At 9AM Pacific (Noon Eastern), Samsung will unveil their new smartwatch, a watch we are expecting to be called the Gear S3. It’ll probably be round and premium and do all the smart things one could ask for in a modern smartwatch. After last year’s solid effort in the Gear S2, this might actually be a watch worth getting excited about.
We aren’t live blogging the event, since it is just for a watch, but you can watch it through the video above.
Again, things kick off at 9AM Pacific.
IFA, the pre-Fall tech show that takes place in Germany each year, kicked off this morning to give many of your favorite companies a chance to show off their holiday product line-ups. One of the few that still uses IFA to announce entire roadmaps is ASUS and they didn’t disappoint this year by making the ZenWatch 3 official.
As expected, the ZenWatch 3 is a round smartwatch, unlike the first two ZenWatch entries. With this watch, ASUS is really focusing on design, noting in the press release that it was “meticulously fashioned from jewelry-grade 316L stainless steel,” a steel that is “cold-forged” and 82% stronger than conventional steel because ASUS wants this little guy to be able to “withstand the rigors of daily wear.” Asus says that you’ll also get choices of stitched Italian leather bands or “high-quality” rubber should you buy one. (more…)
I’d say that just about confirms the ZenWatch 3 for an IFA unveiling. (more…)
Samsung’s initial invite to its IFA press event teased watches, but this morning, the upcoming Gear smartwatch has essentially been confirmed. In a new invite image, for what appears to be a separate event, Samsung shows off yet another watch face, but also states that they will “Talk about 3,” as in Gear 3. (more…)
The Android Wear platform is getting a new update to build M1D63G that includes July security patches. As of right now, we aren’t sure if any new features are included, but we do know that a number of devices have started receiving the update within the past week. (more…)
Developer Preview 2 has been launched for those running Android Wear 2.0, but take notice that Google and the Android team still label this build as “not intended for daily use.”
Catered to developers who want to get their apps prepared for the public launch of Android Wear 2.0, the latest developer preview features a bump to the Android Platform API 24 (now matching Nougat), Wearable Drawers enhancements, and opened Wrist Gesture commands for 3rd-party applications. (more…)
Because no one else seems interested in building them anymore, Google is apparently going to build two of their own Android Wear smartwatches, one with LTE and GPS, and another without. The report arrives via Android Police, who describes each watch at length, but doesn’t have mock-ups or images of either, leaving us the opportunity to open our creative minds to try and picture them. They sound like…round smartwatches made by Google. Shall we talk about them? OK. (more…)
Yesterday, we wrote that Pebble was teasing something new on its website with a countdown, but no one knew exactly what the countdown was counting towards. First thought to possibly be the launch of a new wearable, we now know that Pebble is back on Kickstarter, looking for $1,000,000 in funding to build a trio of new wearable devices — the Pebble 2, Pebble Time 2, and an all-new Pebble Core. (more…)