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According to a new report, the Olympus Tough TG-6 counts as an action-cam. (Source: Olympus)

The action-camera market will be worth nearly US$9 billion by 2025

Action cameras are a popular device category, particularly among those who want to record their rugged pursuits wherever they go. A new report indicates that the market in question will grow to be worth US$8.9 billion in the next ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 26 Jan 2020 19:15:00 +0100
The "Redmi fitness tracker" image. (Source: Weibo)

New leaks suggest Redmi will break into wearables soon

According to a new leak, Redmi - which is usually known as a smartphone brand - will launch a fitness tracker soon. It may be of the kind that fits into a silicone wrist-band, and may also have a front-facing capacitive button. Th...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 26 Jan 2020 18:28:00 +0100
Wearables may play more of a role in health and medicine over the next 5 years. (Source: Pigsback)

The fitness tracker market may reach US$5 billion in 5 years

The latest report on the health- and fitness-tracker market shows that it may achieve a valuation of as much as US$5 billion by 2025. This may be driven by the increasing number of applications and functions for these devices. The...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 24 Jan 2020 19:50:00 +0100
The Realme Buds Air. (Source: Realme)

Realme may launch a cheaper version of its AirPod clones

Realme recently debuted its first pair of TWS earbuds in India. At 3999 INR (or about US$56), they seem a very reasonably-priced AirPod alternative. However, it now seems the OEM has a 2nd variant in the works which may cost even ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 20 Jan 2020 18:14:00 +0100
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 Huawei Mate 30 5G variants. (Source: Huawei)

Huawei insists it did better in the 5G phone market than Samsung in 2019

Huawei has released its performance for 2019 to the Chinese media. It claims it shipped approximately 240 million units in total that year, 6.9 million of which had 5G. For context, Samsung has announced that it shipped about 6.7 ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 17 Jan 2020 20:28:00 +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 TicPods 2 series. (Source: Mobvoi)

Mobvoi releases its updated, AI-powered TicPods

The TicPods 2 and 2 Pro are Mobvoi's new TWS earbuds. They look much like their predecessor: however, this series is the first to feature the OEM's new, proprietary assistant Tico. They also respond to gestures for call answering ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 13 Jan 2020 23:03:00 +0100
The LG Tone Free TWS buds. (Source: LG)

LG releases its TWS earbuds to the US market

LG has announced that its latest truly wireless (or TWS) earbuds are now available to buy in the United States. These Tone Free devices are tuned by Meridian Audio and have a unique UVnano charging case. It also adds up to 21 hour...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 11 Jan 2020 18:46:00 +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 new Audio-Technica TWS noise-cancelling earbuds. (Source: Audio-Technica)

CES 2020 | Audio-Technica's 2020 line-up includes TWS earbuds and premium over-ear headphones

Audio-Technica has packed its Las Vegas showcase with high-tech new products. They include 3 pairs of TWS earbuds, the flagship of which are the QuietPoint ATH-ANC300TW with hybrid noise cancellation. There are also headphones dir...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 09 Jan 2020 22:39:00 +0100
The Harman Kardon Fly TWS earphones are set to tackle Apple's AirPods. (Source: Harman)

CES 2020 | Harman Kardon rolls out new 'Fly' range of headphones, including AirPods competitor

Samsung subsidiary Harman Kardon has taken the wraps off what it hopes will be able to take on Apple’s AirPods and headphones like the Apple-owned Beats Solo Pro among others. Each of the three new models, in total, also feature G...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Thu, 09 Jan 2020 12:20:00 +0100
Smart assistant activation can result in embarrassing situations. (Source: The Manifest)

Up to 64% of users have activated a smart assistant by accident

A new study of those who use voice-activated searches have found that 64% of this group set the assistant in question off by mistake during December 2019. An accidental press of a hardware button was found to be the culprit in 49%...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 08 Jan 2020 21:46:00 +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 Amazfit PowerBuds. (Source: Huami)

CES 2020 | Amazfit unveils its PowerBuds and ZenBuds

Amazfit has announced that it's ready for the TWS earbud market in 2020. To this end, it has revealed 2 new products in this category: the PowerBuds and ZenBuds. The former are sports-focused, whereas the latter have been designed...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 08 Jan 2020 19:38:00 +0100
The Wearbuds now have a Pro version. (Source: Aipower)

CES 2020 | Aipower updates its Wearbuds with a Pro variant

The Wearbuds are well known as the first true-wireless (TWS) earbuds that come with an innovative wrist-band into which they can slot and use to charge, rather than a case that has to be carried around. Now, their maker Aipower ha...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 07 Jan 2020 18:54:00 +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 Zotac

CES 2020 | RTX OTG: Zotac's VR GO backpack PC gets an RTX upgrade

Zotac will show off the new VR GO 3.0 backpack PC at CES next week. The updated wearable gaming computer can now be configured with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 GPU, which should greatly improve the VR experience.
Sam Medley, Thu, 02 Jan 2020 21:00:00 +0100
Visionox has allegedly agreed to supply Huawei with flexible displays. (Source: Visionox)

Huawei and Honor devices with foldable or wrap-around displays are now potentially on the cards

A new report published by a Chinese media outlet asserts that the flexible-display maker Visionox has agreed to supply its displays to the OEM Huawei. This agreement will apparently take effect from early 2020. Therefore, this bra...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 01 Jan 2020 18:17:00 +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
An interior shot of one of the alleged 100 new Xiaomi stores. (Source: Weibo)

Xiaomi opens 100 physical stores simultaneously in China

Today, (December 29, 2019) Xiaomi's CEO Lu Weibing posted to Weibo claiming that the OEM opened no less than 100 brick-and-mortar stores in its native China. These outlets, which were apparently full of potential customers interes...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 29 Dec 2019 18:56:00 +0100
A future generation of this speaker may also offer wireless charging. (Source: HonorBuy)

Xiaomi makes a Bluetooth speaker that is also a wireless charger

If a hands-free speaker with the ability to deliver the kind of charging to match is all you want for the holidays, it seems Xiaomi (nearly) has you covered. It has just certified a device called the Mi Wireless Charger Bluetooth ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 25 Dec 2019 18:07:00 +0100
Amazfit's CES 2020 teaser. (Source: Huami)

Amazfit will unveil its first set of earphones at CES 2020

The wearables brand Amazfit is increasingly well-known for its smartwatches. However, it intends to break into new categories of wearable in 2020. They will include the company's first pair of earphones, as well as another teased ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 23 Dec 2019 19:22:00 +0100
The Galaxy Buds+ are said to look similar to the current model. (Source: Notebookcheck)

Galaxy Buds+ with active noise-cancelling and larger batteries coming soon

Samsung’s rumored Apple Airpods Pro competitor looks like it is nearing release. Regulatory filings for the new headphones have hit the FCC and reveal, among other things, that they will pick up larger batteries.
Sanjiv Sathiah, Mon, 23 Dec 2019 04:05:00 +0100
A GoPro HERO8 Black with a Light Mod. (Source: GoPro)

GoPro launches the Light Mod for the HERO8 Black

GoPro has released a new product that is compatible with its pre-existing mounts. However, it is not an action-cam: it is instead a mini LED floodlight intended to be used with one of them, the HERO8 Black. It can also clip onto t...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 21 Dec 2019 20:19:00 +0100
The JBL Reflect Eternal headphones. (Source: Indiegogo)

JBL claims that its new Reflect Eternal headphones can deliver "infinite" battery life

JBL has launched the Reflect Eternal headphones via Indiegogo. The OEM claims that they are capable of self-charging, so that it may never run out of battery life or be dependent on a cable for play-time. This is conferred by Powe...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 18 Dec 2019 22:51:00 +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
A teaser for Realme's upcoming Indian event. (Source: Realme)

Realme Buds Air to launch alongside the X2 in India

Realme will debut the X2 in a new market, India, tomorrow (December 17, 2019). It will be joined on stage by the brand's first fully-wireless (or TWS) audio accessories. According to official teasers, they look like AirPods, altho...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 16 Dec 2019 15:26:00 +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
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 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
The Snapdragon XR2 5G Platform brings new extended reality experiences. (Source: Qualcomm)

Qualcomm introduces the Snapdragon XR2 — the world's first 5G XR platform with 7 concurrent tracking cameras, 2x CPU and GPU performance, [email protected] Hz display per eye, and added AI goodness

At the ongoing Snapdragon Tech Summit, Qualcomm has taken wraps off the Snapdragon XR2. The Snapdragon XR2 aims to bring new extended reality experiences to future headsets and offers greatly improved video, audio, and AI performance over previous generations. The Snapdragon XR2 is the world's first 5G extended reality platform and offers support for seven concurrent cameras and a custom computer vision processor for more accurate tracking with low latency.
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Thu, 05 Dec 2019 20:00:00 +0100
Android may be able to leave Bluetooth out of Airplane Mode's reach soon. (Source: TheJournal)

Android 11 may support leaving Bluetooth on in Airplane Mode

Airplane mode is an ever-present setting on mobile devices that is effectively an instant kill switch for all radios, those for wireless connectivity included. However, this setting can be considerably less convenient for those wh...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 04 Dec 2019 17:19:00 +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
Image source: Own

Xiaomi announces Mi 10 smartphone with Snapdragon 865

Xiaomi's CEO Lin Bin today announced the Xiaomi Mi 10, one of the first phones to use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865. Bin offered few details, but it's likely the Mi 10 will carry flagship specifications and use the same 108 MP camer...
Sam Medley, Tue, 03 Dec 2019 23:01:00 +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
Will the next iPhones sport 6 GB of RAM and AirPods in the box? (Image source: Apple)

Next Apple iPhones to enter mass production in Q1 2020: 6 GB of RAM and AirPods in the box?

Two new rumours about next year's iPhones are doing the rounds, and they imply that Apple is considering making its smartphones better value for money. Heresy, right?
Alex Alderson, Tue, 03 Dec 2019 19:02:00 +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



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