• Smartwatch sales decline 51 per cent in Q3 2016, Apple ships 1.1 million units: IDC

    Smartwatch sales decline over 51 per cent in Q3 2016 with Apple and Lenovo registering worst decline in growth (Source: IDC)
    Smartwatch sales are going down south and it seems consumers are still not convinced about the need for a smartwatch wearable, suggests a new industry report released by IDC. According to IDC’s Q3 sales number, smartwatch industry registered a decline of 51.6 per cent from the same time last year. The total smartwatch volume reached 2.7 million units in Q3 2016 while the numbers stood at 5.6 million in the same period last year.
    The pain in smartwatch sales isn’t surprising considering the flat sales registered by smartphone and PC industry. Apple saw the biggest decline in terms of sales in Q3 2016. Apple Watch registered a decline of 71.6 per cent over Q3 2016 with shipments of just 1.1 million units. Apple…

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  • Misfit announces Phase, its first hybrid smartwatch with six months battery life

    Phase is the first big product from Misfit, since its acquisition by Fossil almost a year ago (Source: Misfit)
    Misfit has announced its first real timepiece named Phase. Misfit Phase is the first product from the company which aims to take on the expansive smartwatch market. Misfit Phase is a classic timepiece paired with activity tracker and smartwatch functions.

    Phase is the first big product from Misfit, since its acquisition by Fossil almost a year ago. Misfit Phase follows the introduction of Shine 2 and bracelet style Ray fitness tracker. Misfit Phase has an aluminium and stainless steel case and comes with option of either silicone or leather bands. Misfit Phase is not just another smartwatch, it is the one that closely matches a standard watch. Misfit Phase features metallic watch hands and a circular ring around the w…

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  • Now, smartwatch that recognises gestures, objects

    Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in the US discovered that a software upgrade that re-purposes the smartwatch’s existing accelerometer enables the device to detect and distinguish a variety of taps, flicks and scratches by the hands and fingers.
    Scientists have developed a new technology that enables smartwatches to recognise gestures such as taps and flicks as well as identify objects held in the user’s hand, making possible new types of interactions with wearable devices. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in the US discovered that a software upgrade that re-purposes the smartwatch’s existing accelerometer enables the device to detect and distinguish a variety of taps, flicks and scratches by the hands and fingers.
    This function makes possible new applications that use common gestures to contro…

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  • WristWhirl: This new input operates smartwatch with wrist movements

    WristWhirl uses the wrist wearing the watch as an always-available joystick to perform common touch screen gestures
    Scientists have developed a new smartwatch that can be operated with wrist movements and gestures, allowing users to control the device even when their hands are not free – such as while carrying groceries or holding a bus handle. WristWhirl, the smartwatch prototype, uses the wrist wearing the watch as an always-available joystick to perform
    common touch screen gestures with one-handed continuous input.

    “While other studies have explored the use of one-handed continuous gestures using smartwatches, WristWhirl is the first to explore gestural input,” said Xing-Dong Yang, assistant professor at Dartmouth College in the US.
    “Technology like ours shows what smartwatches may be able to do in the future…

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  • CoWatch, the first Alexa-enabled smartwatch is now available on Amazon

    CoWatch runs Cronologics OS based on Android and integrates Amazon’s Alexa voice-assistant (Source: Amazon)
    CoWatch, the Indiegogo based smartwatch project is now available for sale. CoWatch, which runs Android Wear like many other smartwatches also has Alexa built-in. Alexa is the digital assistant developed by Amazon.
    CoWatch is the first smartwatch to feature Alexa virtual assistant. Alexa, which made its debut as an intelligent virtual assistant on Amazon’s Echo speaker, is now being made available to third party vendors. Amazon has been expanding the availability of Alexa to third party speaker makers like Sonos and Denon. But it is the first time we have Alexa speak from a smartwatch.

    CoWatch features a 42mm watch face which might seem big for many and it comes with a 12mm thick metal body. CoWatch uses stainless st…

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  • Apple Watch Series 2 review roundup: Smartwatch, Fitness Tracker or just a minor upgrade?

    Apple Watch Series 2 requires an iPhone 5 device or later running iOS 10 (Image: Apple)
    Apple has finally updated its smartwatch offering simply called ‘Apple Watch’. The second generation smartwatch is called ‘Apple Watch Series 2’ and features a new GPU, which gives it twice the performance in comparison with the first Apple Watch. The watch is also the first to ship with Apple’s latest watchOS 3.
    Apple Watch Series 2 looks exactly like the first generation watch, but has some cool new features tucked inside. It has a thinner display which features 1000nits of brightness making for a better readability under direct sunlight. The addition of GPS in the watch, makes for a more capable running companion.
    Apple Watch Series 2, like the original Apple Watch, has a stronger focus on fitness tracking, and with its new waterproof desi…

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  • Samsung updates smartwatch, Lenovo ditches laptop keyboard

    The Samsung S3 classic version, left, displays a series of apps, including Uber, and the frontier version displays Samsung Pay. Samsung’s next smartwatch will come with GPS capabilities and the ability to seek help by triple-tapping a side button. GPS will help Samsung stand out with the Gear S3, as the feature so far isn’t common in smartwatches. But the watch still faces a dearth in apps compared with Android and Apple. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
    Samsung’s next smartwatch will come with GPS capabilities and the ability to call or text for help by triple-tapping a side button. The new Gear S3 retains the circular design of the current S2 model, but is slightly larger. Samsung will still sell last year’s S2 to those who consider the S3 too big on their wrist. As with the S2, the outer ring of the watch face rotates to let you scroll throu…

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  • Xiaomi unveils Amazbit smartwatch with fitness tracking

    Xiaomi Amazfit is equipped with features such as a heart rate monitor for fitness tracking, Bluetooth connectivity, GPS and Wi-Fi
    Xiaomi has announced the launch of its Amazfit smartwatch priced at CNY 799 (approx Rs 8,000). The announcement was made in China, by Xiaomi backed company, Huami. The smartwatch is equipped with features such as a heart rate monitor for fitness tracking, Bluetooth connectivity, GPS and Wi-Fi.
    Huami Amazfit smartwatch comes with a 1.34-inch display with a 300×300 pixel resolution. The smartwatch is equipped with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, has 512MB RAM and 4GB ROM. The smartwatch is IP67 dust and water resistant and features a 280mAh battery.
    The smartwatch features a single physical button on the right side of the device to unlock it. The strap on the watch comes in a dual-colour band.
    Huami…

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  • Polar M600 fitness smartwatch, powered by MediaTek processor launched

    Polar M600 features a 1.3-inch TFT display with Gorilla Glass for protection. It is equipped with six LEDs in the optical heart rate monitor.
    Polar M600, an Android Wearsports-optimized smartwatch will be powered by MediaTek chipset. Polar is equipped with optical heart rate technology and integrated GPS. The Polar M600 is powered by MediaTek’s MT2601 system-on-chip (SoC), which has been developed exclusively for wearables like this. MediaTek claims the MT2601 delivers a fast and smooth user experience. The SoC includes multimedia display technology. MediaTek MT2601 s a compact chipset that comes with a smaller printed circuit board size, fewer components and low power consumption.
    “We developed MT2601 with full functionality for small form-factor connected devices. Polar integrated it beautifully into a styli…

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  • Smartwatch sales decline 32 per cent as Apple Watch stumbles: IDC

    Apple Watch sales have stumbled and the entire smartwatch market has seen a decline of 32 per cent: IDC. (Source: AP)
    The smartwatch market has seen a 32 per cent decline in shipment in second quarter of 2016, reports research firm International Data Corporation (IDC). Apple remains market leader, but was the only vendor in top five to see an annual decline in shipments, adds the IDC report.
    IDC’s data shows smartwatch vendors shipped 3.5 million units in the second quarter of 2016, much below the 5.1 million shipments in Q2 of 2015. However, Apple which saw its first annual decline in shipments, is still the number one vendor with 1.6 million watches shipped.
    According to IDC, Apple Watch is still the same device that was launched in 2015, and the comparison for year-over-year is with the initial launch quarter.
    IDC analysts say c…

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