smartwatches

  • Fitness Wearables Will Bounce Back From Smartwatch Threat, Says Gartner

    Fitness Wearables Will Bounce Back From Smartwatch Threat, Says Gartner

    What’s the short term trajectory for fitness wearables? Down. Analyst Gartner is projecting a dip in overall shipments next year, owing to overlapping functionality between different types of fitness wearables and because smartwatches are eating into their functionality (while also offering more in the way of communications features). Read More

  • The Meta Watch M1 Is A Next-Gen Smartwatch That Isn’t Ugly

    The Meta Watch M1 Is A Next-Gen Smartwatch That Isn’t Ugly

    While I could go on and on about the features, the battery life, and the fancy software, the Meta Watch M1, the latest from former Fossil engineer Bill Geiser and designer Frank Nuovo, stands out because it’s not ugly. Designed to look more like a regular watch than any smartwatch I’ve seen so far, all of the functionality including call pick-up and control, music management, and… Read More

  • In Defense Of Square Smartwatches

    All the smartphone hype is currently around round watches. When LG and Samsung announced their first Android Wear smartwatches earlier this year, most pundits had a heard time getting excited about them — in part because everybody was still waiting for the round Moto 360. Since then, we haven’t heard all that much about the square watches from those two manufacturers… Read More

  • Hands On With The Samsung Gear Live, Its $199 Smartwatch Shipping July 7

    Hands On With The Samsung Gear Live, Its $199 Smartwatch Shipping July 7

    Samsung has a new Android Wear device that it didn’t really make too much of a fuss about before: The Gear Live smartwatch. It unsurprisingly resembles its brethren the Gear, Gear 2 and Gear Neo, but it doesn’t use Tizen or Android (like the first gen Gear) and it doesn’t use the same interface Samsung has been pushing on its other wearable devices. It does however bring… Read More

  • Evernote CEO Details His Company’s Plans For A Wearable Future

    Evernote CEO Details His Company’s Plans For A Wearable Future

    There’s a conundrum facing software developers these days: Wearable tech is clearly an area of keen interest among consumers and industry watchers, but how to prepare for mass market adoption in this nascent space? There are still so many variables, so much left up in the air, that it’s hard to pick any areas of investment with guaranteed return on investment. But Evernote CEO… Read More

  • Shortcut Debuts A Siri-Like App For The “Internet Of Things”

    Shortcut Debuts A Siri-Like App For The “Internet Of Things”

    Addicted to home automation and other web-connected gadgetry, such as Lockitron or Unikey door locks, Nest or EcoBee smart thermostats, Belkin wemo switches, Dropcam, Fitbit, Jawbone, Sonos and more? Then you’re going to like this: A recently launched mobile app called Shortcut is offering you a way to control your devices using voice. As co-founder Duy Huynh puts it, it’s like… Read More

  • Sony Won’t Use Android Wear Yet, Will Instead Focus On Its Own Android-Based Smartwatch Platform

    Sony Won’t Use Android Wear Yet, Will Instead Focus On Its Own Android-Based Smartwatch Platform

    Sony isn’t going to be one of Android Wear’s OEM partners, at least not in the foreseeable future. The company’s head of U.S. mobile operations Ravi Nookala told CNET in an interview that it will forge ahead with the Android-based OS that powers its SmartWatch and SmartWatch 2 wearables for the time being, rather than jumping ship to Android Wear, Google’s new… Read More

  • The Anvil Problem

    The Anvil Problem

    Over a decade ago I was a happy man. In about 2002 I bought an Archos Jukebox. It was 6GB monstrosity, clad in metal and full of huge batteries, and it contained a clicking, whirring 2.5-inch hard drive. I used it to listen to music and even hacked it to run a home-brew operating system complete with games and media controls. For a while I was quite content with my crazy MP3 player and… Read More

  • Android SDK For Wearables Coming In 2 Weeks, Says Google

    Android SDK For Wearables Coming In 2 Weeks, Says Google

    Google is readying a version of its Android OS tailored for wearable devices. Google’s Sundar Pichai told the SXSW conference Sunday that it would be releasing an SDK for makers of wearable devices such as smartwatches in two weeks’ time. The SDK will be aimed at other makers of smartwatches and wearables, even though Google itself is thought to be working on building wearable… Read More