wearable

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.

Google’s My Tracks: Android Wear support, Drive sharing

The latest update for Google's tracking app My Tracks has brought with it a few major changes and improvements, particularly in the support for Android Wear smartwatches as well as the way you share your tracks with relevant people. Now your wearables running on Android's platform for smartwatches can use the app to track how many steps you've made during the day or the distance you've run during your early morning workout.

Leaks reveal GPS-sporting Fitbit Surge to be released soon

Last week, we reported on leaked marketing images and specs of the two new Fitbit products set to be released in the next few months. There's apparently a third one in the offing, and this one might just be the flagship product for the fitness band. The Fitbit Surge seems like it's meant for "serious athletes" as it has features like a built-in GPS that would benefit those who want to better track all their fitness-related activities throughout the day.

Samsung developing flexible ‘rollable’ batteries

Say what you want about Samsung, but these guys have invested a ton of what they earn in profits back into their in-house R&D – which is why they don’t rely so heavily on outside suppliers all that much. The Galaxy Note Edge is really a shining evidence of how they have furthered their in-house AMOLED technology. But Samsung won’t stop with display technology – it is reportedly investing much in flexible batteries, the kind you can use with action-type wearable devices.

Blocks modular smartwatch lets users decide the features

Phoneblocks is a company that makes an interesting modular smartphone that users can customize by attaching the modules with the features they want and leaving the features they don’t want out. Phoneblocks is now applying that same modular approach to smartwatches with a new platform that lets users decide what features they want on their wearable called Blocks modular smartwatch.

Leaks show pictures and specs of new Fitbit models

It's still a few months away, but already leaks and rumors abound regarding the new Fitbit models that will be launched in 2015. A tech website got its hands on the marketing materials for the Fitbit Charge and Charge HR and it looks like both are a somehow refurbished version of the Fitbit Force. The company was forced to recall the Force last year after the nickel in the band caused some to break out in rashes and burns. Is this the second (and better) coming of the fitness band?
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