We are running out of companies who are NOT making smartwatches, even the ones who do not currently have a wearable have signalled their intentions to do so in the near future. Which leads us on to Xiaomi, the Chinese company that has shook the smartphones industry (especially Samsung) over the last two years.
Microsoft's first ever wearable (the Microsoft Band) has been available for a couple of weeks now and it went of stock rather quickly. So, does that mean that it was a big success or were there only limited numbers of the product released for sale? Well, that depends on who you listen to.
Google Glass, remember that? Launched as one of the first multi-function wearables the eye glass product was considered the future of mobile tech but has actually fallen into some kind of tech no-man's land. Innovation on this scale usually needs the backing of a market, or other companies weighing in with their products, but in the case of Glass, Google's innovation went by unnoticed by other companies.
How many tech designers do you know? Do you know who designed the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 for example, or even who had the influence for HTC to come up with the beauty that is the One M7/M8. These guys and gals may well create the mobile tech that you desire, but they are largely anonymous (isn't that how it should be?), but with Apple things are different.
The ASUS ZenWatch has now been launched by Best Buy and is available to consumers in the United States for $229. That means the wearable arrives with the retailer two days late and actually costs $29 more than the original $200 price tag, but is still competitively priced against rival smartwatches.
The Samsung Gear S shifted 10,000 units during its first day on sale in South Korea, a decent amount for a smartwatch, although it is worth noting that the country is Samsung's home territory. The 3G modem packing, call making wearable was launched back at IFA in September but is only now making its debut with carriers and retailers around the world.
This may well be the first Holiday Season where smartwatches really take hold, an ideal gift for the tech enthused for sure. ASUS wants a slice of that action with its ZenWatch, a wearable that was launched during IFA two months ago and surprised many by being a premium devices instead of a budget Android Wear product.
LG's new round faced G Watch R is already available through the Google Play Store and AT&T in the United States and now Sprint has joined the party. The Now Network has revealed that it will begin offering the G Watch R from November 14th, giving consumers ever more options for buying the Korean company's newest smartwatch. The company will sell the wearable for $25 per month over one year on the Sprint Easy Pay method, or a $300 one off payment.
A couple of the biggest carriers in the United States have announced this week that they will be selling the Moto 360 Android Wear smartwatch this month. AT&T signalled its intentions yesterday, while T-Mobile has followed suit today with confirmation that it will be selling the most popular wearable currently on the market. The two follow Verizon as Big Red already confirmed the Moto 360 for sale on November 11th.
HP has entered the smartwatch market with a pretty big splash today, raising the curtain on a new wearable designed by Michael Bastian, the Chronowing. Pulling a renowned American fashion designer in for the device probably tells you what HP's goals are. While most smartwatches are trying to marry design over function, HP's effort seems to put the former before that latter.