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Microsoft SmartWatch Rumored to Launch in Weeks

By |October 19th, 2014|Companion |NFC, News, PRODUCT RUMORS|

A Samsung Gear S smart watch on display at a trade fair on September 5, 2014

(Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

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Microsoft is gearing up to launch a wearable device within the next few weeks, Forbes has learned. The gadget is a smart watch that will passively track a wearer’s heart rate and work across different mobile platforms. It will also boast a battery life of more than two days of regular use, sources close to the project say.

That could put it ahead of Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smart watch and Moto 360 which both need to be charged around once a day. The wearable will hit stores soon after launch in a bid to capture the lucrative holiday season, a timeline Apple was reportedly targeting before it delayed its own Watch to early 2015.

Forbes first reported in May that Microsoft was working on a smart watch that drew on optical engineering expertise from its Kinect division, and which would sync with iPhones, Android devices and Windows Phones. It is unclear what Microsoft will name the device, or what it will cost at retail.

A wearable would mark the company’s first foray into a new device category under CEO Satya Nadella. Wearable tech is still uncharted territory, despite offerings from Samsung and the forthcoming Apple Watch. It’s a market predicted to be worth $7.1 billion in 2015.

Going cross platform is also consistent with Nadella’s drive to make his company’s product offerings available “across all devices”. His launch of Microsoft Office for the iPad in March marked a move away from the company’s Windows-only vision under Steve Ballmer.

The latter strategy would probably be unwise today, now that Windows Phone has just 2.5% of the global smartphone market, according to IDC. On the upside, Microsoft can now target its wearable at more customers than the Apple Watch, which will only work with iOS devices.

With a battery that lasts more than two days, Microsoft could get a leg up on big-name competitors who have entered the wearables space. Battery life is frequently cited as one of most important factors that consumers consider when buying a smartphone, yet the topic was conspicuously glossed over at Apple’s Watch announcement last month. Apple CEO Tim Cook has since revealed the gadget will have to be charged every night, just like the Gear and Moto 360.

Motorola’s Moto 360 smart watch also has a continuous heart rate monitor and has been praised for its stylish design, but the battery tends to last for just 24 hours based on various reviews. Some wearables like the Pebble and Jawbone Up24 boast batteries that last for days or even weeks at a time, but that becomes impossible when a device features a color display like the Apple Watch or Gear.

When it comes to battery life, Microsoft may benefit from its historic expertise in software, allowing it to create sensor integrations that boost the device’s power train efficiency.

Microsoft’s history of launching new hardware is a mixed bag. Its Zune music player wasn’t the success it could have been, and prospects for its Surface tablet still look hazy. But when Microsoft introduced the Kinect for the Xbox 360 in 2011, it became the fastest-selling consumer device on record.

Microsoft’s legacy in machine learning through Microsoft Research could also point to a future business model for a health-tracking device — that is, if it chooses to exploit its close ties with enterprise customers. The company could, for example, promote its wearable gadget and any accompanying cloud-based software as a service for helping to cut healthcare costs, by tracking and incentivizing healthy behavior among workers.

Such “wellness” services are already being shopped by a host of health tracking startups like Pact Health, StickK, WellBe and Jiff, but larger tech firms have yet to jump into the market

Samsung Gear S – Official YouTube Video

By |September 7th, 2014|Consumer Wearables, Smart Watches, SMARTWATCHES, Standalone, Videos|

Enhance the Smart Wearable Experience

[ Design ]

Samsung Gear S boasts an industry-leading Super AMOLED curved display to offer an incredible, easy to use and beautiful UI that fits comfortably on the wrist.

Its curved 2-inch Super AMOLED display fits comfortably around the contours of the wrist, while customizable displays and changeable straps empower users to feely express their own taste and style.

The Samsung Gear S also provides easy access to relevant information through essential widgets and combined notification boards.

[ Truly Connected to Stay in Communication ]
Samsung Gear S extends communication capabilities to include 3G as well as Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity helping users to be truly connected and stay in communication.

3G connectivity allows consumers to directly make and accept calls, or receive and respond to messages and emails.

The Samsung Gear S lets users stay on top of what’s happening around them with seamless notifications for messages, social networks, calendars and applications even when away from a smartphone.

The device’s on screen keyboard and enhanced S voice functionality allow for easy text input to complete tasks while on-the go.

[ Enhanced Features and Powerful Applications ]
The Samsung Gear S is empowering users to stay connected with the world around them with extended features and powerful native and 3rd party applications optimized for a robust wearable experience – with or without their smartphone.
The powerful features include turn-by-turn navigation for pedestrians, news services, music capabilities, etc.

The perfect health and fitness companion, the Samsung Gear S features more enhanced multi-sensors, as well as a built-in GPS and S Health so users can keep track of their activities more accurately to stay fit.

Also with the new Samsung Gear Circle, when paired with a smartphone, users can easily receive calls, listen to music, and make voice commands in style through a Bluetooth connection. It features a magnetic lock which clasps around the user’s neck when not in use, as well as a vibrate function to signal incoming calls and notifications.

Both The Gear S and Gear Circle will be available globally starting from October.

For more information : http://www.samsung.com/global/microsi…

Smart Watches: Anticipation Runs High, But Product Launches Fizzle | by Appinions

By |September 7th, 2014|Market Data, REPORTS & ANALYSIS, RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT, Sample Reports|

Consumers have shown huge interest in the idea of a smart watch, but data shows that when a product actually comes on the market – it’s met with a tepid response. (by Appinions)

In the Smart Watch Industry Influence Study Appinions released in May, we looked at the amount of attention generated by a number of smart watch product announcements and rumors. Since then, several of those products have shipped, so let’s use this opportunity to check back in and see what kind of impact these watches are having on the market.

As of May 9th, the ‘Net Influence Score’ for the smart watch market was just over 11,000 and declining. That score is calculated by summing the scores calculated for every individual influencer in the market by looking at the opinions they share, and reactions those opinions get, across news, blogs and social media.

Since then, the score rose dramatically to a high of just over 23,000 on July 4th, before falling back to it’s current position near 13,000.

 

To put that score into context, while smart watches was cresting around 23,000, the conversation surrounding another hot topic – digital payments – hit a nadir between 6,000 & 7,000, with people discussing bitcoins, crypto-currency, startups like Venmo, and more. Compare those numbers, and two other relevant topics, in our new influence comparison tool, below.

 

What’s Driving Influential Conversation in the Smart Watch Market?

So what drove a 100% increase in opinions and reaction about smart watches over the past 90 days? Our analysis shows that this growth is due more to influencers continued excitement about products that aren’t on the market (or are even mere speculation) and not the watches that Samsung and LG have since released for sale.

Smart watch net influence - with dot demarcating new data since the study's initial release

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Samsung & LG Swept Away

Back in March, Korean giants Samsung and LG both registered huge gains when they announced their latest watches; their scores increased by 326 and 307 points respectively. But following the actual product introductions in June, Samsung saw only an 83 point score increase, while LG registered a miniscule growth of 67. In other words, the actual products did not cause people to share significant opinions or generate widespread reactions.  That’s not to say that these product releases didn’t inspire any discussion. Following these announcements, Google, whose Android Wear software is powering both devices, saw a 1095-point increase.  While the individual devices didn’t garner that much attention, (other than negative reviews) influencers continue to buzz about the “potential” that remains in Google’s smart watch platform. In fact, the overall influence for the entire industry is actually up since May, driven largely by Google, Apple, and small increases by bit the more marginal players. comparison

Apple’s Time To Shine

Diving into Apple’s continued rise in influence is even more telling. At the time Appinions published its report, they were the #2 most influential company in the sector, but since then they’ve claimed the top spot. And yet, they haven’t put a single watch on the market. In fact, rumors of an iWatch are no less speculative than they were in the Spring, and yet excitement continues to build. In fact, the volume and quality of influential conversation around Apple’s smart watch has almost doubled since May – while Samsung and LG shipped products and saw their scores drop. apple

Will Moto Clean The Competition’s Clock? 

moto-360-smartwatch-580-90The next test case will be Motorola, expected to release their Moto 360 watch this September. With a distinctive circular face, this watch is perhaps the industry’s best chance to buck the trend of underwhelming product launches. When they announced the product in March they garnered a massive 864 point jump in their influence score, representing over a 300% gain from their previous standing. Will people talk about, react to, comment on, and share opinions and reactions about the Moto 360 when it’s actually in their hands (or on their wrists)? We’ll let you know.  Or keep track yourself with our new LIVE smart watch influence tracking page. In the meantime, read our full Smart Watch Influence Study for a deeper look at this exciting industry.

Consumer SmartWatch Adoption to TakeOff in Sept (an analysis)

By |August 31st, 2014|Apple, Forecasts (In-Depth), Market Data, News, REPORTS & ANALYSIS, Smart Watches, SMARTWATCHES, Standalone, Uncategorized, WEARABLE DEVICES|

Smartwatches, until, the past few months have been clunky, ugly, and basically seen as a novelty product. We’re seeing multiple large consumer electronics companies entering the wrist-worn wearables market, in part, due to Android Wear being the first actractively useful user interface. Thank you to Google and it’s Android Wear operating system.

THE SMARTWATCH MARKET IS CONSOLIDATING

the Smartwatch market, as we expected, is in the middle of consolidating form-factors and hardware by Samsung, LG, Apple, Motorola, and Google. These large cap OEM’s entered the industry a year ago among a smarwatch market dominated by multiple small companies – producing clunky, mfg Asian components, and all watches with their own OS/User Interfaces.  As what typically happens, these small companies can’t compete against the Giant OEM’s – which is Great for Smartwatch Consumers.

Samsung, for example, released the Galaxy Gear and Gear 2 with its form-factor in focus.  Now, we’re amidst the OEM’s (Samsung, etc) fabricating advanced component technology (vs form-factor focused) which will dramatically improve and simultaneously refine a sexier, sleeker design as the market progresses.  The COMPETITION IS FIERCE.

SMARTWATCH TECH EXPEDITED; DRAMATIC IMPROVEMENTS

Overall, over the next 2-3 years, Apple, Samsung, LG’s technology advancements will seamlessly integrate into the advancement of their core products.

This August 2014, we’ve never seen to-date, such significant number of new smartwatch company’s leaking new product models and their features for an expected September-October smartwatch announcements – of either product availability or announcement of production.

The reason for such activity must be attributed to the Apple’s scheduled “new product” announcement; set for September 9th 2014. IFA Wearables Conference is also scheduled for September 3rd, 2014.  Apple’s iWatch is expected to absorb a 50% +/- 4-9% market share when released for sale over the iWatches first year.  This represents a HUGE threat to Samsung, LG, Motorola, and other competitors.

SmartWatches Launching this September and October 2014

  • The Apple iWatch
  • The Samsung Galaxy Gear “S”
    The Samsung Galaxy Gear Circle
  • The LG G Watch ‘R’
  • The Motorola Moto360
  • The Omate ‘X’ Watch

The Motorola Moto360

The LG G Watch “R”

 

The Samsung Galaxy Gear 3 & Gear Circle

The Samsung Gear S is the next generation smart wearable device that expands the smartphone experience to the wrist. It delivers an up-to-date smart wearable experience with 3G connectivity and wearable optimized features to meet the evolving needs of consumers.

Enhance the Smart Wearable Experience

[ Design ]
Samsung Gear S boasts an industry-leading Super AMOLED curved display to offer an incredible, easy to use and beautiful UI that fits comfortably on the wrist.

Its curved 2-inch Super AMOLED display fits comfortably around the contours of the wrist, while customizable displays and changeable straps empower users to feely express their own taste and style.

The Samsung Gear S also provides easy access to relevant information through essential widgets and combined notification boards.

[ Truly Connected to Stay in Communication ]
Samsung Gear S extends communication capabilities to include 3G as well as Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity helping users to be truly connected and stay in communication.

3G connectivity allows consumers to directly make and accept calls, or receive and respond to messages and emails.

The Samsung Gear S lets users stay on top of what’s happening around them with seamless notifications for messages, social networks, calendars and applications even when away from a smartphone.

The device’s on screen keyboard and enhanced S voice functionality allow for easy text input to complete tasks while on-the go.

[ Enhanced Features and Powerful Applications ]
The Samsung Gear S is empowering users to stay connected with the world around them with extended features and powerful native and 3rd party applications optimized for a robust wearable experience – with or without their smartphone.
The powerful features include turn-by-turn navigation for pedestrians, news services, music capabilities, etc.

The perfect health and fitness companion, the Samsung Gear S features more enhanced multi-sensors, as well as a built-in GPS and S Health so users can keep track of their activities more accurately to stay fit.

Also with the new Samsung Gear Circle, when paired with a smartphone, users can easily receive calls, listen to music, and make voice commands in style through a Bluetooth connection. It features a magnetic lock which clasps around the user’s neck when not in use, as well as a vibrate function to signal incoming calls and notifications.

Both The Gear S and Gear Circle will be available globally starting from October.  For more information : http://www.samsung.com/global/microsi…

WHO WILL WINS 1ST?  The Apple iWatch or Galaxy Gear ‘S’

We predict the iWatch will meet prediction of forecasts, in sales, and market placement. Sources for this fulfullment will primarily be by Apple product and GeeKy Smartwatch fans. Most expect Apple’s iWatch to outshine every other brand competitor.  However, we disagree – strongly.

Samsung’s Galaxy Gear ‘S’ (short for ‘Solo’) will be the First, large OEM, consumer release of a 3G GSM/cdma wirelessly enabled smartwatch with a flexible display.  We’ve concluded, whomever first integrates a SIM chip within their core smartwatch model, (alongside significant form-factor improvements, a BIG BONUS) would take lead as the Top Smartwatch Company in Sales.

DATA INDEPENDENCE IS KEY
and its finally here

The experience of complete data connection independence versus any other companion device is an entirely MORE useful and practical application in design of a smartwatch – as a whole.

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by Kevin Clayton, CEO of Be Bold Technologies

Designer Smart Watch from HP | Fashion Watches

By |August 28th, 2014|Consumer Wearables, SMARTWATCHES, WEARABLE DEVICES|

by Stefan Bordel – 08/05/2014
Photo: Applies

HP increases at a luxury SmartWatch for iOS and Android into a smart wearable business. For the look of the new Smart Watch the New York designer Michael Bastian is responsible.

Together with the US-designer Michael Bastian, HP wants the Wearable conquer -Markt: The American Technology Group to the designer a new SmartWatch developed that both Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android will support. This fall is the luxury SmartWatch be sold exclusively through the online fashion shop Gilt.

SmartWatch of the fashion boutique: HP wants its new SmartWatch exclusively distribute Applies via the online fashion catalog company.

On the technical features of the SmartWatch are currently no official information available. But first images have a round display as could also want the Motorola and OnePlus. Since the HP-clock Android and iOS will support, is to start from a proprietary operating system. The built-in technology to stay in a generously sized stainless steel case with 44 mm diameter. Given the luxury claim, interested parties may make in general terms on high quality materials and a probably as high a price on the date nothing is known, however.

The SmartWatch market is populated gradually close: Just last week, the first rumors are to a model of the smartphone manufacturer OnePlus leaked and the Moto 360 from Motorola will also be in the starting blocks. Whether the many newcomers to the experience of the current market sizes LG , Samsung and Sony be able to continue to be seen.

via Designer Smart Watch from HP – com! professional.