Come crawling back, have you? Well, who could blame you – it’s been another barnstorming week in the ever-wacky world of wearable tech.
We saw Oculus reveal its new Quest headset, Google roll out new Wear OS software to its smartwatches and plenty more in between. However, there’s also been plenty of rumours on the grapevine.
And here at And finally, we give these stories, these whispers, a home. This week, we have a filing for new Huawei and Honor smartwatches, Garmin’s next watch and an early insight into the the Apple Watch Series 4’s popularity.
Huawei preparing two smartwatches
Huawei has been teasing us for some time now over the release date for the Huawei Watch 3. We know it’s coming, with the company already admitting as much, but just when it’ll happen remains unclear.
Richard Yu indicated that it wouldn’t land while the Watch 2 is still selling well, but since then we’ve seen the Watch 2 2018 released in China and further rumours swirl over the next generation. And after MySmartPrice uncovered an FCC filing in the name of the company, we might have our first true details about the device, as well as another watch from sister company Honor.
The listing reveals little, but we do know that the Huawei’s model number will be FTN-B19 and it will support NFC and GPS. MySmartPrice says that the smartwatch will be called the Huawei Watch GT (seemingly keeping with the sporty design it’s pushed through the last generation), though, of course, it’s still all very much speculation whether this will indeed be the next launch device from the company. Stay tuned for more over the coming weeks and months.
Garmin Marq could be inbound
Huawei seemingly isn’t the only company planning its next moves within the space, with Android Headlines spotting a trademark application from Garmin which appears to denote a new line of smartwatches.
The company is fresh off releasing an upgrade to its Fenix 5 line, as well as the Garmin Vivosmart 4, though the filing suggests that a new smartwatch – the Garmin Marq – is in the pipeline. As you might expect, the Marq is expected to feature GPS and a host of sensors to aid activity tracking, but we don’t yet know how exactly this will differ from its current smartwatch flagship, the Vivoactive 3.
If it is indeed true, there’s still a small chance the company pushes this one out before the holiday rush, but it does feel more likely it’ll be saved for early in 2019, given the amount Garmin has already launched this year.
Apple-owned Beddit to shut cloud services
Beddit has announced that its Cloud services will cease for all users on 15 November, while also noting that locally stored historic data will be available providing it’s downloaded before the cut-off.
No reason was given for halting the services now, though the wrap-up perhaps suggest firm plans from its owner, Apple, within the realms of sleep tracking. The feature still isn’t an official part of the Apple Watch, despite rivals offering it across the board, and there’s been little to suggest how it will incorporate the smarts of Beddit.
Of course, this isn’t great news for consistent Beddit users, though luckily there’s plenty of sleep trackers and monitors out there for you to choose from – or you can wait for the Apple Watch Series 5.
Apple struggling to keep up with demand for Series 4
Colour us surprised, but the Apple Watch Series 4 appears to be selling gangbusters. Apple’s new smartwatch appears to be continuing the trend set by its predecessors, as Digitimes indicates the company has contacted an additional supplier to keep up with demand.
According to the report, Quanta Computer’s capacity for the Apple Watch Series 4 at its factory in Changshu, China is fully loaded, with the wearable’s second supplier, Compal Electronics, set to begin mass production of the smartwatch in November 2018.
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