While complex smartwatches have hugely progressed of late, both from a design standpoint and in regards to what these gizmos can actually do, the elementary, uber-cheap activity trackers are pretty much in the same flawed place as, say, two years ago.
Once rampant speculation on Google possibly prepping a so-called “Nexus Watch” fizzled out a long time ago, mostly due to Android Wear’s emergence. But a tongue-in-cheek, mystery remark directed by Sundar Pichai at an interviewer on the heels of Android One’s commercial debut is bound to reanimate the rumor scene.
Last week, luxury watchmaker Jean-Claude Biver, who heads up the popular TAG Heuer brand, lambasted the Apple Watch in an interview with German media. Now why would he say those awful things? Maybe because his TAG Heuer brand is developing its own smartwatch.
Several reports hint that Samsung is preparing a Google Glass competitor, expected to hit the market under the Samsung Gear Blink moniker. The wearable device is yet to make an unofficial appearance at the rumor mill, but we’ve seen some drawings of the alleged device in patent and trademark filings.
Show of hands: Who here feels, like one of the luxury timepiece industry’s heavyweights, that the Apple Watch is too girly? Nobody? Good, because Samsung has a proposition that could only be described as even more feminine. Not to mention kooky.
They want in, they don’t want in, then they want in again. Make a decision already, HTC, and stick with it. It’s simple, either you’re willing to take the smartwatch gamble, or you’re too afraid to see your already struggling financials head on a slippery slope to bankruptcy.
I remember the months prior to June 8th, 2002. Lennox Lewis held the title for heavyweight boxing champion, and the masses were eager to see former heavyweight ‘Iron Mike’ Tyson go head-to-head against Lewis. What could have been a fight of legend ended up very one-sided, as Lewis dispatched the aging Tyson with a knockout victory. By the third round, the disappointment was palpable as months of hype left viewers to witness the inevitable, technical defeat. I made a big’ole bowl of popcorn, for nuthin’.
One of the reasons we love music through headphones is the freedom of mobility with secluded sound. You can be out and about in your own world, listening to track after track. But what if you decide you want to share that audio experience with others? Ya gonna need a speaker.
Seeing as how Huawei is getting increasingly bullish about its smartphone prospects in the wild, challenging West, with the Ascend Mate 7 the latest proof as to the company’s engineering excellence, it really was a mere matter of time until the company sounded off its smartwatch debut.
Don’t let the first half of the headline fool you, virtual reality devices haven’t become all of a sudden more affordable than banal smartphones, tablets or smartwatches. Nor will they anytime soon. This is just Samsung flexing its ripped marketing muscles once again, making it seem like the just-announced Gear VR is cheaper than a Sony Walkman.
Well, this is new. Perhaps for the first time in smartwatch history, a wearable device is apparently so in demand that its makers are incapable of keeping up for one measly day.
Unlike Android for smartphones and tablets, which remains a heavily fragmented OS despite Google’s best recent efforts, Android Wear looks set to be much closer-knit, at least for the foreseeable future. Of course, it’s a lot easier to control and coordinate the aesthetics and functionality of a piece of software running merely on a handful of devices with virtually identical hardware specifications.