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The wearables sector had a mixed 1Q2020. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung's global wearables shipments grew by 71% for the first quarter of 2020

The latest IDC report on the wearables market (for the first quarter of 2020 (1Q2020)) shows that its watch sector declined. However, this shortfall was addressed by gains made by the audio and band categories. Apple remained the ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 29 May 2020 23:58:00 +0200
The Galaxy Watch Active 2 was launched in 2018. (Image source: Samsung)

New Samsung Galaxy Watch: Four variants of the possible Galaxy Watch Active 3 start revealing their secrets through FCC filings

A new Samsung Galaxy Watch has been discovered in recent FCC files, with a total of four different model numbers being spotted. It is believed that there will be two variants with LTE connectivity, while two other Samsung Galaxy W...
Daniel R Deakin, Fri, 29 May 2020 23:29:00 +0200
Does OPPO want to be the new Huawei? (Source: OPPO)

OPPO may be closer than ever to having its own Kirin-esque series of chips

According to a new report, the mobile device OEM OPPO is making progress with its dream of constructing a team to rival Huawei's HiSilicon division. This would enable it to build its own in-house chipsets, as this company and Sams...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 29 May 2020 13:38:00 +0200
Research has found that more people clean their phones more regularly these days. (Source: Pixabay)

The number of people who clean their phones daily in the US may have doubled due to Covid-19

Most modern phones are made of materials on which pathogens, Covid-19 included, can survive on for up to 120 hours. Accordingly, bodies such as the US Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommend that they be cleaned once a day. New...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 27 May 2020 19:22:00 +0200
An overview of the XR viewer ecosystem. (Source: Qualcomm)

Qualcomm previews a new line of smartphone-linked XR viewers for 2021

Qualcomm has announced a range of XR viewers, a novel product category possible due to 5G speeds and bandwidth. They are intended to deliver high-quality content to be supported by the smartphones they connect to via USB type C, a...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 27 May 2020 18:30:00 +0200
ARM Mali-G78 mobile GPU now official (Source: ARM)

ARM unveils the Mali-G78 and Mali-G68 mobile GPUs

The new Mali-G78 mobile GPU is more efficient and provides performance improvements of up to 25 percent compared to its predecessor — Mali-G77, which launched last year as the first Valhall-based mobile GPU. Its companion, the Mal...
Codrut Nistor, Wed, 27 May 2020 11:03:00 +0200
The Realme Watch offers plenty of bang-for-your-buck. (Source: Realme)

First Realme smartwatch announced, costs just US$50

Oppo sub-brand Realme has launched its very first smartwatch. The new Realme Watch has a derivative look about it but offers the sharp value that we have come to expect from the brand.
Sanjiv Sathiah, Tue, 26 May 2020 12:38:00 +0200
The new XRSpace Mova headset is powered by the Snapdragon 845 VR platform and supports 5G connectivity. (Source: XRSpace)

Former HTC CEO back with new VR start up XRSpace and the 5G-capable Mova headset

Peter Chou was once the very visible face of HTC when it was still a force in the smartphone market. These days, with HTC and Vive well and truly in the rear vision mirror, he is back with a new VR start up that looks like it has ...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Tue, 26 May 2020 11:58:00 +0200
The Xiaomi Mi Band 5 will be able to display analog watch faces. (Image source: TizenHelp)

New Xiaomi Mi Band 5 features discovered: Smartphone camera controller, more fitness categories, and analog watch face support

The Xiaomi Mi Band 5 fitness tracker will reportedly feature a smartphone camera controller among its array of functions. On top of that, five new fitness categories have been added to the included list of workout activities, and ...
Daniel R Deakin, Mon, 25 May 2020 20:04:00 +0200
A mockup of the AirPods Studio. (Image source: MacRumors)

AirPods Studio: Apple's US$349 over-ear headphones enter mass production ahead of WWDC 2020 unveiling

Rumour has it that the AirPods Studio may have already entered mass production. Slated to be announced at WWDC 2020 next month, the US$349 over-ear headphones will compete with the likes of the Bose 700, the upcoming Sony WH-1000X...
Alex Alderson, Mon, 25 May 2020 16:41:00 +0200
The latest alleged Xiaomi Mi Band 5 live photos show the wearable with a smaller button on the display. (Image source: Weibo)

Xiaomi Mi Band 5 wearable fitness tracker revealed in new alleged live photo leak

The Xiaomi Mi Band 5 wearable fitness tracker has supposedly been leaked once again in some live photos. The alleged Mi Band 5 is shown being plugged into its charging station in the latest images. Few additional details are offer...
Daniel R Deakin, Mon, 25 May 2020 15:09:00 +0200
Are these OnePlus' latest upcoming accessories? (Source: Twitter)

Rumor | OnePlus will launch its first pair of TWS earbuds alongside the Z in July 2020

The tipster Max J. claims that OnePlus is closer than ever to releasing its first pair of truly wireless (TWS) earbuds. He also asserts that they will be launched in about 2 months from today (May 24, 2020). However, those hoping ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 24 May 2020 21:38:00 +0200
The already available OPPO Enco W31 earphones have 7 mm dynamic drivers. (Image source: OPPO)

OPPO Smart Band and OPPO Enco W51 wireless earbuds teased ahead of expected June launch

OPPO has been busy teasing some new upcoming products on social media, including the OPPO Smart Band wearable and OPPO Enco W51 wireless earbuds. Specific details about the two products are currently scarce, but it is believed OPP...
Daniel R Deakin, Sun, 24 May 2020 20:51:00 +0200
The Vivo TWS Neo earphones are expected to arrive on June 1st alongside the Vivo X50 Pro (Image source: Vivo)

Vivo's new TWS earphones: The Vivo TWS Neo AirPods alternative set launch with the Vivo X50 Pro on June 1st

Vivo recently revealed a teaser video for its upcoming Vivo TWS Neo TWS earphones. These AirPods alternatives are expected to cost less than the US$169 Vivo TWS, but fierce competition in the segment from the likes of the Realme B...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Sat, 23 May 2020 10:10:00 +0200
Rufus Cuff: The large smartwatch is finally getting a release date. (Image source: rufuslabs)

Rufus Cuff: The large smartwatch is finally getting a release date

The computer for your wrist is finally being delivered, years after it was first announced. The Rufus Cuff is significantly larger than your typical smartwatch and has numerous sensors.
Alex Alderson, Fri, 22 May 2020 20:54:00 +0200
The Amazfit Bip S will launch on June 3. (Image source: Huami)

The Amazfit Bip S will launch on June 3

The Amazfit Bip S is set to launch on June 3, XDA Developers reports. Featuring up to 40 days battery life, the Bip S has a 1.28-inch display and comes in an array of colours.
Alex Alderson, Fri, 22 May 2020 20:25:00 +0200
The Sony WH-1000XM4 will retail for US$349. (Image source: Sony via Best Buy)

Sony WH-1000XM4: Updated Headphones Connect app confirms DSEE Extreme, Multi Point and Smart Talking Mode for US$349 and June-bound headphones

With the launch of the WH-1000XM4 seemingly imminent, Sony has updated its Headphones Connect app to add support for its upcoming over-ear headphones. The update reveals several features that will grace the WH-1000XM4, which will ...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 22 May 2020 14:10:00 +0200
The Realme Buds Air Neo are set to arrive on May 25th (Image source: Realme)

Realme Buds Air Neo pricing leaks: US$39 TWS AirPods alternatives with 13mm drivers and Bluetooth 5.0 set to launch on May 25th

Pricing recently leaked for the upcoming Realme Buds Air Neo. Realme's TWS earphones will launch on May 25th, alongside the higher-tier Realme Buds Q, the Realme TV, and the Realme Watch.
Arjun Krishna Lal, Thu, 21 May 2020 17:00:00 +0200
The Razer Opus retails for US$199.99. (Image source: Razer)

Razer launches Opus THX-certified over-ear headphones with ANC, aptX support and up to 25 hours battery life

Razer has announced its latest pair of the over-ear headphones, the Opus. Sporting 40 mm drivers, the Opus is THX-certified, supports aptX, ANC and is rated for up to 25 hours of battery life.
Alex Alderson, Wed, 20 May 2020 19:17:00 +0200
The Apple Watch Series 3 is available on Amazon at a steep discount. (Image source: Amazon)

Apple Watch Series 3 sells for just US$231: enough to sway Galaxy Gear S3 and Fitbit Versa users?

The Apple Watch Series 3 is now available on Amazon for as low as US$231. This brings it into contention with the Galaxy Gear S3. However, LTE capabilities, superior build quality and tight iOS integration make the Series 3 a soli...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Wed, 20 May 2020 11:41:00 +0200
The Xiaomi Amazfit Ares smartwatch is available in black and army green. (Image source: Amazfit)

Xiaomi Amazfit Ares rugged smartwatch unboxed in real-life photos - 70 sport modes and 14-day battery life for 499 yuan (US$70)

Xiaomi and Huami have announced the Amazfit Ares smartwatch, and it has already been fully revealed in a serious of real-life unboxed photos. The rugged-looking wearable has a 1.28-inch color touchscreen and weighs just 48 g. The ...
Daniel R Deakin, Wed, 20 May 2020 10:28:00 +0200
Lilygo: A customisable smartwatch with touch, Wi-Fi and Arduino support that will set you back less than US$25. (Image source: Lilygo)

Lilygo: A customisable smartwatch with touch, Wi-Fi and Arduino support that will set you back less than US$25

Lilygo has presented its latest smartwatch, the TTGO T-Watch-2020. Highly customisable, the device has a 1.54-inch touch display, Wi-Fi and supports Arduino. The Lilygo TTGO T-Watch-2020 costs less than US$25, too.
Alex Alderson, Wed, 20 May 2020 00:23:00 +0200
IFA 2020 will go ahead, but not as normal. (Source: IFA)

IFA 2020 will take place live in Berlin, just not as we know it

A number of annual conferences and showcases have had to either shut down or move online from their traditional real-world venues in 2020. IFA has just announced that its own flagship expo is not to be among them. However, due to ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 19 May 2020 19:50:00 +0200
The bounty of devices announced by Honor. (Image source: Honor)

Honor announces a plethora of smart devices, including Vision X1 series TVs and TWS Earbuds X1

Honor has announced a host of smart devices, including Vision X1 series TVs and TWS Earbuds X1. Complementing the MagicBook Pro 2020 and ViewPad 6, smart devices range from a vacuum to a kettle and an ultra-sonic toothbrush.
Alex Alderson, Tue, 19 May 2020 15:00:00 +0200
The Mi AirDots 2 SE costs just CNY 169 (~US$23.80). (Image source: Weibo)

Xiaomi Mi AirDots 2 SE: New Apple AirPods alternatives that cost under US$25

Headed for general sale on May 19, the Mi AirDots 2 SE is Xiaomi's latest set of TWS earbuds. Sporting 14.2 mm drivers, Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity and up to 20 hours battery life among other features, the AirDots 2 SE costs just C...
Alex Alderson, Mon, 18 May 2020 16:21:00 +0200
Fitbit now makes a ventilator. (Source: Fitbit)

Covid-19: Fitbit responds to the pandemic by developing a ventilator

Fitbit has announced that its own-brand ventilator has been sent to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for testing. Despite being known for wearables, this company has also recently devoted some of its resources to the prod...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 17 May 2020 18:33:00 +0200
Renders of the upcoming Realme Watch (Image source: XDA)

Realme Watch and Realme TV confirmed: launching in India on May 25th

Realme CEO Madhav Sheth recently confirmed the existence of the Realme Watch and Realme TV. The two products are set to launch in India on May 25th, offering an alternative to the Apple Watch and premium Android smart TVs.
Arjun Krishna Lal, Sun, 17 May 2020 14:56:00 +0200
The Xiaomi Mi Band 5 and Mi Band 4C will be successors to the popular Mi Band 4 fitness tracker. (Image source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi Mi Band 5 gets certified while price and release date rumors surface; cheaper Mi Band 4C to be launched soon

The Xiaomi Mi Band 5 has now been certified by the Taiwan National Communications Commission, and there are new rumors arising in regard to the upcoming wearable’s potential price and release date. The Xiaomi Mi Band 4C is also ap...
Daniel R Deakin, Sun, 17 May 2020 12:22:00 +0200
1More's new neckbuds. (Source: 1More)

1More announces its latest Dual Driver wireless in-ear neckbuds with ANC

1More has introduced its new Dual Driver ANC Pro Wireless In-Ear Headphones. This new product is not truly wireless, but does improve on its predecessor through the addition of Bluetooth 5.0 and a Wind Noise Resistance mode on top...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 15 May 2020 16:53:00 +0200
Huami is going to launch the Amazfit Ares rugged smartwatch on May 19. (Image source: Huami/Weibo)

The Amazfit Ares sporty smartwatch from Huami will be launched on May 19

Huami has been teasing a new product on the Chinese social network Weibo in the form of a sporty smartwatch. The somewhat rugged-looking Amazfit Ares is scheduled to be launched on May 19 and offers a host of features for smartwat...
Daniel R Deakin, Fri, 15 May 2020 11:36:00 +0200
The Mi Band 5 will probably be another cheap Xiaomi wearable. (Image source: Xiaomi)

The Xiaomi Mi Band 5 confirmed to be arriving in 2H20

The Xiaomi Mi Band 5 has been confirmed to be arriving in 2H20, Gizchina reports. Confirmed by Hung Wang, CEO of Huami, the Mi Band 5 is thought to have a larger display than its predecessor.
Alex Alderson, Thu, 14 May 2020 22:42:00 +0200
NoiseFit Endure: An inexpensive smartwatch with 20 days battery life, IP68 certification and a heart rate sensor. (Image source: Noise)

The NoiseFit Endure, a smartwatch with 20 days battery life, IP68 certification and a heart rate sensor, is now shipping for INR 3,999 (~US$53)

With the NoiseFit Endure, you get an inexpensive smartwatch with not only 20 days of battery life, but also with IP68 certification and a heart rate sensor. The NoiseFit Endure also has a 1.28-inch circular LCD panel, over 100 wat...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 14 May 2020 18:54:00 +0200
The Huawei Health app no longer works unless HMS 4.0.0 or later is installed. (Image source: Huawei)

Huawei wearables will no longer work unless you download HMS via the AppGallery instead of the Google Play Store, and people aren't happy about it

Huawei wearables will no longer work unless you download HMS via the AppGallery instead of the Google Play Store. Unintentional or not, people are unhappy about it.
Alex Alderson, Tue, 12 May 2020 16:56:00 +0200
A new firmware update for the Honor MagicWatch 2 activates its Sp02 sensor. (Image source: Honor)

The MagicWatch 2 supports blood oxygen saturation monitoring too; it's just that Honor left its Sp02 sensor disabled for six months

Is it a coincidence that multiple OEMs are now activating the Sp02 sensors in their smartwatches via an update? After Huawei did so with the Watch GT 2, Honor has now rolled out an equivalent firmware update for the MagicWatch 2 t...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 07 May 2020 23:06:00 +0200
The Sony WF-SP800N is rated for up to 9 hours of battery life between charges. (Image source: Sony)

Sony launches the WF-SP800N, sports TWS earbuds with ANC, IP55 and up to 9 hours of battery life

Sony has introduced new completely wireless in-ears, which have strong features and one of the largest batteries of all TWS. The waterproof, durable earphones are perfect for athletes, but the feature set also makes them interesti...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 07 May 2020 22:19:00 +0200
The Powerbeats Pro may be updated soon. (Source: Apple)

The next Powerbeats Pro may launch soon

Recent FCC documentation shows that Apple has what appears to be Powerbeats Pro 2 in the works. They have now picked up further certifications that probably put them close to an unveiling. Therefore, they may be launched in the US...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 06 May 2020 20:24:00 +0200
Wireless charging via NFC is now a thing

NFC-based wireless charging will make its way to future smartphones

It will soon be possible to charge appliances using your smartphone's NFC chip. The Global NFC Forum just approved a standard that allows for wireless charging at 1W via the medium. It is meant for devices such as smartwatches, wi...
Anil Satyanarayana, Wed, 06 May 2020 20:02:00 +0200
The alleged Vivo watch sketches. (Source: Twitter)

Vivo allegedly patents its first smartwatch

More and more Android OEMs are also releasing wearables these days; now, it seems that Vivo is about to join them. A Twitter leaker claims to have found images, apparently derived from a "patent", showing that this company has des...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 05 May 2020 18:18:00 +0200
The SteamVR platform in action. (Source: Valve)

SteamVR canned for Apple's Macs

A blog post on the Steam website has announced the sudden cancellation with immediate effect for SteamVR support on macOS. Instead, Mac users have been directed to use what are now legacy builds of the platform as Steam now switch...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Sun, 03 May 2020 03:59:00 +0200
The alleged Xiaomi Mi Band 5 offers more screen real estate than its predecessor. (Image source: SlashLeaks)

Updated | Alleged Xiaomi Mi Band 5 wearable fitness tracker images leaked

Three supposed images of the Xiaomi Mi Band 5 wearable fitness tracker have been leaked. The images originate from a popular Chinese social networking site and feature the wearable in switched-on and turned-off states. There is a ...
Daniel R Deakin, Sat, 02 May 2020 14:02:00 +0200
Flipkart and Amazon will be allowed to operate in some regions

Flipkart and Amazon to resume operations in some districts

E-commerce platforms such as Amazon and Flipkart will now be allowed to resume operations in orange and green zones in the Indian subcontinent. People residing in red zones will have to wait till their region is upgraded to gree...
Anil Satyanarayana, Sat, 02 May 2020 13:25:00 +0200
Sony's new kind of wireless earbud. (Source: JPO via LetsGoDigital)

Sony's strange new TWS earphone design may be intended to cater to helmet-wearers

Sony has reportedly filed a patent for a pair of truly wireless (or TWS) earphones. However, successors to the well-received WF-1000XM3s they are most likely not: they have a more original design that incorporates a large attachme...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 01 May 2020 21:55:00 +0200
Apple has had a mixed 2Q2020. (Source: Apple)

Apple's second-quarter financial report for 2020 shows its product sales are down

Apple has published a consolidated report of its financial performance in the second quarter of 2020 (2Q2020). It shows an overall increase in revenue of about 1% compared to the same quarter of 2019; however, when these figures a...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 01 May 2020 18:09:00 +0200
The Surface Headphones 2 will look the same as the original Surface Headphones. (Image source: Microsoft)

Microsoft readies new Surface Headphones with 20 hours of battery life, improved head tracking, Bluetooth 5.0 and aptX support

While Sony is putting the finishing touches to the WH-1000XM4, Microsoft has been spotted certifying new Surface Headphones. Possibly called the Surface Headphones 2, the noise-cancelling headphones will offer up to 20 hours of ba...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 01 May 2020 11:31:00 +0200
Huawei FreeBuds 3i: AirPods Pro on a budget. (Image source: Huawei)

Huawei FreeBuds 3i: AirPods Pro on a budget

Priced at US$112 and £89.99 in the UK, the Huawei FreeBuds 3i is the AirPods Pro on a budget. Featuring Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), three microphones and silicone ear tips, the FreeBuds 3i doesn't half look like original AirP...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 30 Apr 2020 20:55:00 +0200
JBL promises excellent sound quality for its new and stylish Live 300TWS. (Image source: JBL)

JBL Live 300TWS: New AirPods competitors with TalkThru technology launched

JBL has introduced another set of TWS earbuds as it continues to assert itself in an already extremely competitive market. Promising excellent sound quality, long battery life and many exciting features, the JBL Live 300TWS miss o...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 29 Apr 2020 22:53:00 +0200
The new Realme Watch render. (Source: XDA)

The Realme Watch: renders for this brand's very own Apple Watch clone emerge online

An XDA contributor claims to have "exclusive" access to info on Realme's 2nd-gen wearable. This product will apparently simply be called the brand's Watch, as with other OEM's answer to Apple's device of this category. The new lea...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 29 Apr 2020 18:13:00 +0200
Apple certifies new TWS earbuds. (Source: FCC)

Apple certifies new TWS earbuds, could be next-gen Powerbeats Pro

Some new TWS earbuds from Apple have passed through Federal Communications Commission (FCC) testing. These products are not new AirPods, however: their new certification lets their Beats branding slip, in addition to the fact they...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 28 Apr 2020 20:46:00 +0200
The Amazfit X: yes, that really is its tagline. (Source: Indiegogo)

The Amazfit X finally goes live via Indiegogo

Following a lengthy wait, Amazfit has released its first smartwatch with a curving display onto the market. Well, more or less: it is being offered as a reward as part of a new Indiegogo campaign. The device starts for US$149 and ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 28 Apr 2020 18:09:00 +0200
The Realme Buds Wireless Pro. (Source: NCC via MySmartPrice)

Realme is slated to launch a Pro version of its Buds Wireless earphones soon

The Realme Buds Wireless are of the 'neckbud' form-factor. Now, it seems the brand has a Pro variant of the same ready to go. A product under this name has been spotted in the hands of Singaporean and Taiwanese regulators ahead of...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 28 Apr 2020 15:16:00 +0200

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