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The Verily Study Watch has received FDA approval for its ECG monitor. (Source: Verily)

FDA ECG approval for Alphabet Watch and Google's recent Fossil deal hint at smartwatch plans

Alphabet-owned company Verily has received FDA certification for its Study Watch. As one of Alphabet's many companies, which includes Google, it gives us a pretty good idea of the capabilities of Google's rumored Pixel Watch.
The wireless charging market may experience decent growth over the next few years. (Source: Adafruit Industries)

Wireless charging market set to be worth approximately U$21 billion by 2023

The worldwide market for wireless charging products was worth just over US$2 billion in 2017. However, this figure is projected to grow by about $19 billion in the next 4 years. The market research group BIS Research concludes tha...
Fossil's smartwatches featuring Wear OS also utilize Google Assistant. (Source: Fossil)

Google coughs up US$40 million to acquire some of Fossil's smartwatch technology

Fossil Group has issued a press release to announce a US$40 million deal with Google. The search engine giant will be purchasing intellectual property (IP) from the well-known American designer label in regard to smartwatch techno...
Apple is looking to take the Watch in the US health market. (Source: Apple)

Apple looks to expand Watch into health market in the face of flagging iPhone sales

Fresh from issuing a rare warning to investors about significantly worse than expected sales of its new iPhones, Apple is said to be in talks with Medicare providers about potential subsidies for its Apple Watch. The plan would ta...
Apple introduced the concept of the AirPower nearly two years ago. (Source: Apple)

Apple AirPower charging pad production may have finally begun

Apple has been teasing the release of the AirPower since 2017. However, the company has let numerous subsequent relevant launches go by without mentioning it again. Nevertheless, a credible source now claims that a known supplier ...
The Matrix PowerWatch 2: A new GPS smartwatch that uses your body heat to power itself (Image source: Matrix)

The Matrix PowerWatch 2: A new GPS smartwatch that uses your body heat to power itself

The currently crowdfunded Matrix PowerWatch 2 is expected to have almost unlimited battery life and comes with both an LCD display and a GPS module. The device is currently comparatively affordable too.
Mobvoi TicWatch S2 Android smartwatch (Source: SlashGear)

CES 2019 | Mobvoi shows the TicWatch S2 and the TicWatch E2 at CES, no launch date yet

Although the TicWatch E2 was unveiled a few months ago, it still has to reach the market. However, Mobvoi is showing it off at CES next to the TicWatch S2, and both should become available for purchase in the future. Sadly, there ...
The LV Tambour Horizon has been updated for 2019. (Source: Louis Vuitton)

Louis Vuitton has updated its smartwatch with the Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor

The Snapdragon Wear 3100 release event included announcements that Louis Vuitton would be one of the first OEMs to launch a smartwatch including this next-gen processor. It seems the fashion house has finally delivered with a new ...
Mobvoi TicWatch C2 (Source: Mobvoi)

The Mobvoi TicWatch C2 smartwatch finally hits the US market

The IP68-rated Mobvoi TicWatch C2 is now available for purchase in the US for US$199.99. Powered by Google's Wear OS and the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor, this smart wearable features NFC connectivity and has a built-in...
Hangouts Chat is one new split-off from the original app. (Source: Product Hunt)

Google Hangouts to diversify rather than shut down

Scott Johnson, the Google manager in charge of the app Hangouts, has taken to Twitter in order to refute a report that the same app is to shut down shortly. Instead, Johnson asserts, its functions are to be split across two new se...
A diagram from the Google patent. (Source: USPTO)

Google's new patent could turn your arm into your smartwatch's keyboard

Google has filed a patent with the United States Patent and Trademarks Office (USPTO) that depicts motion sensors built into a smartwatch. They expand the wearable's range of user interface feedback to the device's immediate surro...
A render of a new Sony patent description showing a foldabe device with a transparent display. (Source: LetsGoDigital)

Sony patent points to foldable phone with transparent display

With 2019 looking like it will be the year of the foldable smartphones, you might be wondering what’s next. A new patent from Sony might give us a clue. How does a foldable smartphone with a transparent display sound like to you?...
Spark wanted to provide a 5G network using Huawei equipment. (Source: Spark)

Huawei faces rejection for New Zealand 5G deployment contract

Huawei, in partnership with the New Zealand telecommunications company Spark, has had its proposal to provide 5G hardware for the country blocked. This action was taken by the NZ Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB). T...
Coolicool Black Friday sale has some of the cheapest smartphones available (Source: Coolicool.com)

Update | Coolicool Cyber Monday sale has some of the cheapest smartphones available

[Update: Cyber Monday deals now live.] If you're comfortable with spending $200 on a lesser-known smartphone instead of $500 or more on a name brand, then these Chinese smartphone deals may be of interest. The UMIDIGI UMI Z2 and L...
Atari Gameband officially cancelled; Kickstarter backers may not receive refund

Atari Gameband officially cancelled; Kickstarter backers may not receive refund

The Gameband, formerly known as the Atari Gameband, looked like a promising gaming-focused smartwatch during its successful Kickstarter campaign last year. Despite raising a total of $500,000 between Kickstarter backers and other ...
Xiaomi is an increasingly well-recognized brand outside China. (Source: GizChina)

A "beyond imaginable" 44% of Xiaomi's revenue so far this year came from outside China

Lei Jun, Xiaomi's CEO, announced at a press conference that 43.9% of the company's revenues in the third quarter of 2018 had come from international markets. These overseas earnings had increased by over 100% compared to last year...
Wear OS is due a new upgrade. (Source: Gizmodo)

New Wear OS update brings Battery Saver Mode and more

Wear OS is getting a new update. Known as "H", it adds a new battery-saving mode to Android-powered watches. The new update also overhauls how a watch reboots or shuts down, as well as how it resumes apps and handles the switch to...
The new Fossil Sport smartwatch. (Source: Fossil)

Fossil releases new Sport smartwatch powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100

The Fossil Sport smartwatch is now available for order as of today (November 8, 2018). This is the first smartwatch from this brand with the Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset. The Fossil Sport also comes with 6 colors of interchangeabl...
Spotify is apparently working on an Apple Watch beta. (Source: imgur)

Spotify now reportedly working on Apple Watch app

Download links for a Spotify app for iOS have appeared on its community website. In addition, a Redditor also claims that there is also a WatchOS variant of the same in beta. However, the app is still in beta and does not much mor...
Spotify shares were affected by less than completely positive earnings reports. (Source: djtimes.com)

Spotify shares sank by 11% due to pessimistic earnings forecast

The shares of the company Spotify were down 11% at the start of today (November 1, 2018) due to a forecast that shows relatively poor fourth-quarter performance. In addition, Spotify is now reported to be committed to new investme...
Image via Apple (w/ edits)

Updating to watchOS 5.1 bricks some Apple Watches; Apple working on fix

Some Apple Watch Series 4 users have reported that updating their wearable to watchOS 5.1 bricked their device. After rebooting the Watch when installing the update, the device would freeze on the Apple logo and become unresponsiv...
The EDIFICE Connected range. (Source: Casio)

Casio's newest additions to the EDIFICE lineup can connect to your smartphone

Casio wants to solve its customer's daylight savings time problems with the latest versions of its EDIFICE line. These motorsport-inspired watches can sync via a smartphone in order to maintain its timekeeping accuracy. On the oth...
MRI machines: helpful to humans, deadly to electronics. (Source: myprincegeorgenow.com)

Reddit post claims that an MRI machine killed all the Apple devices in the same hospital

A curious incident of the iPhones in the hospital: A post in r/sysadmin by a hospital IT admin tells a strange story: devices in his hospital either died completely or lost important functions on the same day. Oddly, all these ele...
A diagram of the watch in the Samsung patent. (Source: USPTO)

Samsung reportedly working on its own hybrid smartwatch

2018 could be considered the year of the successful hybrid smartwatch. The LG Watch W7, which has a physical timepiece in addition to a digital display, was received well, as was the dual-display Ticwatch Pro. Now, a new patent su...
The original jailbreaking tool. (Image via CultOfMac)

U.S. Copyright Office may make circumventing DRM (jailbreaking) for repair purposes legal... sort of

A list of proposed rules put out by the U.S. Copyright Office would make jailbreaking devices like smartphones and smart speakers completely legal, if adopted. Jailbreaking, or circumventing DRM, is currently in a legally grey are...
A large part of the point of the IoT revolution was to automate the home. (Source: uxdesign.cc)

Less than 40% of IoT consumers consider themselves reliant on their connected devices

Most people who own connected devices appear not to need them in their everyday lives. This is one of the findings of a new study into IoT use in the home and similar settings. 29% of these users were unsure of how their data was ...
The Misfit Vapor 2 smartwatch is compatible with Android and iOS-powered phones. (Source: Misfit)

Misfit announces the Vapor 2 smartwatch

Misfit, the American wearables manufacturer, has unveiled official details about the upcoming Vapor 2 smartwatch. The wearable will come in two different sizes and feature a phone-free music player, a standalone GPS, and it will h...
Spotify has a refreshed Wear OS app. (Source: Spotify)

Spotify releases improved Wear OS app update

The music streaming service Spotify has finally pushed an update for the app used on Android smartwatches. This version takes on the functions users formerly had to turn to 3rd-party solutions for. For example, the new Spotify for...
OEMs who ship to the EEA may now have to pay for Google Play Store licenses for their devices. (Source: unity.com)

Google will stop auto-bundling Chrome and Search with the Play Store on Android in the EEA

Google has lost out in an anti-trust hearing conducted by the European Commission. As a result, the company have been fined US$5 billion, although it is currently appealing this decision. In the meantime, the requirements for Andr...
Demand for flash memory is in decline, according to a new report. (Source: TweakTown)

SSDs and RAM sticks may start getting cheaper and cheaper in 2019

The memory found in typical RAM and storage components - DRAM and NAND respectively - may drop in price, particularly as we move into 2019. This is based on new research by DRAMeXchange. This group claims that prices for this tech...
Android: Will Google slowly move away from the brand?

Android: Will Google slowly move away from the brand?

Android is the most successful smartphone OS in the world. Despite this, Google did not mention the brand name during its recent hardware event. This sounds strange, but it might be part of a larger plan to eventually drop Android...
The iPhone 6S is being rivalled by Apple's newest wearable in some respects. (Source: takealot.com)

Apple Watch 4 found to be just as fast as iPhone 6S, but only for certain metrics

A developer has created an app that can test the 60fps rendering capabilities of the S4 SIP, the processing platform found in the 4th-gen Apple Watch. He has reported that the watch equals the iPhone 6S in this test. The watch als...
The Huawei Watch may have more than one SKU, including this possible "classic" version. (Source: WinFuture)

Huawei Watch GT has a design leak; is approved by FCC

The third generation of the Huawei Watch, which may be named the Watch GT rather than the Watch 3, is the subject of new image leaks at WinFuture. The watch may have a larger display than its predecessor, and may have more than on...
Wear OS update with Google Fit and improved notifications now available late September 2018

Wear OS gets Google Fit and improved notifications

At the end of September, Google updated Wear OS with a few Google Fit features and a new notifications system that brings browsing, dismissing, and shortcuts. A trip assistant is now available with Google Assistant as well, and it...
Image source: Evan Blass twitter (@evleaks)

LG Watch W7 may launch alongside the V40 this week

Evan Blass, a noted tech leaker, has now confirmed that LG will be launching its latest Android wearable, the Watch W7, alongside the V40 smartphone this Wednesday. While the watch will use mechanical hands and watch movement to e...
Samsung Galaxy Watch Golf Edition smartwatch debuts in South Korea (Source: SamMobile)

Samsung announces the Galaxy Watch Golf Edition smartwatch

When compared to the regular Galaxy Watch, the new Samsung Galaxy Watch Golf Edition comes with the Smart Caddie app that has a database with information about no less than 60,000 golf courses worldwide. This limited edition weara...
Mobvoi TicWatch E2 will be a water-friendly watch, coming soon as of September 2018

Mobvoi to launch the TicWatch E2 smartwatch soon

Chinese brand Mobvoi released quite a few smart wearables so far, and the TicWatch E2 is expected to be the next in line. Advertised as a water-friendly smartwatch, it has just been unveiled on the official Mobvoi website. Sadly, ...
Evan Blass' renders as posted on Twitter. (Source: @evleaks via Twitter)

Evan Blass appears to leak the Pixel 3 and 3 XL - and to confirm every other leak out there

The popular and consistently accurate leaker evleaks has tweeted a set of renders that match what many people now think of as the Pixel 3 and 3 XL exactly. The larger of the two phones persists in exhibiting an honestly colossal-l...
SIM cards through the years. (Source: GSMArena)

eSIM phone shipments could number at least 400 million by 2022

Traditional nano-, micro- or mini-SIMs have dominated mobile connection delivery for smartphones during the devices' rise in the 21st century. Now, however, ABI Research think eSIMs are going to start getting much more popular, ma...
Honor Play

86% Honor Play Smartphone Review

Play with honor. The first gaming smartphone from Huawei is coming to the western hemisphere: While the Honor Play does not particularly look like a gaming device, it is supposed to impress gamers with its low price. We will take a look at whether this is an advantage or disadvantage and whether the phone offers sufficient power for current games.
HiSilicon Kirin 970 | ARM Mali-G72 MP12 | 6.3" | 176 g
Samsung Health 6.0 mobile app (Source: Samsung Global Newsroom)

Samsung Health 6.0 comes with a new UI and updated tools

Providing health- and wellness-related services to a crowd of over 65 million active users worldwide, Samsung Health has just been updated to version 6.0. This major release comes with a redesigned interface, updated tools, as wel...
The new Apple Watch being presented at the Gather Round event. (Source: TrustedReviews)

Apple Watch losing ground in the wearables market

The latest version of the Apple Watch (the Series 4) has just been released, promising upgrades in terms of hardware and features. Ironically, an equally new report from the analyst group ABI Research indicates that this device li...
The Apple Watch Series 4 looks similar to its predecessor, but is an all-new design with larger display. (Source: Apple)

New Apple Watch Series 4 is a full redesign and features an FDA-approved ECG monitor

Apple has launched the all-new version of the world's best-selling smartwatch. The new Apple Watch Series 4 gets a complete redesign with a larger display, thinner body and the ability to undertake a ECG assessment via the new Dig...
Montblanc Summit 2 smartwatch with Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 SoC

Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100-powered Montblanc Summit 2 smartwatch now official

The new Montblanc Summit smartwatch is scheduled to arrive in October, and what we already know is that it uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 SoC. Unfortunately, most other details — including its price — have yet to be revealed...
The Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 has been released. (Source: XDA)

Qualcomm officially launches Snapdragon Wear 3100

The Snapdragon Wear 3100 is likely to feature in many next-generation wearables. Qualcomm held a launch event for it yesterday (September 10, 2018). The company claimed it will bring improvements in battery life and usability. The...
The Apple Watch Series 4 will have a larger and higher resolution edge-to-edge display than Series 3. (Source: Hometop)

Updated | First hands-on picture of the Apple Watch Series 4 shows off its edge-to-edge display

A hands-on image of the upcoming Apple Watch Series 4 has leaked showing a slightly larger edge-to-edge display with rounded corners. The resolution of this display is expected to be around 384 x 480 pixels, which allows for a hig...
Image: IDC

Wearables market grows by 5.5% year over year, showing wearables aren't dead yet

The wearables market grew 5.5% from Q2 2017 to Q2 2018 mainly due to large growth in developing markets. Apple continued its dominance and enjoyed a 38% year over year growth. Xiaomi came in a close second. Fitbit was a big loser,...
Pixel 3 and 3 XL leaks are coming thick and fast at this point. (Source: TechnoBuffalo)

Pixel 3 and 3 XL make it through Taiwanese certification process

The Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL's progress toward official release is gathering speed. Following their application to the FCC, they have now been sighted on the website of the Taiwanese NCC. However, this new documentation is relative...
Xiaomi has its own UPI service called Mi Pay. (Source: GizChina)

Xiaomi set to start its own payments service in India

Xiaomi has been reported to have tested its own version of Samsung Pay out in one of its biggest markets. Should it be approved by the Reserve Bank of India, it will be called Mi Pay and could help consolidate its considerable pre...
Instead of using a square-ish/circular screen like all fitness trackers and smartwatches, the Nubia Alpha integrates an elongated flexible screen that can display more information. (Source: Nubia)

IFA 2018 | Nubia showcases bracelet smartphone concept with flexible display

While Samsung, LG and Motorola are planning to release foldable phones next year, Chinese companies like Nubia are pushing for late 2018 releases. Even if it's not a full-fledged foldable phone, the Nubia Alpha bracelet concept sh...

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