Samsung, LG Unveil New Smartwatches S Gear, G Watch R; Specifications, Availability Details

South Korean consumer electronics giants, Samsung and LG officially unveiled two new smartwatches on Thursday (28 August) – S Gear and G Watch R respectively. Samsung’s new S Gear wristwatch flaunts a big 2.0-inch super AMOLED screen and run on the company’s proprietary wearable platform Tizen. One striking feature of the S Gear is that it can act as a standalone calling device without being paired to a smartphone.

http://www.ibtimes.co.in/samsung-lg-unveil-new-smartwatches-s-gear-g-watch-r-specifications-availability-details-607856

Samsung is the leading smartwatch brand, latest figures reveal

LOS ANGELES, Aug 23 — Thanks to a proliferation of devices launched since the start of the year, Samsung has grabbed 80 per cent of the global market. The latest data from independent analytics company Canalys, shows that smartwatch shipments totalled almost 2 million units in the first six months of 2014 and that Samsung has managed to snag an 80 per cent share. And if the data, which is based on shipments rather than sales to consumers, are taken at face value, then Pebble is in a distant second with roughly 10 per cent of the market, with Sony back in third place.

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/tech-gadgets/article/samsung-is-the-leading-smartwatch-brand-latest-figures-reveal

Toshiba Joins the Wearable Tech Race

Toshiba’s take on wearable technology offers no global positioning system, heart rate sensor, or an LED or LCD display to tell a user what’s happening. The only sensor the smart band has is an accelerometer. Toshiba’s smartwatch is dropping everything unnecessary for it to do its basic job, which is to monitor the wearer’s activities and send information to a paired mobile device such as a smartphone or a tablet. This data can be inspected and analyzed at a later time.

http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/6726/20140814/toshiba-joins-wearable-tech-race.htm

Xiaomi kicks off price war in wearable device market

China-based Xiaomi has recently released a smart bracelet priced at CNY79 (US$12.79) and the price point is expected to affect other vendors’ pricing for wearable devices they plan to release in the near future, according to some market watchers. Most vendors are using Samsung’s pricing for its Galaxy Gear and Fitbit series as references for their wearable product prices. However, they may need to readjust them in orders to compete against Xiaomi’s device. The Galaxy Gear 2 is priced at US$269 and Fitbit US$99.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140804PD205.html

Lenovo reveals Google glass competitor

SHANGHAI, July 25 — Displaying its smart glasses for the first time in prototype form in its native China yesterday, the company is hoping to attract developers’ and manufacturers’ attention ahead of an official launch in October. Lenovo wants to make its take on smart glasses, called the C1, the central hub of the connected home or office of tomorrow.

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/tech-gadgets/article/lenovo-reveals-google-glass-competitor

Japan Airlines hopes smartwatches for gate staff will fly

It can be tough getting the attention of airport gate staff. Soon they might have an additional distraction: smartwatches. Japan Airlines (JAL) on Wednesday demonstrated how some of its staff at Haneda airport in Tokyo are using Samsung’s Galaxy Gear 2 to locate and communicate with each other. JAL officials said smartwatches could help improve the efficiency of how and where airport staff are assigned, and improve passenger service. Attendants at two gates in the airport’s Terminal 1 building were sporting the smartwatches during the demonstration, which involved actual flights to domestic cities.

http://mis-asia.com/tech/industries/japan-airlines-hopes-smartwatches-for-gate-staff-will-fly/

China’s Xiaomi to sell US$13 smart wristband, trumpets global ambitions

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is bringing its low-price strategy to wearables, and offering a smart wristband that will sell for a mere US$13, the company announced on Tuesday. “I believe this wristband will very soon become the world’s best selling wristband,” said Xiaomi’s CEO Lei Jun during a product launch. Called the Mi Band, the device is meant mainly to be a fitness tracker with a 30-day battery life. But when worn, the wristband can also automatically unlock the user’s smartphone when in close proximity.

http://mis-asia.com/tech/industries/chinas-xiaomi-to-sell-us13-smart-wristband-trumpets-global-ambitions/

Asustek talks of ‘trade-offs’ in smartwatch line

TAIPEI–When Asustek (華碩) Computer Inc.’s first smartwatch debuts to the world, it will be an innovative product with the right balance between launch timing, technical feasibility, price and form factor, company Chairman Jonney Shih (施崇棠) vowed Thursday. Answering reporters’ question at the Taiwan Economic Summit in Taipei, Shih said Asustek has learned a lot about such “trade offs” between perceptual and rational factors during the design process.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/asia-taiwan/2014/07/07/411770/Asustek-talks.htm

Foxconn turns sights to robots, electrics cars, wearables

Expect more wearables, robots and even electric cars to come from manufacturing giant Foxconn Technology Group, as the Taiwanese company tries to reinvent itself as a broader technology service provider. While Foxconn now mainly manufactures products for vendors like Apple and Sony, the company is hoping to seize on new opportunities emerging in the market. “When a typhoon comes, even a pig can fly,” joked Foxconn’s CEO Terry Gou at its annual shareholders’ meeting on Wednesday.

http://mis-asia.com/tech/industries/foxconn-turns-sights-to-robots-electrics-cars-wearables/

Wearable device shipments to surge in 3Q14 – from Taiwan

Wearable device shipments are expected to surge in the third quarter as most vendors have decided to launch devices during the quarter. Vendors which originally planned to release products in the first half, have also postponed their plans as they wait for the market or product designs to mature, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. Vendors including Apple, Samsung Electronics, Epson, Sony, Acer, Asustek Computer and Adidas have already prepared or launched wearable devices for the third quarter. Upstream chip supplier Qualcomm will also join the competition with devices.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140623PD204.html

Quanta may become key assembler of Apple’s new iWatch: Morgan Stanley

TAIPEI — Taiwan-based Quanta Computer Inc., an Apple Inc. supplier for MacBook laptop lines, could become the main assembler of Apple’s rumored wearable device, the “iWatch,” according to U.S. brokerage Morgan Stanley. The iWatch, which is expected to be launched in the fourth quarter of this year, is expected to contribute more than 10 percent of Quanta’s sales in the October-December period on shipments of 10 million units, Morgan Stanley said.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/company-focus/2014/06/23/410773/Quanta-may.htm

Taiwan’s Quanta to start mass production of Apple’s smartwatch in July: source

TAIPEI: Taiwan’s Quanta Computer Inc will start mass production of Apple Inc’s first smartwatch in July, a source familiar with the matter said, as the US tech giant tries to prove it can still innovate against rival Samsung Electronics Co Ltd.  The still-unnamed watch, which Apple followers have dubbed the iWatch, will be the company’s first foray into a niche product category that many remain sceptical about, especially as to whether it can drive profits as growth slows in tech gadgets.

http://www.thestar.com.my/Tech/Tech-News/2014/06/20/Taiwans-Quanta-to-start-mass-production-of-Apples-smartwatch-in-July-source/

Taiwan’s Acer to launch ‘smartband’ wearable device

TAIPEI: Taiwan’s leading personal computer maker Acer announced on Friday that it will debut its first wearable device at the upcoming Computex trade show before shipping the products later this year. Liquid Leap, a one-inch touch-screen smartband with fitness tracking, phone and SMS notification and music control, will be sold together with the Liquid Jade smartphone in selected markets from the third quarter, Acer said.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/technology/taiwan-s-acer-to-launch/1129816.html

Sony’s first smartband in Taiwan launched

TAIPEI — Japan’s Sony Mobile Communications announced its first smartband in Taiwan Monday, extending its leadership in the niche market of wearable computing devices to a new product category. The Sony SmartBand SWR10 is waterproof and incorporates a removable core unit that contains advanced sensor technology that feels the wearers’ movements and sends personal fitness data to their smartphones or tablets.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/company-focus/2014/05/06/407052/Sonys-first.htm

Acer jumps on the smart bandwagon

The Liquid Leap provides the wearer with text message and call notifications and, when it isn’t relaying information from a smartphone, can track fitness too.  One of a host of new products revealed at a special launch event in New York on Tuesday, the band is just 17mm thick so should be comfortable to wear all day and is meant to keep things simple, or so says Acer. 

http://www.thestar.com.my/Tech/Tech-News/2014/04/30/Acer-jumps-on-the-smart-bandwagon/

MediaTek to begin rolling out solutions for wearable devices, IoT applications in 3Q14

MediaTek plans to begin volume production of its Aster solutions for wearable device and IoT (Internet of Things) applications in the third quarter of 2014, according to industry sources. Aster will come as a platform solution that includes chips, software, firmware and reference designs, and therefore will be very competitive in the market, the sources noted.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140429PD215.html

Acer’s first wearable said to be unveiled in the middle of 2014

TAIPEI — Acer Inc.’s first wearable computing device could take the form of a fitness band that is expected to be unveiled in the middle of this year, a source with direct knowledge to the matter said.  The smartband will be equipped with a small screen to pair with other handsets like a smartphone or a tablet, the source told CNA on condition of anonymity because the information was not public yet.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/company-focus/2014/04/28/406404/Acers-first.htm

Hardware players able to earn 75% of wearable device profits, says Intel executive – from Hong Kong

TAG indexVice president of Intel Labs Jesse Fang, at the China Sourcing Fair: Electronics and Components Spring show in Hong Kong, said that wearable devices can be categorized into three major segments: the US$350 to US$500 and above multi-function model, the US$100-350 mid-range, and sub-US$100 single-function models, and about 75% of wearable device profits are earned by hardware players.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140421PD206.html

Samsung Galaxy S5 joins new smartwatches and fitness tracker in today’s global launch

It feels like ages since the Samsung Galaxy S5 was revealed (it was nearly seven weeks ago), but now the phone is finally going on sale. Samsung (005930:KS) announced this morning that the phone is now on sale “in 125 countries in Europe, Middle East, North America, Latin America, and most of Asia.” It’s not just Samsung’s newest flagship phone that’s debuting today – the Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches and the Samsung Gear Fit are hitting the same markets right now.

http://www.techinasia.com/samsung-galaxy-s5-launch-in-125-countries/

FPCB suppliers reportedly deliver samples for Apple iWatch validation

Flexible PCB suppliers Flexium Interconnect, Zhen Ding Technology Holding and Career Technology reportedly have delivered FPCB samples for use in iWatch devices to Apple for validation, according to industry sources. Apple is expected to unveil the iWatch wearable devices in September, the sources indicated.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140408PD218.html