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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
The Google Pixel 4 XL offers ridiculous performance. (Source: CNN)

The Google Pixel 4 XL is a performance beast but it runs super hot

A few weeks ago, in spite of its SoC disadvantage, the Google Pixel 4 XL destroyed the OnePlus 7T in a resource-intensive transcoding test designed to reflect real-world performance. In a longer, more brutal test, the Pixel 4 XL i...
Ricci Rox, Sun, 17 Nov 2019 12:44:00 +0100
The Manifest has released the results of a new study on wearables. (Source: The Manifest)

Up to 56% of all US consumers may own a wearable at this point

A new study of wearable uptake in the US shows that 56% of its participants own such a device. Furthermore, another 13% of this group reported considering the purchase of one by 2020. This study's publication also contained some r...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 14 Nov 2019 19:56:00 +0100
Google Pay will reportedly gain a new checking arm soon. (Source: Economic Times)

Google is reportedly coming for the Apple Card with new financial-institution partnerships

Google has reportedly set up partnerships, or at least talks for partnerships, with various US banks and credit unions to offer a new kind of checking account linked to the Pay service. This may help it battle Apple, not to mentio...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 13 Nov 2019 22:15:00 +0100
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

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