Hyundai’s Blue Link app now available for Android Wear

A man is walking across a full parking lot, when he realizes he forgets where he parked his car. He speaks into his watch, saying "Find car." He glances at the watch, and immediately walks towards the located car, speaks into his wrist again, and the door opens. No, this isn't a scene from a sci-fi movie back in the 90s. This can be an actual real-life scene, that is, if you're a Hyundai car owner. Welcome to life with your Blue Link smartwatch app.

Sony SmartWear luau: Steel SmartWatch 3, Smart B-Trainer headset

We've seen a lot of new gadgets and gizmos at the start of CES 2015 yesterday and tonight, it's Sony's turn on the stage. While not giving any clues about the next Xperia devices, the manufacturer is focusing on its SmartWear line. Nothing exactly new aside from what it calls a prototype device, but fans of Sony's smartwatches will most likely be delighted to know that the latest model now comes with a stainless steel edition. Sony has also improved its Lifelog platform to include more apps and services for your life and activity monitoring needs.

Lenovo Vibe Band VB10 hands-on

Smart watches have created itself a new category within the technology industry. With so many different options out there, who knows what’s best and most comfortable. It all boils down to opinion and preference. Lenovo has rolled out a new contender that might be able to beat out the competition. The VIBE Band VB10 is more than a fitness tracker, it interacts with your smartphone alongside social notifications. A clean metal body front cover with smooth rubber straps (~30 grams) and new features that notify you’ve steered too far from your phone make it stand out.

Omate to release two new affordable circular smartwatches

It seems like affordable smartwathes is the name of the game this early in 2015 as various OEMs and manufacturers claim that they have the best "cheapest" wearable in the market. The newest one to join the fray is Omate, known for producing stylish smartwatches, and this time around they're bringing more accessible (but not really less stylish) wearables, the Roma and the Racer.

Montblanc brings smartwatch functions to the e-Strap

Smartwatches are still in their early stage but the wearable device industry has a lot of potential. A few manufacturers have jumped into the bandwagon and we can expect that this year, more models will be introduced. We noted recently in a blog roundup that there was an explosion of wearables after Google introduced Android Wear--the wearable OS. Google made smartwatches a hot commodity although companies have yet to standardize the technology. A number of companies and developers are looking into smartwatches, introducing models in different styles, shapes, and functions left and right. But not Montblanc, the luxury brand wants to venture into the mobile industry by bringing fine watchmaking and wearable technology together.

Activite Pop is an affordable health watch to track activities

If you don't feel the need to own one of the new (or older) smartwatches currently available in the market but would like to track your health-related activities, your best bet would be a health watch. One of the more trustworthy brands out there is Withings' Activite. But if the $450 price tag is a bit steep for you, they've recently announced a more affordable line of health watches called Activite Pop.

Alcatel OneTouch announces affordable Watch series

Are you looking forward to exploring what smartwatches are capable of doing for your digital life but get turned off by the price tags attached to these wearables? Alcatel OneTouch believes that there are a lot of you out there and want to create a new market segment: "the affordable smartwatch". Simply called Watch, the new device series from the Chinese OEM will deliver the basic functions of a smartwatch, but at a much lower price than its competitors.

Looking back, moving forward: 2014 in retrospect, 2015 in preview

We're just into the second day of the new year so the memories of the previous one are still quite fresh in our mind. But in case you may have forgotten some of the highlights of 2014, here's a quick recap of the unforgettable devices, names, and events that entered our mobile world. We also get to polish up our crystal balls as we try to discern movements and trends to cook up some hypotheses as to what will be coming our way this year, especially with CES 2015 just around the corner.

SteelConnect M adapter works for the Moto 360

The Moto 360 is one of the very few goodlooking smartwatches in the market today. It's my choice of smartwatch when it comes to the looks department but I hope it allows more customization. Good thing there's the SteelConnect M adapter that brings a different twist to the smartwatch. With the adapter, you can now change the strap to give it a new look.

Get the Strivi Fusion Smartwatch, Fitness Tracker for a healthier price

The biggest new tech trend of 2014 is undoubtedly wearable tech, with several of the world’s largest tech companies releasing their first round of wearables: The LG G Watch, Samsung Gear Live, Sony Smartwatch, and the Moto 360 to name a few. And, of course, the Apple Watch coming in 2015. But it’s not just these tech behemoths making wearable tech, and new companies like Striiv, makers of the Fusion smartwatch and activity trackers, are putting together some impressive devices. Normally $100, we have the Striiv Fusion for a healthy 45% off, on sale for $55 at the Android Community Deals store.
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