This was a week of highs and lows. Frederique Constant unveiled the world’s first mechanical smartwatch, which uses its companion app to give you insight onto the watch’s movements. Also, its CEO told us Apple is a threat to the Swiss watch world.
We also know what’s coming from the next two generations of Apple’s Airpods. One will arrive later this year and feature a new wireless chip and Hey Siri integration, and another will arrive early in 2019 with water resistance.
The low was that a leaked Nokia memo revealed the fate of Nokia’s health products. It’s not looking good, folks. That’s not all that happened this week though, so we’ve collected some of the other stories of the week for you right here.
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Xiaomi Mi Band 3 on the way
Xiaomi’s Mi Bands are extremely popular around the world. For good reason, they’re extremely inexpensive fitness trackers, they’ll track your activity, the sleep tracking works and they’re actually comfortable.
Rejoice, Mi Band fans, because it looks like a third iteration of the device is on the way. It looks like Xiaomi has gotten Bluetooth certification. The certification was declared on 22 February, and we don’t know much about the device other than it supports Bluetooth 4.2 LE.
You can probably expect some sort of announcement around the corner though, with a release by the summer. For what it’s worth, the Mi Band 2 was in our hands by May of 2017.
Intel’s new smartglasses are nothing more than a ‘science project’
Intel made a big splash when it unveiled its new AR smartglasses, part of a new spinoff company called Vaunt. The glasses look good, are light and project right into your retina. But they also may be too good to be true.
That’s what sources are telling CNBC. The devices limited debut (only The Verge got to try them out) and an emphasis on the aesthetics of the glasses are reportedly to mask from its technological shortcomings, the sources say. In fact, two sources who work in AR say that they’re more like a “science project or science experiment” rather than a product expected to launch in late 2018.
Android Pay is now Google Pay
Google is not just focused on Android. It’s also got Chrome and Google Assistant, and it wants you to be able to buy things on all of them. To do that, it’s ditching Android Pay for Google Pay, which is mostly the same thing with new branding.
It’s also changing the name of Google Wallet, which is now being called Google Pay Send. It’s unclear why Google Wallet functionality, which let you send money to friends or family, isn’t in the new Google Pay. After all, Apple Pay allows you to send over money quickly and easily.
Apple wants to join your yoga class
Apple has gradually improved the fitness recognition abilities of the Apple Watch. For instance, Apple has even added the ability to track wheelchair workouts.
The Cupertino company has now filed a patent for a yoga calorie counting tool. The tool combines heart rate and motion data to determine the type of yoga you’re doing and how hard you’re working. It can even use temperature for those hot yoga sessions.
The Apple Watch can’t currently sense temperature unless it’s pulling it in from a weather app, so that functionality likely won’t be fully capable until an Apple Watch with a temperature sensor is released. But it does look like the tool can still work without the temperature setting.
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