Just a few days ago, we heard reports about Samsung's Project Valley being in the last stages of development, but it looks like Lenovo has beaten Samsung here with a demo at the Lenovo Tech World Conference 2016. As expected, Lenovo also revealed the Moto Z and Moto Z Force modular smartphones at the conference.
We had been hearing a lot about foldable displays for a while now, but Lenovo brought those rumors to life when it unveiled a smartphone (dubbed CPlus) that becomes a smartwatch if you fold it around your wrist. To add more to that, the Chinese OEM also unleashed the Folio tablet, which becomes a portable smartphone if you fold it from the middle.
In addition to these innovative pieces of technology, Lenovo revealed the Phab2 Pro, which is the first ever smartphone based on Google's Project Tango. The smartphone will offer unprecedented features in terms of Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality.
That's a lot of unveilings and innovations for one event! Which one surprised you the most? We find the Folio and the CPlus to be most impressive because of the advantages and conveniences they will provide to their users.
Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
As the love for smart watches increasing day by day, manufacturers are making new gadgets to attract them.The ZGPAX S79 Bluetooth Smartwatch is one of them trying to attract buyers looking for only $25 dollars at Gearbest.
ZGPAX S79 Bluetooth Smartwatch features a 1.54-inch Capacitive display having a resolution of 240 x 240 -pixels.The product is very light as it only weight around 0.060 kg.It comes with a high-quality rubber band.The watch is actually bundled in a stainless-steel chassis, that makes it resistant to random drops while giving it an elegant edge.
This smart watch is very stylish and trendy in looking. The design is kept round in edges. The case of the smart watch is made up of stainless steel and the band is made up of high quality rubber band which is soft and comfortable in wearing. There are six color options you will get for this watch. The colors are black, pink, blue, chocolate, golden and titanium grey. That means in respective of colors both Boys and Girls can enjoy this watch.
ZGPAX S79 Bluetooth Smartwatch Phone Full Specification:
Type: Watch Phone
External memory: TF card up to 8GB (not included)
Wireless Connectivity: Bluetooth
Network type: GSM
Screen type: Capacitive
Screen size: 1.54 inch
Camera type: Single camera
Front camera: 0.3MP
Video recording: Yes
SIM Card Slot: Single SIM
TF Card Slot: Yes
Micro USB Slot: Yes
Picture format: PNG, JPEG, GIF, BMP
Music format: MP3
Video format: 3GP, MP4
Languages: German, English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Russian, Italian，Turkish，Arabic, Traditional Chinese
Additional Features: FM, Alarm, Bluetooth, Calendar, Browser, People, MP3, Calculator..., MP4, Sound Recorder
Cell Phone: 1
Battery: 1 x 320mAh
USB Cable: 1
Product size: 4.1 x 4.8 x 1.3 cm / 1.61 x 1.89 x 0.51 inches
Package size: 8.3 x 12 x 6.4 cm / 3.26 x 4.72 x 2.52 inches
Product weight: 0.060 kg
Package weight: 0.230 kg
HTC was rumored to release it's first Android Wear Smartwatch, or its first Smart Wearable device. According to the latest reports apparently, the company has decided not to try to compete with LG, Samsung, Motorola and others, and has scrapped its Smartwatch project.
A report published on Friday, suggests that the rising costs of producing the watch was one of the reasons behind HTC's decision to cancel it. In addition, it is believed that the watch being devised by the company lacked any innovation or special design that would allow it to challenge the competition.
The smartwatch market is becoming more and more crowded, with Asus recently joining the group. Right now, there is a heavy air of anticipation as Apple's long awaited iWatch is expected to be unveiled on September 9th. As usual with Apple, the expectations are extremely high. While it is probable that Apple's timepiece will see the light of day this coming Tuesday, the product will probably not be made available to consumers until next year.
According to a report from Bloomberg, HTC will announce its next flagship device, HTC One M9 along with its own Smartwatch next March at the MWC 2015 event.
HTC Smartwatch will be the Taiwanese's company first wearable device, The watch is rumored to feature integration with Under Armour's fitness service. The two companies had announced their partnership earlier this month. The watch will likely be running on Google's Android Wear platform.
The HTC One M9 "codenamed Hima" is said to pack a 20 megapixel camera on the back and an UltraPixel camera on the front, octa-core Snapdragon 810, Dolby 5.1 Audio, and HTC Sense 7 UI.
According to some rumors, HTC is working on its first wearables Smartwatch which will allegedly be called "Petra" and WILL NOT be an Android Wear powered device. Instead it will run a simple custom OS that supports Android 4.4+ and iOS 7+.
The HTC Petra sounds like a sporty smart band with IP57 and MIL-STD-810G certifications and an included footpad for more accurate step counting. The wearable will communicate with smartphones over Bluetooth though it should have its own GPS receiver. The screen will be a flexible 1.8" PMOLED with 160 x 32 resolution.
The HTC Petra ius rumored to launch by the end of March in the USA, allegedly of course. Here's the Full HTC Petra Specifications list:
- Chipset: ST Micro STM32L151
- OS: RTOS developed by HTC (No Android Wear support)
- Size: S/M/L
- Weight: 23g
- Display: 1.8" 32*160 PMOLED flexible display
- Support Bluetooth and GPS
- Charge battery via POGO Pin or USB
- Battery Life: 3days+
- Water/Dust proof rated at IP57
- Passed MIL-STD-810G, Method 516.6 test
- Alarm, Timer, Stopwatch, Music Control, Camera Shutter, sleep Analysis, Sports Analysis/ see today's schedule, weather, your phone's notification.
- Support Android phone(Android 4.4 or later), and iOS(7.0 or later).
- Package include footpad which can help to analysis steps more correctly.
- Color: Teal/Lime, Black/Blue Gray
- Expected Launch Date: (Q1,2015) worldwide release but will launch in the U.S. first.
We reported few days ago that HTC decided to cancel it's Smartwatch project because it won't be a very good competitor in the current market. This was disappointment for some HTC fans after a long year of rumors about it.
However, Looks like HTC will take its time on preparing its first Smartwatch to make an impact on the market, Latest reports from CNET suggests that HTC Upcoming Android Wear Smartwatch is set to launch on Early 2015, giving the company the time it needs to improve its watch.
The rumored name of HTC's first Smartwatch is the "HTC One Watch"... kinda like Apple Watch naming. let's wait and see what this Taiwanese giant have in the works for us.
The Tizen based Samsung Gear S2 has just received an update which brings a lot of new features to the smartwatch. The user will now be able to set any image of his/her choice as the Watch Face, due to the addition of the new My Photo functionality. Whether you call it a fix or a feature is up to you though.
What we found to be more interesting and useful is the much needed but previously lacking ability of the Gear S2 to install apps by itself, without the help of a paired smartphone. This would of course, make the smartwatch much more useful and independent than before and we appreciate it.
Additionally, your smartwatch will now automatically track how much you are sleeping as well. If you want, you can use the device to update on social media websites about your daily fitness related activities. There are also some cosmetic changes to the weather apps and the world clock, along with some improvements to the overall stability of the device's software. If you are using the Gear S2 Sport, the update package should have the build number R730XXU2DPFB and in case of the S2 Classic, the build number should be R732XXU2DPFB.
Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Solis stands for Sun in Spanish and that's what Samsung has decided to name its next smartwatch. SamMobile reported the news along with suggesting that the term "Solis" probably indicates that this one will be round like the sun! The Korean OEM is aiming for a more typical and traditional watch-esque look with the Solis than the rectangular devices that we are now used to seeing from manufacturers all over.
Going by the fact that this will be the successor to the Gear S2, Solis will possibly sport better hardware than its predecessor, but the specifics are unclear right now. According to the report, there will be three general variants of the smartwatch with the model numbers SM-R760, SM-R765 and SM-R770. However, there will also be two carrier specific variants; namely the SM-765V and the SM-765S.
The big news about the Solis range of smartwatches is the fact these will not run on any version of the Android OS. Instead, they will be using Samsung's own home-grown Tizen OS to run things. It is also expected that they will feature a larger display than the tiny 1.2-inch one we saw with the Gear S2. If you are excited about the Solis, did it disappoint you to know that it will ruin on Tizen? We ourselves will reserve that judgement till we manage to get a closer look at one.
Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
This year, Samsung's definitely been active in the smartwatch market. It recently unveiled the Gear S. But next year the company may be taking its smartwatch efforts to the next level.
According to a report out of Samsung's home country of South Korea, at Mobile World Congress 2015 we could see a new wearable that will come with a built-in fingerprint scanner. And in what would be a first for a Samsung device, it may not require a swipe to register your fingerprint.
Aside from featuring that sensor and not relying on a smartphone for secure authentication purposes, this yet-unnamed smartwatch is also to sport some simple payments functionality. This will be developed by Samsung in partnership with PayPal. The two companies have already teamed up this year to enable making payments with the Galaxy S5's fingerprint sensor, so the new smartwatch venture would be a natural extension of that relationship.
The whole thing has been reportedly confirmed by "a high-ranking official at Samsung Electronics". Synaptics is also involved, thanks to its biometric know-how. The system will send promotional offers to your smartwatch from nearby stores, so you can pick what you want to buy even before entering a shop. It will be available in over 50 countries worldwide.
Smartwatches is the new HIP in technology, This year we could finally see some of the companies behind our favorite platforms start releasing smartwatches of their own, and rumors have been giving a hard look at Apple and Google in particular.
Last we heard, Google was likely to tap LG for production of its smartwatch, with the aim of introducing the wearable at Google I/O in late June,2014. Today, we hear a little bit about what we might expect from the watch's hardware.
The picture these specs paint is one of a relatively high-end device, if not quite up to the level of the Galaxy Gear/Gear 2. Specifically, the Google watch is rumored to have a 1.65-inch 280 x 280 LCD, 512MB RAM, and 4GB of internal storage. Right there all in line with the Galaxy Gear. The only place these Google rumors fall a little short is with display resolution, compared to the higher density 320 x 320 panel on Samsung's efforts.
Sony SmartWatch 3 quietly made its way to the Google Play store. The Japanese manufacturer's first Android Wear device is listed as coming soon.
The wearable gadget is priced at $249.99. The price tag positions the IP68 certified Sony SmartWatch 3 as a premium Android Wear offering it costs as much as the Moto 360.
The Smartwatch 3 is set to release officially Next Month (November,2014). There is no info about Android Wear 2.0 announcement.
Smartwatches are invading the wearables market and Sony is deciding to take a step ahead. According to Bloomberg report, Sony is said to be making a new Smartwatch whose surfaces are made entirely from E-Paper. The watch is said to "emphasize style, rather than trying to outdo more technological offerings."
This Sony smartwatch will focus on style and customization, using e-paper all around the watch will allow users to completely change the style and look of the watch from the Face down to the Strap.
The project is apparently the first to come out of a new innovation center set up by Sony CEO Kaz Hirai. Intended to produce Sony's next breakthrough product-the Walkman or PlayStation of its time-it's not yet produced anything game changing. There is no expected release date for this watch but we expect it on markets by 2016.
Today, Samsung released a Teaser poster shows a rounded design Smartwatch, the Korean company didn't release any smartwatches this year. Samsung's upcoming Smartwatch is codenamed "Orbis", and will be called "Samsung Gear A". It will come with a round screen, unlike all of its predecessors.
Samsung confirmed that the Gear A will pack a round display through an official press release, the PR is announcing that the software development kit (SDK) for its next smartwatch will be out before the wearable itself launches.
In this way Samsung is inviting developers to design Apps for its new Rounded Smartwatch. Developers who are interested to take part in this effort can sign up at a dedicated website, and then wait for Samsung to contact them with more details.
The giveaway is in the image attached to said press release, which features only round app examples. So at least this is clear now. What's left to happen is for Samsung to actually announce the Gear A, and there's currently no telling when that will occur.
Samsung releases two flagships devices already, but no wearables yet. It looks like the Korean giant is preparing to reveal a new smartwatch for its new line-up, this time it will rounded and metal.
Samsung Gear S2 has been unofficially revealed as the New smartwatch apeared on a couple of promo images on Samsung's website. The Gear S2 will pack a Round display with seemless design and New User Inerface too.
Samsung Gear S2 will make its official debut during IFA in Berlin next month, on September 3. The smartwatch features circular display and sleek new user interface.
We are still waiting for Motorola to reveal its upcoming next-gen Moto 360 smartwatch (Moto 360S), it has been leaked online already several times. However, today, we got some photos of a smaller version of the Moto 360S.
It looks like that Motorola is working on a Moto 360S mini variant. it is shown in the image above by itself, but it also gets compared to the original 360 in the shot below. This leak pretty much confirms the hypothesis that Motorola is working on two sizes for its new wearable, emulating Apple's deeds in this space. We first heard that something like this would happen earlier this month.
The small variant of this year's Motorola smartwatch will apparently be called Moto 360S, while the larger one (which should sport the same screen size as its predecessor) will go by Moto 360L it seems. And yes, both of them will keep the 'flat tire' display design introduced last year, we won't see any full circles this time around either. The two models launching in 2015 should have different screen sizes and different battery sizes at least. There's no word on the display size or resolution with this mini version.
When someone mentions a smartwatch, rugged is usually not the first thing that comes to our mind, and that's part of what makes the T-Rex from Amazfit such an unique product. Not that there are no other tough products like Huami's new adventure - sport watch mind you, but none of them come even close to the price point at which the T-Rex is being offered by Huami.
What Does the T-Rex Have to Offer?
Quite simply put, the answer would be everything you can possibly expect, and we are not even exaggerating here! Consider the following to get an idea of how feature packed the T-Rex is really.
12 Military Grade Certifications (MIL-STD-810G, 5ATM, etc.) for resistance to water, dust, shock, heat, cold and humidity among others
The T-Rex can survive in between -40 degrees Celsius to 70-degrees Celsius, alongside 240h humidity and 96h salt spray (sea water) exposure
A battery that can last up to 20 days even under extremely rough conditions and moderate usage
14 sport modes: outdoor jogging/running, jogging/running on the treadmill, cycling, hiking, open water swimming, swimming in a pool, elliptical training, regular gym exercises and the list goes on
Includes an optical heart rate sensor
An advanced GPS system and even a built-in GLONASS system for flawless, satellite navigation
1.3-inch OLED display with a resolution of 360 x 360, with Gorilla Glass 3 protection
It's difficult to believe that all these features and more are packed into the T-Rex by Huami for a selling price of meagre $140! For the record the Amazfit T-Rex is also Huami's cheapest and toughest smartwatch till date.
A Closer Look at Applicability of the Features: Is the T-Rex Really that Good?
Off the bat, let's make a few things clear, this is not the world's best or the most perfect smartwatch that we are dealing with here. What Huami's latest offering can be called however, is the best bang-for-your-buck smartwatch in the fitness and adventure segment by a long shot. With that perspective in mind, there is really nothing about the watch that doesn't work as advertised.
One may notice that steep changes in heart rate will take the optical sensor an extra second or two to adjust with, but the data will not be erroneous on account of the slightly slower change. Setting that aside, there's nothing else that we can complain about here, especially at that price point.
Sleep and step tracking works as accurately as you would expect from a $500 fitness wearable, while the Amazfit app records all data seamlessly from your smartwatch for your review later or in real time. However, there is no support for third party apps such as GoogleFit for example and that is disappointing.
A Smartwatch Designed for Performance Not Superficial Impression
The T-Rex is not going to win any beauty contests, but that's perfectly alright. Huami did not launch the T-Rex with a name like that to look pretty, but to get the job done in the most robust way possible. It's a big watch with a huge dial and a lot of girth to it, but surprisingly enough, it is deceptively light at just under 57g. Coming in Army Green, Camo Green,Rock Black, Khaki and Gun Gray, this is a watch that prioritises functionality, mobility and even comfort above everything else.
The OLED display is big, bright and gorgeous, which really comes on its own during the night, as is the nature of all OLED dispalys. During the day, even direct sunlight cannot affect this AMOLED display's visibility to the point where everything on it can be called anything but clearly legible. The straps on the other hand, can be described as comfortable, silicone dust magnets!
Although the clean and muscular design of Huami T-Rex is not for someone with tiny wrists, or a preference for more stylish options, it embodies the spirit of the rough and tough adventurer, who's wrist this massive beast of a watch is supposed to adorn in the first place. If you can relate yourself to being a real adventurer, and don't want to shell out $200 - $500 for features that Huami is offering for just $150 with the T-Rex, there is absolutely no reason why you shouldn't order one right now.
Today, Android Wear build KMV78Y is rolling out to the Samsung Gear live, which is was also released to the LG G Watch too.
The update is staged, so it will show up on your watch whenever it shows up. However, the OTA URL has been captured and can be found on XDA (Source link below). Simply download the update and install it with ADB sideload. There are no guarantees this will go off without a hitch, though. Waiting for the real OTA is probably reasonable, especially considering we don't know what this update does yet.
The simple, but highly addictive game "Flappy Bird", was pulling in a ton of advertising cash each day, making developer Dong Nguyen wealthy. But Nguyen decided to pull the game, fearing its addictiveness. At least that was the reason he gave when asked about his actions. Perhaps he was worried about the addictive qualities of the game leading to the downfall of modern civilization. Still, it was a once-in-a-lifetime oppotunity for the developer, and someday he just might rue his decision.
Flappy Bird is back, and available for your Android Wear powered Smartwatch thanks to Android developer Corbin Davenport. The process of sideloading the game requires you to use a modified version of the apk, and an Android Debugging Bridge. You can read the instructions posted by Davenport by clicking on the sourcelink.
You can view a clip of Flappy Bird doing his thing on a Motorola Moto 360, by clicking on the video below.
Motorola is definitely going to release a successor for its last year's Moto 360 smartwatch, we saw many leaks and rumors about the new Moto 360. Today, we got the first official renders of the Next-generation Moto 360 smartwatch.
The new renders show two slightly different size variants of the next-gent Moto 360. As previously reported, the larger model could be called Moto 360L (or Moto 360 2 L), while the smaller one might be dubbed Moto 360S (or Moto 360 S). It's said that the former has a 375 mAh battery, while the latter comes with a 270 mAh one. Both may offer displays with resolutions of 360 x 360 pixels. For now, we don't know anything else about the two new smartwatches.
Motorola may plan to announce its new Moto 360 smartwatches next week at IFA 2015 in Berlin, and we assume that both will be available to buy in the near future.