To the dismay of many, Razer has decided to delay the release of the Nabu smartband. This move was made in order to ensure that the band was hypoallergenic. Razer did not want to follow in the footsteps of Fitbit. The latter had to recall their Force band because a number of users complained of getting skin irritation because from it.
Although this is a letdown, especially for those who’ve been looking forward to the Nabu’s release, this is probably a logical decision. After all, a problematic device will only bring more harm than good if it isn’t given a proper check up. Sources say that the Nabu will probably hit the markets by late May or early June.
Hopefully, the device will be worth the extra wait.
Now that Samsung has finally rolled out an update for the Gear Fit, users are now given the power to switch screen orientations depending on what they’re comfortable with. When the device first came out, the Samsung community was appalled with the fact that the display could only be viewed in the horizontal orientation. This stood as an inconvenience, especially since it’s difficult enough to read something on a small screen, what more when it’s strapped to the wrist at an odd angle?
Anyway, users are now free to change the orientation to vertical with the new update. It’s fairly easy too. All you’ll need to do is to scroll through the options on your Gear Fit. Select Display, then Rotate Screen. You may now tap on either Vertical or Horizontal.
There are times when the need to downgrade your OS is needed. Usually, this happens when a certain issue or bug is encountered. While waiting for the right fix from the developers behind the OS, it might be a good idea to downgrade it for the meantime. Here’s how you can go about it with the Pebble.
- Uninstall the Pebble appstore.
- Download an earlier version of Pebble app.
- Access recovery mode by pressing back, up and select all at once. Wait for the loading screen to come up.
After completing the above steps, the Pebble will prompt you to pair it with a device and to access the appstore. Friendly reminder that everything that was downloaded onto the Pebble before downgrading will be lost, so proceed with caution.
If none of the current smartwatches in the market have gotten your attention, then maybe the Martian’s retro-chic look would suit you just fine. It was announced that the smartwatch will be hitting the markets this June. It can be paired with both iOS and Android devices. It was created for the gadget enthusiasts who pride in wearing the latest fashion.
With the Martian, wearers will be able to keep track of messages, e-mails and other notifications while sporting a stylish watch. Accessing the different apps is also made easier with the Martian Notifier. Use voice commands to get the latest updates and open certain apps. Everything becomes a lot more convenient with a Martian smartwatch around.
Here’s what Stan Kinsey, President of Martian Watches, has to say about it:
“The outpouring of support that the Martian Notifier has received for design, function and price from press, fans and customers has been amazing and has continued over into this exciting announcement today. Since our launch, we’ve learned that people want their wearable technology, but they also want it to look stylish. We are thrilled to make that a reality.”
Some members of the tech community aren’t content with tinkering with apps and such. The team at iFixit actually went the extra mile by “dissecting” the Samsung Galaxy Gear 2. If you were always curious about how the inside of a smartwatch looks like, then you can look at the photo provided.
The site also provides a step by step guide on how to properly open the device. Of course, do so at your own risk, especially if you’re unsure of what you’re doing.
What the Gear 2 is capable of doing is no secret, especially since its debut is drawing near day by day. However, it’s always nice to get to see something new. It’s amazing to finally see what powers this small yet useful gadget.
iFixit gave the Gear 2 a high repairability rate. The device was graded with a score of 8/10. Its strap can easily be replaced and disassembling it isn’t that difficult.
If you’re looking for ways to personalize your Pebble, then you might want to give Pebble Cards a try. It’s something that can be used by both Android and iOS users. Different cards can be added to the watch face. Here is a list of cards that you can choose from:
- Driving Time
- Sports Team
- World Clock
- Custom Link
The theme can also be tweaked. There are two: modern and classic. You can also switch between the day and night theme. These options can be accessed through your Pebble’s settings.
Interested? Check it out on the Pebble appstore.
The Samsung Gear is definitely a standout in the smartwatch market. However, many users are also turned off by the way it is only compatible with a Samsung smartphone. This could change though, especially with the rumored release of the Samsung Gear Solo.
According to The Korean Herald, this new device will make its debut in South Korea. It was created in partnership with SK Telecom. As with most smartwatches, calls can be made and received through the watch. Any other features weren’t discussed yet, but the members of the tech community have high hopes for it. Hopefully, Samsung will be able to smooth out the shortcomings of its previous smartwatches with the Gear Solo.
As of now, not much is known about the Gear Solo. Sources claim that the Asian company has filed a patent under the Gear Solo name, so maybe we’ll be hearing about it soon.
If you’re looking for both efficiency and versatility, the Samsung Gear Fit is your best bet. It looks stunning on the wrist as well. The problem is, it was released with a landscape display mode. This posed as a problem since it’s supposed to be readable even when strapped to a wrist. The good news is that the team behind the device has finally given it a software update which includes portrait mode.
Some photos were released by Samsung through one of its blogs. The new portrait mode would allow easier viewing. This definitely smooths out the previous problem that stirred the Samsung fans. However, some sites still think the display will still pose as a problem, especially when reading longer text.
Hopefully, Samsung will be able to think of a solution to that as well.
There’s a good number of smartwatch brands out there, but it seems that most of them were outshone by China’s very own GEAK. It ranks third in the world’s bestselling smartwatch list. It is just below the Samsung Galaxy Gear and the Pebble.
Gu Xiaobing, company CEO, made the announcement on his Weibo page. Since the launch of the smartwatch, over 300,000 units were sold.
The GEAK has a 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of storage. It is compatible with both Android and Windows phones. Though some may think otherwise, this shows that China is capable of creating quality gadgets. You’ll just have to give it a try yourself.
Just recently, it was reported that Microsoft has paid patents for augmented reality (AR) intellectual party. The company paid a rumored amount of $150 million.
Microsoft is known for wearable technology, especially since it provides its services to the US government. Because of the news regarding the newly acquired patents, the tech community has come up with some speculations. This might open up opportunities to create wearable accessories for the Windows Phone and Xbox. Who knows? This might also mean that a Microsoft smartwatch is on the way.
The Examiner gave an overview on one of the patents: “In addition to a video display that can allow the user to see through the glasses while simultaneously viewing video content, it also includes 3D motion sensor and is optimised for 3D AR.”
This deal was made between Microsoft and Osterhout Design group last November.