After teasing its next smartwatch offering, Samsung has officially unveiled the new product. Named the Gear S2Smartwatch, the piece is available in both a “Classic” and regular style. As opposed to the Apple Watch’s rectangular screen and Samsung’s other smartwatch offerings (such as the Gear 2 Neo, Gear 2, Gear Live and more), the Gear S2 sports a round, 1.2 inch diameter face. Its display comes in 360 x 360 resolution with a dual core 1.2 GHz processor and 4 GB of internal memory.
Additionally, it boasts Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. The regular iteration sports a rubberized band in dark gray or silver, while the “Classic” iteration features a leather band and matching case.
No word regarding pricing yet, but interested parties will be able to learn more at the IFA electronics show in Berlin this Thursday, with word from Samsung soon.
To mark the release of the Apple Watch, MR PORTER takes a trip backwards through time to chart the numerous breakthroughs in timepiece evolution. From the Vikings who used their primitive watches as a source of protective power to Rolex’s release of the first waterproof watch in 1926, the article spans all major horological improvements.
There is a uniform idea present that success in timepieces (and technology in general) doesn’t stem from being the first release, but the most practical and aesthetically pleasing, citing people’s alleged hesitation in embracing fitness wearables like the Nike FuelBand and Fitbit. Apple Watch is not only attempting to revolutionize technology, but package it in a way that stylish people would be proud to wear.
Many smartwatches have a tendency to look like a tiny computer on your wrist. But Huawei‘s first shot at the wearable looks more like a classic timepiece.
The Chinese manufacturer announced its entry into the smartwatch market on Sunday at Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. The Huawei Watch is an elegant circular watch that runs on Google’s Android Wear software. The company is targeting both men and women with the product, allowing users to personalize it based on colors (silver, black and gold), a variety of band options (for example, leather and stainless steel) and 40 different watch faces.
The Huawei Watch will launch by mid-2015, likely in June.
The AMOLED display is 42 mm in diameter, which, according to the company, is the most compact design that exists. This was to make it more appealing to both genders; typically, smartwatches skew more masculine-looking because of the limited size and style options. The display is protected with a sapphire crystal covering to prevent scratching, which is a nice touch. Many existing smartwatches on the market are protected with Gorilla Glass, but traditional watches typically come with sapphire crystal glass, which has a different look.
Like other smartwatches, the Huawei Watch will let wearers receive text messages, check email, receive phone call notifications, play with apps and view their calendars directly from the touchscreen. The device is powered by a Qualcomm 1.2GHz processor and syncs up with smartphones running Android 4.3 and higher. Under the hood, the Huawei Watch includes 4GB of storage, 512 MB of RAM and Bluetooth 4.1 compatibility.
The watch can also function as a fitness tracker; its sensor can tell whether a person is running, biking or sleeping, and tracks those stats, including calories burned, distance traveled and heart rate via its built-in heart rate monitor.
Huawei added that it will be building a “health and lifestyle ecosystem” to help users stay on top of their goals and progress, with the help of partners and app platforms like Jawbone.
The circular shape and the stainless steel frame is a nod toward traditional watches and a design that most consumers already consider more appealing. As we’ve noted previously, many smartwatches — including the Apple Watch, slated to be released in April — have square or rectangular-shaped designs, because it’s difficult to fit so much technology into a smaller, curved case. But Huawei does a striking job.The arrival of the Huawei Watch doesn’t come as a huge surprise. Manufacturers with roots in the smartphone industry like Apple, Samsung, LG and Motorola have already invested big money and resources into developing a wearable, so it makes sense for Huawei to follow suit. The look of the watch isn’t a huge shocker, either; two promotional videos leaked online earlier in this weekend, which were pulled shortly after. A promotional ad for the watch was also spotted at the El Prat airport in Spain.
This isn’t Huawei’s first attempt at wearables. Last year, it launched the TalkBand 1, a fitness tracker and Bluetooth headset hybrid.
The Huawei Watch has the potential to inch out competitors also banking on the circular look, like the Moto 360. However, unlike other competitors like the Apple Watch, the Huawei Watch runs on Android Wear, which has gotten shaky reviews.
The Huawei Watch will launch in 20 countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Norway, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates.
Pricing and availability has not been announced yet and will vary depending on the market, the company said.
Apple has launched its second OS X 10.10.3 and iOS 8.3 beta updates for developers today. As part of the release, the promised multicultural emoji pack has been unveiled. The redesigned keyboard will allow a user to adjust the complexion of an emoji by tapping and holding on each character.
The new skin tones are based off the Fitzpatrick scale, a numerical classification schema for human skin color which was developed by a Harvard dermatologist in 1975. Along with racial diversity, Apple’s new emoji pack will also feature same-sex couples and couples without children. Furthermore, 300 additional new characters will be available once the new iOS is released to the public this spring, including an unsurprising replacement of a traditional watch by an Apple Watch.