Six smartwatches to watch in the second half of 2015, from Samsung Gear S2 to Tag Heuer Carrera 01
Aug26

Six smartwatches to watch in the second half of 2015, from Samsung Gear S2 to Tag Heuer Carrera 01

With continuous improvements to sensory and PFOE technology (print, flexible, and organic electronics), the wearable tech market is expected to rise all the way through 2018. Now that the first half of 2015 has come and gone, we took a look at some of the most anticipated smartwatches being released before year’s end. From incredible second generation models to surprising first time players in the smartwatch game, we gathered six of the most discussed upcoming smartwatches on the web today. Some will be out by the end of summer, but all of them will be here by Christmas. Let’s hope you’ve been good this year. Samsung Gear S2 (Orbis) Samsung is expected to introduce a highly anticipated new edition to the Gear family. On August 12, the Samsung Gear S2 (code named Orbis) was announced as the first circular interfaced smartwatch that the company has created. It will feature 360×360 resolution, 4 GB of data storage, and use AMOLED technology. Rumors have suggested that the new watch will cost more than the Samsung Gear S, which would put it above $350. Asus ZenWatch 2 When the Asus ZenWatch was released last year, it seemed like another knock-off smartwatch at first glance but quickly became a top performing device. The second generation is expected to be released later in 2015 and focuses on customization. The Asus ZenWatch 2 will have two sizes, three colors, and 18 different straps to showcase your unique personality. It will maintain a digital crown, metal charger, and the standard water resistant feature. The watch will come equipped with curved Gorilla Glass and AMOLED technology. Moto 360 2 The Moto 360 may have been one of the most aesthetically desirable watches in 2014, but the hardware wasn’t. The Motorola second generation could move past that hiccup with the implementation of an upgraded Snapdragon Processor and a 360×360 resolution. The Moto 360 2 is expected to gyroscope, barometer, accelerometer, and a heart rate monitor. The new watch is expected to work along with the first generation Moto 360, rather than replace it. Motorola said it will hold a press conference at IFA on September 2nd. Tag Heuer Carrera 01 Swiss watch designer Tag Heuer is jumping into the wearable tech arena with its first-ever luxury smartwatch. The information on this product is a closely kept secret, but we can report that Tag Heuer is working with Intel and Google on the watch. It will be built to last a lifetime, which would be the first for any smartwatch, and the first to have upgradable parts. The smartwatch is expected to be priced at $1,400 and available this October. Breitling B55 Connected Breitling is...

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2nd-gen Moto Hint: The socially acceptable hearable gets better audio and battery life
Jul21

2nd-gen Moto Hint: The socially acceptable hearable gets better audio and battery life

The Moto Hint was expected to finally make bluetooth headsets socially acceptable to wear, but unfortunately it fell a little flat right out of the gate. The device was hailed as the personal assistant you always wanted, right inside your ear. Instead, users got a relatively comfortable earpiece that had a hard time distinguishing between you and ambient noise. Oh, and it didn’t sound very good. Earlier this week, Motorola quietly released the second generation for the Moto Hint and could potentially revitalize the stagnant bluetooth device. The upgraded earpiece now has a battery that lasts 17 hours, a reported 70 percent increase from the first generation device. Thankfully, the device’s audio and voice control also got a major upgrade. One of the biggest problems with the Moto Hint was that it really only worked with the Moto X. If that problem remains, users could be turning to competing bluetooth devices, like Bragi’s Dash. The Dash, a pair of wireless bluetooth earbuds, could be the device to give the Moto X a run for its money. Dash claims to not only be an extension of your phone, but able to monitor your heart rate and body’s oxygen saturation and temperature. It also comes equipped with a calorie counter, 4GB of internal memory to store music, passive noise isolation and audio transparency. The release of the new generation of Moto Hint comes days before Motorola events in New York and London. On July 28, the tech company is expected to reveal new products, and the rumored Moto 360 2 is expected to make a cameo. The Moto Hint is exclusively being sold at BestBuy for $129.99, which is down from the first generation price at $149.99.  If you are looking to spend less than that, the first generation is now retailing for...

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Smelt: A mysterious second-gen Moto 360
Apr08

Smelt: A mysterious second-gen Moto 360

Smelt. As in… the fish? No, for our purposes, we’re talking about the probable second-gen Moto 360 smartwatch codenamed Smelt. Smelt will likely be the successor of the first Moto 360, which was obviously codenamed Minnow. When the Moto 360 hit the shelves in fall of 2014, it was highly coveted for its stylish design and round watch face. As the market crowds with smartwatches — some born from legitimate luxury companies like Tag Heuer — Motorola and Android are undoubtedly feeling the pressure not only to keep up with but to beat the Joneses.  Phandroid was the first to report the nascent smartwatch: We received a tip from a popular app developer who recently noticed a mysterious Motorola-built Android Wear device pinging his Android developer console from Mundelein, a city not too far from Motorola’s HQ in Chicago, Illinois. The device is carrying the codename “Smelt” and is reportedly running Android 5.1. On the hardware front, it carries a screen resolution of 360 x 360 and is powered by an “armeabi-v7a.” If improvements are made to the already popular (despite a plastic backing and short battery life) Moto 360, this thing is bound to be a true marketplace competitor. Add to that the fact that the device will be released after the Apple Watch, thereby pushing the use of wearables even further into mainstream consciousness, and Moto 360 could be well set up for...

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