Samsung will join the growing smartwatch market with a new device slated to debut early next month, according to the folks at Bloomberg.
Citing information from "two people familiar with the matter," Bloomberg said on Friday that Samsung will reveal the Galaxy Gear on Wednesday, September 4, two days before the IFA trade show opens in Berlin. The watch will reportedly let wearers make phone calls, use the Internet, and work with their e-mail.
The initial Galaxy Gear won't sport a bendable display, according to one of Bloomberg's sources. But Samsung is working on a model … Read more
Samsung may soon introduce its first smartwatch, known as the Galaxy Gear, should a recent trademark filing prove accurate.
A newly discovered filing from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) confirms Samsung's intention to produce smart wearable technology. Listed as a Samsung Galaxy Gear, the trademark's description is rather vague and open-ended.
Here's an excerpt from the filing:
Wearable digital electronic devices in the form of a wristwatch, wristband, or bangle are capable of providing access to the Internet and sending and receiving phone calls, electronic mail, and messages.
Based off the renderings, the display … Read more
On Thursday, Pebble released an update to its iOS app for the Pebble Watch that added a workaround for e-mail alerts. Up until now, iOS users would have to go to Notification Settings and toggle the "View on Lockscreen" setting any time their phone and watch lost Bluetooth connection. So if the phone was restarted, or you simply wandered out of range for the two devices to stay connected, you'd have to do "the finger dance" (as named by Pebble users) in order to get alerts back. Even then, e-mail alerts were hit or miss. … Read more
Deep in a dimly lit audience in New York City, I sat watching a presenter show a slide reading, "Challenges for High Performance Wearable Solutions."
Of all the challenges listed -- battery life, processor power, connectivity, developing compelling applications -- one was left out: who, exactly, wants to wear this wearable tech, and why?
"Wearable tech" is the latest hot buzz phrase, and it's been surging in consumer electronics circles. But despite how simple the label sounds on the surface, it's a category that's extremely tricky to pin down.
Eager manufacturers parachuting on … Read more
What does it take to make a great smartwatch? The Kreyos Meteor is an effort to at least outdo the Pebble. Based on features, I'm inclined to agree it does...but is that enough?
I got a chance to see and hold the Kreyos Meteor, a smartwatch that's seeking early-adopter funding on Indiegogo right now. The watch, which comes out this fall, works with iOS, Android, and even Windows Phone 8 devices -- or, if you wish, syncing via Mac or Windows. And, based on the site and the Kreyos Meteor's design, it's clearly aiming at … Read more
It's been quite a week for news that starts with the word "smart."
Eric Schmidt was caught last week holding the rumored Moto X smartphone, which opened the flood gates of speculation: When will it come out? Who will carry it? What're the specs?
A leaked alleged release schedule, though, claims to have an answer to at least one of those questions. The Moto X, along with the HTC One, will arrive at Verizon next month.
The smartwatch train is a fast-moving one, and everyone's trying to jump aboard. A new rumor claims that Microsoft is hard at work on a smartwatch of its own, and has put the Surface team on the case. And Apple, not to be outdone, is supposedly "aggressively" hiring people for its iWatch team. … Read more
Android users definitely get the better deal when it comes to the Pebble watch. The "openness" of Android allows for developers to piggyback on other services and products, such as Pebble and come up with some handy uses.
While browsing Google Play, scrolling through the long list of apps developers have made to integrate with Pebble, I found an app called Pebble Rocker.
This app is more like the Swiss Army knife of Pebble apps, as it adds a lot of different functions to the Pebble watch from one place. After buying the app for just under $1 … Read more