The new Asus VivoWatch offers fitness tracking and 10 days of battery life

vivowatch 1Asus 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

ALCATEL ONETOUCH Watch surfaces on online store for $150

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When ALCATEL announced their new ONETOUCH Watch at CES 2015, they indicated they had plans to make it available in the U.S. market through a new online store. Those plans have come to pass as a couple versions of the smartwatch are now listed on the web site. The small/medium band version of the ONETOUCH Watch is listed as “coming soon” for the previously announced price of $149.99. Potential buyers can go ahead and add the smartwatch to their cart to pre-order it, which ALCATEL indicates will be available on April 30th. Read more

More details emerge about TAG Heuer’s Google/Intel collaboration smartwatch

tag_heuer_google_intel_partnershipWe know TAG Heuer is jumping into the smartwatch game, backed by Google and Intel, but we haven’t heard any concrete details about the watch just yet. Some new details have surfaced from Jean-Claude Biver of Swiss watch-making fame.

He didn’t divulge too much about the inner workings and specs of the watch, but he did give some insight into how much the watch will cost and how it’ll fare against Apple’s upcoming watch. Read more

Pebble pledges $1 million to development of smartstraps for Pebble Time

pebble smart strapWith the announcement of the Pebble Time, Pebble also briefly touched on what they’re calling “smartstraps.” These smart watch bands are basically just a platform so developers can create smartstraps that do different things and add a little functionality to the base Pebble Time.

Today, the company has opened a million dollar fund towards the development of these smartstraps and they’re showing off a few different early ideas from what others have already been working on. Pebble will be taking money from that fund to help back Kickstarter projects for smartstraps, so if you have an idea for one, get to work on a prototype. Read more

New details for Samsung’s new round smartwatch surface

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Samsung has flooded the Smartwatch market with a number of smartwatches. The Android Wear packing Gear Live, the Tizen powered Gear S, Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, Galaxy Gear and its smart-fitness band Gear Fit (though technically not a smartwatch) brings Samsung’s count for wearables up to six, but hey who’s counting? While we expected Samsung to unveil a new smartwatch along side the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, to our surprise Samsung did not and the company confirmed a change in philosophy.

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Google releases new Android Wear video just in time for all the masses interested in a smartwatch

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Google has released another video in their be together.not the same. campaign today titled Android: Wear what you want, this time highlighting the many options buyers have in smartwatches running Android Wear. It is almost like they think there is going to be a lot of interest in smartwatches today. The video takes a quick run through a variety of Android Wear powered smartwatches showing the different shapes and how different watch faces are available. You can check out the video after the break. Read more

LG G3, Moto 360, Moto E claim top spots in 2015 Global Mobile Awards

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Although much of the attention at MWC 2015 is on the devices being announced at the event or sneak peaks of technology planned for later in the year, the hosts, GSMA, take some time to recognize outstanding products from the prior year with their Global Mobile Awards. For 2015, Android devices proved to be formidable participants in the market. Perhaps most notable is the recognition of the LG G3 as Best Smartphone along with Apple’s iPhone 6. It was not long ago that LG barely even registered in the smartphone market, but the company started to make a big push first with the LG G2 and then last year’s successor the LG G3. Their willingness to break with some tradition, like placement of buttons, and trying to produce an attractive, quality product have paid off with the award. Read more