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The  TicWatch Pro 2020. (Source: Amazon)

Mobvoi's first 2020 Wear OS device is a TicWatch Pro refresh

Mobvoi has launched the TicWatch Pro 2020 on Amazon.com. It has a RAM upgrade, but sticks with the same SoC, design and battery life. Then again, as it still includes a dual display, it should still offer impressive longevity as a...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 21 Feb 2020 22:32:00 +0100
Apple Watch 6 with a round display? Bring it on! (Image source: Phone Industry)

Apple Watch 6 with a round display? Bring it on!

The Apple Watch remains the world's most popular smartwatch series, although its design has largely remained the same over the years. How about one with a round display? Well, that is what one designer has dreamt up, and some peop...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 21 Feb 2020 20:01:00 +0100
The OPPO Watch. (Source: Weibo)

OPPO's new smartwatch is confirmed to echo Apple's in its design

An OPPO executive has teased its upcoming first-generation smartwatch, revealing that it looks quite like those made by Apple. This device is also to have "3D glass", which may be used to help the wearable's face curve downwards t...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 18 Feb 2020 18:51:00 +0100
YHE BP Doctor: A new AMOLED smartwatch that measures blood pressure, oxygen saturation and heart rate variability (Image source: YHE Official)

YHE BP Doctor: A new AMOLED smartwatch that measures blood pressure, oxygen saturation and heart rate variability

The YHE BP Doctor is a new smartwatch that can measure blood pressure, along with oxygen saturation levels and heart rate variability. All this functionality should make the YHE BP Doctor capable of providing important information...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 12 Feb 2020 23:25:00 +0100
MWC 2020 has been cancelled due to coronavirus fears. (Image via GSMA)

MWC 2020 | MWC 2020 cancelled over coronavirus concerns

After meeting earlier this week to discuss the viability of Mobile World Congress 2020, the GSMA has decided to cancel MWC 2020 due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus outbreak. Multiple companies have stated they would not be...
Sam Medley, Wed, 12 Feb 2020 22:14:00 +0100
WhatsApp Pay has approval to operate in India. (Source: WhatsApp)

WhatsApp acquires the OK to support payments in India

WhatsApp has secured approval to roll out a new facet of its service in India. It is a new payment platform that has just been approved by the relevant authories. This may help the Facebook-owned app compete effectively with other...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 10 Feb 2020 19:52:00 +0100
The Flash wants to be all power banks to all users. (Source: Indiegogo)

The Flash power bank promises 100W USB type C charging, and just about everything else as well

Chargeasap, the company responsible for the Infinity Cable, has introduced another new product via Indiegogo. The Flash power bank is described as based on Tesla graphene-battery technology, which allows it to fill up at a maximal...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 07 Feb 2020 22:37:00 +0100
The Apple Watch outsold Swiss brands by a wide margin. (Image via Apple)

The Apple Watch handily outsold all Swiss watch makers in 2019

Apple's Smartwatch outsold all Swiss watchmaker brands combined by 3 to 2 in 2019. Younger consumers prefer smartwatches, a shift that has continually driven sales away from Swiss watchmakers over the past five years. Still, consi...
Sam Medley, Fri, 07 Feb 2020 16:49:00 +0100
Samsung continues to update the Gear S2, despite releasing it in October 2015. (Image source: Samsung)

Samsung Gear S2: New update improves battery life and UI

After over four years since its release, Samsung is still supplying the Gear S2 smartwatch with software updates. The latest set not only offers significant battery life improvements but also deliver an improved and clean-looking ...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 07 Feb 2020 16:17:00 +0100
Qualcomm reports its 1Q2020 earnings. Source: Qualcomm

Qualcomm announces its first-quarter earnings for 2020

Qualcomm has released its first earnings report for the year 2020. The quarter (1Q2020) saw no less than US$5.1 billion in revenue for the chipmaking giant. This is a 5% improvement compared to 1Q2019. In addition, the company's l...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 06 Feb 2020 17:55:00 +0100
Honor MagicWatch 2: Amazon starts selling new smartwatch for ~US$210. (Image source: Amazon)

Honor MagicWatch 2: Amazon starts selling Honor's new smartwatch for ~US$210

The Honor MagicWatch 2 is now available to purchase on Amazon, with prices starting at ~US$210. The 46 mm smartwatch is available on Amazon DE and Amazon UK, with Honor promising up to fourteen days battery life for the device.
Alex Alderson, Fri, 31 Jan 2020 17:11:00 +0100
The new TicWatch Pro 4G/LTE also prefers the classic watch design, but this time it comes without the leather watch band.

Testing the TicWatch Pro 4G/LTE from Mobvoi

Finally Mobvoi has also released the 4G/LTE model of the TicWatch Pro in Germany. The smartwatch is connected to the mobile network via eSIM even without a smartphone, so you can directly call or get messages using the smartwatch. We ran a brief test on this smartwatch.
Daniel Puschina, Fri, 31 Jan 2020 11:21:00 +0100
Huawei Band 4 Pro: Convincing GPS performance

Huawei Band 4 Pro: Convincing GPS performance

While the Huawei Band 4 Pro is slightly more expensive than other fitness wristbands, it also comes with a few extra features: An integrated GPS, AMOLED display and in some countries, even NFC functionality. Here, we summarize our...
Florian Schmitt, Tue, 28 Jan 2020 22:56:00 +0100
The "Redmi fitness tracker" image. (Source: Weibo)

New leaks suggest Redmi will break into wearables soon

According to a new leak, Redmi - which is usually known as a smartphone brand - will launch a fitness tracker soon. It may be of the kind that fits into a silicone wrist-band, and may also have a front-facing capacitive button. Th...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 26 Jan 2020 18:28:00 +0100
Huami Amazfit Bip Lite Smartwatch Review – No GPS, but Super Cheap

Huami Amazfit Bip Lite Smartwatch Review – No GPS, but Super Cheap

Dependent. With a slightly larger battery and a new Bluetooth version, the Amazfit Bip Lite has a few advantages compared to the 2018 Amazfit Bip. However, other than a few sensors, it also lacks a GPS. As a result, the accuracy of the outdoor workout data depends on the connected smartphone, which can lead to problems, as our review will show.
1.28" | 18 g
Inge Schwabe, Sun, 26 Jan 2020 14:09:00 +0100
Wearables may play more of a role in health and medicine over the next 5 years. (Source: Pigsback)

The fitness tracker market may reach US$5 billion in 5 years

The latest report on the health- and fitness-tracker market shows that it may achieve a valuation of as much as US$5 billion by 2025. This may be driven by the increasing number of applications and functions for these devices. The...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 24 Jan 2020 19:50:00 +0100
Huawei Band 4 Pro

Huawei Band 4 Pro Fitness Tracker Review– Small, but Capable!

Ambitious Fitness Tracker. The Huawei Fitness Watch Band 4 Pro not only works well when combined with a smartphone, but also records routes and monitors the heart rate independently. In this review, we will determine how well it is able to perform these tasks and more.
0.95" | 25 g
Florian Schmitt, Fri, 24 Jan 2020 16:22:00 +0100
Realme may have a smartwatch ready to go. (Source: Realme)

A new Realme leak suggests the brand is about to release its first smartwatch

An Indian electronics authority has approved a new device from Realme described as being part of the "Smart Watches" category. Therefore, it seems this brand is preparing to launch its first wearable of this type in India. If so, ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 19 Jan 2020 21:26:00 +0100
Fitbits were found to detect 'flu at least as well as the CDC in a recent study. (Source: Fitbit)

Fitbit use may be used to help predict flu outbreaks, study finds

A study published in The Lancet has concluded that Fitbit use was associated with significant improvements in a technique used to detect influenza and similar conditions. This is due to the heart rate- and activity-monitoring feat...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 19 Jan 2020 20:58:00 +0100
The Amazfit X may be available to purchase soon. (Source: Huami)

The Amazfit X, a new curved-display smartwatch, is about to launch on Indiegogo

Amazfit unveiled the X, a wearable with a 92-degree curve in its screen, as a concept device in 2019. Now, however, it is ready to make this watch a reality. It will be offered as a reward on the OEM's upcoming Indiegogo campaign.
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 16 Jan 2020 16:21:00 +0100
The Fitbit Versa 2. (Source: Notebookcheck)

A new Fitbit software update unlocks blood oxygen tracking on several devices

A number of newer Fibit wearables were shipped with SpO2 (or estimated blood oxygen) sensors, which may not have been activated within their systems. However, the OEM has addressed this in a new update. Therefore, compatible devic...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 15 Jan 2020 19:32:00 +0100
The Mi Band 5 will feature a colour AMOLED touchscreen like its predecessor. (Image source: Xiaomi)

Rumour | The Xiaomi Mi Band 5 nets a larger touchscreen and global NFC functionality

The Xiaomi Mi Band range is getting another a cost-effective fitness tracker, and one that features a larger touchscreen than its predecessor. The Mi Band 5 will apparently support NFC globally too, and will launch later this year...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 10 Jan 2020 12:21:00 +0100
The Amazfit T-Rex. (Source: Huami)

CES 2020 | The new Amazfit T-Rex is a smartwatch with military-grade durability

The Amazfit T-Rex is this brand's first smartwatch of 2020. With its MIL-STD-810G rating and 14 sports modes, it is clearly intended for rugged pursuits. Its maker has also updated its Bip series with the S variant, a watch with a...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 08 Jan 2020 21:46:00 +0100
The new Xiaomi Watch Color. (Source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi launches the Watch Color in China

Xiaomi has unveiled its first smartwatch of 2020 already. The Watch Color has a 1.39-inch circular AMOLED display, and comes in black or silver. It is rated for 14 days' worth of battery life with normal use, and also has other po...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 03 Jan 2020 19:47:00 +0100
Images via Apple App Store

"Smoke" Apple Watch app puts Steam on your wrist

Smoke for Steam is a new app for the Apple Watch that lets users access some of the features of Steam on their wrists. Smoke allows users to look at their library, view achievements, check the status of their friends, and read new...
Sam Medley, Wed, 01 Jan 2020 17:18:00 +0100
The new Xiaomi Watch Color. (Source: Weibo)

Xiaomi's next smartwatch will have a round face

Xiaomi has teased its new Watch Color, a wearable that, unlike its last, has a round face. It is slated to come in a variety of finishes and bands that will give it a total of 1540 different possible looks. This new device will be...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 30 Dec 2019 17:44:00 +0100
The Watch's optical sensor allegedly violates a patent (Image source: Apple)

Apple Watch: Doctor sues Apple for violating atrial fibrillation patent

A lawsuit was recently filed against Apple, claiming that the company engaged in willful patent violation. The issue at hand is that the Apple Watch Series 3 allegedly violates a patent filed by Dr. Joseph Wiesel with regards to a...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Sat, 28 Dec 2019 16:16:00 +0100
The Wearbuds will be at Aipower's CES 2020 booth. (Source: Aipower)

Aipower is going to CES 2020, bringing its innovative Wearbuds and more

Aipower is a start-up that had great success in its crowdfunding endeavors for its Wearbuds product. This is a type of fitness band that also houses a pair of truly wireless (or TWS) earbuds. They will be on show at CES 2020, alon...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 18 Dec 2019 20:32:00 +0100
Huami announces its presence at CES 2020. (Source: Huami)

Huami will go "beyond the smartwatch" with its 2020 product portfolio

Huami is a wearables OEM that has made a name for itself largely through its Amazfit brand of smartwatches. However, it has revealed that it intends to push into additional product categories next year. The company has secured a C...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 13 Dec 2019 17:52:00 +0100
The Garmin Instinct could be getting a solar-powered revamp. (Image via Garmin)

New firmware leak hints at solar-powered Garmin Instinct 2 Solar

A leaked firmware update from Garmin all but confirms that a new solar-powered wearable is coming from the outdoor tech company. The Garmin Instinct 2 Solar, as the device is likely to be called, will feature a solar-powered recha...
Sam Medley, Fri, 13 Dec 2019 17:45:00 +0100
The new 4-in-1 space heater. (Source: Myonaz)

Myonaz claims that its new patent-pending ceramic space heater is multifunctional, USB charging included

Myonaz is a start-up with a new kind of ceramic personal space heater. Not only does its main function initialize in an estimated 3 seconds, it can also act as a warm- or cool-air fan. It also incorporates a reading light and a US...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 12 Dec 2019 18:57:00 +0100
Fitbit may owe its market share to uptake by older users. (Source: iMore)

Fitbit's success in the wearables market is due to its popularity among older consumers, new study finds

At least 60% or more of US consumers aged 55 years or more favor Fitbit when buying a wearable. This is due to the demand for smartwatches and fitness trackers in the relevant age ranges. However, Apple is more popular among those...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 12 Dec 2019 18:22:00 +0100
Garmin Fenix 6X Pro Solar Smartwatch Review – sport watch and offline satnav in one

Garmin Fenix 6X Pro Solar Smartwatch Review – sport watch and offline satnav in one

At the touch of a button. The Fenix 6 Pro has a lot going for it. With offline maps and professional analysis features it focuses on preparation and follow-up of outdoor activities. You don't need to be a professional athlete in order to benefit from this sports watch. However, you do need to know how to use it, which is not as simple as it sounds given the huge amount of features and lack of a touchscreen.
1.4" | 54 g
Inge Schwabe, Tue, 10 Dec 2019 22:54:00 +0100
The OPPO smartwatch trailer. (Source: GSMArena)

OPPO drops glimpses of its 2020 smartwatch and truly wireless earbuds

OPPO's Inno Day 2019 event was mostly dominated by upcoming products such as its AR headset. However, it also teased new wearables that may launch soon as well. They are a new pair of truly wireless (TWS) earbuds, as well as a squ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 10 Dec 2019 16:16:00 +0100
Huawei has its Taiwanese Mate 30 launch cancelled

Huawei has its Taiwanese Mate 30 launch cancelled

Huawei had planned to release its Mate 30 Pro and Watch GT 2 to the Taiwanese market soon. However, this jurisdiction's NCC regulator has withdrawn its approval to sell these devices. The abrupt decision is related to an old dispu...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 09 Dec 2019 22:53:00 +0100
The MAGFAST Extreme. (Source: MAGFAST)

The 500 amp MAGFAST power bank has 3 separate wireless charging coils

MAGFAST is a company set up to offer power accessories with an innovative magnetic interface. Its largest product is the Extreme, a charging station with 3 Qi-wireless charging coils on its top. It can also support USB type C, typ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 07 Dec 2019 20:33:00 +0100
The Garmin Venu. (Source: Garmin)

The Garmin Venu smartwatch launches in India

Garmin has launched its Venu wearable in the Indian market. It has a smartwatch form factor, with a round 1.2-inch AMOLED display, but also has modes to track over 20 fitness-related activities and an inbuilt coaching interface fo...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 06 Dec 2019 18:14:00 +0100
The Xiaomi Mi Watch has received its first major update. (Image source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi's Apple Watch clone now works with iOS

Xiaomi obviously took plenty of inspiration from Apple when designing its Mi Watch. While the Apple Watch clone initially only supported Android, the Chinese company has now updated it to make it compatible with iOS. In short, iPh...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 06 Dec 2019 00:16:00 +0100
Mi Band 3i (Source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi launches ultra-affordable Mi Band 3i in India

Xiaomi introduces its ultra-affordable Mi Band 3i to the Indian market at Rs. 1299 (US$18). The Mi Band 3i offers feature parity with the Mi Band 3, only giving up heart rate tracking. At this price-point, is the Mi Band 3i a viab...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Wed, 04 Dec 2019 14:28:00 +0100
The new Runn treadmill tracker. (Source: North Pole Engineering)

The Runn is a new sensor that beams treadmill performance to a smartphone

Those who use treadmills might want to keep track of their speed, incline and other metrics as they work out. The Runn is a new gadget that captures this data and sends it right to a compatible fitness app. It is up for pre-order ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 03 Dec 2019 21:16:00 +0100
The Amazfit GTS reportedly did very well this Black Friday. (Source: Huami)

Huami asserts that its Amazfit GTS smartwatch had an outstanding Black Friday

Huami has released a statement on how its latest device, the Amazfit GTS, did in the recent November 2019 sales event. It claims that the smartwatch was a hit on numerous regional online sales platform. The GTR and Bip Lite wearab...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 02 Dec 2019 18:46:00 +0100
The Huawei Watch GT 2 will get a new market soon. (Source: Twitter)

The Huawei Watch GT 2 will see an Indian launch in December 2019

Huawei has announced that it will introduce its Watch GT 2 to Indian customers on December 5, 2019. This will be the first device with the new Kirin A1 processor for wearables released to this market. This smartwatch also boasts a...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 01 Dec 2019 20:33:00 +0100
The Ticwatch Pro. (Source: Mobvoi)

Deal | The TicWatch Pro 4G/LTE gets a 25% discount

Mobvoi's Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale has started. It includes a 25% discount on its Ticwatch Pro and Pro 4G/LTE models, which are normally US$249.99 and $299 respectively. The OEM is also offering other smartwatches at up to $5...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 30 Nov 2019 18:51:00 +0100
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 Smartwatch Review

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 Smartwatch Review

Digital bezel. Not only does the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 bring digital functions to the wrist, but Samsung has also digitalized the bezel in its elegant smartwatch. This brings a new spark into the operation of the smartwatch. With a heart rate sensor and its own GPS on board, the wearable is also ready for use while engaging in sports activities.
Samsung Exynos 9110 | 1.2" | 26 g
Inge Schwabe, Fri, 29 Nov 2019 14:23:00 +0100
The new Amazfit GTS' titanium edition. (Source: MyDrivers)

The Apple Watch-esque Amazfit GTS now has a titanium variant

Huami is a smartwatch OEM that has developed a habit of releasing titanium-cased variants of its products. Now, it has given one of its latest releases, the GTS, the same treatment. Its new edition costs about US$185, or about $58...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 28 Nov 2019 22:17:00 +0100
The new heartbeatz Apple Watch heart rate bridge. (Source: North Pole Engineering)

A new gadget can transfer Apple Watch heart-rate tracking to workout machines

North Pole Engineering has launched heartbeatz, a new device that acts as a bridge between an Apple Watch and any exercise bike or treadmill with ANT+. This enables the machine in question to display heart rate information directl...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 26 Nov 2019 17:56:00 +0100
LG G8X ThinQ

84% LG G8X ThinQ Smartphone Review: A convertible among smartphones

Two-times a smartphone. The G8X ThinQ is a foldable smartphone with a difference. LG has opted for two distinct displays connected via a hinge, a simplistic solution to the more elaborate and expensive foldable smartphones we have seen of late. While the G8X ThinQ is an unusual concept, it still impressed us during our tests.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 | Qualcomm Adreno 640 | 6.4" | 192 g
Florian Schmitt, Mon, 25 Nov 2019 19:46:00 +0100
Qualcomm's president, Cristiano Amon, at last year's Snapdragon Tech Summit. (Source: Qualcomm)

The 2019 Snapdragon Technology Summit keynotes will be livestreamed from their Hawaii venue

Qualcomm has announced that its next Snapdragon Tech Summit will take place from December 3 to 5, 2019 in Maui, Hawaii. This year, the company will showcase its growing 5G expertise, as well as other facets of its mobile device bu...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 20 Nov 2019 23:22:00 +0100
The original Honor Watch Magic launched just over a year ago. (Image source: Honor via Techradar)

Honor Watch Magic 2: Live images leak

A trio of photos of the successor to last year's Honor Watch Magic have appeared online, ahead of its anticipated release on November 26. The Watch Magic 2 appears to feature some minor revisions over its predecessor, although we ...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 20 Nov 2019 12:43:00 +0100
The TicWatch Pro 4G/LTE can now be bought in Europe. (Source: Mobvoi)

The TicWatch Pro 4G/LTE variant is now on sale in Europe

Mobvoi has released the 4G/LTE version of its TicWatch Pro to the European region. It costs €329.99 (about US$365) in its new market. However, its SIM functions can only be activated in Germany through this country's Vodafone divi...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 18 Nov 2019 18:36:00 +0100

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