Confused by the headline? We don’t blame you, whenever the word “Android” gets mentioned, Google automatically pops into mind but Android means a lot more than just a mobile operating system by the internet search giant, Android is also a brand that designs and sells watches in the U.S. and the company has recently announced that they will jump into the smartphone bandwagon to make its first smartwatch that runs on Google Android OS.
To be launched in December 2013, Android SmartWatch will be similar to all the smartwatches we’ve been seeing as of late – Pebble, Galaxy Gear or Sony Smartwatch 2, allowing you to have basic control over your smartphone like making/receiving calls, reading notification, toggle music, and while nothing much has been mentioned, it looks like there may be speaker and mic on board as well, according to the screenshot page.
Curious about Android SmartWatch? Check out the promo video below.
While the Samsung Galaxy Gear may be the trending topic for smartwatches these days, many would also remember that Sony announced its second iteration of the Sony SmartWatch series at the end of June. The Sony SmartWatch 2 was announced globally in Shanghai at the same time as the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, and it was rumoured that it will be available in Malaysia at the end of September.
Well, that didn’t happen, but Sony Malaysia’s Online Store now has a listing for the new SmartWatch 2. It will be available in two variants: the black metal strap variant will retail for RM850, while the standard rubber strap version will cost RM780. Both variants will sport the same set of hardware, with a 1.6-inch 220 x 176 LCD display, Bluetooth 3.0, NFC and compatibility for most Android smartphones.
We’ve approached a Sony exec for more information, and will update the post accordingly.
I’m sure by now you’re all aware that there are no electronic products that Samsung can’t make, they have practically all the household electronic appliances out there, televisions, cameras, a lot of phones that caters to every single segment in the market, they recently ventured into the smartwatch segment with the Galaxy Gear, and it looks like they might be making glasses as well and not your average glasses, but a “smart” one that is similar to what Google has.
Tweeted by Eldar Murtazin from Mobile-review, it is said that the glasses will be called “Gear Glass” and will make its debut in early 2014, just in time for Google Glass launch, maybe. Of course, it’s only a rumor so take it with a pinch of salt. It’ll be great to see what Samsung has got to offer, they are very good in their software, and a healthy competition can only mean good for us consumers.
Anyone here looking forward to a pair of smart glasses from Samsung or will you stick to Google Glass instead?
It’s been a long five years since Tag Heuer announced its premium mobile phone, the Tag Heuer Meridiist, and it looks like it’s about time the luxury watch maker come up with an update. The company recently announced the second generation Tag Heuer Meridiist that is thinner, lighter and more powerful than before.
But what makes this handset premium isn’t the specs, heck, it’s not even listed in its website, what makes the candy bar phone special is the premium materials that it is made out of, and the services it carries along with it. Crafted with 316L stainless steel, it features a 2.4” 103 CT Sapphire Crystal display at the front. Like some of the stuffs we’ve seen from Vertu, it also carries an exclusive concierge service, allowing you to score tickets to a sold-out show, book a table at a fancy restaurant and such at the press of a button, literally (there is a button designed into the phone that calls for a Tag Heuer representative when you press it).
And on to the boring stuffs, the specs; I believe if you have that amount of money to buy this phone, the specs will be the least you care about. Clearly catered for busy businessmen and women who are always traveling about, the new Meridiist features dual-SIM capability and dual-time GMT function with a second clock designed onto the top of the device. It has a 5MP rear camera, 8GB of internal storage and as its non-touchscreen candy bar design suggests, it’s not a smartphone but rather, a feature phone from Tag Heuer.
To be available in 10 different designs including an elegantly pink one, the second generation Meridiist retails for 3,900 euros (about RM16,800). Premium luxury phones anyone?
The upcoming weeks will definitely be a very exciting one, several devices are already scheduled to hit the shelves soon like the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Nokia Lumia 1020, and it looks like Storekini.com has got more to offer. Starting today, you can place your preorder for the Asus Google Nexus 7 LTE 32GB (2013) or the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch with the online store, and have them delivered to your doorstep for free.
First up, the Nexus 7 (2013) 32GB Wi-Fi + LTE is up for grabs on Storekini.com for RM1,288 instead of the retail price of RM1,299. On top of that, Storekini is also offering some freebies including a third-party casing for the Nexus 7 and official Lowyat.NET merchandise. The Nexus 7 (2013) is an original unit with 1 (one) year official warranty by Asus MY / Local Authorized Distributor. Find out more about the deal in this link or check out our hands on video for the new Nexus 7.
The iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C is scheduled to hit selected markets next week on 18 September, the preorder for those countries has already started today but it looks like the iPhone 5S is scheduled to make a public appearance slightly earlier. Apple and Burberry recently announced their partnership for the upcoming Burberry fashion show, which would be captured using the iPhone 5S’ new iSight camera.
The Burberry runway show will be held in London on 16 September and the iPhone 5S will be used to record “runway and beauty looks, product details, and backstage moments”. The show will be aired live on 16 September at 2:30pm GMT+1 and will be available to view at Burberry’s own site. Meanwhile, check out a teaser video for the show, shot with the iPhone 5S.
In case you don’t already know, while the iPhone 5S may have only an 8MP camera, the company has ditch the megapixel race and work on improving other parts of its camera including a five-element lens, larger aperture of f/2.2, a 15% larger active sensor area with larger pixel, True Tone flash with dual LED lights, and the ability to capture burst shots at 10fps, as well as 120fps slow-motion videos.
It looks like smartphone manufacturers are not the only ones who are into smartwatch, Nissan recently also showed off its smartwatch concept, specially designed for drivers of Nissan Nismo cars. Called the Nismo Watch, the smartwatch is designed to track the vehicle’s performance as well as driver’s biometric data.
Unlike the smartwatches we’ve seen before from Sony and Samsung, the Nismo Concept Watch is specially designed for racers, giving them the ability to monitor the efficiency of their vehicles with average speed and fuel consumption readings and access vehicle telematics and performance data while on track. For now, it will also be able to record down the heart rate of the driver but Nissan is working on some impressive motoring technologies like:
- ECG (Electrocardiogram) to measure the intervals of the R-R rhythm of the heart, and identify early fatigue
- EEG (Electroencephalogram) Brainwave to monitor the drivers’ level of concentration and emotions, and help athletes to get “In The Zone”
- Skin Temperature to record the core body temperature and hydration levels
Paired with a propitiatory smartphone app, users will also be able to share their performance across various social networks. Unfortunately, the smartwatch from Nissan is only a concept for now, but when it gets released, it will be available in black, white, and black and red. Now if only the other smartwatches can have such a beautiful design, I think I’ll have a shelf full of smartwatches by now.
Check out the videos below for a demo of the Nismo Smartwatch.