Wearables

Qualcomm Unveils Snapdragon W5 Chips for Wearables

Qualcomm on Tuesday announced the launch of its latest chips for wearable devices, the Snapdragon W5+ Gen 1 and Snapdragon W5 Gen 1. It looks like the company's "Gen 1" branding for microprocessors is here to stay. Qualcomm's next-generation wearable platforms promise 50% lower power consumption (and therefore 50% longer battery life), double the performance,...

Xiaomi Overtakes Apple as Top Global Wearable Band Vendor in Q2 2021

According to the latest numbers from analyst firm Canalys, the global wearable band market grew 5.6% year on year with 40.9 million units shipping in Q2 2021. More importantly, Xiaomi overtook Apple to become the top-shipping wearable band vendor in the world.  “Xiaomi made a wise move to hasten the release of the Mi Band 6,...

Xiaomi is Now the World’s No.1 Wearables Vendor

With global wearables shipments reaching 22 million units in the second quarter of 2017, Xiaomi has overtaken Fitbit and Apple to became the world’s largest wearables vendor for the first time ever, with 17% marketshare. According to Strategy Analytics, strong demand for low-cost fitnessbands in China and premium smartwatches across the United States "drove the uptick”. The report notes...

Tim Cook: Apple Watch Sales ‘Nearly Doubled’ Last Year

Apple reported financial results for the first quarter of 2017 that were, for the most part, in line with most expectations, as the company earned $11 billion USD on revenues of $52.9 billion USD. One of the Cupertino company's fastest growing segments of business is its wearable market, and it seemed as if the launch...

AR Wearables Will Replace the iPhone, Predicts Munster

Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster, who is leaving the firm for a new career in venture capital, has predicted in his final research note on Apple that AR wearables will one day replace the iPhone, as augmented reality is one of the key opportunities for the tech giant to innovate, Re/Code reports. Munster, who has written 874 research notes on Apple, sees...

Wearables Market Grew 3.1% in Q3 Led by Fitness Trackers [IDC]

According to latest data from the International Data Corporation (IDC), the overall wearables market grew 3.1% year over year in the third quarter of 2016, with total wearables shipments reaching 23 million. Fitness trackers accounted for 85% of the market and experienced double-digit growth, while the smartwatch market took a tumble during the same time period. The data...

Fitbit’s New Activity-Tracking Wristbands are Causing Skin Irritations

Fitbit’s latest wearables i.e. the Charge, the Charge HR and the Surge, have started causing skin irritations for a number of users and as an immediate response, the company has issued an official statement advising affected wearers to take a break. However, taking a break from wearing the wearable can be problematic, because Fitbits are meant to be...

Nike: Wearable Tech is a Significant Part of our Future

Nike Canada communications director Claire Rankine has said that even though it has discontinued the Nike+ FuelBand activity tracker, the world-leading sports brand shouldn’t necessarily be counted out of the wearable ecosystem, The Globe And Mail is reporting. “Wearable technology is significant part of our future” she said, adding that Nike has a rich ecosystem to help expand Fuel and...

CEO of Nike Reveals Plans with Apple to Expand into Wearables

In a recent interview with Bloomberg, Nike CEO Mark Parker has made an interesting statement about working with Apple on wearables, while revealing that "he was quite bullish on their relationship with Apple”, PatentlyApple is reporting. Parker noted that technologically they can do things together with Apple that they couldn't do independently. "So, yes, that's part of our...

Sproutling’s New Baby Monitor Senses, Learns and Predicts [VIDEO]

Dubbed as the “Fitbit for your baby” and “Nest for your nursery,” the Sproutling’ Baby Monitor is a rubber wearable sensor that attaches to the baby’s leg with a soft hypoallergenic, machine-washable strap. According to Sproutling's co-founder and CEO Chris Bruce, who got the idea for the monitor when his second child was born, claims it's a rare...