Smartwatch

Google on Friday announced that that it had reached an agreement to buy Fitbit, a leading maker of advanced fitness trackers. Google stressed that data obtained and processed by Fitbit’s devices will remain in appropriate datacenters and will not go elsewhere. Under the terms of the agreement, Google will pay $2.1 billion in cash, valuing the company at $7.35 per share. In accordance with the deal, Google will become the sole owner of Fitbit, owning its IP and handling all hardware and software development and distribution. The takeover of Fitbit is the latest step in Google’s ongoing strategy to make its Android platform more attractive to consumers. Fitbit has more than 28 million of active users, and while the company is far from the lion's share...

Fitbit Shifts Production Away from China

Fitbit has announced plans to shift its production away from China starting early 2020. The company indicated that the decision was conditioned by the fact that its products were...

20 by Anton Shilov on 10/10/2019

Hands-On with The Nubia Alpha: A Smartphone or A Smartwatch?

This year at Mobile World Congress, ZTE’s Nubia division introduced its Alpha, a wearable device that can serve both as smartphone and smartwatch. While initially dubbed as an Android-based...

16 by Anton Shilov on 3/5/2019

Dive In: Catalyst Has Apple Watch Protection for Up to 100 Meters

When smartwatches emerged several years ago, they were good enough to work as pedometers or count calories burned when their owner used an elliptical strider. However they were not...

22 by Anton Shilov on 3/1/2019

Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45: Atom Z3400, Android Wear 2.0, Starts at $1650

Tag Heuer last week announced its new generation smartwatch, co-developed with Google and Intel. The new Connected Modular 45 timepiece uses an Intel SoC, runs Google’s Android Wear 2.0...

36 by Anton Shilov on 3/18/2017

Infineon Shows Off Future of eSIM Cards: <1.65 mm2 Made Using 40 nm

Update 3/20: Infineon has contacted us and said that the eSIM IC is made using a 40 nm process technology. At MWC this year, Infineon showcased a lineup of its...

28 by Anton Shilov on 3/11/2017

Launch Update: ASUS ZenFone 3, Zenbook 3, ZenWatch 3, ZenPad 3S 10

ASUS has introduced a number of new products this summer, but never released their official recommended prices and availability timeframes for the US market. In the recent weeks, the...

21 by Anton Shilov on 10/10/2016

One Month With: The Huawei TalkBand B3

I think I'm getting the reason why smartwatches exist now - or at least watches in general. When I was younger, before smartphones, I wore a simple cheap watch...

10 by Ian Cutress on 10/4/2016

Apple Announces Apple Watch Series 2

In addition to announcing the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus today, Apple introduced Apple Watch Series 2. Like all first-generation products, the original Apple Watch had some...

15 by Matt Humrick on 9/7/2016

ASUS ZenWatch 3 Announced: Round Display, Snapdragon Wear 2100, Long Battery Life

ASUS introduced its third generation ZenWatch at the IFA trade show on Wednesday. The ZenWatch 3 wearable features a new case design with round display and uses a more...

17 by Anton Shilov on 9/2/2016

Apple Announces WatchOS 3

While Apple Watch and watchOS 1 was a solid first step towards seriously addressing the smartwatch market, it was obvious to me that it was still in need of...

20 by Joshua Ho on 6/13/2016

Samsung’s Gear S2 Classic 3G and 4G Smartwatches with eSIM to Hit the Market in March

Samsung has revealed that its Gear S2 Classic 3G and 4G smartwatches, which were formally introduced last September, will be available in the U.S. on March 11, 2016. The...

16 by Anton Shilov on 2/23/2016

Google Adds New Hands-Free Features to Android Wear

Google has announced this week that they have added several new functions to the Android Wear operating system in an update that is now being rolled out. The latest...

18 by Anton Shilov on 2/5/2016

Huawei Launches Huawei Watch Elegant and Huawei Watch Jewel

Huawei has announced two new versions of the Huawei Watch that target users looking for something more flashy than the standard steel model. The new versions of the Huawei...

6 by Brandon Chester on 1/5/2016

TAG Heuer Unveils The Intel-Powered Connected Smartwatch

Today TAG Heuer, a traditional Swiss watchmaker, announced their entry into the world of smartwatches with the TAG Heuer Connected. This is really the first example of a luxury...

10 by Brandon Chester on 11/9/2015

Samsung Gear S2 Launch Event & Hands-On

After quite a long day yesterday here in Berlin I finally managed to catch a breath to sit down and go over what was likely the biggest reveal over...

31 by Andrei Frumusanu on 9/4/2015

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