Technology giant Qualcomm says its Connected Experiences subsidiary will release a Qualcomm-branded smartwatch by the end of this year.
The Qualcomm Toq will use the company’s low-power Mirasol display, ensuring the colour touchscreen display is always on. It’ll also feature wireless charging and a stereo Bluetooth audio connection.
After months of rumours, the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch has been announced at IFA 2013.
It’s designed to work as a companion to high-spec Samsung smartphones, notifying users about calls, texts, emails and other messages.
A smartwatch project on crowd-funded site Kickstarter has exceeded its $100,000 (£64,000) financial target in the first day of its 30-day funding window.
The Omate TrueSmart is designed to connect to a smartphone via Bluetooth or WiFi and can also become a stand-alone mobile phone if a SIM card is fitted.
New research from Canalys anticipates more than 5 million smart watches being shipped worldwide next year, which is a 900% increase on this year’s figures.
The company reckons over 330,000 smart watches were shipped last year, with Sony and Motorola leading the market. Over half a million smart watches are expected to ship in 2013.
Sony Mobile has released a new version of its ‘Smartwatch’ device, which connected to compatible smartphones via Bluetooth.
The Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2 is described as a multi-functional watch, notifier, Android app interface and phone remote control.