Tagged: wearables

Code in iOS 12 beta suggests that new Apple Watch models are coming soon

Not too long after Apple rolled out the second beta of iOS 12 — which we should point out is far more stable than the early iOS 11 betas — developers have already stumbled across data strings which point to new Apple Watch models on the horizon. Originally unearthed by Guilherme Rambo over at 9to5Mac, the second iOS 12 beta includes references to Watch4,1, Watch4,2, Watch4,3 and Watch4,4. Notably, the most recent Apple Watch models use the following naming scheme — Watch 3,x —  and an uptick in the first digit on a product identifier typically suggests a major hardware revision is on the way.

Given that WWDC 2018 came and went without any mention of new hardware, and in light of the data strings referenced above, it stands to reason that new Apple Watch models may be unveiled as early as this September. This, of course, wouldn’t be all that surprising given that the Apple Watch Series 3 was released in late September of last year.

As to what Apple’s next-gen Apple Watch may bring to the table, there have been rumblings that Apple has been working on a new design that would feature a larger edge-to-edge display without any discernible increase to the overall form factor. Specifically, one rumor from reputed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo relayed that the display on upcoming Apple Watch models may be 15% larger than the current display.

Moreover, a rumor that sprung up earlier this month claims that the next-gen Apple Watch design could potentially feature solid state buttons, a design decision which could improve water resistance and make room for a larger battery. Incidentally, one Apple Watch rumor we’ve seen claims that battery life on the next-gen version of Apple’s wearable will see an improvement of about 15%.

Though Apple still refuses to divulge specific sales figures with respect to the Apple Watch, the company has made it abundantly clear that sales are still increasing at an impressive clip. That said, a refresh to the tried and true Apple Watch form factor may help propel sales to even greater heights.

The smartwatch with one-month battery life is back on Amazon, and it’s only $65 right now

The Apple Watch is the best-selling smartwatch on the planet, and there isn’t even a close second. It’s nowhere close to being perfect, however, and many people out there are looking for other good options. And of course the Apple Watch doesn’t work with Android phones, so it’s not even an option for the billions of people out there who use Android. Check out the Amazfit Bip Smartwatch by Huami. It works with iPhones and with Android phones, it has GPS for run tracking, it has sleep tracking, it has constant a heart rate monitoring option, and it features battery life that lasts for up to 45 days on a single charge! It normally sells for $100 which is already an insane value, but right now it’s just $65 on Amazon.

Here are some key details from the product page:

  • Look as Good as You Feel: With a range of colors and options, the Bip is designed to be worn as an extension of your personal style. Weighing only 1.1oz (32g), and with a bright, transflective always-on 1.28″ display, the Bip can be worn all day
  • Go the Distance: Use the Amazfit Bip for up to 30 days on a single 2.5-hour charge.
  • Don’t Miss a Beat: Optical heart rate monitoring and built-in GPS allow you to accurately track in real-time your steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, and quality of sleep. Special sport modes (running, treadmill, cycling and walking) give you even more detailed insights into your most frequent activities.
  • Be in the Know: The perfect companion to keep you organized and productive all day long. Receive one-way notifications for emails, SMS messages, and incoming phone calls (prompting you to take action on your smartphone), as well as alerts for Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Snap, Slack, weather forecasts, and other mobile apps
  • Satisfaction Guaranteed: Buy with confidence. Amazfit offers a 30-day refund policy, and 12-month new replacement warranty.

Samsung has another boring new device it’ll launch alongside the boring new Galaxy Note 9

The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are two of the best smartphones on the planet right now, but no one really cares. Why? Because they can pretty much be summed up as slightly better versions of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, with slightly faster performance and slightly more impressive cameras. They’re “S” updates just like Apple used to release every other year, expect Apple had something going for it that Samsung does not: if someone wanted to buy a brand new flagship iOS phone in 2015, their choices were an iPhone 6s or an iPhone 6s Plus. If someone wants to buy a brand new Android flagship phone right now, they have more choices than they can count. Competition in the Android smartphone market means minor, iterative updates are easy to pass on, especially when they’re insanely expensive. Well, to be fair, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are much less expensive than they were at launch thanks to price cuts and endless promotions. In fact, the first price cut came just one month after the new phones were released. Ouch.

Precious few people are buying Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and S9+ because they’re boring updates. Yup, Samsung is saving all of its exciting new launches for next year. That means we have at least six or seven months to wait before the good stuff arrives. Sadly, we have a few more boring launches to get through before the hotly anticipated Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ debut next year.

Samsung’s annual Galaxy Note flagship phablet launches are typically among the most hotly anticipated releases of the year. This year, however, a long shadow has been cast over Samsung’s upcoming Unpacked event. It hasn’t been cast by new iPhones, which always present a problem for Samsung’s Note phones since the launches are so close. Instead, it has been cast by Samsung itself. The Galaxy S9 and S9+ were boring, iterative updates and now people are expecting the same thing from the Galaxy Note 9. Unfortunately, early leaks have done nothing but support the notion that the Galaxy Note 9 is going to be a boring upgrade.

Speaking of boring upgrades, there’s another new product Samsung reportedly plans to unveil alongside the Galaxy Note 9 in early August. According to a new rumor from South Korean tech news site ETNews (via SamMobile), Samsung will debut a new smartwatch during the same event as its flagship Note 9 smartphone.

Little is known about the upcoming new Samsung Gear S4 smartwatch for the time being, but we’ve seen a few rumors so far. Reliable gadget leaker Ice universe claims that the new Gear S4 will have a larger battery than its predecessor, and earlier rumors suggested the device might run the Android-based Wear OS instead of Samsung’s Tizen software. It also might be a touch thinner than the insanely bulky Gear S3, but no one knows for sure just yet. Long story short, meh.

Fitbit’s new Versa smartwatch is one of the best options for Android users, as is the Amazfit Bip, a smartwatch with 30-day battery life that’s currently on sale for $65. Odds are that’ll still be the case after August 9th, which is when Samsung is expected to unveil the new Galaxy note 9 and Gear S4.

This $100 smartwatch lasts over a month on a charge, and it’s back down to $65 on Amazon

The Apple Watch is the most popular smartwatch in the world by a wide margin, but it doesn’t even hold a candle to the Amazfit Bip Smartwatch by Huami when it comes to one important feature: battery life. You’re lucky if you can squeeze two full days out of a charge on the Apple Watch, which is why it’s so important to carry a portable Apple Watch charger like this one. Meanwhile, the Amazfit Bip features notifications support, GPS, constant heart rate monitoring, and even sleep tracking, and yet it lasts for between one month and 45 days on a single charge! The Bip’s $100 retail price is an absolute bargain, but it’s back down to just $65 right now on Amazon. Definitely check it out.

Here’s what you need to know from the product page:

  • Look as Good as You Feel: With a range of colors and options, the Bip is designed to be worn as an extension of your personal style. Weighing only 1.1oz (32g), and with a bright, transflective always-on 1.28″ display, the Bip can be worn all day
  • Go the Distance: Use the Amazfit Bip for up to 30 days on a single 2.5-hour charge.
  • Don’t Miss a Beat: Optical heart rate monitoring and built-in GPS allow you to accurately track in real-time your steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, and quality of sleep. Special sport modes (running, treadmill, cycling and walking) give you even more detailed insights into your most frequent activities.
  • Be in the Know: The perfect companion to keep you organized and productive all day long. Receive one-way notifications for emails, SMS messages, and incoming phone calls (prompting you to take action on your smartphone), as well as alerts for Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Snap, Slack, weather forecasts, and other mobile apps
  • Satisfaction Guaranteed: Buy with confidence. Amazfit offers a 30-day refund policy, and 12-month new replacement warranty.

This device lets you take Alexa with you everywhere you go

The Apple Watch is a pretty wonderful device, but there’s one thing that holds it back: Siri. Seriously, what the heck is wrong with Apple’s voice assistant? It’s OK for some basic stuff like dictation and simple questions, but it’s nothing compared to Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa. If you want a sleek smartwatch that gives you instant access to a better brand of voice assistant, definitely check out the GUESS Men’s Stainless Steel Connect Smart Watch. It’s on sale on Amazon right now for about half what you’ll spend on a decent Apple Watch, and it works with iPhones as well as Android devices.

Here are some more details from the product page:

  • Seamleasly integrated with Alexa, Amazon’s cloud-based voice service. Just tap and ask Alexa, to enjoy thousands of skills on the go, such as hearing the latest news, weather and traffic reports, check sport scores, and much more.
  • Connect tastefully blends the longevity of an analog watch with smartwatch convenience – lasting 3-5 days on a single charge and up to 2 years on analog. Supports iOS 8/android 4.0.3 and later
  • Quartz Movement
  • Case Diameter: 45mm
  • Splash Resistant