When the Apple Watch was first launched, many companies were quick to launch support for it. However as time passed, companies started to pull support for their watchOS apps, Google included. The good news is that it looks like Google has started making apps for the Apple Watch again.
When it comes to the Apple Watch, Apple has partnered up with a couple of companies to create special editions of the wearable. For those who might be more into fitness and sports, there is the Nike edition, and for those who might be a bit more fashion conscious, there is the Apple Watch Hermès edition.
When the Apple Watch was first launched, they introduced a $10,000 model made out of gold and was known as the Apple Watch Edition. Apple later toned this down by launching a slightly more affordable version with the Series 2 and Series 3 made out of ceramic, but with the Series 4, it seems that Apple’s experiment with the Edition models came to an end.
The Apple Watch features a fixed display as most watches do, but it seems that Apple could be exploring the idea that one day the Apple Watch could sport a flexible display that would wrap around the wearer’s wrist. This is according to a recently discovered patent by Foldable News which suggests that Apple is looking into an Apple Watch with a flexible screen.
MWC 2019 is coming up and it is expected to be a huge event where we will see a lot of announcements from various companies. Samsung will be hosting their own event where the Galaxy S10 will be announced. There are rumors that a 5G smartphone could also be announced, and the company’s foldable smartphone as well.
While Google might be enjoying massive success with its Android mobile platform, the same cannot really be said about the company’s attempts with wearables, where based on the latest figures by NPD, it seems that Wear OS only accounts for 12% of the smartwatch market, leaving the rest of the pie to other companies such as Apple, Samsung, and Fitbit.
We know that Google will be launching new Pixel smartphones this year, and now according to a report from the Nikkei Asian Review, they have detailed the hardware that Google could be launching this year which includes the Pixel smartphones, a budget Pixel smartphone that we have been hearing about for a while now, a new Google Home, and the Pixel Watch.
We’ve seen how in the past the Apple Watch has managed to help alert the wearer to impending heart attacks. Now according to a report from ABC 11 News (via 9to5Mac), the Apple Watch has managed to potentially save the life of a nurse by the name of Beth Stamps by alerting her to an abnormally high heart rate.
One of the unique features of Samsung’s smartwatches to date is its rotating bezel which allowed users to control certain features of the smartwatch via the bezel if they preferred interacting with it in a way that also provided tactile feedback. However it seems that Samsung could be considering ditching that feature.
One of the new features of the Apple Watch Series 4 is the ability to detect falls, and to also call for help when the user is unresponsive after a fall. In a report from NRK (via 9to5Mac), this feature has been credited with saving a life of a 67-year old man in Norway who was found bloody and unconscious on his bathroom floor by emergency authorities.
It’s good to see that despite the Apple Watch Series 0 and Series 1 being so old that Apple is still offering repairs on it. However the problem with older device models is that eventually it gets to the point where producing spare parts and components for it might not be a good use of resources anymore.
For the longest time ever, Samsung used the Gear branding for its wearables and smartwatches, but last year the company switched it up and started using the Galaxy brand for its devices. This is why it doesn’t come as a surprise to learn that Samsung might have a new smartwatch that could also be using the Galaxy brand.
Our smartwatches, specifically the Apple Watch, can measure the health of its wearer, like its heart rate where it can alert users when the heart rate is too low or too high, or has an abnormal rhythm which suggests that something could be wrong. However in the future it could be used for more than just personal health.
The problem with a lot of modern gadgets is that they tend to get outdated fast, where the models offered the year later come with features that makes the previous year’s models feel a bit outdated. Then there is also the issue of software updates where most OEMs tend to focus on their latest products and end up neglecting their older ones.