TicWatch Pro dual-layered smartwatch is here

Smartwatches have a two-fold problem. First is how they sometimes feel like a solution in search of a problem. The more pressing problem, however, is the short, often less than 24-hour, battery life. Smartwatch makers Mobvoi can’t really answer the first but is offering a solution for the second. With the new TicWatch Pro that’s launching today, you can get … Continue reading SOURCE: SlashGear - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Polar fitness tracker might be a bigger national security risk

Fitness trackers have become so common that people strap them on with no worry or concern. After all, they’re not like smartphones or even smartwatches with tons of features and apps that could be harvesting your data. Unfortunately, fitness trackers themselves and their official apps can actually be gold mines of information. Worse, they can actually pose security risks not … Continue reading SOURCE: SlashGear - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Concorso Italiano marks 33rd year with most exotic car collection yet

August is still a good month away but for car aficionados, it couldn’t come sooner. For one, the month holds host to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, regarded to be the most prestigious automotive charitable event. And part of that is, of course, the Concorso Italiano. Now on its thirty-third year, the luxury and exotic Italian car show is promising … Continue reading SOURCE: SlashGear - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Snapdragon Wear 2500 wearable chip is for kids

One of the cited reasons for the failure of Wear OS by Google (formerly Android Wear) smartwatches is that they are all running on a two-year old chipset. Considering the Snapdragon Wear 2100 is based on the Snapdragon 400, its technology goes way back to 2013. As promised, Qualcomm is delivering a much-needed and long-overdue update to its wearable platform. … Continue reading SOURCE: SlashGear - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Oculus TV on Oculus Go lets you binge anywhere

Oculus Go is almost like a the middle child of Oculus’ other existing VR devices, the full-featured Oculus Rift and the smartphone-powered Samsung Gear VR. The device, which almost resembles a smartphone in terms of specs, tries to offer the mobility of a Gear VR but without the hassles of having to slot in a phone. To make sure that … Continue reading SOURCE: SlashGear - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

ASUS VivoWatch BP adds a missing piece to smartwatches

Smartwatches have become more than just smaller smartphones. Many of them are smaller clinical labs as well. Health and fitness have become the focus of many smartwatch makers, especially Apple. Despite having countless sensors, almost all of them are missing one important functionality: measuring the user’s blood pressure. At Computex 2018, ASUS, following Omron’s footsteps at the start of this … Continue reading SOURCE: SlashGear - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Samsung Gear S4 with Wear OS: Tizen is dead

Although they have never really disappeared, traditional smartphone manufacturers have more or less backed out of the smartwatch market. It has become the territory of accessory makers and luxury brands like Fossil or TAG Heuer. One OEM (aside from Apple) that has remained consistent is Samsung with its Gear line of smartwatches and fitness trackers. But while a new smartwatch … Continue reading SOURCE: SlashGear - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Galaxy Watch might be Samsung’s first Wear OS smartwatch

Is Samsung really turning over a new leaf and becoming a better-behaved Android manufacturer? Once the biggest cause of fragmentation, Samsung has admittedly been trying to better conform with standards and expectations while still remaining uniquely Samsung. Now that might extend even to its wearables with rumors of a new “Galaxy Watch” looming over the horizon. This, according to some … Continue reading SOURCE: SlashGear - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

AsteroidOS 1.0 release brings hope to forgotten smartwatches

Wear OS by Google, the wearable platform formerly known as Android Wear, is based on Android and, therefore, technically and legally open source. But just like Android itself, development doesn’t exactly happen in the open completely and there are some parts that are proprietary to Google. That is especially frustrating for smartwatch believers, especially when their wearables get abandoned and … Continue reading SOURCE: SlashGear - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Qualcomm Snapdragon for smartwatches update finally coming

Smartwatches come in all shapes and sizes but most of them have one thing in common: woefully outdated hardware. This is specially true with wearables bearing Google’s Wear OS, formerly known as Android Wear, which mostly run on the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100. Even when it launched way back in 2016, the chipset was already unremarkable. Fortunately for wearable fans, … Continue reading SOURCE: SlashGear - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Round Apple Watch could be coming soon based on new patent

The Apple Watch might be a great health-centric wearable but, depending on who you ask, it isn’t a great fashion item. It’s rounded square design might match its other smart products but, as far as watches go, circles almost always win the day. An Apple Watch with a completely round display is not only much-desired, it might also be long … Continue reading SOURCE: SlashGear - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Samsung Gear S4 LTE coming to the US, eventually

By now, almost all of the major smartphone makers have bowed out of the smartwatch market, perhaps except for Huawei and Samsung. The latter, however, seems to be in an odd position. After having implemented and admittedly ingenious rotating bezel control in the Gear S2, Samsung seems to have slowed down its pace. Last year’s successor to the Gear S3 … Continue reading SOURCE: SlashGear - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Samsung Gear VR gets its own original video series

A new wave of standalone VR headsets are coming but long before these, there was Samsung’s Gear VR. Powered by Oculus, the Samsung-specific platform has seemingly languished by the wayside, filled with nothing more than what can probably be best described as tech demos. In an attempt to show that it means business, Samsung has launched its Pilot Season initiative … Continue reading SOURCE: SlashGear - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Intel is quitting the smart glasses game, Vaunt canceled

While primarily a silicon maker, Intel has tried its hand at anything and everything that could have a processor inside, from smartphones to smartwatches to smart glasses. Very few of those, however, have yielded any promising fruit. Almost like Google but with more tragedy, Intel has axed many of its moonshot attempts. The latest to get the boot is its … Continue reading SOURCE: SlashGear - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Top smartwatches to buy in 2018

Smartwatches aren’t dead. Sure, they’re not the hot sellers they were hoped to be but, here and there, you will find someone wearing a wearable in one form or another. And while not as numerous as smartphones, there are still quite a good number of models available making the choice an equally difficult one. To help you make that decision, … Continue reading SOURCE: SlashGear - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Skagen Falster puts Wear OS in a small package

The future of Wear OS, formerly known as Android Wear, isn’t going to come from traditional device makers. It will come from fashion brands who are learning how to perfectly mix technology and style. And one of the most prolific is the Fossil Group, which has put out almost dozens of smartwatches, both full ones and hybrids, under its name … Continue reading SOURCE: SlashGear - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Samsung Gear Fit2, Fit2 Pro update makes it easier to track things

Smartwatches are complex (but small) beasts with multi-faceted functionality. Fitness trackers, in contrast, are streamlined to do only one thing: keep track of your activities. Well, actually two things. They also display that information, provided they have a screen of their own. Following the fitness-centric update to the Gear S2, Samsung is rolling out a similar refresh to the Gear … Continue reading SOURCE: SlashGear - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

watchOS 4.3 makes the Apple Watch usable again

Apple giveth and Apple taketh away. And sometimes, Apple giveth back. Apple has just released version 4.3 of watchOS, in line with the release of iOS 11.3 and it returns one of the most common uses for a smartwatch: controlling your music playing on your iPhone. In fact, it even goes beyond that and can now control even the music … Continue reading SOURCE: SlashGear - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Wear OS dev preview shows what’s coming next for smartwatches

Google has just rebranded Android Wear, now formally “Wear OS by Google”, this month but nothing has really changed under the hood. It’s the same old, same old situation that might not inspire much confidence in Google’s smartwatch platform. Today, Google announced the first developer preview under the new Wear OS branding that points at the direction that the Android-based … Continue reading SOURCE: SlashGear - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Samsung Gear S2 update makes it feel brand new

The smartwatch market is such a mess that models come and go, sometimes disappearing silently. Almost like the case with smartphones, you can’t even be sure last year’s models will get the latest software versions. So when Samsung announced that the Gear S2, which was launched way back in 2015, was getting a major software improvement, there’s reason to be … Continue reading SOURCE: SlashGear - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Apple Watch 4 to have more screen, more battery, more sensors

Both tablet and smartwatch markets aren’t exactly at their peak, but Apple keeps on chugging along at the head, leaving most in the dust. The latest education-oriented iPad will carry it forward in the tablet market and, according to Ming-chi Kuo, the upcoming Apple Watch series 4 will do the same for wearables. The Apple Watch 4, according to the … Continue reading SOURCE: SlashGear - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Android Wear to Wear OS: more than just a name change

This is one of those pebbles that could send ripples in all directions. Or have no effect at all. It seems that Google is on the verge of giving its Android Wear smartwatch, technically wearable, platform a new name and a new logo. Most rebranding doesn’t exactly mean much, especially when you’re like Google who switches logos and names with … Continue reading SOURCE: SlashGear - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]