Smartwatches are back, baby! Here's what's new

Smartwatches are back, baby! Here's what's new

Smartwatches are not dead. Not yet. It's true that sports wearables and smartbands, which are less smart but have cheaper specs, are getting the better of the wearable world but Samsung and LG are ready to bet on new smartwatches again.

LG: Two smartwatches with Wear OS incoming

Sources around the web are whispering about two planned LG smartwatches. The models that have appeared so far are the W315 and W319, and both have passed through the FCC. Some internal sources have revealed that LG is actually working on two new wearables, so, for now at least, the clues seem to confirm their existence.

These are two Wear OS smartwatches, and this is also confirmed by the images in past FCC documents where the Play Store screen, settings, and icon appear. At the moment no other detail has emerged but the two wearables could be shown during the IFA in Berlin.

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New smartwatches are coming in from LG and Samsung. / © ANDROIDPIT

Will Samsung's next smartwatch say goodbye to Tizen?

Samsung has never really abandoned the world of smartwatches. The latest creation is the Gear Sport, announced almost a year ago at the IFA and designed for athletes. This year will bring a new member to the Gear family: will it be called Gear S4, Gear Watch or Galaxy Watch? There have been many rumors about this, none so far confirmed.

And if Galaxy Watch will be the name, should we expect a return to Wear OS? What about Tizen? Questions unfortunately still unanswered but also carried forward by the well-known leaker Ice Universe. Among the talked about novelties of the future smartwatch are a 470 mAh battery, a new UX interface, heart rate measurement, a PLP chip to make the device thinner and Bixby. The question is: will we see it at IFA or on August 9 along with the Note 9?

And that's not all...

Smartwatches are still alive. They attract a smaller pool of users than smartbands but are still on the market and brands are trying to improve them, make them more independent and attractive to users. These are expensive devices, after all.

Huawei also seems to be working on a smartwatch with integrated waterproof and noise-canceling Bluetooth headsets. The patent was published in the World Intellectual Property Organization on June 28. It is a patent, so there is no certainty about it being made, but it shows that Huawei also continues to regard the world of smartwatches with interest.

Probably the IFA 2018 will be the occasion in which we can put in-hand several new smartwatches that, we hope, will be able to convince us with new useful features in everyday life and with greater independence from the smartphone.

Do you already have a smartwatch? If not, what keeps you from getting one?

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  • After trying fossil Gen 3 explorist & fitbit versa for sometime, I've finally zeroed in on the garmin forerunner 935. I'm fascinated by it & love the smart features, notifications & above all the exercise and fitness stats, which seem to be mostly accurate & comprehensive. Moreover the battery life is above 10 days which I am getting

    • I agree, I own a Fenix 5 and the concept is fantastic and for me it's the perfect watch. Shame about that price tag though.

  • I'd rather have a watch that tells me how many steps I've taken, what my heart rate is while I'm exercising, and how many hours I slept last night.

  • I love using samsung pay on it along with my lg phone

  • I finally broke down and got a Gear S3 Frontier about 3 weeks ago. So far, so good. 2 days pretty much on battery life. It's nice when I'm in the car, the phone is in my belt case to glance at who is email/texting (phone goes through the car).

  • I have a Samsung Gear S2 Classic that I love, but since updating my Pixel 2 XL to 9.0 public beta, my S2 has become a paper weight. The Gear Manager app force closes every time I try to pair. I have tried everything from factory resetting both devices, called Samsung support (no help of course, tried to blame Google), troubleshot with Google support, attempted to use a patched APK, but nothing is fixing it! It worked fine of 8.1 Oreo.

    If anyone has any ideas, I would seriously appreciate it! So frustrating to not be able to use my S2.

  • storm Jul 13, 2018 Link to comment

    Too expensive for their functional life. And far too little function.

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