Google sends second batch of invitations for Inbox
Google has started to send out more invitations to its recently-announced Inbox email app. The search company has advised on Twitter that the second round of invitations has been dispatched to some of the Gmail users who have requested access by sending an email to Google's dedicated Inbox invitation address. Though the number of invitations sent is unknown, Google does say that more are "on the way".
Android Wear update makes smartwatches more useful without smartphone connection
Google's first major update to Android Wear will be preparing the operating system for use on standalone smartwatches. The software update adds support for GPS sensors built into devices, as well as the ability to store music on a smartwatch instead of a smartphone, with audio able to be played through a paired set of Bluetooth headphones.
Two-day battery, heart rate monitor claimed inside Microsoft wearable device
Microsoft could introduce its own wearable device in the next few weeks, a report claims. According to sources of Forbes, Microsoft's rumored smartwatch will attempt to beat its counterparts, such as the Samsung Gear range and the Moto 360, by offering a battery life said to last for more than two days from a single charge, something many current smartwatches struggle with.
WatchKit SDK to help development of apps for Apple Watch
Apple is going to help developers create apps for the Apple Watch before its release early next year, by making available a software development kit for the device. WatchKit, being made available to download in November, will allow developers to work on and test their smartwatch apps without having the Apple Watch hardware to hand.
Smartwatch from Will.i.am reportedly launching this week
Black Eyed Peas member Will.i.am is planning to launch a smartwatch on Wednesday, a report claims. According to The Telegraph, the watch will be launched on Wednesday, and though it may not necessarily be the same device as he teased previously, it will apparently include apps for social networks, use a curved display, have its own cellular connection, and also have a music service powered by 7digital.
Exclusive version of Xperia Z3 heading to Verizon alongside Sony SmartWatch 3
Two more Sony devices will be added to Verizon's mobile device roster later this month, the carrier has revealed. A repackaged version of the Xperia Z3 will be going on sale, a smartphone called the Xperia Z3v, while the company's Android Wear device, the SmartWatch 3, will also be heading to the carrier's stores in due course.
Delayed HTC smartwatch held back to make it more 'compelling' to use
A smartwatch will not be making an appearance at today's HTC launch event, according to a report. The manufacturer is apparently holding off from launching its own wearable device until sometime next year, though comments from high-level employees seem to suggest the reason behind the delay is more case of perfectionism rather than too much competition.
Samsung Gear S will have Opera Mini browser available at release
The Samsung Gear S, a smartwatch with its own 3G data connection due to go on sale in the near future, will be able to access the Internet via its own browser, Opera has revealed. Owners of the standalone smartwatch will be able to download Opera Mini for the device via the Samsung Gear Apps store, with the browser said to be made more user friendly for the small screen by making website shortcuts into larger buttons, and by including a single Smart Page collecting together various social updates onto a single screen.
Teaser page shows Bean Bird webOS smart TV mascot, watch face
A webOS-based smartwatch may be in development by LG, the company's developer site strongly suggests. A now-removed teaser page strongly hinted at a wearable device running the software, by depicting a "Bean Bird" mascot from the company's webOS smart TV software next to a watch, along with the words "Coming soon".
Piper Jaffray's Munster forecasts 10M units in first year, ASP of $500
Analyst Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray, while calling the Apple Watch "light years ahead of any other smartwatch on the market," nevertheless advised both clients and market watchers to expect "conservative" initial sales of the device in its first year. Like the iPod, which took three years to become the dominant force in music players, Munster said that "consumer application may be limited initially, until developers begin to create useful applications for the watch."
Forerunner 920XT Multisport GPS watch shows smartphone notifications on color display
Garmin has introduced another device in its Forerunner GPS watch range. The Forerunner 920XT, a follow-up to last year's Forerunner 910XT, is able to track the wearer's physical activities and provide a variety of statistics on its display, but improves on its predecessor by using a color display, being 15 percent lighter, and offers increased connectivity options.
Software update adds background activity tracking to Pebble smartwatch
Pebble, the Kickstarter-funded smartwatch, has been updated with some new functionality, and new prices. An incoming update for the smartwatch will enable activity tracking functionality for the first time, with the manufacturer dropping the price of both the standard Pebble and the Pebble Steel by $50, bringing them to $99 and $199 respectively.
Motorola smartwatch update claimed to increase usage time by hours
Owners of the Moto 360 are reportedly seeing longer battery life for the smartwatch than at launch, thanks to an over-the-air update by Motorola late last week. The original suggestion by the company of an "all day" mixed-use battery life has apparently increased considerably, with users on Reddit surprised at the sudden battery gains.
Stand-alone LG smartwatch rumor resurfaces in FCC listings
A rumored smartwatch from LG with a built-in SIM card is heading to Verizon, an FCC listing has revealed. A device described as a "Smartwatch + CDMA" is shown in filed documents, strongly suggesting the smartwatch will have the capability to connect to a carrier directly without requiring the use of a nearby smartphone's data connection, similar to competitor Samsung's Gear S.
Connect IQ SDK offers sensor access, fitness data, option to create watch faces
Garmin is attempting to make its GPS watches for runners more attractive to fitness apps, by opening the platform up to third-party developers working in the field of wearable devices. Connect IQ is billed as a software development kit allowing developers create apps which will work with future Garmin watches and other items.
AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon to carry 3G-enabled Gear S
Samsung has confirmed it will be releasing the Gear S smartwatch in the United States. Launched last month, the standalone smartwatch with a curved two-inch 360x480 Super AMOLED display will be heading to AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon sometime this fall, though the manufacturer has yet to confirm exactly when it will be available.
Pebble Firmware version 2.5 adds iOS 8 support, emoji
A firmware update for the Pebble smartwatch range adds iOS 8 support to the device, among other new additions. Version 2.5 of the firmware also activates its compass features using its magnetometer, allowing developers access to the component, as well as reintroducing the Domo watch face and adding the ability to display emoji within notifications and messages.
Electronista, MacNN staff discuss the new announcements from the fall event
A great deal of conversation between the MacNN and Electronista staff happens behind the scenes, especially when something like keynotes are ongoing. This week's annual Apple mobile announcement is no different. Writers Mike and Jordan, along with editor Charles, tackle some of the issues surrounding the mass-media Apple reveal that Tim Cook helmed today, showing the iPhone 6 family, and the Apple Watch.
Smaller battery, round components found in Motorola Android Wear device
Motorola's Android Wear smartwatch is, as to be expected, difficult to repair. A teardown by iFixit showed the Moto 360 is not designed to be taken apart for maintenance at all, thanks to large amounts of glue, with the report also noting that the 320mAh battery capacity quoted by Motorola may be inaccurate, as it includes a smaller 300mAh unit.
AT&T announces cost of second year of data plan for Timex Ironman One GPS+
AT&T has announced second-year data pricing for the Timex Ironman One GPS+ smartwatch. Originally announced in August, the Timex smartwatch offers stand-alone wireless connectivity without a phone, including fitness tracking, a "Find Me Mode" safety function, and more. After the initial year of included data service, AT&T smartwatch users will need to pay $40 for the second year of data and messaging. Pre-ordering for the Timex Ironman One GPS+ is available online for $400, with the product officially available this fall.
Innovative and beautiful Huawei smartwatch on the way, suggests company head
Huawei will be joining the growing collection of companies creating an Android Wear-based smartwatch. CEO Richard Yu has reportedly advised that the manufacturer is working on its own wrist-based Wear device, though apparently it will not be heading to market until next year, long after other similar smartwatches become available to buy.
LG G Watch R will have October release, cost more than G Watch
The LG G Watch R, the round-faced sequel to the G Watch, will be shipping in October, the company has revealed. Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, a spokesperson declined to state how much exactly the Plastic OLED-based Android Wear device will cost when it goes on sale next month, but did advise it would be more expensive than the $230 price the original launched with.
Stainless steel Motorola smartwatch shipping today
Motorola's long-awaited smartwatch is going on sale in the United States. The Moto 360, complete with its round-faced 1.6-inch 320x290 display clad in Gorilla Glass and stainless steel, is being sold from Motorola directly and via a number of other retailers, though the choice of bands will be limited just leather options at launch.
SmartWatch 3 uses Android Wear, SmartBand Talk adds voice control
As expected, Sony has launched two wearable devices at IFA during its main press conference. The SmartWatch 3 continues the SmartWatch line but switches over to Android Wear rather than Sony's own software, while the SmartBand Talk is a lifelogger which adds a display and voice control to the previous model's spartan design.
Best Buy discounts LG G Watch price by $50
Best Buy has cut the price of the LG G Watch by $50. One of the first Android Wear smartwatches revealed and released, recently superseded by the G Watch R, has been spotted by Android Police priced at $180 for both the black and white models. Despite the discount, it is likely the G Watch will continue to be sold for some time, most likely as a budget option compared to the round-faced stablemate's estimated $300 price tag.
Two wearable devices may be launched at IFA this week
Sony's alleged update to its SmartWatch range may have surfaced, with the possibility of two launches rather than one. A render has surfaced showing the SmartWatch 3, though it is accompanied by what is believed to be a new fitness tracker called the SmartBand Talk, with the two potentially launching at IFA this coming week.
Here mapping app for Android exclusive to Samsung
Nokia has made a deal with Samsung to provide Here Maps to its Android devices, as well as items running Tizen. Here for Android will be exclusive to Samsung's Galaxy smartphone line as a free download, while Tizen devices such as the Gear S smartwatch will be able to display maps on their small displays, as well as providing turn-by-turn navigation.
Second LG Android Wear smartwatch has round face, heart rate monitor
LG has surprisingly revealed its round-faced Moto 360-like smartwatch ahead of next week's IFA trade show. The G Watch R follows on from the original G Watch launched in July, though instead of a square display of the original, LG has exchanged it for a circular Plastic OLED (P-OLED) screen, measuring 1.3 inches across and with a resolution of 320x320.
Gear S smartwatch can operate independently from smartphone with own 3G connection
Samsung has unveiled a new Gear smartwatch and earphones before its Unpacked event at IFA. The Gear S updates the original device's bulky design into a slimline and stylish smartwatch with a curved two-inch 360x480 Super AMOLED display, though unlike the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, this edition adds the SIM card and 3G connection from the rumored Gear Solo, allowing it to work independently from a smartphone.
Report claims round Samsung Gear smartwatch in development
Samsung may be preparing to join the ranks of LG and Motorola, by developing a round-faced smartwatch. A report claims the company is working on the device, though despite the expected appearance of the Moto 360 and a new round LG G Watch at IFA, it is unclear when or even if Samsung will be bringing the device to market.
New teaser trailer indicates a traditional watch design, could be called LG G Watch R
After prior reports surfaced that pointed to a new smartwatch coming this September from South Korea-based manufacturer LG, new details were released by the company today about what consumers can look forward to. The company posted a video to YouTube, teasing the release of "a perfect circle" device coming to the IFA trade show on September 5.
ESPN creates Scores app for sporting update on Pebble smartwatch
ESPN has released an app for the Pebble smartwatch, providing results for various sporting events. The Scores app includes results from the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, college football, and college basketball, and will vibrate to notify the wearer about game updates. The app is now available to download from the Pebble App Store for iOS and Android.
Twitter post shows outline of rumored Asus smartwatch
Asus has started to tease the launch of its smartwatch, ahead of an event taking place at IFA on September 3rd. The image on the Asus Twitter account gives a small glimpse of the device, with the shape of one side suggesting it will be using a square display instead of a circular version, despite it having rounded corners on its face.
Second LG smartwatch launch touted months after original released
LG may have a second Android Wear smartwatch being prepared for launch, according to a report. Months after the G Watch went on sale in the United States, the electronics manufacturer is allegedly looking to launch a follow-up of the wrist-based device at IFA next month, with the device said to have a number of upgrades compared to the existing model.
Texas Instruments processor claimed to power Moto 360
More details for the Moto 360 have surfaced, ahead of its expected launch early next month alongside two smartphones. A product listing for the Android Wear smartwatch appeared on the Best Buy website before being pulled from view, and provided not only a full list of specifications for the wearable device, but also confirmed that it will launch at $249.
Sony SmartWatch 3 allegedly includes Wi-Fi connection for standalone usage
Sony's latest iteration in its SmartWatch range will have a higher resolution but a similar design language to the SmartWatch 2, according to a rumor. The SmartWatch 3 will continue to have a rectangular display, and will also use the same transflective LCD technology, one that relies more on ambient light than a backlight, in order to save battery life.
The iWatch will deliver unmatched levels of sophistication and integration
This is part two of an earlier article assessing why the Apple iWatch will succeed where others have failed. The first part of the article set out the backdrop against which the iWatch will be launched and argues that given the current competition, the iWatch stands an excellent chance of being successful. The current crop of smartwatches haven't managed to get the right mix of functionality, usability and desireability. Even Google's new Android Wear smartwatch platform makes a far from convincing case as to the benefits of owning a smartwatch. Only Apple has the ambition and product execution to make a compelling smartwatch and the signs are there that this is what we will get when it eventually launches before the end of the year.
Repeatedly-delayed Meta M1 soon to reach customer hands
Meta Watch has finally put the Meta M1 smartwatch up for preorder, after several delays. The long-in-development smartwatch, designed by Frank Nuovo and his Nuovo design studio, is said to start shipping this September, with the eight different finishes of the device ranging in price starting from $249, rising upward to $449.
Standalone Samsung smartwatch could be unveiled next month
The Gear Solo, a rumored standalone smartwatch in the Samsung Gear range, may be announced next month before the IFA tradeshow, according to a report. It is believed the company will use its Unpacked event on September 3rd to show the watch alongside other expected smartphone launches, including the Galaxy Note 4 and the Galaxy Alpha.
Only Apple is capable of delivering the first compelling smartwatch
Apple has been long been rumored to be working on a smartwatch widely referred to as the iWatch thanks to some Apple trademark applications surfacing. However, even though the product hasn't yet been revealed some naysayers like the notorious Apple sceptic John C. Dvorak have already started to write off the device before it has even been released. Similar conclusions were also drawn about Apple's iPhone and iPad by Dvorak and others before each was released; but both as we know have been phenomenally successful. While it seems less likely that an iWatch will have the same widespread appeal as either the iPhone or iPad, there are several signs that suggest that Apple will once again succeed in a market where others have thus far failed to inspire.
Withings aiming for Activité smartwatch release in October
Withings is aiming to put its Activité smartwatch on sale in October, CEO Cédric Hutchings has revealed. At the same time as advising to Wareable about the updated release schedule for the wrist-based device, Hutchings highlighted the stylish and minimal design of the Activite compared to other smartwatches, claiming "We found that wearables were not that wearable." The Withings Activité will apparently cost around $500 at launch.
Smartwatch from Timex includes messaging, emergency texting
Watch manufacturer Timex is attempting to enter the smartwatch market, by collaborating with Qualcomm and AT&T. The Ironman One GPS+ aims to provide typical smartwatch and GPS running watch functions, though instead of relying on a Bluetooth connection with a smartphone for data, it will instead use its own cellular connection.
Close-up shots of Moto 360 point to heart rate sensor pedometer
Motorola's upcoming Android Wear smartwatch, the Moto 360, has allegedly been spotted being used with its charging station. The leaked photographs appear to show the smartwatch attached a charging dock for the first time, with the leak also providing a considerable number of close-up views of the Moto 360's sides and back, and demonstrates its size when worn and in comparison to the LG G Watch.
Music control, recognition added to Casio G-Shock GBA-400
Casio is adding another smartwatch to its wristwear range, this time adding a new item to the G-Shock collection. The G-Shock GBA-400 provides the option to control music on an iPhone or Android smartphone over Bluetooth, with the additional ability to pipe nearby music to the smartphone for recognition by SoundHound, displaying the track information on the watch's digital display.
Designer HP smartwatch said to have interchangeable straps, stainless steel casing
HP will be joining the race to produce smartwatches, by working on a high-end wrist-based device. Working with American fashion designer Michael Bastian, HP will apparently concentrate on the engineering aspects of the timepiece, and though relatively few details about the item have been leaked, it is believed the device will take the form of a typical wristwatch rather than the screen-based design the majority of on-the-market smartwatches have taken.
Design sketches, website render of OneWatch hint at OnePlus smartwatch design
OnePlus, the manufacturers of the CyanogenMod-based OnePlus One smartphone, may be making its own smartwatch. Leaked images suggest the company is working on a round-faced smartwatch in a similar vein to Motorola's Moto 360, with a screenshot of the OnePlus website seemingly suggesting the OneWatch will be launching sometime in the near future.
Meeting between executives concerned Android Wear, Tizen use in smartwatches
Google is unhappy by Samsung's choice to use Tizen for its main smartwatch platform instead of Android Wear, according to a report. CEO Larry Page is said to have spent time earlier this month with Samsung Vice Chairman Jay Y. Lee in a "tense private meeting" over the smartwatch software issue, with Samsung allegedly spending more on devices running Tizen than Google's new Android offshoot.
Asus smartwatch to help with 'real-time problem solving'
Hardware producer Asus will be attempting to make its smartwatch a 'hero product,' claims the company chairman. Speaking at the Taiwan Economic Summit in Taipei, Jonney Shih effectively confirmed the company is still working on a wearable device, and that Asus is still deliberating over 'trade-offs' between a good watch design and the technical requirements of including various features to the device.
Fitness tracker with small screen could be on the way from Microsoft
The rumored smartwatch from Microsoft could in fact be a fitness tracker, according to a report. A recent rumor stating the smartwatch will be more like Samsung's Gear Fit rather than something from Android Wear or the the Gear 2 has been given more credence, with the claim that the device will have the appearance of a wristband with a small screen for the time and notifications.
Budget Android Wear device from Asus could cost as little as $99
Asus will launch its smartwatch at a far lower price than other Android Wear devices, according to a report. The Taiwanese computer producer is said to be looking to charge at most $149 for its wearable device, and potentially as low as $99, heavily undercutting both the Samsung Gear Live and the LG G Watch, and is likely to be far below the Moto 360 when it ships.