Tagged with: Smartwatches

Apple Granted ‘iTime’ Smartwatch Patent

Apple Granted ‘iTime’ Smartwatch Patent

In one of the clearest signs that Apple is — and has been — working on a smartwatch device, the Cupertino company was on Tuesday granted a patent for a wrist-worn wearable with augmented strap capabilities, support for arm and wrist gestures, advanced proximity-sensing circuitry and much more. As published by the U.S. ...

Samsung and Google Are Fighting About Tizen OS Again

Samsung and Google Are Fighting About Tizen OS Again

Google and Samsung are reportedly at odds once again. According to The Information, Google CEO Larry Page is unhappy that Samsung is pushing Tizen as its chosen smartwatch platform. Apparently joining LG in the retail launch of Android Wear wasn't enough to satisfy Page. The report describes a "tense private meeting" ...

Analyst: The iWatch Will Cost $300 and Sell 30 Million Units

Analyst: The iWatch Will Cost $300 and Sell 30 Million Units

The long-rumored Apple iWatch might actually be quite a success in its first year on store shelves, data from Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty shows. Apple will price the iWatch at $300 and sell between 30 million and 60 million units in its first year on store shelves, Huberty wrote in a research report to investors on ...

Report: Microsoft’s ‘Smartwatch’ is Actually a Fitness Wristband

Report: Microsoft’s ‘Smartwatch’ is Actually a Fitness Wristband

Microsoft’s smartwatch has long been rumored as a device that competes with Android Wear, Samsung’s Gear watches, and any future hardware from Apple, but it might not take the form of a watch. Windows watcher Paul Thurrott reports that Microsoft’s smartwatch will actually be a fitness wristband with multiple sensors ...

Google is Determined to Obliterate Apple in the Smartwatch Game

Google is Determined to Obliterate Apple in the Smartwatch Game

It happened with the PC: Apple built one first, but Microsoft operating systems became the dominant way people computed. It happened with the smartphone: Apple’s iPhone defined the category, but around the world far more phones run Google’s Android. On Wednesday, Google launched a new Android platform for watches that ...

Google’s ‘Android Wear’ is Now Available for Consumers

Google’s ‘Android Wear’ is Now Available for Consumers

While the Android Wear emulator has been out for months, Google said at its I/O conference on Wednesday that the OS and hardware are now ready for consumers. Google is jumping into the wider wearables market with an Android-based OS designed for smartwatches and other wearables. Just like Android for phones and tablets, ...

Google is Making Phone Unlocks Easier in ‘Trusted Environments’

Google is Making Phone Unlocks Easier in ‘Trusted Environments’

Google showed off a few new features of the next version of Android. While the company didn’t say all that much about the new features and instead focused on the new design language, Google director of engineering Dave Burke did show off Android’s new personal login feature. Instead of having to use a pattern or PIN to ...

Withings’ Newest Fitness Tracker is a Connected, Fancy Wristwatch

Withings’ Newest Fitness Tracker is a Connected, Fancy Wristwatch

Let’s be honest: most fitness trackers on the market clearly place function over form. They’re kind of ugly. But Withings is bucking the trend with a new product launched Monday that takes its fitness tracker and sticks it into a conventionally styled analog watch. No, the Withings Activité is not a “smartwatch,” ...

Pebble Adds Misfit App, Becomes a True Pedometer

Pebble Adds Misfit App, Becomes a True Pedometer

Looking to preempt Google's big Android Wear unveiling, Pebble on Tuesday announced a new partnership with wearable maker Misfit that will turn its smartwatch into a pedometer. While the unique appeal of the Pebble has always been in its stripped-down simplicity, the deluge of step-tracking wearables and the imminent entry ...

WSJ: Apple’s iWatch Will Have 10 Sensors and Multiple Designs

WSJ: Apple’s iWatch Will Have 10 Sensors and Multiple Designs

Apple is planning multiple versions of a smartwatch likely to be launched in the fall, people familiar with the matter said, as the company tries to counter wearable devices from Google, Samsung and others. The new wrist device from Apple will incorporate more than 10 sensors including ones to track health and fitness, ...