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11 Wearables Stats that Will Blow You Away 

By |November 27th, 2016|Market Data, Outside Sources*, Smart Watches, SMARTWATCHES, Statistics & Chartables, Uncategorized|

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Wearable devices are often considered the next major extension of mobile computing. However, many investors might not know much about this market beyond the Apple(NASDAQ:AAPL) Watch or Fitbit‘s (NYSE:FIT) fitness trackers. Therefore, let’s dig deeper into this growing market and discuss 11 fascinating stats about it.

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THE APPLE WATCH. IMAGE SOURCE: APPLE.

1. IDC expects worldwide wearable shipments to rise 38% to 110 million this year and exceed 237 million by 2020. The research firm believes that growth will be driven by an expanding lineup of vendors, new form factors like clothing and eyewear, and growing consumer awareness.

2. That market could grow at a CAGR of 17.8% between 2015 and 2020 and be worth $31 billion at the end of that period, according to research firm Markets and Markets. The firm believes that within that, sales in the Americas will rise the fastest, fueled by increasing consumer demand and new medical applications.

3. 71% of 16 to 24 year olds want a wearable device, according to a survey by GlobalWebIndex. This supports the notion that most wearable users are young — a Nielsen survey in 2014 found that 48% of wearable users were between 18 and 34.

4. 69% of men are likely to buy a wearable device, compared to 54% of women, according to the GlobalWebIndex survey. This explains why several wearable leaders like Fitbit have released more fashion-friendly and feminine devices over the past year.

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THE FITBIT ALTA. IMAGE SOURCE: FITBIT.

5. 29% of wearable buyers earn over $100,000 per year according to Nielsen. That explains why Apple heavily promoted the Apple Watch as a luxury product with high-end price points and positioned it as a fashionable device.

6. The Apple Watch controlled 41.3% of the smartwatch market in the third quarter according to IDC. However, that represents a big decline from its 70.2% share in the third quarter of 2015, and shipments fell 72% year-over-year.

7.Meanwhile, Garmin‘s (NASDAQ:GRMN) smartwatch shipments surged 324% annuallyduring the quarter, boosting its market share to 20.5% and making it the second largest smartwatch maker after Apple. That growth was attributed to the expansion of its ConnectIQ app ecosystem, its focus on health and fitness instead of a wide variety of activities, and its new high-end Fenix Chronos smartwatches.

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GARMIN’S FENIX CHRONOS. IMAGE SOURCE: GARMIN.

8. Fitbit remains the market leader in the overall (fitness trackers plus smartwatches) wearables market, with 25.4% market share during the second quarter according to IDC. It’s followed by Xiaomi, Apple, Garmin, and Lifesense — in that order. Fitbit’s shipments rose 29% annually during that quarter, giving it the second best growth rate after Garmin, which reported 107% shipments growth on strong sales of its smartwatches and Vivoactive fitness trackers.

9. Salesforce reports that over 20% of companies are testing out wearable devices in basic uses like security access, employee time management, and real-time employee communication. That bodes well for Fitbit, which already convinced many companies to participate in its corporate wellness programs to reduce health insurance costs.

10. The number one reason for buying a wearable device is health and fitness, according to PwC. This indicates that demand for fitness-oriented devices from Fitbit and Garmin might keep rising, but sales of multi-use smartwatches might wane.

11. 51% of respondents in a Rackspace survey stated that privacy was a major barrier in the adoption of wearable devices. The recent Mirai botnet attack targeting IoT devices and the surge in data breaches also might make consumers think twice before upgrading their watches, glasses, accessories, and clothing to their “smarter” versions.

The key takeaways

The tech industry clearly has high hopes for the wearables market, but it still faces a lot of hurdles ahead. Questions about practicality, privacy, and security will likely throttle market growth, while a flood of cheaper devices could commoditize the market. Nonetheless, investors interested in this market should keep following rising stars like Apple, Fitbit, and Garmin — and see which companies’ strategies attract more consumers in the long r

Global Smartwatch units Sold 2014-2018 (Statistic)

By |November 21st, 2016|Charts & Graphs, Outside Sources*, Smart Watches, SMARTWATCHES, Statistics & Chartables, Uncategorized|

Statistic: Smartwatch unit sales worldwide from 2014 to 2018 (in millions) | Statista
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Smartwatch unit sales worldwide from 2014 to 2018 (in millions) The statistic shows forecast unit sales of smartwatches worldwide from 2014 to 2018. In 2018, sales of smartwatches are forecast to reach 141 million units. Unit sales in millions 5 19 38 75 141 2014 2015 2016* 2017* 2018* 0255075100125150175 Show further information

Source: • Global smartwatch unit sales 2014-2018 | Statistic

Global Wearables Shipment Forecast, by Device (Business Insider)

By |November 21st, 2016|Forecasts (In-Depth), Market Data, Outside Sources*, Sample Reports, Smart Watches, SMARTWATCHES, Uncategorized|

This research report highlights the key features, forecasts, trends and market dynamics needed to spur adoption of wearable smartwatch devices.

Source: Smartwatch & Wearables Research: Forecasts, trends, market, use cases – Business Insider

Report: Smartwatch Sales not falling — Shipments Increase 60% year-on-year (IDC)

By |November 16th, 2016|Forecasts (In-Depth), Market Data, Outside Sources*, Smart Watches, SMARTWATCHES, Uncategorized|

Are smartwatch sales tanking? Analysts are divided.

 A recent IDC report suggesting that smartwatch shipments plummeted by 50 percent over the past year has been rebuffed by rival analyst firm Canalys this week.


On the back of IDC’s claim that total shipments — the volume of devices sent to retailers to be sold on to consumers — dropped from 5.6 million in Q3 2015 to just 2.7 million in Q3 2016, Canalys argued that they actually rose 60 percent over the same period to reach 6.1 million shipments.

Both firms pegged Apple and the Apple Watch as the top seller — Canalys said 46 percent of shipments, IDC speculated 41 percent — but disagreed on who came next, and with what marketshare. Canalys rounded out its top five with Samsung (18 percent), Fitbit (17 percent), Garmin (three percent) and then Pebble (two percent); IDC went with Garmin (21 percent), Samsung (14 percent), Lenovo and Pebble (three percent each).

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IDC used its data to assert that smartwatches “are not for everyone,” but Canalys is holding its judgement for another quarter. That’s because the firm believes that the incoming holiday season and the impact of the second-generation Apple Watch are two major factors that could indicate the current health and immediate future of smartwatches. Both firms agreed that pre-launch leaks of the Apple Watch 2 and the iterative updates made to the iPhone 7 may have impacted interest in and sales of the Apple Watch in the recent Q3 2016 period.

“The iPhone’s slowing momentum has affected consumer interest in Apple’s smart watch and the company needs to improve Watch sales in major markets outside of the US, especially China,” Canalys’ Jason Low said.

Interestingly, Low and colleagues found that China’s smartwatch market grew 42 percent year-on-year despite delays to Google’s Android Wear 2.0 platform and Samsung’s Gear S3, which is still to launch. Lower cost options, including those from Xiaomi partner Huami starting at $120, are seen as important to helping make smartwatches more affordable.

Meanwhile, Canalys reported that basic fitness band shipments grew 18 percent quarter-on-quarter to hit 11.5 million in Q3 2016.

“Together with smart watches, total wearable band shipments reached 17.6 million, signifying healthy year-on-year growth of 31 percent for the overall wearables market,” the firm added.

Cellular Smart Watches Forecast (2016-2020)

By |August 6th, 2016|Charts & Graphs, Forecasts (In-Depth), Smart Watches, SMARTWATCHES, Standalone, WEARABLE DEVICES|

Google building two Android Wear Smartwatches integrating Google Assistant

By |July 7th, 2016|PRODUCT RUMORS, Smart Watches, SMARTWATCHES|

Speaking to Android Police, a reliable source has told us that Google is currently building two Android Wear devices – possibly Nexus-branded – for release some time after the latest Nexus phones are announced. One watch will be larger, sportier, and more fully-featured (LTE, GPS, heart rate), the other will be smaller and lack the aforementioned mobile data and GPS.

This rumor a confidence level of 9 out of 10;We are extremely confident Google is in the process of prototyping these in-house Wear devices, and have confirmation of their existence from multiple sources. We are subtracting a point from our confidence because of the ongoing development occurring for these devices, and the possibility that they may change or that one or both may be cancelled (or delayed), as well as the fact that we are unable to share our primary source information for this post.

There also remains some ambiguity about the codenames I will use for these watches, and whether or not these names are currently being used, so consider them nothing more than easy ways to refer back to either device at this point.

The evidence

As I said, we are unable to share any direct evidence of the existence of these devices at this time. However, because of the quality of our source, we feel confident in publishing information about these devices, including descriptions of their respective appearances. To ensure we are clear on one thing before we start: the hero image of this post is 100% a fabrication [hopefully obviously, because my talentless ass made it] and has no resemblance to either watch. So, let’s get started.

Both watches have full circular displays. We do not believe either will have “flat tires.” Let’s start with the larger watch, which we believe to be codenamed Angelfish.

Angelfish bears some resemblance to the current Moto 360 and LG’s Urbane 2nd Edition LTE, but is distinct from both. The design has visible lugs, with a smooth housing shape that curves where the watch band meets the body. It does not have the stark circular “puck” shape of Motorola’s 360, nor the rather angular lugs or multi-piece design of the Urbane LTE. This gives the watch a subdued but sporty look. Angelfish has three buttons. Looking at the watch face, one large circular crown button is centered along the right side of the body, with two smaller and shorter circular buttons above and below it. It is unclear what these secondary buttons are for at this time, though you are free to imagine the possibilities.

Angelfish is quite thick, at over 14mm in cross-section (around the same as the Urbane LTE), likely owing to a larger battery necessitated by its LTE-ready chipset. The watch’s diameter is allegedly 43.5mm, making it substantially smaller than the “large” 46mm Moto 360, but still a bit bigger than the standard 42mm edition. We believe it will come in a matte dark gray finish that may be called “titanium,” but it’s unclear if other colors will be available. Angelfish will have GPS, LTE, and a heart-rate monitor, giving it the ability to be a true “standalone” Android Wear device. Remember,Google announced standalone Wear apps at I/O with with Wear 2.0.

The second, smaller watch is codenamedSwordfish. Speaking generally, Swordfish is reminiscent in basic shape to the Pebble Time Round, of course lacking the Round’s obviously massive screen bezel, and also using a different button arrangement. But the overall style of the body and especially the lug design are, in my opinion, quite similar. That said, because it doesn’t have the internal screen bezel, the portion of the body surrounding the watch face is larger, and the shape is more gentle and rounded than the Pebble.

Swordfish has a single button centered on the right-hand side of the body, with a more delicate and Apple Watch-like design. The center of the button cap appears to be polished metal, with the bezel of the crown being ridged. Aside from appearing more “raised” out of the body because of the watch’s circular shape, the button really is quite similar to the Apple Watch’s crown. Swordfish is smaller and thinner than Angelfish, with a body diameter of 42mm and a thickness of just 10.6mm – 0.8mm thinner than the current Moto 360. Granted, it still doesn’t have anything on the 7.5mm Pebble Time Round in this regard. Swordfish will allegedly be made available in three colors: silver, titanium, and rose gold. Swordfish lacks LTE or GPS, and it’s unclear if it has a heart rate monitor (we are leaning “no”).

It appears that, oddly, the larger Angelfish device will not support Google’s interchangeable MODE watch bands, because the design of the lugs and band won’t allow for it. Swordfish, on the other hand, will definitely be compatible with MODE bands.

Both watches will offer Google Assistant integration with contextual alerts. Exactly what that integration entails, we aren’t certain, but given Sundar Pichai’s comments about Nexus devices receiving more exclusive software features, we’re left wondering if these watches will get functionality other Android Wear devices won’t.

Google may also be working on a brand-new style of watch faces for these devices that will allowmuch quicker access to notifications, information, or media controls for apps or functions that you commonly use. This will likely be via the new app watchface integration announced as part of Wear 2.0. These quick-access functions would sit below the watch dial, presenting things like your current playback location in a song, the number of unread messages in Gmail, Hangouts unread counts, time in another time zone, the amount of time until your next calendar appointment, your number of steps, and more.

Nokia wants to acquire Withings as part of push into Digital Health segment

By |May 5th, 2016|HealthCare (mHealth & TeleHealth), SMARTWATCHES|

Today that may be about to change, for Nokia has just announced plans to acquire the French company, Withings S.A., a specialist in digital health products and services, for EUR 170 million (roughly $191 million USD). Rajeev Suri, president and CEO of Nokia, had the following comments to offer:

We have said consistently that digital health was an area of strategic interest to Nokia, and we are now taking concrete action to tap the opportunity in this large and important market…With this acquisition, Nokia is strengthening its position in the Internet of Things in a way that leverages the power of our trusted brand, fits with our company purpose of expanding the human possibilities of the connected world, and puts us at the heart of a very large addressable market where we can make a meaningful difference in peoples’ lives.

The company’s press release specifically calls out two major forms of global health epidemics: cardiovascular disease, stating that it is the world’s leading cause of death with over one billion adults living with uncontrolled hypertension (high blood pressure), and diabetes, which affects more than one in every twelve adults around the world. Nokia believes that heathcare is going to be “one of the largest vertical markets in the Internet of Things, with analysts forecasting that mobile health, with a CAGR of 37%, will be the fastest growing health care segment from 2015-2020.”

As a result, Ramzi Haidamus, president of Nokia Technologies, feels that

Withings shares our vision for the future of digital health and their products are smart, well designed and already helping people live healthier lives. Combining their award-winning products and talented people with the world-class expertise and innovation of Nokia Technologies uniquely positions us to lead the next wave of innovation in digital health.

In addition, a statement from Withings was also included, courtesy of CEO Cédric Hutchings:

Since we started Withings, our passion has been in empowering people to track their lifestyle and improve their health and wellbeing. We’re excited to join Nokia to help bring our vision of connected health to more people around the world.

The acquisition is expected to close in Q3 of this year, assuming everything

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.

Smartwatches “a niche opportunity at best"

By |November 11th, 2014|Forecasts (In-Depth), Market Data, News, REPORTS & ANALYSIS, Smart Watches, SMARTWATCHES, Statistics & Chartables|

Smartwatches are “a niche opportunity at best” and face an uphill struggle to interest the general public – though Apple could change that if it enters the market, a new study has found.

A report by US-based Jackdaw Research surveyed 2,200 US and UK consumers, concluding that there is limited consumer interest in “push” notifications – the main function offered by smartwatches such as the Pebble and Android Wear devices like Samsung’s Gear Live offer.

The survey points to continuing problems with the wearables market, where products such as Google Glass have so far failed to ignite consumer interest, and devices such as fitness trackers show high rates of abandonment.

Smartwatches’ key capability is to notify the wearer on their wrist of information from apps on their phone, via a Bluetooth connection. They can vibrate or display a message on the screen. Users can typically dismiss the alert with a swipe, or in some devices dictate a response via voice dictation.

But Jan Dawson, chief analyst at Jackdaw, says that the appeal of smartwatches rests on how many notifications people are interested in receiving, and whether they can or want to respond to them.

That, the survey found, is very limited.

Carried out online and adjusted for demographic profiles, the survey found that most people only choose to get one or two groups of notifications, such as text messages and emails, on the screen of their phone when it is locked.

Overall, 24% were set up with no notifications at all, 33% from just one app, 15% from two, and 28% from more than two.

Seen in the broader context of the US, where the survey reckons only 50% of adults have a smartphone, that means that only 22% of the overall population use notifications from two or more apps – suggesting a limited market for smartwatches based around push notifications at the outset.

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Most people don’t use ‘push’ notifications on their phone screen – suggesting that smartwatches, which are based on pushing information, will struggle

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Photograph: /PR/Jackdaw Research

“We believe that a notification-centric smartwatch experience is only likely to be attractive to people who actively use push notifications for more than two apps,” notes Dawson. “Otherwise, the main function of the watch will remain dormant for much of the day.”

But because typical notifications – text messages and emails – need the user to respond, “the current crop of smartwatches, which don’t provide good response capabilities to such messages, are not a good fit for those [functions] either.”

Poor battery life and response functions
He notes that some people who don’t currently use push notifications might do so if they got a smartwatch, and points to anecdotal information that some people don’t use push notifications because they require them to get their phone out of a pocket. “However, we believe this number is small, and therefore the effect limited,” Dawson notes.

Other problems include limited battery life, which is less than two days for most current models, as well as the problem of responding to notifications that appear on the smartwatch, the size and lack of attractiveness of current offerings, and display quality, says Dawson.

Google showed off its Android Wear software for smartwatches amid great excitement at its I/O conference in June, with attendees receiving a free smartwatch provided by LG or Samsung. New models are expected from Motorola within weeks, and Taiwan’s HTC is widely rumoured to be preparing to enter the fray.

Beyond Samsung, there are a number of other smartwatch makers, including US-based Pebble, launched by a $10m Kickstarter campaign in 2012.

NPD data says that Samsung and Pebble presently dominate the market, with 78% and 18% of sales respectively in the US between October 2013 and May 2014.

However Dawson cautions that hardware vendors should cut back on their investment in the space: “Market growth and the overall revenue opportunity remain poor,” he says.

He suggests would-be new entrants should be cautious about Android Wear, which offers limited chances to tailor its appearance or function, and so risks any hardware running it becoming a commodity: “We would advise most would-be vendors to stay out of the market,” he says, while saying that those who continue should aim to be cross-platform, working with Android and Apple’s iOS.

Time for Apple?
But if Apple decides to enter the wearables field, as has been widely rumoured though not confirmed, this could transform the situation, the report says. Unconfirmed reports have suggested that Apple is partnering with Swatch, or might introduce an “iTime”.

Dawson says: “Two major things could catalyse demand in this market: a player overcoming the significant technological challenges associated with the current smartwatch model, or a player which breaks the model and reinvents the category. Apple seems the likeliest company to do either of these things, and we believe that its entry – likely in late 2014 or early 2015 – will catalyse the market and drive much more rapid growth.”

He thinks that Apple will do “something completely different” – perhaps with a device lacking a screen, or in multiple forms to be worn on different parts of the body.

But he adds that “if Apple is able to create significant innovation in its product, most of the benefits may accrue to Apple itself, with a minimal halo effect [benefitting other vendors] on other vendors.”

Dawson warns that Apple’s arrival, if it happens, “may be a double-edged sword for existing vendors, at best” because it could dominate the market for iPhones, which make up 40% of smartphones in use in the US.

One possible use for a wearable device is for mobile payments, where people pay in a store using their mobile phone via systems such as NFC – which Apple has been rumoured to be investigating. But that too is a limited market: only 9% of adults said in the survey that they “use it all the time”, while 64% said they had never used it, and 10% had tried it once.

“Any smartwatch that incorporates mobile payments cannot simply continue to plough the same furrow as previous systems have,” the report notes, but must have far greater ease of use. It also has to contend with the lack of compatible systems in stores – “one of the biggest barriers to adoption today” – which creates a chicken-and-egg problem.

The survey also found that 80% of the population has never tried a fitness tracker such as the Fitbit, even though they have been available for more than five years.

The main users are in the 18-24 age group, but they have a high abandonment rate, with only 20% of respondents having tried one – of whom 45% (or 9% of the overall population) had given up using them.

Dawson points out that smartwatches can incorporate fitness tracking – but on the evidence that fitness trackers are being abandoned by consumers, that isn’t sufficient cause to drive sales given that trackers typically cost far less than $100, while smartwatches are pricier. Smartwatches can, though, incorporate many functions.
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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:
Tammy Lin
Public Relations
Tammy.t_Lin@asus.com

Christine Yin
Public Relations
Christine_yin@asus.com