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5G connectivity promises a better future, but it might hide some health hazards as well (Source: H2S Media)

Health check: Is 5G really bad for you? Debunking some 5G-related myths and fake news

As 5G networks go live in more and more markets with each month, some questions regarding the health hazards that might come with this new technology remain unanswered. However, most 5G dangers that some websites have been warning...
Codrut Nistor, Tue, 12 Nov 2019 07:00:00 +0100
The Amazfit Stratos3. (Source: Amazfit)

The Amazfit Stratos3 is a new sports smartwatch coming to Europe soon

The Amazfit Sports Watch 3 was released in China recently. However, its series is also marketed internationally as the Stratos line of sports-focused wearables. Its 3rd generation is now set for launch across multiple European cou...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 11 Nov 2019 19:39:00 +0100
The Apple Watch Series 5 (Image via Apple)

Ming-Chi Kuo: Apple Watch Series 6 will use flexible circuit boards for faster performance, better waterproofing

According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the Apple Watch Series 6 will mark a switch to flexible circuit boards made of liquid crystal polymer. These new circuit boards should make the Series 6 noticeable faster than the Series 5 and ma...
Sam Medley, Mon, 11 Nov 2019 19:27:00 +0100
Umidigi Uwatch GT smartwatch with heart rate monitor and Bluetooth launching this December (Source: Umidigi)

Umidigi Uwatch GT smartwatch with heart rate monitor and Bluetooth launching this December

The Android and iOS-compatible smartwatch promises 15 days of battery life, a plastic case, and a 240 x 240 resolution display for just under $80 USD.
Allen Ngo, Mon, 11 Nov 2019 18:56:00 +0100
Image via Apple

Apple still dominates smartwatch market, sees 51% growth in Q3 sales

Apple continues to dominate the smartwatch market; 47.9% of smartwatches sold in Q3 2019 were from Apple. The company enjoyed a 51% year-over-year growth from Q3 2018, bumping sales to 6.8 million units during the past quarter. Sa...
Sam Medley, Fri, 08 Nov 2019 23:10:00 +0100
The Xiaomi Mi Watch, a familiar sight? (Image source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi Mi Watch: A ~US$170 Apple Watch clone with 4G, Wear OS and strong battery life

The Xiaomi Mi Watch is here, and it costs just 1,299 CNY (~US$170). The spitting image of the Apple Watch runs Wear OS, although the MIUI version of it and features a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 4G chipset. The watch has a 570 m...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 08 Nov 2019 00:42:00 +0100
The Apple Watch Series 5 has everything but the kitchen sink, and battery life. (Image source: Apple)

Apple Watch Series 5: The best smartwatch around? Only if you do not value battery life

Apple continues to dominate the smartwatch market, but is its latest iteration the best device of its kind? Part fashion accessory, part lifestyle smartwatch, but not a professional fitness tracker. We expected better battery life...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 07 Nov 2019 23:42:00 +0100
Qualcomm has posted its fourth-quarter results for 2019. (Source: Qualcomm)

Qualcomm reveals its 2019 fiscal-year performance

Qualcomm has announced the results for its fiscal year, which ended on September 29, 2019. Its revenues came in at US$24.3 billion, or 7% more year-on-year (YoY). The company also made a total of $4.8 billion in the last quarter o...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 07 Nov 2019 19:59:00 +0100
Samsung is now making an effort to draw 3rd-party TVs into its ecosystem. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung makes Tizen available for third-party TVs

Samsung's Developer Conference (SDC) 2019 contained numerous interesting announcements, not the least that Tizen OS for TVs can be ported to third-party devices. In addition, there are now additional developer-friendly facilities ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 06 Nov 2019 23:41:00 +0100
Image via Fossil.

The Fossil Hybrid HR smartwatch lasts 2 weeks on a charge thanks to its E Ink display

The Fossil Hybrid HR is a new hybrid smartwatch that mixed the traditional face and hands of a mechanical watch with an E Ink display for notification and fitness tracking information. The watch runs proprietary software rather th...
Sam Medley, Wed, 06 Nov 2019 18:20:00 +0100
Apple Watch Series 5

Apple Watch Series 5 Smartwatch Review: It can do more than any other smartwatch, but just not for that long

Almost perfect. Apple has made few changes to its Watch Series over the years. The original model had plenty going for it though, so that does not necessarily mean that Apple has fallen behind its competitors. On the contrary, the Apple Watch remains the best-selling smartwatch on the market, and by some distance. The Watch Series 5 is an excellent smartwatch too, but you may be taking a trip to the charger sooner than you may like.
Apple S5 | 1.533" | 30.8 g
Inge Schwabe, Tue, 05 Nov 2019 23:42:00 +0100
The Xiaomi Mi TV will launch soon. (Source: Weibo)

The Xiaomi Mi TV 5 is shaping up to be a powerful smart screen

Xiaomi has been dropping more spec-related hints as to what the Mi TV 5 will be capable of in the run-up to its launch. According to the OEM, it will be 4K and have 108% of the NTSC color gamut. It will also have a faster processo...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 02 Nov 2019 14:28:00 +0100
Fitbit has agreed to a Google acquisition. (Source: Fitbit)

Fitbit is to be acquired by Google for just over US$2 billion

Google has released a statement on its agreement to buy the wearables company Fitbit at a price of US$2.1 billion. The Mountain View may intend to use this acquisition to boost Wear OS. This deal may see the 2 companies collaborat...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 01 Nov 2019 19:25:00 +0100
Image via Moto360.com

A new Moto 360 smartwatch is coming, but not from Motorola

A new Moto 360 smartwatch was unveiled today, but it won't be made by Motorola. Rather, a company called eBuyNow has purchased the rights to the Moto 360 brand and will manufacture the new smartwatch. The Moto 360 3rd generation w...
Sam Medley, Wed, 30 Oct 2019 03:33:00 +0100
The next Snapdragon Wear processor may be one to take more seriously. (Source: Qualcomm)

Qualcomm's next-gen smartwatch SoC is now rumored to be called the Snapdragon Wear 3300

A leak from earlier in 2019 suggested that the next processor designed for Wear OS devices would be based on the Snapdragon 429, an SoC that features in low-end phones and tablets. It was hypothesized to be called the Wear 2700. H...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 29 Oct 2019 18:04:00 +0100
Fitbit could be set to join the Alphabet stable of brands. (Source: Fitbit)

Rumor: Alphabet in talks to acquire Fitbit

Google’s parent company Alphabet is said to be deep in negotiations to buy fitness wearables company Fitbit. Fitbit had indicated late last month that it was interested in a sale of the company and it looks like it might likely en...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Tue, 29 Oct 2019 10:26:00 +0100
The Mi Watch may look like this. (Source: Weibo)

Xiaomi's Mi Watch and next-gen Mi TV are now set for launch in November 2019

The "Mi Watch" is the likely name of Xiaomi's next wearable. The OEM has indicated that it is to be released on November 5, 2019, alongside the Mi TV 5 and Mi CC9 Pro. This new product is also projected to be a Wear OS device.
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 28 Oct 2019 15:37:00 +0100
Smartwatches are increasingly popular, but could be more secure. (Source: TechRadar)

Nok Nok Labs claims that its new SDK can make smartwatches more secure and better equipped to take over from phones

The consumer-grade security development group Nok Nok Labs has unveiled its new SDK. It asserts that it is the first such app software capable of conferring FIDO-based authentication on smartwatches. This, then, may help users dep...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 27 Oct 2019 14:34:00 +0100
Huami Amazfit GTS: A ~US$140 Apple Watch clone with software flaws (Image source: Huami)

Huami Amazfit GTS: A ~US$140 Apple Watch clone with software flaws

Does the Amazfit GTS look familiar to you? Well, while it may look like the spitting image of the Apple Watch, it is actually the latest smartwatch by Huami, Xiaomi's sister company. The device is a snip at around ~US$140 in most ...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 24 Oct 2019 16:44:00 +0200
Huawei Honor Band 5i fitness tracker and xSport Pro in-ear headphones launched. (Image source: Honor)

The Honor Band 5i: A CNY 159 (~US$22) fitness tracker released ahead of imminent launch

The Honor Band incorporates a 0.96-inch colour touchscreen display that operates at a resolution of 160 x 80. The fitness tracker supports NFC, along with heart rate, sleep patterns and Sp02 monitoring. The band is up to 5 ATM wat...
Alex Alderson, Tue, 22 Oct 2019 18:59:00 +0200
Wearables users are most concerned about their health-monitoring functions. (Source: Needpics)

Fitness tracker users are found to worry that their devices may not be accurate enough

A new study into user attitudes towards wearables found that health tracking is the most popular use of this electronics category. 36% of those polled reported concerns that these functions may not live up to reality, however. 10%...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 21 Oct 2019 23:10:00 +0200
Huawei Watch GT 2: An intelligent, stylish and flawed smartwatch (Image source: Huawei)

Huawei Watch GT 2: An intelligent, stylish and flawed smartwatch

The Huawei Watch GT 2 has now been released, with our review following in tow too. While the successor to the Watch GT is certainly appealing, it suffers from some glaring issues too.
Alex Alderson, Sat, 19 Oct 2019 22:51:00 +0200
Renders of the Pixel 4 XL. (Source: BGR)

Who made the display on the Google Pixel 4 XL - Samsung or LG?

The Pixel 4 XL's 90 Hz QHD+ AMOLED display has been hailed for its impressive quality, even winning DisplayMate's "Best Smartphone Display" award. That raises a few questions, of course, the most important being: who exactly made ...
Ricci Rox, Sat, 19 Oct 2019 15:48:00 +0200
Huami Amazfit GTS

Huami Amazfit GTS Smartwatch Review: A high-quality copy

Well copied. Smartwatches are becoming more popular, with OEMs now bringing cheaper models to market too. Apple remains a big player in the sector with its Watch, so it should come as no surprise to see other manufacturers basing their attempts on its design. The Huami Amazfit GTS bears an uncanny resemblance to the Apple Watch while costing a lot less. Its price alone should be reason enough to check out what this cheap smartwatch has to offer.
Mike Wobker, Fri, 18 Oct 2019 16:23:00 +0200
Older Fitbit devices can now use Spotify. (Source: Fitbit)

Fitbit updates older Versa devices with support for Spotify

Fitbit has expanded access to its Spotify app to the first-generation Versa and Versa Lite. The Ionic fitness watch is also included in this update. It enables these wearables to manage playback and podcasts on the music streaming...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 17 Oct 2019 00:23:00 +0200
The 1More TWS earbuds. (Source: HiFiGo)

1More announces the release of its first ANC true-wireless earbuds

1More is the ODM responsible for Xiaomi's audio wearables. However, it also releases these products under its own brand. The latest of these are truly wireless earbuds with active noise cancellation (ANC).
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 16 Oct 2019 20:35:00 +0200
Meet the new Google Pixel 4. (Source: Google)

The Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are now official with 90 Hz OLED screens, dual-cameras, built-in Soli radar, and enhanced on-device AI capabilities

At its Made by Google 2019 event, Google finally took wraps off the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL smartphones. The new Pixel 4 series comes with features such as a Soli radar chip for advanced hands-free gestures, on-device AI and voice ...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Tue, 15 Oct 2019 19:48:00 +0200
The Amazfit GTS includes a metal watch body and a 1.65-inch AMOLED panel. (Image source: Huami)

Amazfit GTS: Huami launches its Apple Watch imitator in India for ₹9,999 (~US$140)

The Amazfit GTS has made its way to India, having been unveiled in China earlier this year. The Apple Watch clone features a 1.65-inch and 348 x 442 AMOLED panel, which sits within a 43.25 x 36.25 x 9.4 mm chassis. The 5 ATM water...
Alex Alderson, Mon, 14 Oct 2019 16:49:00 +0200
The Honor Band 5 is a successful evolution of its predecessors. (Image source: Honor)

The Honor Band 5 is better value than the Xiaomi Mi Band 4 despite its faux pas

The Honor Band 5 convinced us during our tests and is a good fitness tracker package at an affordable cost. The device offers more than the Xiaomi Mi Band 4 does in our opinion too, despite its shortcomings. One may have people lo...
Alex Alderson, Mon, 14 Oct 2019 00:59:00 +0200
The Galaxy Watch Active 2 Under Armour offers exclusive running features. (Source: Under Armour))

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 Under Armour Editon goes on sale

Samsung’s Galaxy Watch Active 2 has been on the market for a weeks but its special Under Armour Edition has been MIA until now. The Apple Watch Nike challenger has finally hit the market in the US with its global rollout also unde...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Sun, 13 Oct 2019 11:26:00 +0200
Amazfit Verge Lite

Tried it: Amazfit Verge Lite Smartwatch Reviewed

Endurance runner. It is cheap and almost inconspicuous, but the Lite version of the Amazfit Verge from Huami has it all: The manufacturer promises a battery life of up to 20 days. In addition, the smart watch has its own GPS receiver, measures the pulse around the clock and is incredibly affordable. What the watch can do for just 89 euros, our test clarifies.
Inge Schwabe, Fri, 11 Oct 2019 11:12:00 +0200
Smartwatch Fitbit Versa 2

Smart watch Fitbit Versa 2 Review - how can a fitness tracker without GPS be that good?

In a word. Fitbit's latest smartwatch can talk to Alexa without listening non-stop; at least that's what Fitbit promises. Despite its similarity to the Apple Watch the Versa 2 remains a fitness tracker. To our surprise, the successor to the first generation Versa still lacks integrated GPS. Let's find out how well it did despite its lack of location services.
Inge Schwabe, Wed, 02 Oct 2019 23:41:26 +0200
The clever Mi Mix Alpha case offers 360-degree protection. (Source: Xiaomi)

Official Xiaomi Mi Mix Alpha unboxing vid reveals unique protective case

It was only a few days ago that Xiaomi unveiled the Mi Mix Alpha to a stunned global audience. The company has now rolled out an unboxing video that also answers the question of how the nearly all-glass, all-display device will be...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Sat, 28 Sep 2019 06:10:00 +0200
The Casio PRO TREK Smart WSD-F21HR. (Source: Casio)

Casio's new Wear OS smartwatch is also its first to have a heart-rate monitor

The PRO TREK Smart WSD-F21HR is a new Casio watch with a heart-rate monitor, as well as a range of other sensors for outdoor functions and general location management. It has a 1.32-inch dual display to save battery, a microphone ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 27 Sep 2019 22:55:00 +0200
Fitbit was the most familiar name in a new study of wearables awareness. (Source: Wired)

Fitbit is the best-known name in wearables, even though Apple owns the market

The Manifest has conducted a study to find out which name was most familiar in the wearables sphere. 77% of those polled were able to name Fitbit in this context, compared to 73% for the next most recognized name ("Apple Watch"). ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 27 Sep 2019 18:58:00 +0200
Xiaomi may be working on a different kind of smartwatch. (Source: DirectD)

Xiaomi's next smartwatch might run Wear OS

Xiaomi normally releases fitness bands or watches that run proprietary apps rather than a dedicated, familiar OS. A tech blog may have found evidence that this may change soon. It claims to have detected code in the Wear OS phone ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 26 Sep 2019 00:25:00 +0200
The Google Assistant may get harder to activate in the future. (Source: XDA)

Google plans to make the Assistant's attention more selective in the future

Google has announced that future updates will make it more difficult to activate the Assistant by mistake. The company has also taken pains to reassure users that their audio data will not be collected by default in the same relea...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 24 Sep 2019 19:13:00 +0200
A smart material reacts to a magnetic field. (Source: Physics Open Lab)

The smart materials market is now projected to reach a US$100+ billion valuation by 2026

Smart materials may prove to be the basis of the electronic components of the future. Their market's value was estimated at US$36 billion in 2017. That figure is now thought to grow until it hits $127 billion in 7 years from now.
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 20 Sep 2019 19:32:00 +0200
The new Huawei Watch GT 2. (Source: YouTube)

The Watch GT 2 is a new Huawei device you will be able to buy soon

The Huawei Watch GT 2 is this OEM's latest smartwatch. It has a 1.39-inch HD OLED display encased in "3D Glass". It comes in 42 and 46 millimeter (mm) variants, and is rated for 2 weeks of battery life.
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 19 Sep 2019 23:48:00 +0200
The Fossil Collider DIANA. (Source: Fossil)

Fossil's secret smartwatch sauce may mean no Pixel Watch this year

Business Insider has published a new report that claims to offer an insight into the development of Google-brand smartwatches. It also outlines the nature of the "secret" technology purchased by this company from Fossil, which all...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 19 Sep 2019 00:42:00 +0200
The new PRT-B50 PRO TREK watch. (Source: Casio)

The CASIO PRT-B50 is the first PRO TREK analog watch to have Smartphone Link and 4 environmental sensors

The PRT-B50 is a new PRO TREK model that can connect to a smartphone app via Bluetooth. Unlike some other Casio watches with this ability, however, this new product has a non-digital watchface. Its physical hands can be used to do...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 16 Sep 2019 20:43:00 +0200
The PineTime will support Bluetooth 5, a heart rate monitor and NFC. (Image source: PINE64)

PINE64 announces the PineTime, a US$25 smartwatch

The PineTime is the latest side project of PINE64, the company behind the PineBook Pro and PinePhone. The smartwatch will integrate a Nordic nF52832 SoC and will support Bluetooth 5, 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi, ANT and NFC. The device will inc...
Alex Alderson, Mon, 16 Sep 2019 17:16:00 +0200
The Watch GT 2 will continue to run an in-house fork of Android, eschewing WearOS. (Image source: Huawei)

Huawei Watch GT 2: New smartwatch teased ahead of Mate 30 Pro launch

Huawei has more up its sleeve for its next launch event than just the Mate 30 series. In anticipation of this Thursday's event in Munich, the Chinese company has teased the successor to the Watch GT, aptly named the Watch GT 2. Re...
Alex Alderson, Mon, 16 Sep 2019 13:18:00 +0200
These cameras may be divisive, but they may also be powerful. (Source: BGR)

The Pixel 4 series may rival the Galaxy Note 10s for camera features

The Google Camera app v7 has leaked out and has been torn down. This has resulted in references to a slew of new abilities that may debut in the Pixel 4 and 4XL. They include the Mountain View's versions of Samsung's Motion Blur a...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 14 Sep 2019 20:10:00 +0200
The Apple Watch Series 5 will be available from September 20. (Image source: Apple)

The competition needs to watch out: Apple Watch Series 5 does so much more than just tell the time

Among a host of other revelations at the recent Apple Special Event, the Cupertino company also officially announced the Apple Watch Series 5. The latest iteration of the highly successful smartwatch features an Always-On Retina d...
Daniel R Deakin, Wed, 11 Sep 2019 21:11:00 +0200
The alleged Watch GT 2. (Source: WinFuture)

A Huawei Watch GT 2 is now rumored to launch alongside the Mate30 series

The Huawei Watch GT is a popular wearable in which the in-house software LiteOS had its debut. Now, the respected leaker Roland Quandt asserts that it is to get a second generation. This smartwatch will apparently have a larger ba...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 02 Sep 2019 23:15:00 +0200
Some Apple Watches may be in line for a free repair. (Source: Apple)

Apple Watch 2 and 3 units are eligible for a free screen replacement from Apple

Apple has issued a recall of its second- and third-generation Watches in order to address a screen fault that may develop in these devices. The company is, therefore, offering a free replacement for this component. A customer can ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 01 Sep 2019 23:39:00 +0200
Garmin Fēnix 6: A rugged smartwatch series suited for all environments. (Image source: Garmin)

Fēnix 6: Garmin announces Fēnix 6, Fēnix 6S, Fēnix 6X and Solar smartwatches

Garmin has refreshed its premium Fēnix smartwatch series, with the aptly named Fēnix 6. The series is available in three sizes and two material variants. There is a solar-powered version of the Fēnix 6X too.
Alex Alderson, Fri, 30 Aug 2019 19:06:00 +0200
Does the Amazfit GTS look familiar? (Image source: Huami)

Amazfit GTS: Huami launches Apple Watch clone for ~US$126

Xiaomi's sister company Huami has released a new smartwatch that packs plenty of features while remaining affordable at under US$150. Oh, and it is a blatant rip-off of the Apple Watch too.
Alex Alderson, Fri, 30 Aug 2019 14:05:00 +0200
The Amazfit X concept. (Source: Huami)

The Amazfit X is a new concept smartwatch with a flexible display

Amazfit has just launched 2 new wearables, the GTS and Sports Watch 3. They are a follow-up to the Bip (in which this update results in extremely Apple-esque looks) and a round watch with a new type of JDI display respectively. Ho...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 27 Aug 2019 19:06:00 +0200

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