News & Reviews: SmartWatch
Last Updated: Feb 10, 2017
The long awaited Android Wear 2.0 update is now official. In collaboration with Google, LG had announced their Watch Style and Watch Sport smartwatches, the first smartwatches to come pre-installed with Android Wear 2.0. The Watch Style is priced at $249 (about RM1100) for titanium and silver, and $279 (about RM1240) for the rose gold, while the Watch Sport is priced at $349 (around RM1550) in titanium.
Last Updated: Feb 08, 2017
According to a new leak, ZTE seemed to be the latest company to join in on Android Wear. Allegedly called the ZTE Quartz, ZTE is working on its first smartwatch that runs Android Wear. Though, this is not ZTE’s first attempt at making wearables, as it had made smartwatches such as the W01, as well as Venus G1 and S2 activity trackers in the past.
Samsung files new smartwatch patents – one that accepts gestures, the other that wraps around your wristLast Updated: Dec 29, 2016
While the smartwatch market is getting smaller and perhaps more niche, companies are still making strides in design and technological advancements. Take for example Samsung. We like their Gear series of devices, and we have discovered some new patents that gives some hints on what their future smart wearables may look like.
Last Updated: Dec 08, 2016
A sad day in the world of wearable technology – Pebble has confirmed that they will be bought over by Fitbit. This will result in the closure of the brand, company and product line as Fitbit is only buying the software side of the company – not the hardware.
Last Updated: Dec 02, 2016
We like the Motorola Moto 360 – but according to a new report, we may not see another model come anytime soon. Motorola said that they do not have any plans to release a new smartwatch to coincide with Google’s Android Wear 2.0, which is due to be released in early 2017.
Last Updated: Dec 01, 2016
A report online is stating that FitBit, one of the world’s biggest fitness tracker manufacturer, is in talks in purchasing the wearable company Pebble. This news comes on the heel of reports where the latter had to lay-off 25% of its workforce recently.
Last Updated: Sep 29, 2016
A new report has appeared online; stating that Samsung’s Tizen OS for the smartwatch may have found a new customer. The brand to look out for is Huawei, and we may see a Tizen-powered smartphone from them pretty soon.
Last Updated: Aug 22, 2016
Style meets technology with Meizu’s Mix – at least that is what they want to portray with the smart wearable. It is not a smartwatch, as it lacks the display that is usually used– instead it is a connected analogue watch with smart features.
Last Updated: Sep 25, 2015
The folks at Pebble have announced their first round smartwatch with the Pebble Time Round which at 7.5mm thin and 28g is currently the world's thinnest and lightest smartwatch. Featuring a 1.25-inch circular e-ink display the Time Round offers a 22mm band and 14mm band and also has quick charging as well. The first thing most people will notice are the rather thick bezels but like other Pebble smartwatch, the Time Round is Android and Apple iPhone compatible. There is a cost to battery life due to the size shrink but it should last more than a day on a single charge. No Malaysia release dates or pricing details but it is currently available at pre-order for $249 (RM1093) in November 2015.
Last Updated: Sep 04, 2015
ASUS recently announced their new ASUS ZenWatch 2, the second generation in the ASUS ZenWatch series (which didn't manage to make it to Malaysia officially last time). While keeping the same beautiful curved glass look and design, the new ZenWatch 2 offers a different size and many other options to customize the smartwatch according to your tastes. The ZenWatch 2 will come in the original size with a 1.63-inch display at a 320 x 320 pixel resolution, but there is now a smaller version with a 1.45-inch display and 280 x 280 pixel resolution. Both feature the same tech specs which include a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 512MB RAM, 4GB storage and a 400 mAh battery for the larger version and 300 mAh battery for the smaller version. Both use a magnetic connector to charge and are expected to launch in October although there are no specific Malaysia release dates just yet. You can customize the ZenWatch by choosing from a silver, gunmetal grey or rose gold body, various watch straps and using a watchface-creation tool. International pricing begins at €149 (RM702) for the larger version and €169 (RM796) for the smaller version.