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Apple Watch shows Cupertino has lost the plot
September 18, 2014 | 12:25 pm

AppleFor anyone following the checkered history of digital wearables and smartwatches, the advent of the Apple Watch drips with bathos. It's like watching a flabby, ageing Mr. Incredible-style former superhero lumber up for the big confrontation, only to discover it's all over. Apple's days of identifying and defining entire new consumer product categories are long in the past. The window was wide open for years, well signposted, speculated on - and Apple missed it. Financial markets and analysts alike were less than overwhelmed by the Apple Watch and the companion iPhone 6. The Register tracked Apple's stock price initially hiking to $102.92...

Android Wear rollout secures smartwatch space for Google
March 19, 2014 | 12:30 pm

The full-force all-channel multi-announcement multi-product rollout of Android Wear and its supporting devices looks to have conquered the emerging smartwatch product category. Chris Meadows tagged the emerging Google smartwatch platform as the one to watch in this space a while back, and it looks like his call has been vindicated. And meanwhile, the much-vaunted iWatch is nowhere. " Today we’re announcing Android Wear, a project that extends Android to wearables," announced Sundar Pichai, SVP for Android, Chrome & Apps, on the official Google blog. "And we’re starting with the most familiar wearable—watches." Google already has a developer preview up and running with...

Watch out for smartwatches as form factor gets ready for prime time
February 15, 2014 | 10:36 am

WIMM Labs[caption id="attachment_95923" align="alignright" width="209"] Nice concept, not quite there yet.[/caption] With data on smartwatches  reported on often of late, it's interesting to start seeing some numbers against all the buzz. According to a bulletin from International Data Group (IDG), smartwatch shipments worldwide hit 1.9 million units in 2013 for the first time, versus just a few hundred thousand units in 2012. Around 61 percent of the budding platform runs Android, according to Strategy Analytics. Much of the Android lead is attributed to Samsung's Galaxy Gear, but in such a still limited market space, there is of course still plenty of chance...

Apple and Google: What does the Woz say?
November 4, 2013 | 2:45 pm

Apple co-founder and latter-day peripatetic tech guru Steve Wozniak pronounced, courtesy of the BBC's Click technology program, on how he thinks his old buddies at Apple should learn to share - as should Google, Samsung, and all the rest. "I wish everybody just did a lot of cross-licensing and sharing the good technology, all our products would be better, we'd go further. I do wish they were more compatible," said Woz. And obviously, the putative iWatch and wearable devices were top of his mind. "I want a full smartphone type capability on my wrist," he said. But Woz also remarked that...

Google’s WIMM Labs acquisition flags prospects for wrist e-readers
August 31, 2013 | 8:56 pm

The news that Google has quietly been the owner for a year now of smartwatch startup WIMM Labs confirms the prospects for a new generation of smart wrist devices that I highlighted earlier in TeleRead. And with Samsung's Galaxy Gear wrist device now only days away from launch, it looks like this new generation will be rolling out with at least some of the devices running varieties of Android, with access—at least in principle—to the library of e-reader apps on the Google Play Store. WIMM Labs already has one device, the WIMM One, based on Android. And although this unit hardly challenges...

Tablets and mobile just took a generational leap forward
July 25, 2013 | 2:07 pm

tabletsWith the blogs and newswires buzzing over Google's update of its hugely popular Nexus 7 tablet, as well as Google's release of the new ChromeCast HDMI dongle, it's not hard to conclude that quite a lot is happening in the world of Android. The Nexus 7 tablet, after all, was arguably the device that really put Android tablets on the map over the iPad. And the new ChromeCast dongle, for those of you who may not be familiar with it, essentially turns any mobile device (Android or iOS), or any Chrome browser-equipped PC or laptop, into a video-streaming hub able to feed media...

Is the Smartwatch Trend Heralding a New Type of E-Reader?
July 18, 2013 | 11:45 am

smartwatchExcitement over the new trend toward smartwatches seems to be reaching a crescendo, with Apple’s rumored iWatch supposedly due to debut in 2014, while Sony brings out the latest generation of its less-than-rhapsodically-received Android SmartWatch series, startup Pebble retails its own customizable e-paper watch, and almost every device vendor from Microsoft and Samsung on down is supposedly working on touch-sensitive wearable devices. But could you read a book on one? Hardware shouldn't be much of a barrier, in principle. Memory, battery life, display technology, and touchscreen interactivity have long ago converged at the point where something at least as capable as a...

E Ink Pebble Watch Ships Today!
January 23, 2013 | 12:49 pm

If you follow TeleRead regularly, you may know that aside from recently developed something of an obsession for the new smart watch trend, we're always fascinated by nearly any product that incorporates the technology of the E Ink Corporation into its design. Well ... remember the Kickstarted e-paper Pebble wrist watch? As promised, the company, Pebble Technology, announced Wednesday that they will begin shipping Pebble watches today, Wednesday, January 23. Although backers should be receiving their Pebbles in the mail shortly, the company has a few cautionary messages to announce. Listed as published on the Pebble blog, they are as follows: Notes: ♦ Pebble iOS App is not...