Samsung executives had spent the last few weeks before the public unveiling of Gear finalizing various colors for the smartwatch band. At first, Samsung planned only to make Gear in black and white, to ease the production process. But some key execs were convinced that it needed more variety, more splash, especially since a smartwatch is as much about fashion as it is tech. The marketing team decided to add "rose gold" and "wild orange" into the mix, while the … Read more
Apple may outfit its much-rumored smartwatch with a flexible display, says Korean news site Chosun Ilbo.
Citing information from "industry sources," Chosun Ilbo said Tuesday that the iWatch would be equipped with a plastic OLED screen capable of being bent. Other smartwatches, such as Samsung's Galaxy Gear, offer a rigid display.
Apple also is reportedly cooking up three separate models for the iWatch, each with a different sized screen. "A prototype of the 1.5-inch has already been made," one of the sources said. A 1.3-inch model and a 1.4-inch model will also … Read more
Apple iWatch theorists will have something to chew on, as the company has reportedly tapped one of Nike's top design directors, Ben Shaffer, to work on wearable products, according to 9to5Mac.
Shaffer was the Studio director of Nike's research and development lab, Innovation Kitchen, which worked on the popular Nike FuelBand, a wristband that helps users keep track of personal fitness habits.
The hire, which remains unconfirmed by Apple, comes amid wide speculation that Apple's working on a wearable, watch-like device. Shaffer's addition to the Apple team is sure add more fuel to that fire.
Apple … Read more
Best Buy announced Thursday that Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch will be up for preorder on Friday. It will be one of the only retailers to carry all six colors of the device.
Samsung announced the Galaxy Gear earlier this month at the IFA show in Berlin. The device has hit some countries around the world already and will be available in the US next month. Sprint announced that it will start selling the smartwatch on October 4.
The Gear, which costs $299, features a touch screen that tells time, provides access to notifications and messages, and works with apps. … Read more
Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch needs some improvement, one of the company's executives said in a recent interview.
Speaking to Korea Times in an interview published on Wednesday, an unidentified Samsung official said that the company has "acknowledged that our [Galaxy] Gear [smartwatch] lacks something special." The executive said that Samsung plans to increase "investment for user interface and user experience."
AT&T announced that it will be hawking the Pebble smartwatch come September 27. It will be the first mobile carrier to sell the watch, which not only tells the time but also wirelessly connects to users' smartphones.
Pebble was one of the first smartwatches to debut after its massive Kickstarter campaign last year. The watch reached its funding goal of $100,000, and then quickly surpassing it to raise a total of $10.2 million.
The $150 Bluetooth enabled smartwatch can alert users to e-mails and social-networking updates, as well as display caller ID information. The watch face … Read more
Samsung unveiled its first smartwatch just a couple of weeks ago. Is a successor already in the works?
A Galaxy Gear 2 is indeed currently in development, at least according to Korean news site Media. According to unnamed sources, the next version of Samsung's smartwatch will offer GPS, improved battery life, and support for a greater array of Android devices. The Galaxy Gear currently can pair with one device only -- Samsung's Galaxy Note 3.
The new watch could be unveiled next year at the Consumer Electronics Show in January or the Mobile World Congress in February, say … Read more
Our coverage of the 2013 Frankfurt auto show is just about wrapping up. Some of the highlights included the 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder making a brilliant, record-breaking debut, BMW bringing back some serious sporty intentions with the 4 Series, and Nissan unveiling one of its newest concepts, a smartwatch. And while cars, both production and concept, were the obvious main attraction, nothing could prepare us for Smart's electric bicycle.
Join us on a video tour of some of the hottest sights from the show.
Welcome to the first episode of a new video series called The Next Big Thing. Inspired by the supersession of the same name CNET has been presenting at the Consumer Electronics Show for the better part of a decade, this show will attempt to sort out what's really coming in consumer electronics, digital media, and online services -- and what's just a distraction. It's CNET from 10,000 feet, a view we've never really offered our entire Web audience before.
Awaiting you in this episode:
- Times have changed when it comes to smartphones and tablets. … Read more
Samsung's Galaxy Gear is the latest smartwatch to attempt to crack the code on wearable computers. It is loaded with sensors and a camera, and has the brief battery life of a smartphone. It also costs $299. At the other end of the spectrum is the Pebble, a $150 watch with week-long battery life that relies more on a "micro-interactions" with an iOS or Android smartphone to be useful.
Pebble, which raised $10 million on Kickstarter and earned a spot at Best Buy, had orders for more than 275,000 watches by mid-July, and in excess of … Read more