Many years ago, Google attempted to take on the wearable space with Google Glass. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite take, although it seems that Google Glass might have actually found a second lease on life in the enterprise sector. Now it seems that Huawei wants to pick up where Google left off with their own pair of smart glasses.
Following the announcement of the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro, the Chinese company took the wraps off a pair of smart glasses. We’re not sure what these glasses will be called, but they were made in collaboration with Korean eyewear company Gentle Monster. The glasses themselves look pretty plain and simple, but that’s kind of the point.
One of the problems with Google Glass is that it was too “out there”, and the fact that it had a built-in camera raised some privacy concerns. These are things that Huawei and Gentle Monster have done away with, where the glasses look normal, lacks a camera, but still manages to pack smart features like the ability to answer a call by tapping on the frame of the glasses.
There will also be built-in speakers and a microphone, and it can also charge wirelessly, such as putting it on top of Huawei’s phones. It is unclear as to what other features there might be, but the company will be sharing more information this coming July where the smart glasses will be launched in full, so check back with us then for more updates.
The future is now! Together with Gentle Monster we have joined forces to take your wearable intelligence to the next level with #HUAWEI X GENTLE MONSTER EYEWEAR. pic.twitter.com/MrgO2esXK4
— Huawei Mobile (@HuaweiMobile) March 26, 2019
Ahead of MWC 2019, LG revealed that they would be bringing sound-on display tech to its smartphones like the LG G8 ThinQ. Now in a recently discovered patent filed by LG in the EU, it seems that the company could be considering expanding its technology where it could eventually find its way to its smartwatches as well.
According to the patent filing, it is for a “Display Speaker” and amongst the devices that are covered by the patent, there is a mention for wristwatches. This means that in theory, future LG smartwatches could share a similar sound-on display to the LG G8. It could also potentially make the smartwatches less bulky and also lighter.
Of course, whether LG does go through with this idea and create a smartwatch with a sound-on display remains to be seen. For all we know, LG could simply be covering all their bases with this patent and might never have any intention of creating such a device, but one can always hope.
In case you’re not familiar with the technology, basically, with the LG G8, the company transformed the display of the smartphone into a speaker diaphragm, giving it the ability to produce sound without needing your typical speaker components. This could be especially useful for smartwatches where it could eliminate the need for speaker grills.
This means that in terms of water-resistance, there will be fewer points of ingress which should help improve the overall durability of the device. That being said, it is unclear if LG is capable of shrinking the tech small enough to fit into a smartwatch display, so maybe don’t expect to see it anytime soon, if at all.
Checking the weather is one of the features I use most on my phone. For years, I had a widget dedicated to just that on my homescreen, a layout I abandoned only a short time ago. When it comes to wearables, you have a couple of options in this area. Some watches come with pre-built faces that include weather info, you can build your own in something like Pujie, or install a separate app. Read MoreDark Sky brings hyperlocal weather information to Wear OS was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
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You’ve been able to get your TicWatch C2 pre-order in for the past few weeks now, but today marks the smartwatch’s formal retail debut, with full sales of the wearable
Chinese AI company Mobvoi hosted an event in London today, in part to raise awareness for digital wellbeing, but mainly to make two announcements. The TicPods Free true wireless earbuds that we first heard about in April are now on general sale, but the main attraction is the brand new TicWatch C2. Read More[Update: C2 sales get started with 10% discount] Mobvoi announces TicWatch C2 at London event, plus TicPods Free earbuds are now on sale was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
What good is a smartwatch without some fancy custom watch faces to go with it? Facer has been one of the best sources for cusotmizable watch faces since the days before Google supported third-party watch faces. The app is forging ahead, even as interest in smartwatches has waned. The big v5.0 update adds more designers, including some traditional watchmakers. There’s also a new premium subscription option that includes the full catalog of watch faces. Read MoreFacer v5.0 adds new watch face partners, a premium subscription, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Smartwatches haven’t been the smashing success that many manufacturers hoped they would be, but that doesn’t mean all of them are bad or useless. Not everyone needs or wants a screen on their wrist, but for those of us who like tracking workouts and responding to notifications without reaching for a phone, they can be great tools.
We’ve put together a small list of our favorite wearables, from the fitness-oriented Fitbit Versa to Samsung’s flagship Tizen smartwatch. Read MoreThe best wearable devices you can buy right now (Winter 2018) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Few products have been as poorly concealed in the run-up to launch as the Misfit Vapor 2. It looked for a time as though Misfit would just release the watch without ever announcing it. However, the smartwatch is now official. The Vapor 2 is coming to various retailers soon, starting at $250.
The Misfit Vapor 2 comes in 41mm and 46mm sizes, both of which have a round OLED with 328 pixels-per-inch. Read MoreThe Misfit Vapor 2 is official after repeated leaks was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
If you’ve been waiting for a new Wear OS smartwatch from LG, we have some good news for you. Evan Blass has just shared that the rumored LG Watch Timepiece will launch alongside the LG V40 as the LG Watch W7.
As detailed in earlier leaks, the LG Watch W7 is expected to be identical to the LG Watch Timepiece — a hybrid watch running Wear OS while also featuring traditional mechanical watch hands to tell time. Originally, the watch was set to launch this past spring, but the device was never unveiled. The LG Watch Timepiece (which we will now refer to as the Watch W7) measures in at 45.5 x 45.4 x 12.9 mm which is bigger than the LG Watch Style, but still smaller than the LG Watch Sport. The 240 mAh will provide up to 100 days of battery life when “Watch Mode” is enabled and roughly 100 hours of battery life when Wear OS is fully enabled. The main watch face will be displayed on a 1.2-inch (360 x 360 pixels) LCD display and the body of the phone will be wrapped in stainless steel with IP68 dust and water resistance.
Half a year later, this will launch alongside the LG V40 ThinQ as the LG Watch W7. https://t.co/vEXJ6BOvvG
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) September 28, 2018
The leak from April claimed that the LG Watch W7 would feature 768MB of LPDDR3 RAM and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 2100, but there’s a chance that the process could be upgraded to the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 3100 which was unveiled earlier this month. There’s no evidence to back up this claim, but it could be the reason why LG chose to delay the launch of the smartwatch in the first place.
The LG Watch W7 is said to come with a basic 22mm silicone rubber strap, but users will be able to swap it out for any 22mm band of their choice. Rumor has it that LG is also planning a special edition of the watch which will come with a metal band and a special charging cradle for the Watch W7.
Now that we know LG has a new launch date scheduled for the LG Watch W7, we expect to see a few more leaks trickle in before the Wear OS smartwatch is officially unveiled alongside the LG V40 next month.
Although its watches don’t run Wear OS, we’ve followed Withings closely for a few reasons. For one, it makes beautiful minimalist watches with some smart fitness tracking features added in (I own an Activité Steel and I love it). The French company has also been in the news a lot due to Nokia acquiring it, turning it into its Digital Health Division, and then selling it back to its co-founder. Read MoreWithings is back with the Steel HR Sport, a hybrid smartwatch with advanced multisport tracking was written by the awesome team at Android Police.