Apple, Xiaomi Lead Wearables Market in First Quarter of 2018: Canalys

Apple, Xiaomi Lead Wearables Market in First Quarter of 2018: Canalys

After a sluggish past, the wearables market is finally seeing a boost with 35 percent rise in overall shipments year on year in the first quarter of 2018, as per a Canalys report. Out of the entire gamut of wearable products, smartwatches take the lead with 80 percent market revenue, even though shipments account only for 43 percent. Apple and Xiaomi collectively took a wide margin of the wearable market with 36 percent market share in the first quarter. Apple managed to ship 3.8 million Apple Watches, while Xiaomi is…

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Google Reportedly Working on Pixel-Branded Smartwatches; Specifications Leak

Google Reportedly Working on Pixel-Branded Smartwatches; Specifications Leak

Google is reportedly adding a Pixel-branded smartwatch to its hardware portfolio this Fall. The search giant, at its I/O 2018 developer conference announced it is introducing a couple of changes to its Wear OS by Google Developer Preview 2 (DP2) for wearables. Also, enhanced Google Assistant integration for Wear OS-powered smartwatches was released last week. Qualcomm also confirms that it is now working on new chips for Wear OS smartwatches. And now, ‘Pixel Watch’ rumours have hit the Internet. In March this year, Google replaced its Android Wear brand that…

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Qualcomm Working on New Chips for Wear OS Smartwatches, Coming This Fall

Qualcomm Working on New Chips for Wear OS Smartwatches, Coming This Fall

More than two years after bringing the Snapdragon Wear 2100 for Android Wear smartwatches, Qualcomm is now in the headlines for preparing its new silicon to continue support Google’s Wear OS. The chipmaker is said to have also hinted that the new platform will debut alongside a flagship device sometime this fall. Notably, Google didn’t showcase any new features of Wear OS at its I/O 2018 keynote on Tuesday, though an enhanced Google Assistant integration for Wear OS-powered smartwatches was released last week. Qualcomm’s Senior Wearables Director Pankaj Kedia revealed…

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Wear OS Update Brings New Google Assistant Features to Smartwatches

Wear OS Update Brings New Google Assistant Features to Smartwatches

Just ahead of I/O next week, Google is rolling out a new Google Assistant-centric update for its Wear OS users bringing new features like smart suggestions and the popular Actions on Google feature for smartwatches. It also brings the ability to hear your Google Assistant answers on the watch instead of just reading them on the small dial of your screen. The tech giant says that these updates will be rolled out to all Wear OS users in the next few days. With this update, Google Assistant gets cleverer with…

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Oculus Go Standalone VR Headset Starts Shipping to 23 Countries

Oculus Go Standalone VR Headset Starts Shipping to 23 Countries

Facebook will finally start selling its cordless virtual reality headset – Oculus Go will be available in 23 countries on Tuesday. To lure a more mainstream audience than past headsets, the company needs developers to think beyond gaming. The limited accessibility of VR headsets so far – mainly because of high prices and the need to be strapped to an external Windows-based personal computer – has meant that VR developers weren’t able to reach a broad customer base, holding back sales. But at $200(roughly Rs. 13,300) , the Oculus Go…

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Fitbit to Use Google Cloud Healthcare API to Connect User Data With Medical Records

Fitbit to Use Google Cloud Healthcare API to Connect User Data With Medical Records

Fitbit’s wearables are about to get a lot smarter. The company today said it is collaborating with Google to push health data generated by its fitness trackers to the cloud where medical professionals can put it to work. Fitness trackers monitor and collect reams of data, but that data not always used effectively. People who strap Fitbits, smartwatches, and other devices to their wrists are often limited to viewing their data in consumer-grade apps that deliver only modest detail on activity, movement, and general health. Fitbit has sold some 76…

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Snapchat Spectacles 2.0 With Smaller Profile, Water Resistance Unveiled

Snapchat Spectacles 2.0 With Smaller Profile, Water Resistance Unveiled

Snapchat hasn’t given up on its Spectacles, a smart wearable that lets users record photos, videos and audio that can later shared to Snapchat friends. Despite the failure of the first-generation of the product, Snapchat parent Snap Inc. on Thursday said it had begun selling a new version of its eyewear, conveniently called Spectacles 2.0. The new eyewear is currently available in the US. The company has no plans to launch the device in India at this time, said a company spokesperson. With the new version, Snapchat is focusing on…

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Samsung’s New Entry-Level Smartphone Gets Listed on Geekbench, Likely an Android Go Model

Samsung’s New Entry-Level Smartphone Gets Listed on Geekbench, Likely an Android Go Model

After the initial arrival of a handful of emerging players, including Alcatel, HMD Global, Lava, and Micromax, it appears that Samsung is now set to build its first Android Go smartphone. The smartphone, with model number SM-J260G, has surfaced on Geekbench ahead of any formal announcement. The benchmark listing shows inferior specifications but with the latest Android Oreo iteration. There are rumours that it could publicly debut as the Galaxy J2 Core, though the South Korean company is yet to reveal any details. As per the Geekbench listing, the Samsung…

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Apple Watch May Soon Get Third-Party Watch Face Support, WatchOS Code Hints

Apple Watch May Soon Get Third-Party Watch Face Support, WatchOS Code Hints

Apple may allow third-party developers to create and release their own customised watch faces for the Apple Watch, code spotted in watchOS hints. According to a report in 9to5Mac on Sunday, the update is seen in a code that is part of the latest watchOS developer’s build – v4.3.1. The uncovered code in the NanoTimeKit framework in watchOS 4.3.1 hints at updates like warnings for old apps, with a log message that states “this is where the 3rd party face configuration bundle generation would happen”. There’s no indication about when…

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Apple Watch Series 2 Units With Faulty Batteries Said to Be Getting Free Repairs

Apple Watch Series 2 Units With Faulty Batteries Said to Be Getting Free Repairs

Apple’s Watch Series 2 has been a popular wearable since its launch back in 2016, helping Apple lead the smartwatch sales charts. The tech giant has been found to have updated its internal Global Service Exchange (GSX) guidelines, and is said to now offer free service for Watch Series 2 units that are not powering on or are experiencing expanding battery issues. This update comes as a result of an internal memo shared by Apple with Apple Stores and other authorised service providers last week, seen by a publication. Issued…

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