Not exactly. The figure Samsung disclosed is actually the number of smartwatches the Korean tech giant shipped to retailers and partners; it isn't actually a true reflection of consumer demand. Korean publication Yonhap reported that the numbers represented shipments, and not sales to consumers, and the Verge confirmed the report.
A Samsung representative later confirmed to CNET that the number represented shipments, and not sales rung up to customers.
Samsung released the shipment numbers to Reuters earlier on Tuesday, … Read more
Another company will soon join the smartwatch craze.
Qualcomm, a company perhaps best known for its wireless technology components, has announced the upcoming launch of a new smartwatch it's calling Toq. The device was designed by its subsidiary Qualcomm Connected Experiences, and is compatible with Android.
The Toq comes with what Qualcomm calls Mirasol display technology. With that, the device's display will always be on and visible and will reflect ambient light to help the face stay readable. The smartwatch also features wireless charging, support for wireless stereo headphones via Bluetooth, and it will be automatically updated by … Read more
Sony follows up on its first stab at minting a smart timepiece with the SmartWatch 2. Priced at $199, this gadget is a serious attempt at fixing many of the original SmartWatch's failings. Now flaunting a clean, modern design, water-resistant construction, and a better screen, the SmartWatch 2 has plenty of tricks up its sleeve. Costing $100 less than the troubled Samsung Galaxy Gear, yet more capable, Sony's latest wearable creation is a compelling Android companion.
Even so, the device's compatibility with non-Sony phones could be better, its battery life longer, and quirks less annoying. You also … Read more
I really don't want a smartwatch. What I want is something that notifies me when a call or text message comes in. That way I'll stop missing them because I can't hear my phone ring or feel it vibrate.
The Vybe, as described, is a simple rubberized wristband with an embedded (but removable) gizmo that connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth.
When a text message comes in, it vibrates once. When a call comes in, it vibrates at 1-second intervals until you answer the call or it goes to voice mail. You can also reject a call … Read more
Despite all the promises, smartwatches remain an acquired taste. Yes, there's a market but one that largely caters to the likes of health junkies and early adopters.
Fitness bands are cheap and light but too minimalist. Samsung's Galaxy Gear is all brawn but lacks device compatibility and email support. And the Pebble, one of the first true-blue smartwatches, is still trying to build an app ecosystem the way that Google and Apple did for their smartphones. It's an uphill battle for Pebble, the smartwatch darling, and it won't get any easier when those tech titans join … Read more
Gear debuted last month with about 70 apps. Since that time, one of the biggest criticisms of the smartwatch is that there aren't a lot more apps available. However, Samsung says that for now, it's sticking with its plans to seek out apps instead of opening up the platform to developers at large.
"We've had sort of an an invite-only world," Curtis Sasaki, senior vice president of Samsung'… Read more
Google has a smartwatch and it could go into mass production within months, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The Internet search giant is in talks with Asian manufacturers on the production of a potential smartwatch that would run Android and Google Now, the company's voice-assistant feature that powers Google Glass, according to The Wall Street Journal, which cited anonymous sources. The report also noted that it was working to reduce the power consumption of the device.
Google's smartwatch would give the company a solid position in the burgeoning wearable technology business. The company already has carved out … Read more
Editors' note: This is a guest column. See Thomas Stuermer's bio below.
What is the next big thing in tech?
The answer is -- potentially -- wearable devices.
New wearable devices, such as smartwatches, have been introduced in recent weeks, creating buzz and curiosity about how big this opportunity could be. Another new development in this market is an application that shows how a head-mounted display, such as Google Glass, could be used to improve execution of surgical procedures.
Courtesy of the new Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update, the Galaxy S4, S3, and Note 2 will be compatible with the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, Samsung said Tuesday.
Samsung already has started rolling out Android 4.3 for the international version of the Galaxy S4, with more models to follow. The latest Jelly Bean update is also being prepped for the S3 and Note 2.
A spokesperson for Samsung UK told CNET that Android 4.3 Jelly Bean "will be available across a range of Galaxy devices from mid-November, subject to software testing and approvals by individual networks."… Read more