Crunch time is nigh, and several US retailers know full well it’s going to be game over for older Samsung handhelds once the sizzling hot Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge see daylight.
Well, hello there, Moto 360-2! Moto 360 2015? Moto 361? Whatever the name, it’s sure nice to make your acquaintance. Especially as your fancy, stylish, uber-successful predecessor is getting a little old.
Things aren’t going well for Google in terms of Android wearable sales and adoption rates, and as Apple Watch’s launch approaches, it’s safe to say the ecosystem is at an impasse. Where to from here? It’s either oblivion or a pact with Satan, some industry pundits predict, as Big G may be forced to indirectly endorse its arch-nemesis in order to survive.
Wearables are in right now, at least when it comes to experimentation and new ideas. I’m sure it will take some time for the sector to find that right level of refinement, be it through insight or trial and error. In ways it’s like cooking; either you’re good and deliver a solid dish of fried fish and Thai peanut sauce, or you’ve just made a catfish and peanut butter sandwich to taste the mistake.
Basically acknowledging its Nexus 6 is no longer the cream of the Android crop, with Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge around the corner, Google has just instated a cool little promotion. Granted, the deal also makes room for the Nexus 9 and all Android Wear smartwatches sold on the Play Store under the spotlight, but clearly, the N6 is the brightest star.
Previously up for grabs in limited supply via only Microsoft’s US stores, Redmond’s rookie wearable effort has stepped up to the plate all of a sudden.
Samsung’s first (and thus far only) member of Google’s Android Wear lineup, dubbed Gear Live, is hardly the world’s most appealing smartwatch. Especially after the introductions of LG’s Watch Urbane and the Huawei Watch, this thing looks awkward and outdated, what with its massive and not extremely capable rectangular screen. Not to mention the horrific bezels.
Lenovo (through daughter company Motorola), Huawei, and now Xiaomi. The global invasion of Chinese brands is spreading from the smartphone business to the smartwatch market segment. And rumor is Meizu is next.
Technically, the original Pebble wearable, the one that started this whole smartwatch craze back in 2013, is about to become obsolete. Not only is it around 70 in gadget years, but after receiving a nice, stainless steel refresh, two full-on sequels are now decidedly in the pipeline.
Man, the past couple of days have been a rush. Just a little over a week ago, I had a hint of a possibility of being able to attend SXSW 2015. Next thing I know, it’s Thursday morning and I’m at the airport, on my way to Austin, Texas. If it weren’t for Capital One more »
I was a little bummed out about missing a wearables session (Emperor’s New Wearables) at SXSW early Friday afternoon. I really wanted to get in on that. But I did get the chance to sit in on a quick (15-minute quick) session about the science and art of genetic engineering. Now, when most people hear more »
Now that Apple’s Watch prices and options have been announced, those eager to buy can set aside the perfect amount of funds. But it’s not the same as a pre-order purchase, and the Apple Watch page really, really makes the product enticing.