Samsung may have difficulty, to say the least, in meeting Gear S release deadlines in the UK, but intriguingly enough, the US rollout seems to be going ahead as planned. It’s obvious the company is merely following the money, dear British readers, so don’t be too sad.
A fitness and health application from Microsoft has hopped onto the app stores for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and OS X. The app’s page on the Google Play Store includes a screenshot of what seems to be a new Microsoft wearable called the Microsoft Band. The screenshot and the app confirm earlier rumors that Microsoft would be working on a multi-platform fitness wearable.
It looks as though Samsung may have taken on more responsibilities than it could handle this fall, in an attempt to capture all the little pieces of the huge tech world. It’s not easy to mass-produce a phablet as in-demand as the Galaxy Note 4, and Sammy has Note Edge and Gear S production to take care of as well.
It hasn’t been easy for Motorola to cope with unexpectedly intense Moto 360 demand, so although the beautiful, round-faced smartwatch debuted in the limelight last spring, it barely shipped to (some) US buyers these past few weeks.
As if there wasn’t already a plethora of fitness trackers hitting the market, now you’ve got three more to choose from – care of Fitbit. These three new products come after Fitbit’s turbulent 2014, after 2013′s Fitbit Force was recalled in the first quarter of 2014. So hopefully, these three new products will experience smoother sailing than the company’s predecessor.
After Motorola’s Moto 360 release debacle, not yet entirely settled, no one expected much from LG and their direct 360 rival. Also a stylish, round-faced, complex wearable piece, the G Watch R is however setting the stage for a mighty impressive worldwide outbreak.
Notorious for its tardiness, Verizon has been working hard to improve of late, and its latest win comes in the form of a surprisingly swift Sony SmartWatch 3 rollout. Announced at IFA in early September, the humdrum-looking wearable piece recently popped up on Google Play.
Round, retro, silky smooth and not overly pricey, Motorola’s Moto 360 looked like the perfect smartwatch from the get-go. Well, perfect may have been a bit of a stretch, as the initial battery life was far from ideal.
A new smartwatch could be on the way from Microsoft that will be cross-platform, according to statements from people close to the company. The cross-platform device would run an operating system from Microsoft, but it would have the ability to connect to devices running iOS, Windows Phone, and Android. Reports claim the device will have many different sensors and also have a battery life of two days.
As more and more players join the wearable game, it’s getting increasingly hard to stand out. Even for market veterans such as Sony. Their rookie smartwatch effort came to light in 2012, before Apple even pondered a dive in the shifting waters, and now the third entry in the Sony SmartWatch franchise is inching closer and closer to a commercial bow.
One of the lesser-known smartwatch manufacturers that probably tackles the fledgling market with the utmost seriousness is Omate. Helped to develop its first wearable device, the TrueSmart, by Kickstarter supporters, the hardware design start-up upped the ante recently with the premium-looking, extra-productive X, and now, it’s branching out, targeting an untapped audience.
A paper published by doctors in San Diego documents what they say is a genuine case of Google Glass addiction. A service member checked himself into the U.S. Navy’s Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Program (SARP) this past summer for what he believed was an alcohol problem but turned out to have an additional addiction- something far more intriguing.