Now that the Pebble Steel and the Samsung Gear Fit have begun carving out a new landscape for higher-design wearables, maybe there's room for more. The new Meta smartwatch, seen here, is a complete design revamp from the first MetaWatch Strata Stealth we reviewed at CNET a year ago. Not only are there new apps and features, but the entire look is radically changed: former Vertu lead designer Frank Nuovo has been brought aboard the MetaWatch team to create a bold watch design. MetaWatch was already founded by former Fossil employees, so the mission statement seems clear: make a … Read more
Here it is, at long last...an Android watch that works with iOS. Well, on a technicality. The all-too-cleverly-named Android SmartWatch is not, actually, a watch that runs Android. Android is the name of the watch company, which has held the rights to call its products "Android" since before Google ever made its mobile operating system. Unlike the Omate TrueSmart, which is an actual Android OS watch, the Android SmartWatch is just another smartwatch with design ambitions.
Intel has reportedly acquired smartwatch maker Basis Science.
According to TechCrunch sources, while the exact amount Intel paid is not known, it is believed to be between $100 million and $150 million. Basis has secured roughly 7 percent of the wearable fitness tracker market and over $30 million has been invested in to the company by Norwest Venture Partners, Mayfield Fund and Intel Capital.
San Francisco-based Basis has one lone product on the consumer market: the Basis Health Tracker Watch. The wrist-based tech includes a health tracker and connection to an online personal dashboard to encourage users to incorporate healthier … Read more
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I've rarely talked about smartwatches in this space, largely because the category is so new, there haven't been any deals. And even today's I offer up with a grain of salt, for reasons I'll explain momentarily.
For now, this: Amazon has the Martian Passport smartwatch for $199.99 shipped. That's the black-and-silver version with the black wristband. (Best Buy has it for the same price, but you'll be on the hook for sales tax.) It lists for $299.99, and I've rarely seen it for much less than that.
So. Smartwatches. Long before … Read more
There's a flood of wearable tech arriving early 2014, and it feels unavoidable. Look around and spit, and there's a product in the works. Samsung, Sony, LG, Huawei, Pebble, Garmin. They're all coming sooner or later, be it by wrist or glass. January, February, March, April: most of the wearable gear we've seen at CES and Mobile World Congress will be here before you know it.
So fast, so soon, so sudden: does it mean wearable tech's great time has come? Or, does it really mean what I think it means, that everyone's trying … Read more
It's way too early to get excited about a product that was just announced -- and that I've barely had much time to play with. But Samsung's latest wearable, the Gear Fit, marks a territory that has been emerging since CES in January: half fitness band, half smartwatch, the little, curved-screen device looks like it's trying to be both a Pebble and a Fitbit; to have its wearable cake and eat it, too.
Samsung released its Galaxy Gear smartwatch just five months ago, and now it's intent on shelving that unit for not one, but two new models: the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo. Alongside the refreshed smartwatch lineup is the Gear Fit, a fitness band with a 1.84-inch full-color screen that rounds out Samsung's continually aggressive and fast-moving push into wearables. All three devices will go on sale April 11, the company announced Monday.
The Gear 2 was announced over the weekend, but to refresh, Samsung is ditching Android in favor of its custom Tizen OS, previously only … Read more