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WRiSTBOOM is a wearable Bluetooth speaker for your mobile needs

There are a lot of Bluetooth speakers out there, but how many of them can you actually wear on your body? Well, there might be some that you can wear around your neck but it could be quite heavy. A new device that is campaigning for your support on IndieGoGo aims to be the first wearable Bluetooth speaker that doesn't suffer on quality, even as you can bring it your music with you everywhere you go. Will WRiSTBOOM be your new musical accessory of choice?

Android Community Weekly Digest: June 7, 2015

Google I/O 2015 may have come and gone, but the aftermath of the developers' conference is far from over. Curiously, it seems that some manufacturers actually waited for the event to be over before announcing their new wares to the public. Last week, we saw the unveiling and launch of a few new interesting devices, not just smartphones but even some wearables, some of the more perplexing than others . This is your latest edition of Android Community's Weekly Digest, covering the period from June 1 to 7, 2015.

Sony SmartBand 2 to reportedly have heart rate monitor

Because a companion app was pushed to the Google Play Store inadvertently, it looks like word is out that the upcoming Sony SmartBand 2 SWR12 will indeed have a heart rate monitor. This piece of info was first leaked back in February but now the product description that is part of the app confirms this and gives a few other details about the wearable that is expected to be announced anytime now.

QiLaunch Wear now availalbe in beta testing for your Android Wear

While smartwatch screens are obviously smaller, it is still sometimes time consuming, not to mention battery consuming, to tap and swipe down your menu, especially when you have a lot of apps and sub-folders on your wearable. Thank goodness for smartwatch app launchers eh? A new one called QiLaunch Wear is now available for beta testing, and it aims to just reduce the time and effort to look for apps but also preserve your Android Wear-run smartwatch's battery life.

Huawei Talkband B2 parties with Jawbone UP for US launch

The P8 lite, with its interesting anti-subsidy strategy, isn't the only Huawei product that's coming to the US this week. Introduced last March at MWC 2015, the Talkband B2 wearable is finally taking flesh. But arriving in the US isn't it's only pleasant surprise. Huawei is revealing that its fitness tracker will be compatible with Jawbone's UP platform, allowing wearers to keep full track of their activities, their sleep quality, and everything else that they need to know to keep up with a healthy lifestyle.

Wifi on LG G Watch R enabled via mod

We’ve talked about the fact that LG has not activated the wifi feature on the LG G Watch R when it pushed out the Android 5.1.1 update. The device clearly has wifi hardware in it, and is certified by the FCC to run wifi. Maybe it was a marketing decision to activate all features in the much more expensive LG Watch Urbane and hype that instead of the basic LG G Watch R wearable/smartwatch. That being the case does not however stop the good people at XDA to create their mods and try activating the feature. That day has arrived, ladies and gentlemen.

Acer announces three new wearables for Liquid Leap lineup

At the ongoing Computex event in Taiwan, Acer just announced that they are releasing not one, not two, but actually three new wearables as part of their Liquid Leap line. Leap Active is for "socially active young-minded" users, Leap Fit is for those who use wearables for fitness-related reasons, and the Leap Curve are for those who want their wearables to still fit in with their fashion style. All three new devices can track activities, receive notifications, and have intuitive touch screens.

Blocks Wearables intros new first modular smartwatch, more details here

Remember the Blocks modular smartwatch we featured last year? Well, we've got more good news about the first wearable device from the company. The project will be released through a crowdfunding site later this summer. It will run the latest Android Lollipop OS and will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor. This information was shared during the Computex 2015 event in Taiwan where Qualcomm shared more details about the wearable in a keynote.

Tag Heuer’s smartwatch named as the Carrera Wearable 01

We learned about Tag Heuer's upcoming entrance into the smartwatch market. We're expecting it would be big and obviously luxurious and that the company would be partnering with Google and Intel and that it will begin selling the product October or November this year for about $1,400. The official name of the smartwatch wasn't disclosed but Tag Heuer CEO Jean-Claude Biver mentioned to Wearable in an interview that it would be the Tag Heuer Carrera Wearable 01.
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