One year after rumors first emerged that Google might develop a smart watch with its soon-to-be-sold subsidiary, Motorola has confirmed that it is working on a smart watch that will be sold under its branding.
It was rumored recently that Samsung would release an early successor to its Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watch, and those rumors have proven truthful with an announcement late last night that Samsung has two new editions of the Gear, both running Tizen OS instead of Android.
HTC chose to debut its next smartphone at a private press event rather than the upcoming Mobile World Congress, but the company will still have a few pieces of new hardware to show; it just won't be to the public.
It might seem strange that Samsung would choose to release a Galaxy Gear follow-up only five months after the original first went on sale, but the next smartwatch will be different from the first thanks to a new operating system.
The Samsung Galaxy Gear temporarily costs half as much as it normally does. BestBuy.com has a 50 percent off sale for the Android-powered smart watch that lowers the price to $149.99 with free shipping included. This does not appear to be in connection with recent reports of a permanent price drop for the Gear. A price drop to make the Gear more appealing is rumored to be on the way; however, Best Buy has it listed as part of its Daily Deals, so if this interests you, make the purchase now rather than later.
Starwood Hotels is trying to get its guests to test a concept that would do away with room keys or card keys to enter a hotel room. The company instead wants users to unlock the door using their Bluetooth-enabled iPhone or Android device.
The Samsung Galaxy Camera had external and performance problems that reared their ugly heads over time, but the device initially skated by on its unique charm of being able to run Android apps and use web connectivity to its advantage. The Galaxy Camera 2 tries to take things to the next level.
LG used CES 2014 as another showcase for a new wearable computing device that can connect to Android or iOS and provide health tracking information similar to Fitbit. I say another because the company showed a similar device last year, but the device has been retooled and unveiled as the Life Band Touch.
LG has said throughout the year that it plans to release a smart watch, but new leaks from the company show that the folks who brought you the G2 smartphone and G Pad tablet are gearing up to release the Lifeband Touch fitness tracker.
The iLoud by IK Multimedia is a Bluetooth speaker aimed at musicians who wish to have studio-quality sound wherever they go, and that translates to music listeners benefitting from that set-up as well.