wearable

Samsung Gear S coming to American mobile carriers

We’ve covered the Samsung Gear S from the time it was leaked to its announcement at the IFA 2014 in Berlin – and this is one unique wearable that has its own SIM card and hence, its own data connection. It’s not overly reliant on an Android smartphone for usage, although you can use it with that as well. Good news from Samsung is, starting early November, the Samsung Gear S will be available with major US mobile carriers.

Microsoft Health app goes live ahead of Microsoft Band [UPDATE]

Everyone's getting into fitness these days, which is a good thing of course, from actual fitness companies to tech giants like Google and Apple. Microsoft, who is increasing its efforts at remaining relevant, naturally doesn't want to be left behind. It has been known, or rather leaked, that Microsoft is working on its own fitness-centric wearable, and part of that plan has already gone out today in the form of the Microsoft Health app.

Fitbit intros three new models, now with GPS and heart-rate sensor

It seems the smartwatch-wearable era is booming. A lot of wearables from different manufacturers are being introduced left and right. The Pebble may be one of those who started in this business but it’s gaining a lot of rivals. It didn’t help that Samsung unveiled a series of Gear wearables too and other companies were quick to follow. The result? The Kickstarter-funded Pebble was overshadowed. It’s still thriving but Pebble developers must think of new ways to market and sell the smartwatch.

Lenovo gearing up to announce the SmartBand

Any FCC sighting of a device means it’s coming very soon. The Lenovo SmartBand visiting the commission gave us an idea about this OS-friendly fitness tracker. Lenovo is set to release the new the Smartband SW-B100 before the year ends before no dates have been announced yet.

Google Maps update: Hindi language, improves notifications

As a special Diwali gift for millions of mobile Android users who speak the language, Hindi has been added as an official language in the latest Google Maps update. Another segment of digital users that will be happy with this update are the Android Wear users, as it brings improved notifications for wearables that are on Google's platform. These seem like minor improvements, but of course, for apps, any updates, minor or otherwise are always welcome.

Fitbit Surge leaked by online store before launch

These kind of things do happen with great frequency nowadays that you might not be able to tell a real “accidental” leak from an intentional one. Be that as it may, you can judge for yourselves what happened to the upcoming fitness tracker, the Fitbit Surge, which has not even been officially launched yet – but lo and behold, it was featured at Brookstone’s online store.

LG G Watch R to drop in Europe first as global rollout starts

Most of the current smartwatches and Android wearables put in the market today – at least those worthy of note – can trace their very recent history back to IFA 2014 in September, because that’s where most of them got launched. This includes the LG G Watch R (the “R” stands for “round”) which was unveiled at Berlin and is slated to start its global rollout in November, with the first market to get the device being Europe.

Onyx E Ink smartwatch aims for battery life

Onyx is a company that has been making digital readers with E ink screens for a while now. The benefit of using an E Ink screen on a device is that battery power is only needed when the watch refreshes the display. That means it can run longer on a single charge.
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