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LG Patent Hints Toward a Smartwatch with a Camera

Posted by Martin Simkin in News on 12/01/2019.

A camera in a smartwatch might sound awkward, but a new patent from LG shows a new design that could make taking a snap from your wrist easy. The patent has recently been filed with the USTPO (United States Trademark and Patent Office) and shows a smartwatch with a camera module built into the strap. There are several variations in design, but they all show a module in the strap, which is sometimes removable and other times not. The camera itself is built into the wrist band and always sits one band section below the lug band, so if on your wrist it would be facing you. However, the module can be seen to be removable or adjustable..

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Louis Vuitton Releases Updated Tambour Horizon for 2019

Posted by Martin Simkin in News on 07/01/2019.

You might remember back in 2017 luxury brand Louis Vuitton launched the Tambour Horizon -- their first ever smartwatch. With a solid up-to-date specification, first-rate build quality and a price tag of $2,450.00, it hit headlines for a few reasons. We were particularly impressed by the design and watch faces. Now, Luis Vuitton is back with an updated version of the Tambour Horizon. The 2019 edition is predicted to cost around the same as the old model (pricing hasn’t been confirmed just yet) and it comes with quite few notable hardware upgrades. The most notable upgrade is in battery life thanks to the introduction of Qualcomm’s Sn..

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One in ten U.S. adults will own a smartwatch in 2019

Posted by Martin Simkin in News on 06/01/2019.

People always want the cool new thing. When smartwatches first came about (good ones that is - cheers Apple) everyone wanted one on their wrist. The initial hype died down after a year or so though, and sales started to slow. This led to some ‘analysts’ predicting the market would crash and burn within just a few years. Well, we’re more than four years into it now and that hasn’t happened. On the contrary, it’s on the up. So much so that one in ten adults are predicted to own a smartwatch in the U.S. in 2019 -- which equates to tens of millions of people. That’s according to a new report from data firm eMarketer, which suggests 28.7..

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XPLORA Launch XPLORA 2 for US market

Posted by Martin Simkin in News on 14/12/2018.

Norwegian wearables maker XPLORA are one of the most underrated kids wearables makers, with their range of kid’s smartwatches being among the best out there with GPS tracking and SOS features. Their range has just gotten a whole lot better with the launch of the XPLORA 2, although availability is limited to the US.   Xplora 2 The Xplora 2 is not a successor to the original Xplora - it was developed with Elkjøp who wanted a SIM-FREE version of the original XPLORA. It has GPS and Wi-Fi for accurate location tracking and an SOS function, so kids can get in touch with their parents if they need help. The Xplora 2 places a call to ..

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The Amazfit Verge is now available in the U.S.

Posted by Martin Simkin in News on 08/12/2018.

Back in September, Huami (the world’s second largest wearables maker) announced a new smartwatch called the Amazfit Verge. The Verge is now available for pre-order in the U.S. for $159, which is plenty cheap for what you get. The Amazfit Verge runs a new proprietary software developed in collaboration with visual effects company Territory Studio. The new operating system is designed specifically for ease of use, with every feature available within just a few taps. So, there’s no Wear OS here, but to be honest we’re rather glad because variety is the spice of life and going with Wear OS is the easy way to do it. Companies like Huami ..

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Casio perfects the outdoor smartwatch with the WSD-F30

Posted by Martin Simkin in News on 06/12/2018.

Looking for a really great outdoorsy smartwatch? For the last few years, Casio's been on a roll with that. The WSD-F10 and WSD-20 that followed were (and still are) among the best rugged Wear OS smartwatches on the market. Now though there's a new model in town, and as you might predict it follows Casio's familiar naming scheme. It's called the WSD-F30.   Casio WSD-F30 The Casio WSD-F30 takes our crown for the best rugged smartwatch of 2018. It's got innovative battery modes which can stretch out well over a week of use, and an innovative dual-layer 1.2-ich display. Here's what you need to know: The 1.2-inch 390 x 390-pixe..

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Google’s Wear OS update ‘H’ promises better battery life

Posted by Martin Simkin in News on 19/11/2018.

Image: Montblanc Summit 2 / Fossil Sport Smartwatch Back in September Google rolled out a new Wear OS update. It brought with it wholesale changes to the notification system and shortcuts, markedly improving how these features are navigated and visualised on screen. Google’s next Wear OS update, ‘H’, is lined up for release soon with Google saying it’ll appear across devices “in the coming months”. It’s nowhere near as big an update as the beast in September but it could be just as important. Battery life ‘H’ will introduce a new battery saver mode that can shut down all a smartwatch’s connectivity suite. Activated below 10%, ..

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Fossil gets sporty with the Fossil Sport smartwatch

Posted by Martin Simkin in News on 11/11/2018.

In September, Qualcomm (the makers of the Snapdragon processor) released their next-generation wearables chipset. The Snapdragon 3100 Wear CPU is built for Wear OS smartwatches, boasting better battery life than the older 2100 CPU. Since its announcement, we’ve seen the launch of the superb Montblanc Summit 2 and now Fossil’s getting in on the 3100 with the Fossil Sport. The Fossil Sport is a sports casual smartwatch with Wear OS, so it’s just at home sweating it up on a run outdoors as it is on your wrist at dinner. Powered by the Snapdragon Wear 3100 CPU, it boasts slick performance and a full day’s battery life with normal use. I..

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The Coros Apex is runner’s delight with a stonking 30-day battery life

Posted by Martin Simkin in News on 08/11/2018.

The market for fitness smartwatches is huge. So huge that big fish like Garmin and Fitbit release a new device every year into it. Coros is a much smaller brand, but their new device, the Apex, could be the best of the lot. It’s a button-operated smartwatch with an always-on memory LCD, sapphire crystal, a 46mm or 42mm titanium case and a battery life that’s grabbing headlines.   The 46mm version has a 30-day battery life in normal mode, which keeps the LCD display active. Toggle GPS on, and the Apex will give you 100-hours of runtime, so just a snitch over 4 days. The 42mm version has a slightly smaller battery, but still manages..

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Smartwatch shipments show huge growth in third quarter

Posted by Martin Simkin in News on 05/11/2018.

Smartwatch shipments are up 67 per cent thanks to a strong showing from the Apple Watch Series 4, Fitbit Versa and Samsung Galaxy Watch. Strategy Analytics estimates smartwatch shipments to be up as much as 67% compared to this time last year with as many as 10 million devices shipping out. Included in their data, 4.5 million shipments are accounted to Apple, 1.5 million to Fitbit, 1.1 million to Samsung, 0.8 million to Garmin and 2.1 million to the rest of the market to make up a total of 10 million units in the third quarter. Perhaps what’s most telling is the growth compared to this time last year. Apple shipped 3.1 million devi..

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