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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
The Apple Watch 4's successor might be released soon. (Source: Apple)

Apple Watch screens may step up to micro-LED, but not until 2020

In a new research note written for TF International Securities, the tech analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has stated that he now believes that Apple will switch to micro-LED for its sixth-generation Watch. In the meantime, the Series 5 will s...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 18 Aug 2019 18:05:00 +0200
Misfit Vapor X smartwatch retail box (Source: Misfit)

Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100-powered Misfit Vapor X now available for just US$199.99

Available for just US$199.99 — down from a full retail price of US$279.99 — for a limited period, the brand-new Misfit Vapor X is an excellent deal. This Wear OS-driven smart wearable is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 310...
Codrut Nistor, Thu, 15 Aug 2019 20:16:00 +0200
These products also include new Huawei or Honor speakers. (Source: Huawei)

Huawei and Honor certify a bumper crop of new devices and accessories

Huawei and Honor have gone to the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) to register an impressive number of new wireless products. These certifications, which have all been granted today (August 15, 2019) cover obvious candidates...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 15 Aug 2019 19:08:00 +0200
The Fitbit Versa 2's alleged boxed state. (Source: OLX)

Fitbit's Versa 2 official packaging allegedly leaks out

Fitbit has been linked to a second generation of its popular Versa smartwatch for some time now. Recently, rumors about it have started up again in light of new leaks. They claim to show the wearable's official packaging, as well ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 15 Aug 2019 17:06:00 +0200
The EMUI 10 beta program will start on September 8 for the P30 and Mate 20 series. (Image source: Huawei)

Huawei EMUI 10 teaser video, beta arriving on September 8 for P30 and Mate 20 series

After Huawei presented EMUI 10 at its Developer Conference last week, more details about features and innovations have appeared online. A teaser video for the upcoming Android Q-based OS and promotional pictures offer an insight i...
Alex Alderson, Mon, 12 Aug 2019 18:58:00 +0200
Live View superimposes AR directions on your phone screen. (Source: Google)

Google Maps AR navigation to hit non-Pixel phones soon

AR-assisted navigation is one of the most interesting - and possibly useful - aspects of the Google Maps app to be unveiled in recent years. Unfortunately, it was also introduced as a Pixel exclusive. Now, however, it may be avail...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 10 Aug 2019 21:07:00 +0200
The US phone accessories market will keep going strong into the 2020's. (Source: Pixabay)

The US phone accessory market is to be worth US$74 billion by 2026

The market for accessories such as screen protectors, cases and power banks in the US is now projected to attain a value of US$74.43 billion in 7 years. Headphones took the biggest piece (nearly 25%) of this space last year, and m...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 10 Aug 2019 19:49:00 +0200
Ride-sharing is getting more pervasive in urban areas. (Source: Flickr)

The top 4 ride-hailing services are now worth more than US$166 billion combined

Many people have gotten used to summoning a ride in a paid driver's car from their phone. A new analysis of this market indicates that such services (known collectively as "shared mobility") now challenge the traditional industrie...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 08 Aug 2019 18:43:00 +0200
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 now official (Source: Samsung Global Newsroom)

Samsung intros the Galaxy Watch Active 2 smartwatch

Samsung's Galaxy Watch Active 2 smartwatch is powered by the Exynos 9110 SoC and comes in two sizes — 40 and 44 mm — both with a Super AMOLED display with 360 x 360 pixels. Available in LTE and non-LTE versions, this new smart wea...
Codrut Nistor, Tue, 06 Aug 2019 13:13:00 +0200
The Carlyle HR and Julianna HR come in a choice of three colours. (Image source: Fossil)

Fossil launches Carlyle HR, and Julianna HR Gen 5 Wear OS smartwatches for US$295

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 3100 powered smartwatches both feature 44 mm faces, 8 GB of storage and 1 GB of RAM. The touchscreen Gen 5 smartwatches are rated for up to 36 hours usage or 1 week in clock mode and are available to order ...
Alex Alderson, Mon, 05 Aug 2019 15:04:00 +0200
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 color choices (Source: Android Headlines)

Renders of all Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 color options surface online

If the latest renders that surfaced online turn out to be the real thing, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 will be available in silver, black, and rose gold. This smart wearable will be Samsung's first one to feature Blu...
Codrut Nistor, Thu, 01 Aug 2019 16:25:00 +0200
A majority of consumers surveyed appear to distrust connected devices. (Source: ERP Insight)

Up to 63% of consumers now find connected devices "creepy"

A study conducted by Consumers International, in conjunction with the Internet Society has reportedly found that most individuals surveyed find connected devices (mostly IoT or "smart home" products) "creepy". In addition, 53% of ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 31 Jul 2019 16:48:00 +0200
The new FCC listing shows the new Galaxy Watch's screen. (Source: FCC)

New Samsung Galaxy Watch gains FCC registration

An upcoming Samsung smartwatch with the model number SM-R830 has been approved by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC). This registration shows that the watch has a 40mm variant, and will come in stainless steel or alumi...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 27 Jul 2019 16:54:00 +0200
Dish will be able to call itself a major carrier after the T-Mobile/Sprint merger. (Source: Dish)

US Department of Justice approves T-Mobile/Sprint merger

T-Mobile and Sprint have been granted the license to amalgamate into 1 company. This move by the US Department of Justice (DoJ) is effectively the final hurdle to the carriers' long-planned merger. They do so under the condition t...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 27 Jul 2019 16:06:00 +0200
The Movado Connect successor runs Wear OS on 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of storage. (Image source: Movado)

Movado Connect 2.0: A smartwatch with Wear OS and 1 GB of RAM

The hitherto unknown Movado Connect 2.0 has been discovered in a recent FCC listing. The Wear OS smartwatch comes with 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage and will be powered by either a Snapdragon Wear 2100 or a Wear 3100.
Alex Alderson, Mon, 22 Jul 2019 20:59:00 +0200
A new render for the Galaxy Watch Active 2. (Source: Android Headlines)

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 now rumored to have special Under Armour-branded edition

Samsung is now thought to have a successor for the Galaxy Watch Active in the works. The latest leaks on the subject claims that one variant of this putative wearable will be produced in collaboration with the sportswear company U...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 17 Jul 2019 14:20:00 +0200
The Vuzix Blade 3000 smart glasses: would you take calls on them? (Source: Vuzix)

New update will bring video-calling to Vuzix smart glasses

Smart glasses are useful in many contexts, most of them enterprise-related. However, it is also possible to replicate the smartphone experience to some degree using some of these devices, Vuzix-brand ones included. This company cl...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 14 Jul 2019 16:31:00 +0200
The Snapdragon Wear 3100 may be followed up by the 2700. (Source: Qualcomm)

Next-gen Snapdragon Wear SoC now rumored to be based on budget smartphone silicon

The Snapdragon Wear 3100 is the latest platform for Google-powered wearables. New leaks suggest that a successor for this SoC is already in the works. It is rumored to be called the Snapdragon Wear 2700, and to be a derivative of ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 11 Jul 2019 23:56:00 +0200
Thanks to its dual NPU architecture, the i700 SoC is able to provide advanced A.I.-enabled face recognition and AR features for IoT devices. (Source: MediaTek)

MediaTek announces i700 SoC for A.I. IoT applications

Thanks to its dual-NPU design, the i700 SoC provides 5X increased A.I. acceleration when compared to the already available i500 chip. It also features eight ARM Cortex cores, a PowerVR GM 9446 GPU and supports up to 8 GB of LPDDR4...
Bogdan Solca, Thu, 11 Jul 2019 15:04:00 +0200
How eSIMs differ from conventional SIMs. (Source: Deutsche Telekom)

eSIM-enabled device shipments are now thought to approach 2 billion by 2025

The latest market analysis indicates that the volume of eSIM-enabled device shipments reached 384 million last year. The resulting projections suggest that this figure will grow to about 2 billion over the next 6 years. Smartphone...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 10 Jul 2019 23:51:00 +0200
The LTE Ticwatch Pro. (Source: Mobvoi)

Ticwatch Pro LTE now available, will activate via Verizon

Mobvoi has unveiled a new, LTE-enabled version of the Ticwatch Pro. This wearable has most of the specs of its original variant, including its innovative battery-saving dual display. On the other hand, the LTE model is enhanced wi...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 10 Jul 2019 19:06:00 +0200
In its default state, the smartwatch features a bulky casing underneath the display. (Source: Let's Go Digital)

IBM patents smartwatch that folds out into smartphone and tablet

The smartwatch features 8 display segments, 7 of which are stacked inside the case underneath the main display. Users can transform the smartwatch into a smartphone that utilizes 4 display segments, or a tablet that utilizes all 8...
Bogdan Solca, Tue, 09 Jul 2019 16:27:00 +0200
Mobvoi's latest smartwatch will be here soon. (Source: Mobvoi)

Mobvoi teases a new product, probably the next Ticwatch

Mobvoi has released a YouTube video offering hints of its next product release. It appears to be a new smartwatch, most likely of the Ticwatch line. The OEM claims that it can "boost your daily efficiency" and has an improved hear...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 07 Jul 2019 18:13:00 +0200
App expenditures in the 1st half of 2019 showed healthy growth. (Source: SensorTower)

Nearly US$40 billion was spent on apps in the 1st half of 2019

The latest report from SensorTower shows that app purchases generated a revenue of US$39.7 billion in the 1st 6 months of 2019. This impressive figure also represents a 15% year-on-year increase in the same kind of spending. The A...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 05 Jul 2019 18:44:00 +0200
The new UMIDIGI Uwatch2. (Source: UMIDIGI)

Update | UMIDIGI releases the Uwatch2, a new, full-metal, super-economical wearable for US$33

UMIDIGI's latest smartwatch, the Uwatch2, boasts a fully metallic unibody, an IP67 rating and a 1.33-inch 240x240 display. The OEM claims that it offers 25 days' worth of standby time and 7 to 10 days of active use. It is sold at ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 05 Jul 2019 17:40:00 +0200
Wearables will remain a growing market over the next few years. (Source: Design Interactive)

The wearables market is now expected to hit at least US$50 billion by 2022

Wearables are currently projected to influence the way personal electronics are used more and more in the future. This technology now covers both devices that can double as accessories and as clothing. Their market is estimated to...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 04 Jul 2019 16:13:00 +0200
Huawei can buy from US-based firms again. (Source: MobileSyrup)

Huawei sees partial reprieve from US trade ban

The US and Chinese presidents have met at the latest G20 summit in Osaka, Japan. As a result, a ceasefire in the trade war between the two nations has been called. Accordingly, it has been agreed that Huawei can conduct certain am...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 29 Jun 2019 19:20:00 +0200
Over 2 million Watch GTs have allegedly sold worldwide. (Source: Huawei)

Huawei Watch GT sells over 2 million units since its release

The Huawei Watch GT is the OEM's latest smartwatch, which runs on LiteOS rather than the Wear OS of its predecessors. The company has reported that it has shipped more than 2 million of these devices since their launch in 2018. It...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 20 Jun 2019 18:45:00 +0200
Samsung Galaxy Watch could get a successor in less than two months, Galaxy Watch 2 codename is Renaissance

Codename: Renaissance — Samsung Galaxy Watch 2 might arrive in early August

According to a source familiar with the inner workings of the South Korean tech giant, Samsung is planning to revive the Galaxy Watch lineup on August 7. The codename of the Galaxy Watch 2 is "Renaissance" but there is no informat...
Codrut Nistor, Thu, 20 Jun 2019 12:28:00 +0200
Wear OS Tiles manager June 2019 update (Source: 9to5Google)

Latest Wear OS update comes with a Tiles manager

After applying the latest Wear OS update, those using compatible smart wearables will be able to manage the tiles from the connected smartphones, as well as from the smartwatches themselves. The list of tiles that can be added inc...
Codrut Nistor, Fri, 14 Jun 2019 09:54:00 +0200
Do sleep trackers really do their jobs? (Source: FitBit Community)

Sleep-tracking tech may not be fit for purpose yet, accoding to leading neurologist

Dr. Guy Leschziner, a prominent neurologist and consultant in London's sleep-medicine arena, has recently indicated his belief that sleep-tracking apps and similar technology may backfire on the user. This is apparently due to a '...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 09 Jun 2019 16:50:00 +0200
Xiaomi will unveil the Mi Band 4 in China, where it is expected to first go on sale. (Image source: SlashLeaks)

The Xiaomi Mi Band 4 is arriving on June 11

A new teaser confirms that Xiaomi will officially launch the Mi Band 4, its upcoming fitness band, on June 11. The successor to the popular Mi Band 3 will have a larger battery than its predecessor along with a larger, and OLED, d...
Alex Alderson, Tue, 04 Jun 2019 18:53:00 +0200
Huawei may have 12 month's worth of components for its devices. (Source: Reuters)

Huawei has stockpiled up to a 12-month supply of parts as a buffer against a potential ban

At the time that Huawei was placed on the US government's Entity List last week, Huawei is thought to have built enough supplied of key components to last up to 12 months. The report comes via the Nikkei Asian Review that says Hua...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Sun, 26 May 2019 06:43:00 +0200
The new Casio WSD-F30RG. (Source: Casio)

Casio's latest PRO TREK smartwatch has a dual-layer display and exclusive outdoor app features

Casio has released the WSD-F30RG, its newest smartwatch from the PRO TREK line. It has an OLED display, but also has individual monochrome and color overlays. The OEM also asserts that it has an improved resolution for detailed le...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 25 May 2019 17:44:00 +0200
Samsung Gear S3 Frontier gets One UI update May 2019 (Source: Samsung)

One UI update rolls out for the Galaxy Watch, Gear S3, and Gear Sport

The latest software update for the Galaxy Watch, Gear S3, and Gear Sport is now rolling out over-the-air. The new One UI firmware comes with improved sleep and workout tracking, an updated settings menu, the ability to turn on and...
Codrut Nistor, Mon, 20 May 2019 14:30:00 +0200
WeChat Pay is enhancing its operations in Europe. (Source: WeChat)

WeChat's cross-border payments business plans to break into Europe

WeChat claims to have over 1.1 billion users per month, 800 million of who also use WeChat Pay. Now, the company intends to make the use of this aspect of the service easier to use abroad. This involves improving on its existing p...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 18 May 2019 14:20:00 +0200
Micro- and mini-LEDs may be the future of lighting. (Source: IEEE Spectrum)

The mini- and micro-LED market is set to grow by at least 100% over next 5 years

Micro- and mini-LEDs may make up the next generation of high-end displays after AMOLED. At present, however, they are more of a niche-application product. However, new research indicates that their market will grow to be worth US$...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 17 May 2019 19:34:00 +0200

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