smartwatch

  • Little Labs Raises $3 Million From NEA And Others For Its “Smartwatch-First” App Studio

    Little Labs Raises $3 Million From NEA And Others For Its “Smartwatch-First” App Studio

    With the introduction of the Apple Watch, many believe that smartwatches as a new computing platform now has the potential to explode. One company betting on that trend is Little Labs, an L.A.-based app studio founded by mobile industry veterans that’s focused exclusively on building experiences for the “post-phone” era. The studio today has a small handful of apps for… Read More

  • AmbyGear’s New Smartwatch For Kids Combines GPS Tracking With Educational Games

    AmbyGear’s New Smartwatch For Kids Combines GPS Tracking With Educational Games

    A company called Ambit Networks has just launched its own take on wearables aimed at children with the debut of the AmbyGear Smart Watch, now live on crowdfunding site Indiegogo. The new watch includes built-in GPS and alerts for parents as well as educational content and games for kids. It’s initially available for $99, and will ship later this summer. Specifically, AmbyGear’s… Read More

  • LG’s New Smartwatch Will Support LTE But Won’t Run Android Wear

    LG’s New Smartwatch Will Support LTE But Won’t Run Android Wear

    LG is developing its own software for smartwatches after the company announced that one version of its upcoming LG Watch Urbane will run on its own “proprietary” platform. Read More

  • LG Prepares To Battle The Apple Watch With Its First All-Metal Smartwatch

    LG Prepares To Battle The Apple Watch With Its First All-Metal Smartwatch

    LG was among the first wave of smartphone makers to venture into smartwatches. The G Watch and G Watch R are probably among the best in the market right now — not that this statement says much — but LG has just announced its latest addition, the LG Watch Urbane, as Apple prepares to enter the space. Read More

  • Tim Cook Says Apple Watch Ships In April

    Tim Cook Says Apple Watch Ships In April

    The Apple Watch will start shipping in April to consumers, according to Apple CEO Tim Cook, who revealed that month as the expected target launch date for the company on Apple’s Q1 2015 earnings call. The timeframe for launch was described as “early 2015″ when the Apple Watch was originally announced in September of last year. The Apple Watch release date has been the subject… Read More

  • Why The Apple Watch Doesn’t Need More Than A Few Hours Of Active Use Time

    Why The Apple Watch Doesn’t Need More Than A Few Hours Of Active Use Time

    Apple’s upcoming wearable still prompts a lot of questions, not least of which is how long it will last on a full charge of its battery. A new report form 9to5Mac suggests that Apple is looking at a smartwatch that will offer 2.5 hours of continuous use for processor-intensive applications like games, 3.5 hours for continuous use of standard apps and 4 hours of active fitness tracking in… Read More

  • HTC’s First Smartwatch To Launch Alongside The One M9 In March

    HTC’s First Smartwatch To Launch Alongside The One M9 In March

    HTC is said to be prepping a smartwatch for debut in March at MWC alongside its new One M9 flagship smartphone. The new smartwatch will tap into Under Armour’s fitness tracking software service, according to Bloomberg, but little else is known at this time about its design or features. The M9, however, is said to remember the M8 in terms of sign and looks, but will also feature… Read More

  • Sony SmartWatch 3 Review

    Sony SmartWatch 3 Review

    Sony’s new Android Wear-powered SmartWatch 3 bucks a trend of the company releasing devices that use their own wearable platform, opting instead to jump on the bandwagon that includes a host of other Android wearable OEMs. It ends up being a big benefit, when you compare this device against previous SmartWatch models, which have proven overwhelmingly uninspiring. Basics 1.6″… Read More

  • Asus ZenWatch Review

    Asus ZenWatch Review

    Asus has entered the Android Wear fray, with a smartwatch that features a bold design, even though it opts for a rectangular face, and materials and looks that might make it the closest we’ve seen yet from the Android camp to resembling an Apple Watch. The ZenWatch is by no means a clone, however, and it very much manages to stand out from the Wear flock, too. Asus has crafted one of… Read More

  • Beauty And The Geak

    The Geak Watch II might have an ugly name but it is one of the most “watch-like” smartwatches I’ve seen in a while. Clad in chromed metal and featuring a dual e-ink/LCD display, the piece supposedly lasts for five days on a charge and can connect with your Android or iOS device. It recently hit $700,000 in funding on crowdfunding site Pozible and will ship in the next few months. Read More

  • LG G Watch R Review

    LG G Watch R Review

    The G Watch R is LG’s second Android Wear smartwatch, which is impressive given that the platform has only been available to the general public for about half a year, and other big Android OEMs haven’t yet shipped a first device. The original G Watch felt very much like the wearable hardware equivalent of a “FIRST” Internet comment, however, delivering little in the way… Read More

  • Jumpy Is An Open-Platform Smartwatch Just For Kids

    Jumpy Is An Open-Platform Smartwatch Just For Kids

    A Taipei-based hardware startup called JoyRay wants to create a smartwatch for kids that won’t end up abandoned like the Velveteen Rabbit. Founder and CEO Jerry Chang, who was division head of Foxconn’s smartphone business before leaving last December, believes the key to creating a kids’ smartwatch with enduring appeal is to make it open platform and release new apps… Read More

  • Samsung Gear S Smartwatch

    The Samsung Gear S Is A Smartphone On Your Wrist

    Announced back in September, the Samsung Gear S is the South Korean electronics company’s sixth attempt at making a smartwatch. It’s got the specs of a mid-range phone from a few years back and runs Tizen, Samsung’s own operating system. Read More

  • FiLIP 2, A Smartwatch For Kids, Arrives Today At AT&T For $100

    FiLIP 2, A Smartwatch For Kids, Arrives Today At AT&T For $100

    Will Santa stuff children’s stockings with smartwatches this holiday season? That’s the hope for Filip Technologies which is today launching its FiLIP 2 smartwatch for kids at AT&T stores and online at ATT.com for the discounted launch price of $99.99. The watch, which is essentially a small smartphone strapped to the wrist, is one of the first “wearables” aimed at… Read More

  • Apple Watch Will Need Juicing Daily, Says Tim Cook

    Apple Watch Will Need Juicing Daily, Says Tim Cook

    Apple fans hoping Cupertino’s reality distortion field was going to do magical things to the battery life of its forthcoming Apple Watch had better reset their expectations to something far more average: the wrist computer will likely need charging daily according to Apple CEO Tim Cook. Read More

  • Blocks’ Modular Smartwatch Designs Teased In New Video

    Blocks’ Modular Smartwatch Designs Teased In New Video

    One of the more interesting wearables lining up to challenge the Apple Watch next year is Blocks, a modular smartwatch conceived by a couple of students from Imperial College in the U.K. — in turn inspired by the Phonebloks/Google Project Ara modular smartphone. Read More

  • Pebble Gets A Permanent Price Cut, Plus Background Sleep And Activity Tracking

    Pebble Gets A Permanent Price Cut, Plus Background Sleep And Activity Tracking

    Smartwatch pioneer Pebble is hoping to make its platform accessible to more people with a permanent price drop of $50 and $30 for both the original Pebble and the Pebble Steel, putting them at $99 and $199 respectively. Pebble is also further iterating on its platform, with new added activity and sleep tracking features, both of which can run in the background, albeit at a slight cost to… Read More

  • Apple Rubs Elbows With The Fashion Elite For Paris Apple Watch Event

    Apple Rubs Elbows With The Fashion Elite For Paris Apple Watch Event

    Apple is at Paris Fashion Week, hosting a special event for the Apple Watch at Collette, a high-end boutique shop in France. This is the first time Apple has revealed its device in person to the public, after a press preview held in September for the wearable. Apple still isn’t letting anyone get their hands on fully functional prototypes, but the display of the anticipated gadget is… Read More

  • The Moto 360 Smartwatch Is Finally Here, Available Today For $249.99

    The Moto 360 Smartwatch Is Finally Here, Available Today For $249.99

    The Moto 360 has been unveiled previously, and is arguably the most anticipated Android Wear smartwatch, owing partly to its attractive round face. The wearable is finally landing, complete with heart rate monitor, in both black and gray metal finishes, with retail availability kicking off today at noon EST from Motorola.com, Best Buy and Google Play for $249.99. Two new metal band options will… Read More

  • Apple’s NFC Payments Play Could Make Its Wearable A Computing Friction Killer

    Apple’s NFC Payments Play Could Make Its Wearable A Computing Friction Killer

    Apple could be gearing up to make its so-called ‘iWatch’ a payment device powered by NFC, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal. But including near-field communications tech in the iWatch (and the iPhone 6, too, if the report is correct) will open the door for much more than just payments, and could make the wearable an authentication device that finally convinces… Read More

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