A friend and I were talking about smartwatches recently. While I can totally see why some folks with large phones buried in their pockets or handbags might want a device that lets them interact with notifications without pulling out their phone, I’m not sure I need to carry two different gadgets around… but it would be nice to be able to tell time without pulling my phone out of my pocket.
I haven’t really worn a wristwatch since the strap on my old watch died during my first week of college, back in the dark ages.
While most smartwatch makers are pushing a two-device solution, a handful of watchmakers think your wristwear can be the only device you need, replacing your phone. The Omate Smartwatch is one such solution, and now the folks behind the A.I Smartwatch are tryign to raise money to create a new Android-powered smartwatchphonething.
Update: Alright, this particular one may just a rebranded version of a Chinese smartwch that’s already sold in Europe as the AX2. But the question still stands: Do you need a smartphone and a smartwatch, or will just one do?
Here’s a roundup of tech news from around the web.
- Yet another watch that can either be a phone companion or a phone replacement
Don’t want to spend $299 on a Samsung smartwatch that’s basically a companion for your phone that you strap to your wrist. Or you could pledge to this crowdfunding campaign for a slightly cheaper smartwatch that’s basically an Android phone in watch form. [Indiegogo]
- AnTuTu X aims to make it harder to cheat on benchmarks
AnTuTu’s benchmark app for Android is one of the most widely used tools for comparing performance of one device to another… and some device makers have been cheating by optimizing the hardware to score well on the test. AnTuTu is fighting back with a new version of its benchmark app. [AnTuTu]
- Buy Android games from an NFC-enabled vending machine (if you’re in Japan)
Sure, you can download Android games from the Play Store on your phone. But if you’re in Japan, now you can also buy a game from a vending machine, tap your NFC-enabled phone against the machine and get the game on your mobile device. [Engadget]
- Fujitsu and Softbank show a new phone that can get a day’s run time from 10 minutes of charging
Plenty of people complain that smartphones don’t get good enough battery life… but another problem is that it can take a long time to fully recharge your phone once the battery dies. Fujitsu is addressing the latter issue. [Engadget]
- Inside story of BlackBerry’s fall
At this point it’s hard to imagine BlackBerry having taken a different strategy to combat the rise of Apple and Google in the smartphone space. But here’s a fascinating account of some of the decisions companies did make… and how awfully things turned out. [The Globe and Mail]
- Analysts: Android tablets starting to overtake the iPad (in shipments anyway)
Apple’s iPad and iPad mini have dominating the tablet space pretty much since they day they were first released. That’s starting to change (although as Apple has shown in the smartphone space, the company doesn’t need to outsell the competition to stay a market leader).