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Apple Watch helps to Grow Demand for all SmartWatches [MarketWatch.com]

By |December 5th, 2014|Apple, Charts & Graphs, Consumer Wearables, Market Data, Outside Sources*, REPORTS & ANALYSIS, Sample Reports|

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) – For a product that so far has no price tag, no confirmed release date and is still awaiting federal authorization before it can go on sale, the Apple Watch is already considered by many to be redefining the nascent smartwatch market.

Apple Watch is already considered by many to be redefining the nascent Smartwatch market.

And Apple’s AAPL, -0.38% decision to get into the smartwatch sector is enough to make consumers consider buying a smartwatch of any kind, according to research from UBS analyst Steven Milunovich.

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On Monday, Milunovich said that a UBS study based on 4,000 respondents showed that 10% of those surveyed said they were “very likely” to buy a smartwatch over the next 12 months. Milunovich also said that about two-thirds of those who said they were likely to buy a smartwatch would be making the purchase in addition to, rather than in place of, a traditional watch.

The worldwide smartwatch market is relatively small, and generated $700 million on sales of just 3.1 million such timepieces in 2013, according to Milunovich, who included FitBands with displays as part of the sales figures.

The top-selling smartwatch last year was the Galaxy Gear from Samsung, with 800,000 units sold and a 34% market share.

Milunovich reiterated that he estimates Apple will sell 24 million Apple Watches during the first nine months that the devices are on sale, a figure that is based on the possibility that 10% of current iPhone owners will buy one of the new gadgets. Apple Watch owners will also need an iPhone 5 or later phone in order to access all of the Apple Watch’s capabilities.

“Apple can’t afford to have a poor consumer experience with version one of any product,” Milunovich said. “The question is whether the first version will be sufficient to create substantial [consumer] demand.”

Milunovich, who has a buy rating and $125-a-share price target on Apple’s stock, estimates that the average selling price of the Apple Watch will be about $420 per device, and that Apple could grow sales of the Apple Watch to almost 68 million units by 2018.

Apple shares were off by almost 3% at $115.38 in late trading Monday.

Gartner in 2015, 50 Percent People to Pass-Up Smart Wristband for a SmartWatch Instead

By |December 5th, 2014|Charts & Graphs, Consumer Wearables, Forecasts (In-Depth), Outside Sources*, Sample Reports|

Wearable Electronic Fitness Devices Market Still Poised for Strong Growth

Wearable electronic devices for fitness shipments are forecast to reach 68.1 million units in 2015, down from 70 million units in 2014, according to Gartner, Inc.

This temporary dip in sales will be driven by an overlap in functionality between smart wristbands, other wearable fitness monitors and smartwatches. However, the market for smart wristbands and other fitness monitors will rebound in 2016 because of versatile designs and models with lower-cost displays.

“Fitness wearables are used for tracking health, which goes hand-in-hand with fitness and wellness,” said Angela McIntyre, research director at Gartner

“Consumers will be able to integrate the data from most wearables into a single account where their data can be analyzed using cognizant computing to provide useful insights to wearers.

Funding initiatives from Qualcomm, Apple (HealthKit), Google (Google Fit), Samsung (S.A.M.I.), Microsoft, Nike and Intel, among others, will build on early innovation in wearable fitness and health monitoring and create the infrastructure for merging data relevant to health and fitness.”

The five main fitness wearable form factors are

  1. smart wristbands,
  2. sports watches,
  3. other fitness monitors,
  4. heart rate monitor chest straps
  5. smart garments.

Sports watches and chest straps are well established, compared with smart wristbands first popularized by the Jawbone Up, which launched in 2011. However, Gartner believes that the smart garment product category has the greatest potential for growth going forward because the category is emerging from the testing phase and smart shirts are available to athletes and coaches of professional teams. Smart garment shipments are forecast to grow from 0.1 million units in 2014 to 26 million units in 2016 (see Table 1).

– Table 1 —
Worldwide Wearable Electronic Fitness Devices Shipments Forecast, 2013-2016

Gartner Says in 2015

Source: Gartner (October 2014)

For the present, however, smart wristbands and other fitness monitors are the most popular form factors.

“Smartwatches having retail prices of $149 or more will typically have the capability to track activity and have accelerometers and gyroscopes similar to their smart wristband cousins,”

said Ms. McIntyre. “The smartwatches differ from smart wristbands in that smartwatches need to display the time and have a user interface oriented around communication. However, some smart wristbands have the ability to display and send text messages. The overlap in functionality between smart wristbands and smartwatches is expected to continue.”

Gartner further predicts that in 2018 through 2020, 25 percent of smart wristbands and other fitness monitors will be sold through nonretail channels.During this time scale, smart wristbands and other fitness monitors will be offered increasingly by gyms, wellness providers, insurance providers, weight loss clinics or employers, sometimes at subsidized prices or for free.
These companies will serve as a growing distribution channel for device manufacturers. The new channels also result from fitness monitors being integrated into employee badges or identification bracelets for access control.

Business-to-consumer (B2C) companies will have rewards or gamification linked to the use of wearables as a way of keeping customers engaged with their brands.

More detailed analysis is available in the report Forecast: Wearable Electronic Devices for Fitness, Worldwide, 2014.
The report is available on Gartner’s website at http://www.gartner.com/document/2882518.

Sony's New e-Paper based Smartwatch is the FES WATCH

By |December 1st, 2014|Consumer Wearables, News, Smart Watches, SMARTWATCHES|

FEZ Fashion EntertainmentsTwo days ago, we heard of Sony’s plans to build a watch made entirely of e-paper — one where the band and the watch face would both change in response to the user’s wrist gestures. It sounded wild and provocatively different, but what we really wanted to know was what it looked like. As it turns out, that watch is already in the public eye, though Sony’s involvement had until now been kept clandestine so as to judge the product on its own merits.

Say hello to the FES Watch.

 

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FES Watch Hands-On

 

 

The Wall Street Journal reports that the Fashion Entertainments startup behind that crowdfunded watch is in fact a subdivision of Sony, tasked with designing and experimenting with products that can define the next evolution in personal electronic devices.

The watch is extremely thin and makes no pretense of being smart, relying on the chameleonic flexibility of its appearance and a clean minimalist shape to win over fans. Because it has no sophisticated electronics inside, it’s also said to last as long as 60 days on a single button battery.

 

Sony isn’t limiting the usage of e-paper to Smartwatches. The Japanese company is experimenting with bow ties, paper holders, and more (see videos below).

Coming back to the FES Watch, the gadget doesn’t have a definite release date as of yet.  However, the crowdfunded project, hosted on Japanese crowdfunding platform ‘Makuake‘, says that the watch will be available around May 2015.

The Wearables Report: Growth Trends, Consumer Attitudes, and Why Smartwatches Will Thrive (sample)

By |December 1st, 2014|Consumer Wearables, Forecasts (In-Depth), Market Data, REPORTS & ANALYSIS, RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT|

Wearables face unique obstacles that will lead them to have less of an immediate market impact compared with tablets and smartphones. For now, most of the devices need to connect with a smartphone or tablet for most of their functionality. 

 

Wearables also suffer from a perception problem.


Consumers still don’t understand how a wearable might really benefit them. In a recent report on the wearable computing market from BI Intelligence, we also discuss other barriers to adoption, including price, lack of functionality, and style.

Wearables Scrutinized Over The Long Term


We also look at how how the wearables market will perform in the long run.  We forecast out shipments numbers, explain why the smartwatch will be the leading wearable device category going forward, and analyze proprietary results from our BI Intelligence consumer survey on smartwatch purchase intent.

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Here are some key points from the report:


Wearables will see plenty of growth.

We estimate the global wearables market will grow at a compound annual rate of 35% over the next five years,
reaching 148 million units shipped annually in 2019, up from 33 million units shipped this year. 

The smartwatch will be the leading product category and take an increasingly large share of wearable shipments

We estimate smartwatch shipments will rise by a compound annual rate of 41% over the next five years.
Smartwatches will account for 59% of total wearable device shipments this year, and that share will expand to just over 70% of shipments by 2019

The Apple Watch will kick-start growth in the overall smartwatch market.

The Apple Watch will account for 40% of smartwatch shipments in 2015 and reach a peak 48% share in 2017.

Fitness bands and miscellaneous wearable device types, like smart eyewear, will continue to cater to niche audiences.

Fitness bands, because of their appeal to niche audiences interested in health and exercise, will see their share of the wearable device market contract
to a 20% share in 2019, down from 36% this year. There will be some blur between fitness bands and smartwatches.

Now that both Apple and Google are in the smartwatch market, they will dominate, much as they have in the smartphone and tablet markets.

Because these platforms make up over 90% of the entire mobile platform market, many mobile users interested in wearable devices
will gravitate toward Apple Watches and Android Wear-based devices.


 

Smartwatches in particular must become standalone computing devices with more robust functionality.
Barriers still persist, and these will inhibit consumer wearables adoption and usage for the devices to become mainstream. Other barriers include small screen size, clunky style, limited battery life, and lack of a “killer app” that can drive adoption.

In full, the report:

  1. Forecasts annual shipments of wearable computing devices between 2014 and 2019.
  2. Breaks down wearable computing device shipments by device category, including smartwatches, fitness bands, and other wearables like Google Glass.
  3. Reveals and analyzes BI Intelligence smartwatch consumer survey results.
  4. Discusses barriers to mainstream adoption including style limited functionality, and lack of a killer app ecosystem.
  5. Looks at the potential for Apple and Google to dominate with Apple Watch and Android Wear.

For full access to all BI Intelligence’s charts, data, and analysis on the mobile and Internet of Things industry, sign up for a two-week trial.

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ASUS ZenWatch Available at Best Buy on November 9th for $199

By |November 10th, 2014|Companion |NFC, Consumer Wearables, News, Smart Watches, SMARTWATCHES|

Press Release for 2014/11/07
ASUS ZenWatch Manager, Remote Camera, and Wellness smartphone apps available now on the Google Play store

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Fremont, CA (November 7, 2014) – ASUS today announced that ASUS ZenWatch, its first wearable device powered by Android Wear and produced in partnership with Google, will be available at Best Buy on November 9th for $199, and is coming soon on Google Play. ASUS ZenWatch is an exquisitely-crafted watch that pairs seamlessly with an Android™ 4.3+ smartphone to provide relevant and useful information when it is needed most, and serve as a personal wellness manager.

ASUS ZenWatch follows the tradition of fine watch craftsmanship with its stylish, detail-focused design and use of high quality materials. Its curved Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 display and case that follows the contour of the wrist, combined with a premium, stitched-leather strap with unique clasp, results in a design that is both comfortable and elegant. With a standard 22mm changeable strap and a selection of instantly-changeable watch faces, ASUS ZenWatch is easy to customize to fit anyone’s personality or sense of style.

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As a smart companion for Android phones, ASUS ZenWatch provides timely information at a glance and lets wearers get things done with a simple touch or voice command. ASUS ZenWatch brings some of the great features of ASUS ZenUI to an Android wearable for the first time. Users of ASUS smartphones can enjoy seamless integration with ASUS ZenUI on their phones, and experience exclusive ASUS ZenUI apps like What’s Next and Do It Later in ways that are more convenient and powerful than ever. Other apps add additional functionality to ASUS ZenWatch, including Remote Camera, which displays the smartphone viewfinder on the watch, letting wearers easily take selfies and other creative photos.

Combining sophisticated sensors with all-day comfort, ASUS ZenWatch is also a personal wellness manager that tracks a variety of wellness statistics, such as heart rate, step counts, and relaxation levels to help wearers keep their lives in balance and achieve personal fitness goals.

Fine watch craftsmanship
Employing the attention to detail and level of craftsmanship found in luxury watches, ASUS ZenWatch brings the tradition of fine watchmaking to Android wearables. The durable stainless-steel case features an attractive layered design composed of a striking rose-gold-colored band inset between two steel layers. The case is curved for increased comfort and a stylish look, and the watch face is covered with a layer of curved glass that increases usability by providing a smooth surface for easy and responsive swiping gestures.

ASUS ZenWatch has a universal fit that comfortably accommodates a wide range of wrist shapes and sizes. Its soft, genuine stitched-leather strap provides all-day comfort and features a unique clasp design that makes ASUS ZenWatch easy to put on and remove. The standard 22mm strap is easily changeable, letting wearers create a unique look for their watch by choosing a strap in their preference of color, style, and material.

Complementing its physical design, ASUS ZenWatch comes with a selection of instantly-changeable watch faces to fit any style, mood, or occasion. Wearers can use ASUS ZenWatch Manager on their smartphone to pick a watch face and customize its color and the information it displays, and change the watch face directly from ASUS ZenWatch. ASUS ZenWatch offers over 100 watch face combinations that, together with its changeable strap, provide endless personalization options.

Smart companion
ASUS ZenWatch is compatible with all smartphones running Android 4.3 or higher, and provides wearers with a convenient window to view incoming calls, messages, notifications, and other important information, as well as get straight answers to spoken questions, without having to remove their phone from their pocket or bag. All Android smartphone apps will show updates on ASUS ZenWatch, and many apps are creating new experiences to take full advantage of Android Wear.

When paired with the ASUS ZenWatch Manager smartphone app, ASUS ZenWatch provides enhanced smartphone integration, the ability to configure watch faces directly from the phone, and advanced features including ASUS ZenUI integration, Watch Unlock, Cover to Mute, and Find My Phone. Two additional features, Remote Camera and Presentation Control are available by using ASUS ZenWatch with the ASUS Remote Camera and ASUS Remote Link smartphone apps.

ASUS ZenWatch also integrates seamlessly with ASUS ZenUI on ASUS smartphones and comes with wearable-optimized versions of exclusive ASUS ZenUI app such as What’s Next and Do It Later. What’s Next is an intelligent schedule manager that displays the next important task or event such as appointments — including time and location changes, as well as cancellations — weather updates, and birthday and anniversary reminders for important contacts. Do It Later reminds wearers of items on their to-do list at just the right time. New email, text message, and missed call notifications are all seamlessly integrated with Do It Later, so wearers can create reminders to read and reply to messages, and return calls right from ASUS ZenWatch.

Watch Unlock turns ASUS ZenWatch into a universal key that lets wearers quickly unlock their phone or tablet simply by touching the watch face. Watch Unlock provides a balance between security and convenience by helping wearers protect their personal information, without always having to type a password or PIN into their device.

Remote Camera opens up new photographic opportunities for wearers by displaying their smartphone’s camera viewfinder remotely on ASUS ZenWatch. This is useful for group photos, letting the photographer compose the photo, release the shutter, and check the final result while being included in the shot. Remote Camera also frees wearers to take photos from creative angles where the viewfinder would be difficult to see, such as when holding the phone overhead at a concert or other crowded event.

Cover to Mute lets wearers easily mute an incoming call by placing their hand over the face of ASUS ZenWatch, helping them avoid situations where a ringtone would disturb others. Cover to Mute can also be used to silence alarms. Find My Phone helps wearers find their phone when it is misplaced by ringing it remotely. Alternatively, ASUS ZenWatch Manager on the smartphone can be used to find a misplaced ASUS ZenWatch by making it vibrate and flash.

Presentation Control enables ASUS ZenWatch to be used as a remote control and time manager when giving a business presentation or lecture. Wearers can move between slides, keep track of their progress, and keep an eye on the elapsed time all from ASUS ZenWatch, helping them to give polished, effective presentations.

Wellness manager
Comfortable to wear everywhere and built with sophisticated sensors, ASUS ZenWatch is a full-featured wellness manager that helps wearers maintain a healthy, balanced lifestyle.

Using the built-in biosensor, ASUS ZenWatch measures relaxation levels, and then provides wearers with an easy-to-understand relaxation score based on the results. Depending on the score, ASUS ZenWatch provides useful short tips on how to increase relaxation and reduce stress to improve wellness. Relaxation scores are recorded in the ASUS ZenUI Wellness app, so wearers can track their relaxation levels over time.

While wearers use ASUS ZenWatch throughout the day, the Wellness app tracks and displays a variety of health-related stats, including steps taken, calories burned, heart rate, activity duration, exercise intensity and relaxation level. The stats are presented as an informative timeline and weekly summary view that lets wearers know at a glance how active their lifestyle is.

Wearers can set activity goals — such as a target number of steps to take in a day — and then monitor these goals on ASUS ZenWatch as well as in the Wellness app. The summaries include attractive graphs that are easy to interpret and analyze, and can be used to progress towards future fitness goals.

ASUS has also partnered with Jawbone to bring its revolutionary UP system to ASUS ZenWatch. UP is an activity tracker and smart coach that helps wearers be more active. UP counts steps taken during the day and lets wearers log their diet and sleep. With this information UP presents wearers with simple lifestyle adjustments they can make to improve their health and fitness.

Availability & Pricing
ASUS ZenWatch will be available at Best Buy and BestBuy.com on November 9th for $199, and is coming soon on Google Play. ASUS ZenWatch Manager, Remote Camera, and Wellness are available now on the Google Play store.

SPECIFICATIONS
Processor Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 400 processor with 1.2GHz CPU
Operating System Android Wear
Memory & storage 512MB RAM
4GB EMMC
Display AMOLED 1.63-inch, 320 x 320, 278ppi touch display
Cover Lens 2.5D curved Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3
Sensors 9-axis sensor, Biosensor
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0
USB Port Micro USB on charging cradle
Audio Built-in microphone
Battery Li-polymer 1.4Wh
Water Resistance IP55
Colors Silver and rose gold color layers
Brown leather strap
Size 2.04 x 1.57 x 0.29-0.37 inch
Weight Body: 1.76 oz
Strap: 0.88 oz

Specifications, content and product availability are all subject to change without notice and may differ from country to country. Actual performance may vary depending on applications, usage, environment and other factors.

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About ASUS
ASUS is a worldwide top-three consumer notebook vendor and maker of the world’s best-selling, most award-winning, motherboards. A leading enterprise in the new digital era, ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today’s digital home and office, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, displays, desktop and all-in-one PCs, notebooks, netbooks, servers, multimedia devices, wireless solutions, networking devices, tablets and smartphones. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 4,256 awards in 2013 and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with its Eee PC™. ASUS has more than 12,500 employees around the globe with a world-class R&D team of 3,800 engineers. Company revenue for 2012 was approximately US$14 billion.

PR Contacts for North American Market:
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IT'S HERE! Samsung GEAR S launch for $349 in USA and get it November 7-9 (find where to buy, pricing opt, availability)

By |November 5th, 2014|Consumer Wearables, News, Smart Watches, Standalone|

Samsung's SIM-enabled Gear S will be launching in the US on November 7 with the smartwatch going on sale at AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon.
Samsung's SIM-enabled Gear S will be launching in the US on November 7, with the smartwatch going on sale at AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon. The device will also be available at at Samsung Experience stores located within Best Buy.

The device will also be available at at Samsung Experience stores located within Best Buy.

 

Pricing and availability per carriers

  • Sprint wireless services 


    $384 outright.. or $16 spread over 24 months. Launching on November 7th.

  • T-Mobile Wireless 


    $349 outright, or $14.58 over 24 months. Launching on November 9th.

  • AT&T Wireless


    $199 with two-year contract. Launching on November 7th.

  • Verizon Wireless


    It’ll run $5 a month on MORE Everything plans. Available in black or white. Launching November 7th.

 

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How Carriers Will add To Your Current Plans?


 Sprint and AT&T will let you add a Gear S to your current plan for $10 and access that data bucket, while T-Mobile is offering a standalone $5 plan with unlimited talk, text and 500MB of data for the watch itself.

The Gear S features some pretty “BLOW-YOUR-PANTS” off components and We Believe Samsung’s Gear S -> Is The *truly* World-Renound, BEGINNING of the SmartWatch Craze and Mass-Adoption, because with streaming data on a smartwatch, w/a headpiece, our staff and i personally have gotten used to my $700 USD 3G/2G chinese developed and wearablesgroup.com ‘supercharged’ to LTE..

Consumers will take typically 2 to 4 months to get used to the awkward use of a watch VS. a smartphone.. But, a Standalone smartwatch, with power, large display, fashion & style built in and changeable. Samsung is POISED by our forecasts to take Apple’s iWatch to “SCHOOOOLLL” leaving apples watch in the dust..

 

The Samsung Galaxy Gear “S” Features  OF AWESOME!


  • 2-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of
  • Display res is 480 x 360 and is powered by a
  • 1.0 GHz powered Processor, with Dual-core CPU, at 1200 MHz.
  • Tizen O.S. based smartwatch
  • Both 2G / 3G standalone connectivity (which allows you to call and send texts without having to connect to a smartphone) — along with
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1 BLE and A-GPS/Glonass.
  • Navigation is provided through Nokia’s HERE services.

 

Introducing the Most Recent Video Review OF AWESOME!


 

Also included are a gyro, accelerometer, heart rate sensor, UV sensor and a barometer, as well as IP67 certification, which makes the device resistant to dust and water. Samsung states that the 300 mAh battery provides enough juice to last the device for up to two days.

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WE HAVE ALREADY ORDERED 2 WEEKS BACK, PRIOR WITH SPECIAL PERMISSIONS & CONNECTIONS..
BUT – EVERY ONE IN OUR FAMILY, A FEW STAFF’S FAMILY, BUT MINE, WILL *ALL* BE GETTING THE GEAR “S”

via Samsung Gear S launching in the US on November 7, pricing and availability detailed | Android Central.
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Samsung Launches Tizen Wearable SDK for Gear S – Download Developers (Gear S)

By |October 24th, 2014|Consumer Wearables, News, Sensors, Standalone|

Further creating more possibilities for app developers, partners,
and consumers to provide enhanced wearable experiences

 

Berlin, Germany – September 4, 2014 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today announced that the Tizen Software Development Kit (SDK) for the recently unveiled Samsung Gear S wearable device is now available for download at the Samsung’s Developer website: ​Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today announced that the Tizen Software Development Kit (SDK) for the recently unveiled Samsung Gear S wearable device is now available for download at the Samsung’s Developer website: http://developer.samsung.com/samsung-gear. With the new Tizen SDK, a variety of applications for the Samsung Gear S are expected to be developed more actively by app developer community.

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Go get Galaxy Gear S, Developers SDK for Gear S

 Samsung has been already working with a wide range of unique partners, to deliver an up-to-date smart wearable experience with Samsung Gear S through 3G connectivity for activities as diverse as fitness, shopping, social media, music, news, sleep management and more.

The Tizen SDK will allow developers to make the best use of the following features and APIs for the Samsung Gear S:

Enhanced Standalone Features: Network, call and location-based APIs to take advantage of the fact that the Samsung Gear S can connect directly to 3G networks without the need for a separate mobile device.

  • New Sensor APIs include:
    • Magnetic,
    • Ambient Light,
    • Barometer, and
    • UV sensor APIs
    • Accelerometer and
    • Gyroscope APIs.
  • Rich Notifications:   Create a variety of notifications for the Samsung Gear S.

 

Currently available Samsung Gear S apps include:

 

  • Air France (App): From purchasing tickets to checking-in and obtaining your boarding pass, you can do it all with your Samsung Gear S! This application allows Gear S users to easily book an airline ticket or check a flight’s status. And if you’re a Flying Blue member, you will save even more time of your time!

 

  • AXA (App): Feel protected 24×7 with personalized health notifications, reminders and content from AXA Health Application on your Samsung Gear S, to achieve a healthier lifestyle for you and your family.

 

  • Deezer (App): Control your playlist and album whilst listening to Music on Deezer with your Samsung Gear S.

 

  • EasilyDo (App): EasilyDo for the Samsung Gear S is the perfect companion to keep you organized and make sure you never miss anything. With powerful features that keep you on track with commute times, travel updates, bill pay reminders and more. With the Samsung Gear S, EasilyDo offers a better way to view information and execute tasks.

 

  • Endomondo Sports Tracker (App): Track your run, ride or other sport activity with your Samsung Gear S.

 

  • Engadget (App): Engadget is your ultimate destination for reviews, news and research from the world of consumer electronics. Engadget’s team of expert editors and columnists work passionately (some would say, obsessively) to bring you the best information about all gadgets, the science and technology behind them, as well as insider insights before the products are even in the market. The Engadget app for the Samsung Galaxy Gear S is powered by advanced text streaming technology from Spritz Technology, Inc., and delivers the definitive tech news you need instantly.

 

  • Expedia (App): At the airport? Your gate and terminal info is right up front. Picking up a car? Your confirmation number is waiting for you. Trying to find your hotel? Directions are a tap away with your Samsung Gear S.

 

  • Fast FT (App): Live news feed through your Samsung Gear S from the Financial Times combined with easy-reading technology from Spritz.

 

  • Fleksy (App): Fleksy is the most accurate, most beautiful keyboard in the world. Officially the Guinness World Record holder for fastest typing, it is now coming to the Samsung Gear S for fast, simple typing straight from your wrist. The Samsung Gear S app features a full Fleksy keyboard service, available to use in other installed apps and not limited to the Messenger app. It is also optimized in performance for the unique screen of the Samsung Gear S.
  • Glympse (App): Real-time and dynamic, Glympse is the easiest way to share your location with anyone using the Samsung Gear S. With the free Glympse app, there is no need to create an account or have your location continuously available – just set the duration and send. The new Glympse app for the Samsung Gear S is now optimized for the larger display, and also includes battery and performance updates for a better experience.

 

  • Golf NAVI (App): Golf NAVI is a standalone Samsung Gear S app that tracks your distance from the hole on 60,000+ golf courses globally. As an upgrade to the Gear 2 app, Golf NAVI will provide users with altitude and pin direction information along with map view features, without having to carry a smartphone.

 

  • Komoot (App): Outdoor Turn-by-turn Navigation for Samsung Gear S users, especially for mountain biking.

 

  • MapMyRun (App): MapMyRun, the top-rated fitness tracking application from MapMyFitness, a wholly owned subsidiary of UnderArmour is now available and customized for your new Samsung Gear S. It enables you to use the built-in GPS of your mobile device to track all of your fitness activities. Record your workout details, including duration, distance, pace, speed, elevation, calories burned, and route traveled on an interactive map. Effortlessly save and upload your workout data to MapMyFitness.com where you can view and analyze workout data, and comprehensive workout history.

 

  • MarketWall (App): Real-time market quotes and analysis of stocks and shares directly on your Samsung Gear S.

 

  • MyMusicCloud (App): MyMusicCloud is the easiest way to sync your music, across all your devices – any computer, mobile phone, tablet, connected televisions and, now, Samsung Gear S. Offline music playback capabilities will be added in future releases.

 

  • NewsAce (App): NewsAce is a RSS Reader app specially designed with an intelligent auto swiping features that allow users to quickly find articles on your Samsung Gear S.

 

  • N-TV (App): Pushing Breaking News + 10 TOP News in several categories like Business, Politics, and Sport all through your Samsung Gear S.

 

  • PayPal (App): PayPal any time, send money, get alerts, check-in at stores to pay all directly through your Samsung

Gear S.

 

  • Runtastic (App): Runtastic uses GPS to map and track sports and fitness activities, such as running, jogging, biking and walking. Runtastic is now optimized for the Samsung Gear S, providing easier to read activity stats – in real time and directly on your wrist – during your workouts. Get your sweat on with Runtastic and Samsung today!

 

  • Scotiabank (App): Quick Balance on your Samsung Gear S allows you to check your balances for your preferred Scotiabank accounts right from your wrist.

 

  • Spritz (App): The new Spritz-powered apps have all been optimized for the Samsung Gear S by making them standalone applications that better utilize the additional vertical screen real estate on the watch to improve the reading experience. With Spritz on the Gear S, users can comfortably read all of their content on-the-go from a host of new publishing partners.

 

  • Suddeutsche Zeitung: Süddeutsche.de-App – Take great journalism with you wherever you go with your Samsung

Gear S.

 

  • Wunderlist (App + Rich Notifications): Manage your to-do lists with Wunderlist for your Samsung Gear S.

 

  • Dfinery (App – Watchface): With Dfinery, you can express your unique fashion sense on the Samsung Gear S with hundreds of premade watchfaces based on today’s most popular content or design and socialize your own watchface with our palette of animated and static backgrounds, clock hands and dials, fonts, biometric settings and much more.

 

  • VOGUE (App – Watchface): Vogue your wrist! Set your Samsung Gear S watchface to display the most gorgeous photographs from Vogue’s fashion collection. Choose using the color selection to match your fabulous outfit or just pick the loveliness that you want to rock today.

 

  • Band (Rich Notification): One Stop Group communication: Connect with those who matter!

 

  • ChargePoint (Rich Notification): ChargePoint is the largest network of electric vehicle (EV) charging with over 18,500 locations. ChargePoint notifications provide real-time info on an EV’s charging status. The rich notification on Gear S will conveniently inform drivers when their EV is fully charged along with the changes in power, and driver reservation status updates and reminders. As many people charge their cars at work, users can easily glance at their Samsung Gear S to get EV notifications during a meeting.

 

  • Facebook (Rich Notification): With the Samsung Gear S, Facebook is bringing rich notifications including status updates, comments, photo tags, check-in’s, and more, to your wrist.

 

  • Foursquare (Rich Notification): Foursquare for the Samsung Gear S provides a custom interface to help people find the best places nearby, without having to search for them. Whether you are exploring a new city or passing through your neighborhood, the Samsung Gear S will help you see through walls and find the best hidden gems nearby. You can see all of the information you need to know about a place before you stop by, including a photos, ratings, and contact information. And when you sit down at a new restaurant, your Samsung Gear S will let you know what’s great.

 

  • Hotel Reservation Service (Rich Notification): With the new HRS App for the Samsung Gear S, clients receive a notification on their Samsung Gear S as soon as the hotel room is available or when their reservation expires.

 

  • Inrix (Rich Notification): INRIX is the most accurate traffic, routing and road alert app that gives you control of your commute on your Samsung Gear S.

 

  • iPass (Rich Notification): iPass for the Samsung Gear S connects your wrist to more than 13 million hotspots around the globe through your Galaxy phone.

 

  • SolCalendar (Rich Notification): Never miss out your important events and keep tracking your goals with your Samsung Gear S.

 

  • SolMail (Rich Notification): Never be late in responding your important e-mails. Check your messages wherever you are with your Samsung Gear S.

 

  • The Score (Rich Notification): The Score is the ultimate, personalized mobile sports experience with comprehensive and customizable scores, stats, news, fantasy data, alerts & much more all accessible through your Samsung Gear S.

 

  • TripCase (Rich Notification): TripCase for the Samsung Gear S helps you stay connected with your trip details by delivering messages when you need them the most.

 

  • Umano (Rich Notification): With Umano for the Samsung Gear S your on-the-go news listening experience is even more convenient with wearable controls and notifications

 

** The services listed above may not be available in all regions and features may vary by region, and service provider may change the name and/or value of its application at any time. Restrictions may also apply.

 

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Apple Watch the most anticipated wearable, PwC study finds | CNET

By |October 23rd, 2014|Apple, Consumer Wearables, News, Smart Watches, Statistics & Chartables|

Apple Watch most exciting wearable on the horizon, consumers say..,

A new report pegs Apple gadget as the most exciting upcoming entrant in the wearable tech race. But getting consumers to purchase and continue wearing these gadgets will prove pivotal.

Apple-Watch-Live-02 The Apple Watch, due out in early 2015, is expected to breath new life into the wearable market. James Martin/CNET. The Apple Watch is not expected to arrive until next year, yet consumers are already crowning it as the most exciting wearable gadget out there.

Apple’s was the most highly anticipated wearable device among respondents to a survey from PricewaterhouseCoopers, released Monday.

Among the findings,

  • 59 percent of customers say they would be very interested in checking out the Apple wearable, followed by
  • 57 percent who were interested in a potential product from Amazon and
  • 53 percent interested in one from Google.

The survey’s results indicate the strength of the wearable market. One in five US adults owns a wearable today, according to PwC. At nearly 20 percent, the market for wearables now sits at roughly the same position as the tablet market two years after the release of the original iPad. The number of US adults that owned a tablet grew from 20 percent to 40 percent over the last two years, according to PwC.

  • PwC expects sales of wearable devices to hit 19 million devices by year’s end, tripling last year’s figure according to projections made by market researcher IDC.
  • By 2018, wearable sales could reach 130 million units and the market could rise to $6 billion dollars.

Wearables, which constitute everything from wristbands and watches to glasses and ear pieces, are poised to become the next frontier in consumer technology. Tech and even non-tech companies are pouring money into the space in an effort to capitalize on what may be the next big market after tablets and smartphones. The field now includes large players like Intel, Google, LG, Samsung and now Apple; startups like Fitbit, Jawbone, Pebble and Misfit; and traditional product makers like Nike and Fossil.

While the wearable device market is likely to grow quickly with so many interested parties involved, lingering questions remain. Among them is how much customers will actually use these devices. Users concerned with privacy and security were scared away from using them, the survey found, raising questions about how much customers trust the tech industry with their health and fitness information. As a result, PwC’s survey said 33 percent of wearable device owners abandoned their device after one year.

Furthermore, wearable devices on the market today are not offering enough value for the price, respondents said. The survey found that 76 percent of respondents said that they did not need a wearable device to replace an existing device like a smartphone, meaning these gadgets need to offer more distinct features to grab customer’s attention.

“For wearable products to take off, they will need to carve out a distinct value proposition. And, because the phone is such a fixture, for the short term, at least, wearable technology will need to seamlessly integrate with our existing technology,” the report says.

The target market for these devices is wide and varied, PwC said. Parents and caretakers for the elderly are considering wearable devices as an option to help keep their children and grandparents safe and monitor for emergency situations. Customers between the ages of 18 and 34, who self-identify as early-adopters, are also a large potential segment.

“Businesses must evolve their existing mobile-first strategy to now include the wearable revolution,” said Deborah Bothun, PwC’s entertainment, media & communications leader.

For Apple, its upcoming smartwatch has a laundry list of requirements and features to include if it’s to help energize the wearable market as the iPhone, iPad and iPod have done to smartphones, tablets and MP3 players.

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Update at 2:30 p.m. PT, October 21: Added link to PwC report.

Research and Markets: European Wearable Technology Market Outlook 2019

By |October 20th, 2014|Consumer Wearables, Forecasts (In-Depth), Market Data, Outside Sources*|

Research and Markets (www.researchandmarkets.com) has announced the addition of the “European Wearable Technology Market – Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2013 – 2019″ report to their offering.

Europe’s wearable technology market was valued at USD 308.69 million in 2013,
growing at a CAGR of 42.1% from 2014 to 2019

Wearable technology market is a niche market with current domination of a few players. As the technology is new and there are few players, the prices of the products are high.

However, the applications of wearable devices are currently spanning across sectors such as fitness and wellness, infotainment, healthcare and medical and industrial and military. Additionally, the applications of these new technology products are expected to increase with further development in the devices, over the forecast period.

The wearable technology market is segmented by application into fitness and wellness, infotainment, healthcare and medical, and industrial and military. Various products such as smart clothing and smart sports glasses, activity monitors, sleep sensors, smart watches, augmented reality headsets, and monitors in the wearable technology market are further included under these applications. These are further segmented into products with several features.

For example, outdoor activity watches have been segmented into watches with altimeter, barometer and compass. Other products have been further segmented and covered in the report. Among these, the fitness and wellness segment accounted for the highest market share in 2012 and is expected to maintain its position throughout the forecast period due to rising adoption of wearable technology products.

Major market participants profiled in this report include:

  • Google Inc.
  • Microsoft
  • Sony
  • Samsung
  • Nike
  • Adidas

European Wearable technology market by applications:

  • Fitness and Wellness
  • Infotainment
  • Healthcare and Medical
  • Industrial and Military

European Wearable technology market by products:

  • Smart clothing and smart sport glasses
  • Activity monitors
  • Sleep sensors
  • Smart watches
  • Heads-Up displays
  • Smart glasses
  • Continuous glucose monitor
  • Drug delivery
  • Monitors
  • Wearable patches
  • Hand worn terminals
  • Augmented reality headsets

Galaxy Gear S GSM Smartwatch carried by AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint

By |October 12th, 2014|Consumer Wearables, News, PRODUCT RUMORS, Standalone|

Samsung Gear S smartwatch coming to four American carriers this fallstylish_0

 

 

Samsung’s Gear S smartwatch will hit US shores sometime this fall. According to a succinct press release, the device will be available through AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless. Android Central reports receiving an email from T-Mobile that states the Gear S will be available through the company’s Equipment Installment Plan, with more details to follow in October.

The upcoming smartwatch features a curved Super AMOLED display, 3G connectivity, and customizable screen clock faces. On top of the usual panoply of sensors, the Gear S also comes outfitted with the Tizen operating software and can be paired with the Samsung Gear Circle headset, a Bluetooth accessory that allows users to receive calls or listen to music wirelessly.

via Samsung Gear S smartwatch coming to four American carriers this fall | The Verge.