File this under “what?!” — there is now a Nike Fuelband app for Android. The company, who swore off Android development not long ago, now has a Fuelband app for Android. We’re as mystified and awestruck as you are, but this hints at a stronger position from Nike as the wearable race heats up.
Has Glass gone off the boil? Google's wearable launched in Explorer beta form to great fanfare, but privacy concerns, criticisms of "Glasshole" arrogance, and legitimate doubts about the value of what it actually offers have left the headset on questionable ground. I love the idea of wearables but I don't often put Glass on any more, which got me thinking: what could Glass do to make it a must-wear?
As we wait for the WWDC Keynote speech to start, a few rumors have caught our eye. Though Apple likes to keep the world in a holding pattern until they’re ready to tell us what is really going on, some interesting tidbits of info have come pouring out. It seems this year’s WWDC may not be as much about hardware as it has been in years past, but the software should be pretty special.
The Worldwide Developers Conference is just days away and Apple fans around the world are getting a little more than excited to see what the company has come up with for 2014. Will Apple move forward with not one but two iPhones? Will we finally see an iWatch or a smartband that users can wear around the wrist? Will new iPads come out? The excitement surrounding the event has hit a fever pitch.
With WWDC right around the corner, speculation abounds regarding iOS 8. Much like iOS 7 brought a wildly updated UI, iOS 8 is said to bring added functionality. From new Apple apps to a brand new way to multitask, iOS 8 could usher in a new age for iPhone and iPad users.
Two entries into the wearables universe have been re-revealed today by LG for release in the United States. In addition to the Lifeband Touch, the LG Heart Rate Earphones were given the hands-on treatment earlier this year at CES 2014. There we discovered that not only were heart rate-tracking earbuds real, but that LG had a pair ready to go at the start of this season.
If you’re going to try to take wearable technology mass-market, is there a better model to copy than the clothes we’ve been wearing for centuries? That’s the question health and biometrics startup OMSignal put to me, on the eve of launching their first wearable device: a range of fitness shirts that spread sensors across the whole torso. Listen to Stephane Marceau, co-founder and CEO of OMSignal, and you may never look at a fitness band or smartwatch the same way again.
Nike has denied reports that it will kill off the FuelBand, insisting that the fitness-tracking wearable was "an important part" of the company's business overall, though rumors persist that Nike's strategy has changed to one of seeking partnerships instead of making its own hardware. Late last week it was suggested that Nike had effectively dissolved the Nike+ division responsible for the Fuelband SE, while today chatter of a hunt for an external hardware partner - for which Nike would make software and services - has reignited rumors of Apple involvement.
Apple's iPhone 6 may still be several months out, but that hasn't stopped leaks and rumors about the new iOS smartphone, with the virtual personal assistant Siri likely to be a key feature. Launched on the iPhone 4S back in late 2011, and updated considerably with iOS 7, Siri has come increasingly under fire, first by Android's Google Now, and most recently by Windows Phone's Cortana.