If Samsung has an idea, it makes a product for it. The Korean company already has six smartwatches in the market, but is reportedly developing a new one that will be focused on mobile payments. Obviously spurred on by Apple Watch and Apple Pay, Samsung is working on the new NFC oriented smartwatch to go alongside its numerous other efforts.
HTC, the Taiwanese mobile phone giant, has had a tough time of things recently, with profits on the wane despite a number of fine hardware products available from the company. While rivals have been releasing new flagship smartphones and wearable smartwatches, HTC has rolled out a couple of mid-range efforts and has opted out of the smartwatch market because it doesn't think it can differentiate in a flooded product space.
It didn't come as a surprise but there were still gasps of excitement when Apple launched the Apple Watch at its event in Cupertino today. Yes, the smartwatch is not called the iWatch at all, but the Apple Watch is the company's first wearable and on the surface at least its software does set a new bar in this growing market, although the design may be a little more dividing. Let's take a look at this device in depth, but needless to say, without doing a full review everything you see here is based on first impressions and are certainly subject to change.
The big buzz around tomorrow's Apple iPhone 6 launch is that the company is going to roll out the much anticipated iWatch too. Many reports are now leading with the launch of the wearable being a certainty and not just probable. That's interesting of course, but little else is known about what would be Cupertino's first smartwatch, so we think a rumour roundup is in order.
The Motorola Moto 360 is the best looking smartwatch, right? It has become a given, the round faced wearable offers a premium tinge to a market that has struggled to find its aesthetic feet. Sure, LG's G Watch R tries its best but falls short, but the 360 is the real deal. However, the 360 launched last week felt a little incomplete because it was rolled out with only the leather strap available.
Motorola launched its first mainstream wearable yesterday in the shapely form of the Moto 360 smartphone and immediately put the device on sale in the United States via Google Play, Best Buy, or Motorola's website. However, after less than a day on sale the device is sold out, and Motorola says availability will be limited for some time.
HTC did not have a lot to say at IFA this year; while rival companies launched smartphones and smartwatches, the Taiwanese company only had the Desire 820 to show off. So what about its smartwatch? HTC has been rumoured to be launching a wearable this year and IFA could have been the platform for the release. However, it now seems as though the HTC smartwatch will not arrive at all, at least not any time soon.
After months of waiting Motorola has finally raised the curtain on the Moto 360 smartwatch, arguably the most anticipated tech product of the year. Long before its launch today the 360 has taken its place as the most desirable smartwatch on the market, so now that we know about the device in detail, was it worth the wait and more importantly the fuss?
Samsung's IFA event was dominated by the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge smartphones, but the company had other things to offer too. Chief among those was the Gear S, a smartwatch we had heard about before it was launched in Berlin today. However, while Samsung loves launching a wearable, the Gear S may be the most interesting one the company has made yet.
Sony has been making wearable devices before its rivals (even Samsung) arrived on the scene, but with Android Wear bringing more companies into the game, the Japanese giant has updated its flagship smartwatch. Announced at IFA in Berlin today, the SmartWatch 3 is Sony's latest wearable and is the first the company has made to run Google's Android Wear platform.