Baidu, China’s top search engine company, has just taken the wraps off of its own smartwatch OS. It’s called DuWear. Because pretty much every single Google service is blocked in China, Android Wear with its baked-in Google services is useless in China. That seems to have prompted Baidu to take a stab at it making its own. Kaiser Kuo, Baidu’s director of international communications, tells Tech in Asia that a “major manufacturer” is going to make a smartwatch that uses DuWear and it’ll be available to buy in June.
Chinese internet giant Baidu has unveiled its self-designed smart hardware DuRing, a mini projector the size of a ring that can be worn on the finger, reports Shanghai’s National Business Daily. Made of titanium alloy, DuRing weighs 22.8 grams with an 18 mm minimum diameter. It connects to Baidu online video site through wireless technology and projects to a 50-inch screen at the largest with WXGA (1280 x 800) resolution.
With decidedly less fanfare than a new iPhone launch, Apple opened the doors of its Apple Watch Store in Tokyo this morning. While it didn’t appear that anyone camped out for weeks (or even overnight), several hundred Apple devotees, members of the international press, and curious fashionistas queued up for a chance to try on – and perhaps pre-order – Apple’s first entirely new gadget since it launched the iPad five years ago.
BEIJING: Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’sfinance arm and smartphone maker Xiaomi said on Thursday they will jointly develop mobile payment systems using wearable technology, a first for China’s major tech firms. Xiaomi and Ant Financial, an Alibaba affiliate which includes China’s most popular online payment service Alipay, will enable the Alipay Wallet mobile app to link with Xiaomi’s Mi Band smart fitness bracelet. That will let users smooth the process of making payments, bypassing the need for passwords.
Last week’s review of the YiCamera, a GoPro-like camera backed and sold by Chinese phone maker Xiaomi, brought its fair share of divisive criticism. By my own admission, footage from the sports camera that others had posted looked noticeably better than my own. Obviously, Xiaomi wasn’t very happy about the review, either. In the spirit of fairness, I decided to give it another go. Xiaomi sent me a second unit to test, which I did as best I could under similar conditions.
As the first circular Android Wear watch the Moto 360 certainly impressed in terms of style, but a better successor was always inevitable. It looks like that successor might be here sooner rather than later, as an image of it has apparently been spied. The photo was posted to Weibo by none other than Lenovo’s own CEO Yang Yuanqing, so it seems likely that it’s the real deal.
Apple will open its new Watch wearable for online pre-orders on April 10 and start shipping the watch on April 25 to nine countries including Australia. The device will come in three “collections” dubbed Watch Sport, Watch and the 18-carat yellow or rose gold Watch Edition. Watch Sport will retail for A$499 and $579, will the midrange Watch will sell for $799 to $1629 depending on model.
At Apple’s press event today in San Francisco, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed that the company’s newest gadget, the Apple Watch, will be hitting some parts of Asia on day one. China, Hong Kong, and Japan are among the nine countries that will get the watches on their global debut: April 24. Other countries will follow, of course, but no specific launch dates were given.
The Apple Watch will ship over 15 million units worldwide in 2015, according to Strategy Analytics. Apple will quickly become the world’s number one smartwatch vendor and capture 55% global market share in the year, said the research firm. Global smartwatch shipments are forecast to reach 28.1 million units in 2015, up 511% from the 4.6 million units shipped in 2014, Strategy Analytics director Cliff Raskind indicated. Most of the smartwatch growth will come from the new Apple Watch, which the firm forecasts to ship 15.4 million units worldwide in 2015, Raskind said.
British airline Virgin Atlantic has begun an eight-week trial of Sony wearable technology within its engineering department for maintenance and repairs. The trial is being conducted at the airline’s busiest airport, London Heathrow. The aim is to ascertain how the technology can be used for “real time communication between the engineering team on the aircraft and in the engineering support areas”.
HTC has unveiled its new flagship smartphone the HTC One M9 along with its first smart sports bracelet the HTC Grip and a VR (virtual reality) device the HTC Vive during a pre-MWC 2015 event. The HTC One M9 is comparable with its predecessor the HTC One M8 in terms of design and hardware specifications, although the CPU and memory parts of the new flagship model have received upgrades.
BARCELONA, March 2 — Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei yesterday launched its first smartwatch, a round-faced device that works with Android phones, joining a crowded market weeks before the introduction of the highly anticipated Apple Watch. At an event tied to the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the firm unveiled its Huawei watch line in classic, business and sporty versions, while at the same time across town, Korea’s LG Electronics launched a similar round-faced model.
BARCELONA: Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei on Sunday launched its first smartwatch, a round-faced device that works with Android phones, joining a crowded market weeks before the introduction of the highly anticipated Apple Watch. At an event tied to the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the firm unveiled its Huawei watch line in classic, business and sporty versions, while at the same time across town, Korea’s LG Electronics launched a similar round-faced model.
TAIPEI–Taiwan’s Asustek Computer Inc. (華碩) could turn to a second mobile operating system for future smartwatches in order to achieve longer battery life, leaving behind the Android Wear system used on its current ZenWatch, company CEO Jerry Shen (沈振來) said. Shen confirmed however that Asustek will use Google Inc.’s Android Wear in one of its second-generation ZenWatch models before any possible future changes occur.
Although Sony Mobile Communications, LG Electronics, Motorola Mobility and Asustek Computer have launched Android Wear-based smartwatches, Samsung Electronics, HTC and some China-based makers are likely to release comparable models running on their own platforms initially, according to industry sources.
Game development in Southeast Asia is still at a relatively nascent stage, and many studios choose to focus on what’s simple and fast to complete – mobile games for smartphones. Singapore-based studio Dreamrocket, on the other hand, has tried something new with Dragon Laser, a game for smart watches. According to the studio, it’s “easy to pick up, yet challenging to master,” and users are guaranteed to smile every time they break their previous high scores.
A new rumor suggests Apple might have contracted Samsung to be the primary manufacturer for the S1 chip, the processor inside the upcoming Apple Watch. Apple reportedly has acquired 3,000 to 4,000 12-inch wafers every month from Samsung, in an attempt to have sufficient hardware units before the launch in spring, according to ZDNet. Each 12-inch wafer has 700 processors, meaning Apple will be grabbing 2.5 million new processors every month. By the time the Apple Watch launches, Apple should have a healthy supply of available processors.
Asustek Computer has launched its Android Wear-based smartwatch, the ZenWatch in Taiwan, priced at NT$5,990 (US$188). Company CEO Jerry Shen pointed out that monthly production capacity for ZenWatch is about 50,000 units, but it is insuffcient to meet the demand. The company plans to launch the second-generation ZenWatch in July 2015 and has been expanding its capacity in order to satisfy strong demand, Shen noted.
Following a pilot production at the end of 2014, Apple’s new 12-inch MacBook Air is expected to enter mass production in the first quarter of 2015, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. And with the Apple Watch also beginning production at about the same time, Apple’s supply chain players have started accelerating their supplies of related components.