With Motorola's Moto 360 smart watch surely due to land anytime, the anticipation for the wearable people actually want is growing. Since being revealed earlier this year, the Moto 360 has gained consumer recognition like no smart watch before it, with much of the demand coming from its round face and seemingly high end build.
Smart watches have been on the verge of exploding for the last two years, at least if you listen to analysts. However, the market has struggled to really take off and wrist wearable sales are still only counted in the hundreds of thousands instead of millions. Much of that failure to explode has been attributed to a lack of showbiz in the way smart watches look, but HP may have a remedy for that with its upcoming wearable.
OnePlus has made a splash in the smartphone arena with its One handset, and the company now has its sights set on another market, namely the wearable one.
Android Wear won plenty of praise when it was fully launched at Google's I/O event a couple of months ago, not least because it finally gave the wearable trend a functioning and useful platform.
It is going to be a busy year for Motorola as the company is changing up just about every smartphone in its range, while the brand will also fall under Lenovo's wing after being sold by Google. Oh, and there is also the small matter of the Moto 360 Android Wear smart watch to come later this summer. Before all that though Motorola has something else to show us and this is out of the realms of science
While all of its traditional smartphone rivals have been enjoying themselves by launching wearable devices on Google's Android Wear platform, HTC has yet to join the party. However, the Taiwanese company will not be in the dark too long as it has announced it will release its own smart watch this year.
Samsung has its fair share of problems at the moment as the company deals with falling profits amid lowering demand for its mobile products. The Korean juggernaut has another headache with news spreading that its Galaxy Gear Live wearable is having problems.
It's time to rub your chin and let out an interested hum as Apple's wearable plans seem to be getting just a little clearer. The company has been extremely tight lipped about its ambitions in this growing market, but Cupertino has now employed Patrick Pruniaux, TAG Heuer's sales and retail VP. In other words
Yesterday we revealed that Microsoft's smart watch would arrive in October and that the company thought a face that sat on the palm side of the arm would be more natural. Of course, I mocked that decision as humans have been wearing watches the other way (would that be unnaturally?) for many years
Microsoft is a full blown hardware company and Redmond is now producing smartphones through its acquisition of Nokia and tablets with its Surface line. The software giant is also looking to branch out into the wearable space for the first time with its own smart watch, a response to a slew of wrist gadgets that have landed in the last two years.