As LG, Samsung, and Motorola jump in on the smartwatch environment this year, HTC is tipped to arrive with a device called HTC One Wear. This device has been tipped to be released between late August and early September of 2014 and will come with a round display, similar to the Moto 360. This device will also run Android Wear from Google.
Samsung's Galaxy Gear is dumping Android in favor of Tizen, with a new update for the 2013 smartwatch bringing it in line with the newer Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo. The firmware, v2.2.0, leaves the wearable's software ostensibly identical to what was running before in terms of UI, but under the hood significant changes have been made.
Microsoft is rumored to be working on a smartwatch of their own, according to sources. Their offering will not only be their entry into the increasingly muddled smart wearable category, it is said to be cross-platform, working on all major smartphone platforms. A novel concept, it also keeps the wearable in line with Microsoft’s new direction of having their offerings available for every platform.
The Google-made software experience known as Android Wear is made for wearable smart devices like watches. Revealed earlier this year, Android Wear will be created for devices with circular or square displays, at first catering to those that will be worn around your wrist. This week Google has revealed a number of screens which give us insight on what Android Wear will look like.
Today the Samsung SIMBAND sensor platform has been revealed to advance the world of health-centric wearable devices. Samsung President and CSO Young Sohn spoke up this week on the future of wearable devices and digital health. He suggested that the third age of consumer adoption of digital health is upon us, a new era in Wearable Sensors. "Why should we have to see a doctor," suggested Young Sohn, "when we’re not feeling good?"
This morning Samsung is set to hold an event that’ll be held in the SFJazz Center, one called "Voice of the Body." This event could be about pretty much anything - but its tagline has our attention piqued: "What if your body had a voice?" Samsung’s Strategy & Innovation Center also lets it be known that this event will ask what’d happen if your body had "a clear voice that could speak to you in a way you understood?"
Supposing there really is an iWatch headed your way via Apple, there’s a good chance the device will take out a big chunk of Apple’s focus on the iPod. Brian Blair of Rosenblatt Securities suggests that the complete absence of a 2013 refresh of the iPod line suggests Apple is bringing in a new force to supplant it. I believe that Apple’s age of the wireless music player will take shape in the form of the iWatch, either holding the music itself or bouncing the music to one’s car stereo (smart stereo, that is) from the iPhone.
In what looks to be a Moto 360 clone, Samsung has patented a wearable that is circular in design. the twist with this one is its reliance on gesture controls, which almost eliminates the touchscreen altogether. Samsung also imagines this will be more than a smartwatch, encompassing the truer meaning of “wearable”.
Back in February, Bem Wireless introduced a unique wearable, the Speaker Band. As its name suggests, the Speaker Band is a wrist band that, at first glance, appears to be a boxy smartwatch. Over the face is positioned a grille, however, and beneath it sits a little portable speaker.