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Omate is building an Amazon Alexa-powered robot (crowdfunding)

After building a smartwatch with support for Amazon’s Alexa voice service, Omate is taking the next (il)logical step and building an Alexa-powered, voice-controlled robot. It’s called the Yumi, and Omate will be running a crowdfunding campaign for the project starting November 15th. During the campaign on Indiegogo you’ll be able to reserve a Yumi robot […]

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Omate Rise 3G smartwatch adds Amazon Alexa support, new Limited Edition hits Indieogogo

The Omate Rise is a smartwatch with a round display, an Android-based operating system, and support for WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, and 3G cellular data. Omate ran a crowdfunding campaign for the watch last year and began shipping the Omate Rise earlier in 2016. Now the company has announced that the Omate Rise is getting a new feature: […]

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Omate Rise is a 3G Android smartwatch priced at $199 and up (crowdfunding)

Omate has been producing smartwatches running Google Android software since before Google actually launched a version of Android optimized for wearables. Now the company is getting ready to launch a new model called the Omate Rise. It’s a round watch with a 1.3 inch, 360 x 360 pixel touchscreen display, support for WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, […]

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Omate TrueSmart+ is a watch that runs Android 5.1

Before Google launched Android Wear and Apple introduced the Apple Watch, a startup called Omate was developing its own smartwatches running a stripped-down version of Google Android. Now Omate is back, and this time the company is offering its most powerful smartwatch yet. The Omate TrueSmart+ has a 1.54 inch, 320 x 320 pixel display, […]

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Wearables: Withings, Omate, Polar launch new smartwatches, fitness trackers

Just in case you weren’t sure wearable would be ubiquitous at CES this year, three companies unveiled new smartwatches and fitness trackers just hours ahead of the official start of the show. Polar has a new fitness tracking watch, Withings has a cheaper alternative to the stylish Activité watch/activity tracker, and Omate is adding two new watches […]

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Omate X is a $129 “companion smartwatch”

Omate’s first smartwatch was an Android-powered device that you could use to run apps, make phone calls, or pair with your phone to display notifications. But what makes the Omate Truesmart different from most smartwatches was that it could be a truly stand-alone device. Priced at $299, it’s also more expensive than most smartwatches. Now Omate […]

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Lilbits (5-12-2014): Tizen is coming

Tizen is an open source, Linux-based operating system that rose out of the ashes of the dead-before-their-time MeeGo, Moblin, and Maemo operating systems. It’s not a continuation of those products like Sailfish so much as a replacement operating system with the same key backers including Samsung and Intel. Samsung reportedly sees Tizen as an opportunity […]

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Omate TrueSmart watch finishes Kickstarter campaign with $1 million in pledges

Most companies offering so-called smartwatches are really offering watches that serve as companions to your existing smartphone. The Omate TrueSmart is designed to work as a standalone device: You can even use it to make phone calls. Or you can use it to view notifications from your phone if that’s what you’d prefer. A lot […]

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Omate TrueSmart: $199 smartwatch that makes phone calls (Kickstarter)

Omate has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for its TrueSmart smartwatch. It looks like a wristwatch, but it has the guts of a smartphone — and unlike some smartwatches which only work as companions to your phone, you can actually use the TrueSmart to make phone calls. The developers started showing off the […]