When Motorola launched the Moto 360 at the start of last month it was very well received. The device may not answer all the questions for smartwatch functionality, but it gets most of them right in terms of design. The wearable promptly sold out of inventory within days, even though Motorola has yet to launch the version with a stainless steel strap.
When the Pebble smartwatch launched it was one of the only devices of its kind in town, and it was quickly on its way to record breaking Kickstarter backing. However, the smartwatch world has got a lot more crowded of late with most major mobile brands throwing their weight into the wearable market. Pebble's little unit seems a little archaic next to those new machines, even if the rivals are hardly functional powerhouses themselves. The company's response has been to slash the prices of its devices while also adding a new update.
Before ASUS launched its first smartwatch at IFA earlier this month there was a thought that the company would deliver something significantly cheaper than other wearable devices of this kind. As it was, ASUS instead released the premium ZenWatch and passed the responsibility onto another manufacturer to offer the affordable choice. The smartwatch for everyone is now here in the form of the upcoming Tommy smartwatch.
LG has a new smartwatch in the works that will follow in Samsung's footsteps by having a 3G modem built in. The device showed up online today after it passed through the FCC for approval.
Samsung's smartwatch line up is getting plenty confusing. There are now six Galaxy Gear wearable products available and the company is rolling out the latest, the Gear S, during this fall. If you are not sure which smartwatch the Gear S is then let me explain that it's the one the company launched at IFA a few weeks ago, the one that allows the user to make and receive calls without a smartphone connection.
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.