Rumor: Google Picks LG to Create Nexus 6 and Nexus Smartwatch

According to business sources of Gizmodo Germany, who spoke at MWC last week, Google has selected LG for the third year in a row to create the next Nexus smartphone. Previous rumors indicated that the Nexus program was actually coming to a close in 2015, and that Lenovo, the new owners of Motorola, would be the last company to create a Nexus phone for Google.  (more…)

Report: Google Smartwatch to Launch at Google I/O in June, LG to Handle Manufacturing

Rumors and reports of a Google smartwatch, previously codenamed Gem, have been in the news for months. This weekend, more details have appeared through CNET, with sources of theirs claiming the smartwatch will in fact launch at Google IO in June. Google plans to announce the smartwatch platform this March through a blog post (typical Google), and then have the final unveiling at IO in San Francisco.  (more…)

Samsung Announces the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, Both Run Tizen Instead of Android

Samsung won’t announce the Galaxy S5 until Monday, but they took time out of their Saturday night to unveil their newest wearables, the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo. Notice anything missing? That would be the “Galaxy” tag that was included in the original Gear. I guess you could say “it’s confirmed,” the Gear 2 and Gear 2 are separate from Samsung’s flagship line of phones, which also means they don’t run Android.

Say “Hello!” to the “first wearable powered by Tizen based wearable platform.” And that’s all we know about their relationship to Tizen for now, so let’s talk specs and features.  (more…)

New Samsung Galaxy Gear Models Make Debut Leaked Render Appearances

Courtesy of @evleaks (as usual), we are getting what are believed to be the first two looks at Samsung’s next smartwatch(es), though the name(s) may now be up in the air. The pictures certainly represent two smartwatches that look very similar to last year’s Galaxy Gear, and are accompanied by the names Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo. But @evleaks notes that these may not be Galaxy branded in the end, meaning they could be a separate product category for Samsung.  (more…)

Qualcomm Toq Updated With Activity Tracking, Activity and World Clocks

I know that none of you actually own a Qualcomm Toq – because it costs an insane $350 – but if you did, you’ll want to grab today’s update. My lovely white Toq received one today that introduced activity tracking (and matching clock), along with a world clock, and the option to switch over to Celsius. And yeah, that’s pretty much it. But it really is worth noting for this new “beta” activity tracking, especially if you don’t want to wear a smartwatch and a fitness band at the same time (like me).

The activity tracking acts like any other activity tracker, in that it tries to count points for you based on your movement throughout a day. So far, while sitting at my desk and not moving an inch since updating, I’ve grabbed 43 points. Killin’ it.  (more…)

Pebble Steel Begins Shipping Today

Pebble’s new Steel smartwatch is beginning to ship as of today, according to their site. Announced during CES as the follow-up to their immensely popular original Pebble – a darling of Kickstarter – the Steel is the classier, more stylish version that includes a metal band, Gorilla Glass, and a price tag of $249.

With Steel, you are looking at two color options:  Black Matte or Brushed Stainless. Each unit comes with both a metal and leather strap, so you can class it up depending on your taste. Other than the look, though, the Steel runs exactly like the original Pebble in terms of software and functionality. It’s still an extension of your smartphone, in that it can handle notifications and simple functionality through its e-paper display.  (more…)

Pebble Announces New Premium Smartwatch Dubbed “Pebble Steel,” Available Today for $249

You wanted new Pebble hardware, you got it. Announced this morning at CES, Pebble has announced Pebble Steel, their new premium smartwatch. It’s the same exact Pebble that you “know and love” yet in a smaller, thinner and more premium package. Available today for $249 in the Pebble store, the newest version of e-paper display smartwatch that took the world by storm last year through Kickstarter can be yours. (more…)