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All posts tagged "Smartwatches"

  • Is there a round Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch in the works?

    Samsung might’ve revealed an interesting tidbit regarding its next-generation Galaxy Gear smartwatches, in a new press release outed this week. The company, announcing that its new SDK will be available early to global developers before any products are launched (which is also a first), also flaunted an image of a round watch-like depiction in the release. Whether this is sheer graphic designer coincidence or carefully plotted teaser, it certainly has our ears pricked. Previous generations of the Samsung Galaxy Gear range has featured square faces with slightly rounded edges, slightly longer rectangular screens and hell, even slim slivered screens like those...

  • Android Wear updates finally make using apps as simple as checking the time

    Google has rolled out a bunch of features to make your Android smartwatch a bit more hands-off, with a whole new range of gestures and touch shortcuts. In what seems to be the first major update to Android Wear since it was unleashed onto people’s wrists about a year ago, Google’s focusing more on what it dubs being “fashionable” as well as “functionable”. Android Wear watches have always had an always-on-screen — that battery munching feature that doubles up as a safety light for nighttime cyclists. With this new update, you can extend this feature to your apps so they can stay...

  • Tag Heuer partners with Intel, Google on Apple-slaying smartwatch

    Tag Heuer, you know, that luxury watch brand specialising in crafting traditional timepieces, is divebombing into the smartwatch swimming pool thanks to a firm hand on the back by Apple. After the Cupertino company launched its Apple Watch a few weeks ago, and Swatch announced that it will fit its timepieces with NFC chips, Tag Heuer has confirmed that it too will be sending its chronographs to smartwatch school, but with one important exception — it will aim to keep its smartwatches’ aesthetics as close to those of the originals. The watch will be powered by an Intel chipset, which is...

  • LG’s upgraded Watch Urbane LTE boasts mystery OS, VoLTE calling

    We all knew that the LG G Watch R was one of the more beautiful smartwatches on the market, but hell, even LG had to out do itself with this one. The Watch Urbane debuted a few days ago and looked to be one massively stunning Apple Watch slayer, but new details have emerged of a new “LTE” version that makes this line even more attractive to techies and business executives alike. Read more: LG Watch Urbane smartwatch boasts sexy all-metal body, business-class chic Instead of climbing onto the Android Wear bandwagon again, LG has developed a proprietary OS for the...

  • Sony SmartWatch 3 review: substance over style

    The smartwatch is still an infant technology that hasn’t yet decided what it wants to be when it grows up. Although there are a spate of Android Wear-based devices on the market, they’re all really the same thing in different outfits. This is a market where differentiation is more difficult than most, perhaps even more so than the tablet space. Generally I complain that tablets are boring, mundane technologies, but smartwatches come pretty damn close too. Sony’s SmartWatch 3 doesn’t exactly harbour an interesting name (hell, anything other than calling a smartwatch “SmartWatch” would’ve piqued my interested) or an interesting exterior,...

  • FlyShark is the smartphone challenger Kickstarter’s been waiting for

    Smartwatches are slowly creeping back into the limelight, with the recent announcement of the LG Watch Urbane and the imminent launch of the long awaited Apple Watch, but smaller manufacturers also believe that they can craft something truly magnificent for the wrist. The latest Kickstarter project dubbed “FlyShark” hopes to take the smartwatch crown, and compete with the likes of smartphones altogether. Read more: LG Watch Urbane smartwatch boasts sexy all-metal body, business-class chic Here at FlyShark we are working on developing a new cutting edge smartwatch to outshine the competition and possibly even compete with Smartphones! We understand that smart...

  • LG Watch Urbane smartwatch boasts sexy all-metal body, business-class chic

    The smartwatch craze of 2014 has largely cooled off in the early months of 2015, but manufacturers are still hell-bent on finding the next big smartwatch breakthrough. It’s not a tech genre that’s about to shrivel up and die any time soon, and that’s a view LG is definitely taking as well. The company has launched its latest circular contender — a chic upgrade of the G Watch R, if you will — dubbed the Watch Urbane. We imagine LG’s naming division was listening to its old 2000s R&B records when is came up with that title, but at least...

  • Awear debuts Coffee: Android Wear’s ‘first touch-based’ messaging app

    Android Wear is quite an immature OS by any stretch of the imagination, so simple features like typing and sending messages still hasn’t been perfected yet. Silicon Valley company Awear, funded by incubator Studio 9+, has largely solved this issue though with a brilliantly simple and free app. It’s called Coffee, and it makes replying to message notifications on an Android Wear smartwatch rather simple, involving no typing and no dictation at all. It’s the “first touch-based smart messaging app” for Android Wear, that allows the users to send “hundreds of different type of SMS messages”. “With Coffee, you can stay in...

  • Unboxing the Sony SmartWatch 3 [Gallery]

    It’s pretty easy to keep track of Sony’s wearable releases thanks to its rather lazy naming department. As you should’ve realised by know, the Sony SmartWatch 3 is the third iteration of the company’s smartwatch project. While it may look at lot like the SmartWatch 2 that it replaces, it’s leaps and bounds better. Rather than performing the usual unboxing (the gorgeous device didn’t come in a box at all, it turns out), we gave the SmartWatch 3 a photo shoot, showcasing the ceremonial removing of the watch’s protective shell to ultimately switching the gizmo on. Read more: Sony SmartWatch 2...

  • Samsung’s latest patent runs rings, quarters around its smartwatches’ interface

    If you think Apple’s Digital Crown smartwatch navigation system is awesome, wait until you see Samsung’s latest patent. Like those cool Nineties watches of old, Samsung‘s patent involves a rotating ring around the smartwatch‘s face, that allows the user to call up and change menus and other visual gismos on the watch’s interface. It solves the most annoying thing about smartwatches — their inability to be controlled in a cohesive and efficient manner. Touchscreens, although sometimes favorable, leave a lot to be desired in terms of usability for such a small screen. But Samsung’s answer may be the most innovative concept developed...

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