Samsung has announced its next generation of ‘smart watch’ devices: the Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo. They follow in the footsteps of the Galaxy Gear, which was launched last September.
Both are based on the Tizen operating system.
Huawei has revealed five new products in advance of Mobile World Congress 2014, which opens in Barcelona tomorrow.
Rumours of a ‘smartwatch’ were rewarded with the appearance of the Huawei TalkBand. This has the form factor of a flexible fitness tracker but also incorporates a removable Bluetooth headset with a built-in OLED display.
Figures from the Strategy Analytics Wearable Device Ecosystems service show that 1.9 million smartwatches were shipped last year, with 61.1% of them (1.2 million) running a version of the Android operating system.
Much of this Android growth was driven by sales of Samsung’s Galaxy Gear watch.
Podcast - 8th January 2014
Iain Graham, James Rosewell and Mark Bridge return with their first mobile industry podcast of 2014.
This week they're looking at new Samsung, Sony and ZTE products from CES, they're talking about Android embedded in cars, they're catching up with the latest news from BlackBerry, they're discussing cheque payments by smartphone, they're revealing complaint data from Ofcom and they're investigating quite a few other stories as well.
Plus a new 'smart home' initiative
Samsung has revealed four new tablets at CES 2014: one Samsung Galaxy NotePRO device and three TabPRO devices.
In addition, Samsung has announced the ‘Samsung Smart Home’ service that’ll help consumers manage Smart TVs, home appliances and smartphones through a single platform.