Apple did not reveal exact figures for the Apple Watch for its first quarter on sale, lumping it into the "other" category in its earnings call. However, considering that category rose some 49% year-on-year it seems that the company?s first wearable played a big part in that hike. Sales for the device are reported to be solid and meeting expectations, but not the runaway success some had predicted.
I am not a fan of smartwatches, I think as mere smartphone accessories they are too expensive and should cost what would be deemed as disposable money for markets they target. So, you can color me interested by the first generation ASUS ZenWatch then, as it has now been slashed to just $129 on Google Play.
With design being one of the only significant differentiating factors between Android Wear smartwatches, the ASUS ZenWatch was a winner. It was among the best looking wearables, but it has recently been replaced by the ZenWatch 2, which is great news if you have your eyes on the original model. That's because the Taiwanese company has decided to slash the price of its original device to a very appealing $149.99.
The Apple Watch admittedly doesn't bring much to the wearable market in terms of new technology, but the smartwatch is still marching towards being the most successful ever. It was widely accepted that Apple's first wearable would sell well and it seems as though the Apple Watch is just about keeping pace with estimates, although is slightly underperforming.
As well as launching the P8 Lite smartphone in the United States today, Huawei also launched its fitness tracker come hands free kit, the TalkBand B2. The Chinese company has made an awful lot of changes (read improvements) to its wearable too, but it retains its quirky take on this particular market. By that we mean that the device can still be detached from the wrist and turned into a headset for voice calls.
The current ASUS ZenWatch is one of the best wearables on the markets, good-looking and solidly spec'd, but the company said that the sequel would not arrive until next year. That was the news from ASUS CEO Jerry Shen back in April, but news in Taiwan now suggests that Shen has changed his mind and says the smartwatch is on course to be launched during the third quarter of 2015 instead.
TAG Heuer has been vocal in the wearable market and has discussed its upcoming Android Wear smartwatch in-depth. The luxury timepiece brand announced its first wearable last month, but did not go into when exactly the TAG Heuer Smartwatch would arrive or indeed how much it will cost. Now the company has announced both and as you would expect from the Swiss company, this is not an affordable product.
The Apple Watch has finally landed and is available in nine countries (good luck getting one though) and with the wearable the company has also opened the App Store for smart watches. Apple stores around the world are dealing with lines of customers waiting to get Apple's first ever wearable, but the devices are extremely scarce at this early stage.
We have known about the LG G Watch Urbane for some time, the device is arguably the best looking smartwatch at the moment. The Android Wear packing wearable has yet to be rolled out to customers but LG has confirmed the date when that will change. The South Korean company says that the G Watch Urbane will be available this week.
A new update for Android Wear has been announced. You remember last month we previewed this update and said it was not quite ready.