Study tries to measure fitness trackers' actual accuracy, Apple Watch wins first round

Fitness trackers and smartwatches have somewhat merged over the past 18 months. Having discovered that the niche for wearables is just way too tight, manufacturers started bonding features from the two platforms, ultimately ending with devices that function pretty similarly. Sure, dedicated fitness trackers have a rubber band, a more rugged look, a smaller screen, and possibly no touch functionality, while smartwatches will rock leather or nylon bands, have big screens, and look more high-tech. But at the end of the day, feature-wise, both categories will usually have …


Nike's new Apple Watch bands are made to go along their new running shoes


In case you felt a shortage of Apple Watch bands, there’s no need to worry now. Nike just announced four brand-new straps that will go on sale June 1.

Costing $50 each (not too unreasonable of a tag considering general Apple Watch band pricing), they are made to go along with the brand’s new Air VaporMax Flyknit “Day to Night” shoe collection. Apparently, their iridescent colors have been “inspired by a shade of the sky, from dawn to dusk.” And if you ever lost sleep over being unable to match your wrist strap to your sneakers, now you can gleefully do so. According to Nike, you will …

Tim Cook has started testing a new Apple Watch

Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook has been seen at the Apple campus wearing a brand new test model of the Apple Watch that monitors blood sugar levels and might transform the lives of diabetics, according to CNBC.
It’s not clear how that glucose meter would look like, but so far it seems that Apple is testing a glucose tracker that could provide non-invasive and continuous monitoring of blood sugar levels. Apple is said to have a whole team in Palo Alto working on the new tracker. Currently, glucose meters use small sensors that penetrate the …

Apple is trying out flexible display ideas for next-generation Apple Watch and wearables

It’s called the Apple Watch, but it’s going to be more of an Apple Bracelet if these newly unearthed patent drawings are anything to go by! They imply Team Cupertino is fooling around with “wearable, rollable, and foldable displays,” exploring the possibilities of OLED technology while searching for the next big thing.

Apple’s vision allows for unconventional approaches, including bezel-free designs and units with embedded communication modules for wireless connectivity. For now, though, the company is focused on interchangeable smart bands, such as one with a built-in …

Deal: Huawei Watch is on sale for $130 off (43%) on B&H

Huawei Watch, one of the most popular smartwatches available on the market is on sale in the United States. The original Watch launched by Huawei sells for just $169.99, a whopping 43% discount.

The smartwatch usually costs $299.99, but buying it from B&H right now, you save you no less than $130. It’s worth mentioning that the US retailer offers the 42mm model featuring stainless steel design and black leather band.

The Huawei Watch features a Sapphire Crystal 1.4-inch AMOLED display with an Always-On option. It’s powered by a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon …

Verizon cancels the LG Watch Sport smartwatch

It looks like Verizon has no love for smartwatches unless they belong to its brand. The Big Red announced last month that it would delay the launch of the Samsung Gear S3 Frontier until June, but it did release its own Wear24 smartwatch last week.

Today, the carrier confirmed that another Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch it has added to its portfolio not long ago, the LG Watch Sport has been canceled.

LG hasn’t yet confirmed Verizon’s information, but the LTE-enabled version of the smartwatch was pulled from the carrier’s website recently. Also, those who pre-ordered …

HTC U11 first promo videos are out, watch them here

So, the HTC U11 is finally official, and it’s a beautiful piece of glossy, deeply reflective hardware. As expected, the new phone carried on and evolved the design language of the HTC U Ultra to become one of 2017’s shiniest flagships.

But the new handset is not just flair — it has top-notch hardware under the hood, and all the features you’d expect from a top-shelf mobile device on 2017, including a couple of unique ones. The most notable feature is the “squeeze”, which works like a shortcut button, which can be customized by the user.

As with all new phone launches, HTC wants you …

Study: Apple Watch is 97% accurate when detecting one of the common causes of heart failure

With its huge share of the global smartwatch market, the Apple Watch is undoubtedly the most popular wearable device of this type. And there is a good reason for that – it is a good-looking watch and a convenient fitness tracker with many capabilities. But as it turns out, the Apple Watch can also be a very useful tool that doctors could use for early diagnosis of a common, but dangerous heart rhythm anomaly called atrial fibrillation (AF). 

According to a recent study conducted through heartbeat measurement app Cardiogram in cooperation with the University …

Android Wear market share surpassed by Samsung's Tizen, Apple Watch still king of the hill

In a surprising twist, Samsung’s Tizen OS for wearables – prominently featured in the Gear S3 and S2 smartwatches – has surpassed Android Wear’s market share. This has been revealed by a Strategy Analytics report where global smartwatch shipments and share for the past four years have been tracked. Granted, Tizen (19%) only has a 1% headway over Android Wear (18%), but it is what it is.

While Samsung smartwatches are clearly selling better than any Android Wear ones, Apple has more than half of the market for itself with a 57% share for watchOS, exclusive to the …

Deal: LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition on sale for just $171.99 on eBay

The LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition is one of the smartwatches that will receive the highly-anticipated Android Wear 2.0 update in the coming weeks. Although other LG wearable devices like the Watch R and Watch Urbane have already been upgraded, the Urbane 2nd Edition is expected to get the Android Wear 2.0 update sometime this month.

If you don’t have the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition yet, now would be a good time to take into consideration purchasing one since the smartwatch is now on sale on eBay for the lowest price ever.

The smartwatch was subject to various …