Category Archives: Wearables

Report: The Apple Watch 2 will have a thinner display and a thicker battery

Apple Watch 2's thinner screen hopefully means longer battery life

Battery life is one of the qualms that many smartwatch owners face, and that’s because it is hard to fit a large battery in these devices, and so the focus is on maximizing battery efficiency. Continue reading Report: The Apple Watch 2 will have a thinner display and a thicker battery

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Apple Watch sales sink like rocks in water

A few years ago, when the startup Pebble got millions from its Kickstarter campaign, and when rumors were fresh about Apple and Google entering the smartwatch market, the smartwatch was heralded as the next big thing.

But a few years later, the smartwatch isn’t as big of a hit as these companies hoped it to be, and the only company in the lead is Apple with the Apple Watch. But the Apple Watch sales are just a fraction of the sales of Apple’s other products, and doesn’t even generate meaningful revenue for Apple.

According to the IDC, Apple Watch sales have fallen by more than 55% to 1.6 million in the second quarter of 2016, compared to 3.6 million sold in the same period last year.

Part of the reason could be that Apple Watch has almost saturated its target market, and those in need of a smartwatch already have one. A more likely reason could be the impending announcement of the Apple Watch 2, which is rumored to be improved on all fronts.

In any case, the Apple Watch cannot be called as a success in any way, and Apple really has to deliver with the Apple Watch 2 if it wants the Apple Watch line to actually generate sales and revenue.

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Square Enix, the creator of Final Fantasy, is making a RPG for the Apple Watch

If there were one complaint that smartwatch owners echo and smartwatch buyers on the fence ponder about, it is that a smartwatch really isn’t that useful for most people. For most people, a smartphone suffices for most tasks, and having a separate device just to get notifications is a bit excessive. Sure, smartwatches can be used for other things, like changing songs, but still it all doesn’t add up to something substantial, something justifying the cost of the hardware. Continue reading Square Enix, the creator of Final Fantasy, is making a RPG for the Apple Watch

OnePlus made a smartwatch, and then decided not to release it

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Around three years ago, real money was to be made in the smartphone market. It seemed that companies could get away with high margins and high volumes, and customers would never catch on to their strategies. Continue reading OnePlus made a smartwatch, and then decided not to release it

Google’s Project Soli comes to the smartwatch

Wearables are stuck in a sort of limbo lately, and whilst they did come back from the dead with Pebble’s Kickstarter campaign in 2012. But even after a few years of iterations and launches of platforms from Google and Apple, the space has failed to get any real traction among consumers. Continue reading Google’s Project Soli comes to the smartwatch

Google has run out of ideas: Sells old products under a different name

It is that time of the year again. The span of two months where some of the biggest events in the technology industry take place. Developers gather at Google I/O and WWDC, and gaming enthusiasts gather at E3. Continue reading Google has run out of ideas: Sells old products under a different name

Windows 95 comes to the Apple Watch

The smartwatch hobbyist community has been somewhat obsessed with tweaking their smartwatches to install impractical stuff that just looks cool. Just look at the history of smartwatch hacks: PS1 Emulators, Doom and more.  Continue reading Windows 95 comes to the Apple Watch

LG Urbane 2 is ready for consumers

LG Watch Urbane 2, once delayed, is now back from the dead

The Urbane 2 was poised to be one of the more innovative Android Wear smartwatches, but was recalled within days of hitting shops. LG said that there was some manufacturing defect that was spotted at the last minute, and so the Urbane 2 couldn’t reach consumers.

But now, LG says that it has fixed the defect, which affected the functioning of the device and that it is ready to be shipped, nearly five months after the recall.

The smartwatch would be launching in the US first on AT&T for $199, and would be launched in other regions and with other carriers at a later date.

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Google Glass Enterprise Edition pops up on Ebay

Google Glass is a product that was well-ahead of its time. Glasses you wear that can provide you with information and record whatever is in front of you? Everyone was paranoid that it would be too drastic a change, and that’s why Google withdrew Glass from the consumer market. Continue reading Google Glass Enterprise Edition pops up on Ebay

In the wake of heavy competition, Pebble cuts prices of its Smartwatches by $50

Pebble is often credited for reviving interest in smartwatches, but now it is faced with heavy competition from the bigwigs of the Smartphone Industry, namely Apple, Samsung, LG and more. Continue reading In the wake of heavy competition, Pebble cuts prices of its Smartwatches by $50