Apple is celebrating its historic earnings call today, with the company breaking records for quarterly revenue and income. However, looking to the future, there are plenty out there who want to know when the Apple Watch will be released. After-all, it has been a long time is it was announced way back in September.
Asus's ZenWatch has only been with us a couple of months, launching in November after an announcement at IFA in September. It is one of the better looking smartwatches on the market, but its Android Wear platform means it doesn?t really come with any differentiating features and is the same as other wearables on the software. However, the next ZenWatch will add a bit more individuality.
When Apple launched the original iPad back in April 2010, it was the peak of tablet technology at the time, a true alternative mobile computing solution. It was very well made and was the best that technology had at the time. However, even less than five years later the iPad's computing technology is now possible in a wearable.
When Apple launched the Apple Watch back in September, there was some pretty vocal opposition from Tag Heuer supremo Jean-Claude Biver. The head of Tag Heuer for LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton said that Apple had made "some fundamental mistakes". However, time seems to be a healer as Biver is now singing the praises of Cupertino's first ever wearable.
Rumors of an HTC built smartwatch has been around for some time, and the company even admitted that it shelved its wearable until the market is more mature. Recently a HTC marketing employee told me that the company will roll out its first smartwatch alongside the One M9 flagship at MWC in March. There are now more reports today that the watch will arrive at the mobile event in Barcelona in six weeks' time.
The OnePlus One is celebrating its one year anniversary. We will forget that this one year old device is not really a flagship anymore and is still not yet properly available and join in the festivities of celebration. And to make sure you are in the right mood too, OnePlus has a number of special offers running at the moment.
Remember a couple of months ago when all the mobile heavyweights were launching smartphones? HTC was one of the company's that was reportedly ready to jump on the wearable trend and even had a product ready. However, the Taiwanese company decided to pull the plug on its first smartwatch, saying at the time that the market was not ready and was too crowded. That decision was upheld, but the company is not turning its back on wearables completely and will launch a smartwatch in March.
IDC is one of the most prominent market researchers and the organization has turned its attention to the Canadian market and is looking forward to 2015. While Canada is not necessarily a hot bed for tech activity, the data for the country seems to point to a similar worldwide trend that will happen in the coming 12 months. IDC says that wearable sales will increase sharply on the back of the Apple Watch, something that is widely predicted on a global scale.
Sony was one of the first to jump on the wearable trend with its SmartWatch devices, paving the way for other companies. The Japanese brand is now marketing the SmartWatch 3, a wearable that stands alongside Android Wear products with much the same specs and features as each other. However, Sony is apparently ready to spread its wearable wings with another smartwatch, one with an e-paper screen.
Microsoft's Band has been with us a couple of weeks now and it has managed to be a dividing device. Microsoft says it has sold well, while some reports say stock was very limited, while the general consensus seems to be that the wearable is very much a first device in an evolution. It feels like a prototype many reviews have said, but after spending some time with it I think it is more of a vehicle for Microsoft's Health suite.