Swatch has chosen to develop its own operating system as part of a smartwatch development programme. The company, which has long been linked with an entry into the smartwatch market, has chosen to eschew the likes of Android Wear and Tizen in order to develop its own platform.
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Two new smartwatches from LG are set to launch, with the wearables becoming the first devices to run Android Wear 2.0. The announcement of the new products was actually made by Google, rather than LG, reflecting a collaboration between the two companies.
Sony has developed a new CMOS sensor for smartphones that is capable of capturing footage at 1,000 frames per second. It includes an additional layer with DRAM, allowing for fast readout speeds.
A new trademark has been registered which indicates that Samsung could be working on another activity tracker. The Gear Fit Pro name has been protected by the company with the European Intellectual Property Agency, possibly in preparation for a new device.
In recent years there have been numerous rumours about HTC releasing its own smartwatch. Now speculation has emerged once more, with the Taiwanese manufacturer supposedly working on a new wearable.
LG has confirmed that its LG Hub Robot will use voice recognition technology developed by Amazon. The system is best known for its use within Amazon’s Echo speakers, and will be deployed by LG as part of its artificial intelligence efforts.
As the CES 2017 trade show progresses and tech companies deliver big announcements, Google has shared its own piece of major news. The company has declared that Google Assistant, the virtual assistant that was launched with the Pixel smartphones, will be made available for Android TV.
In the process of updating one of its mobile apps, Samsung appears to have accidentally leaked the fact that it has been working on a service similar to Chromecast built-in (the new name for Google Cast). The new service appears to be a significant improvement on Samsung’s existing offering, going head-to-head with Google’s more established alternative.
With uncertainty having developed over the future of Google’s smartwatch OS, Android Wear product manager Jeff Chang has taken part in a timely interview with The Verge, promising at least two new devices in 2017.
Two new services are being made available for use with Google Home. The speaker will soon work with both Netflix and Google Photos, as support grows for the home automation platform.