will be interesting to see what they produce.
We haven’t really been sure how Motorola planned on charging up the Moto 360, but now it’s pretty obvious.
As seen in the photo above, the next big smartwatch to come to market will have a wireless charging dock, which displays the watch face while charging. This makes it a serviceable bedside clock.
According to a recent FCC filing for the device, the Moto 360 takes advantage of Qi wireless charging capabilities, which means there are no connectors on the back, as found in LG’s G Watch. (That means no corroding pins!)
This is all good news leading up to the launch of Motorola’s new watch, which should come relatively soon.
Via: Cult of Android
Source: Mister Gadget
As we watch more and more companies jump on the smartwatch bandwagon, a group that may be worth keeping an eye on are designers and watchmakers. Most of the smartwatches that we have seen coming from technology companies have been long on function and short on form despite everyone seeing them as a pseudo-fashion accessory. That will start to change though as seen in a new move by HP to produce a luxury smartwatch. In partnership with retailer Gilt, HP managed to lure designer Michael Bastian to a team that is working on a smartwatch that resembles a classic analog watch in terms of style.
OnePlus’ ‘One’ phone hit a few (okay, more than a few) bumps in the road since its initial launch. Production was an issue initially, then there were some OS/software issues, and now the company is looking to possibly drop its native CyanogenMod altogether.
But that doesn’t mean the company will stop forging ahead.
A new leak shows the “OneWatch” on an unpublished page of OnePlus’ website. Of course, you should take this with a grain of salt, as a previous leak from OnePlus regarding an upcoming tablet turned out to be false.