We’re entering the era of the bendy wearable smartphone – with new patents from Samsung, a new product in the form of the Nubia Alpha and the whole world of tech getting flexible.
Running on Google's Wear OS, the Connected unsurprisingly goes high on looks, but it's not scrimping on the big features either bringing built-in GPS, a heart rate monitor and Google Pay to the party.
Let's clear up what's actually offered: Marq Captain Marq Driver Marq Aviator Marq Athlete Marq Expedition We've had an early play with the Marq but hope to have our hands on one for further testing to see if Garmin has a future in the world of luxury watches.
Just a matter of weeks later, Puma unveiled its own self lacing training shoe based on the sports company's new Fit Intelligence technology that's built for workouts and light running.
We're yet to see just how customizable the company can make its new fitness tracker line through the power of faces, but we've already seen how the likes of My Day and the hordes of third-party options can keep Galaxy smartwatches fresh on the wrist.
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However, company CEO James Park told us that its high-end Ionic smartwatch, launched last year, will get a follow-up at some point. “It’s possible a lot of these features become table stakes at some point, but it’s not there yet.” Fitbit’s using its new lineup as an excuse for some spring cleaning.
For 2019, Fitbit is launching a new edition of the watch, the Fitbit Versa Lite Edition, which strips away some features and knocks down the price further still. It’s gone because Fitbit removed the altimeter, which is why the Lite Edition also can’t track how many floors you’ve climbed.
Features include GPS for location tracking and an SOS alarm, while 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth support and the built-in camera help provide text, voice and video calling wherever your child is.
You'll need to choose your language (on the watch), then launch the Wear OS app (on your phone) — if Bluetooth is enabled on both devices, you should see a prompt inside the app to get connected straight away, but if not, choose Add a new watch from the menu at the top.
Smartwatch sales are on the rise and the Apple Watch is dominating the market according to the latest report from research firm Strategy Analytics. Apple, Samsung, Fitbit and Garmin are considered the main players in this space and apparently account for 8 in 10 of all smartwatches shipped worldwide.
We should also note that when you're running Wear OS 2.0 and above, apps that are installed on your phone won't automatically install extensions on your watch – so if you want to use Google Maps on your wrist, for example, you need to install it on your smartwatch as well as your phone.
The Alpha is a 'wearable phone' with a 4-inch flexible OLED touchscreen display that wraps around the wrist with your choice of a black stainless steel band or a more garish-looking 18k gold strap keeping it in place.
Likewise use the voice commands "send a message to..." or "send an email to..." as a quick way of launching your messaging apps and calling up the relevant contact info—by dictating out the message as well you don't even have to touch the screen.
Google has decided to shutter the web version of its Google Fit platform to concentrate on improving the experience on Wear OS and Android devices. Do you rely on Google Fit on the web to check your data?
The report states that smaller players will find market share by operating in niches, and points to Withings gaining a foothold in the medical area: “Juniper forecasts that Apple and Withings will lead the way in terms of healthcare integration, followed by Fitbit and Garmin.” And there’s some other interesting predictions.
Add in its deal to buy secret smartwatch tech from Fossil, and it feels like Google is working on something it no doubt hopes can challenges Apple, Samsung, Fitbit and the rest of the big smartwatch-makers.
One of the most basic settings you’ll want to get right on your Wear OS smartwatch is which language it’s using – without that set correctly, you’re not going to be able to do much with your wearable.
Waterproof rating: 5 ATM (50m) | Pool and open water swim tracking : Pool only Wareable verdict : Fossil Sport review $199.95, fossil.com TomTom Spark 3 The Spark 3 is a running watch first with fitness tracking features included in as well.
As for the deal itself - it's one of the best Watch Series 3 offers we've seen for some time, and we're sure it won't be sticking at that price for too long.
Wareable verdict: Fossil Q Venture HR review From $199, Amazon | fossil.com Best touchscreen smartwatch for men Fossil Q Explorist HR key specs Like the Q Venture detailed above, the male-friendly Q Explorist has been improved and updated for the fourth generation.
With its parent company seemingly not making profit and Borge suggesting any new investor would not be expected to take on the debt, this could well be the end of the line for Kronaby.
If you're not a massive fan of that Fossil watch look, Amazon also has deals on sub-brands, like Michael Kors and Kate Spade. These are, however, older generation smartwatches, so lack features like Google Pay and those additional sports tracking features we mentioned above.
Read next: What we know so far about Huawei's AR smartglasses As described by Huawei, the concept would involve lightweight and inexpensive AR technology, with the smartwatch bolstering the experience by providing a camera, display and microphone on the right arm.