Welcome to the week in wearable technology – come back once again to bring you a summary of what happened in the past week. The news was dominated by two losses of Fitbit: the first of a new Fitbit fitness tracker for children and a second of what appears to be a Fitbit Versa Special Edition smartwatch, with no visible changes to the design.
Continue reading for the rest of the week that you may have missed.
We are rushing towards the release of Samsung's next smartwatch – with widespread speculation exactly what will be called. There are two schools of thought – the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active and the Samsung Galaxy Watch Sport – and the losses this week show that it could be the first.
XDA Developers has identified the firmware files for the upcoming Samsung release pointing to the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active monikor – and what it claims is a complete data sheet for the upcoming smartwatch.
We are seeing that it works with Tizen 4.0 (sorry not Wear OS) and an Exynos 9110 processor. Presumably, the firmware files reveal a 1.3-inch circular display, a 318 DPI and a 360 × 360 resolution – and a smaller 230 mAh battery, which is significantly smaller than any Samsung smartwatch before it.
There is also GPS, NFC, a heart rate monitor – and the voice makes special mention of a "stress monitor". It looks like the complete package, as one would expect from Samsung, which will always compete with Apple and Fitbit on specifications.
We expect to see the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active on Unpacked or MWC in the coming weeks. And take a look at our guide to the best 2019 smartwatches.
Google to hire new VP of wearables
Big things are happening in Google wearable devices (is this 2014?!) With the company looking for a VP of wearable hardware engineering – while looking at creating their own devices. The list of jobs outlines the role, with the candidate "responsible for the design, development and delivery of all Google wearable products".
"It will conduct and allow the effectiveness of a large engineering organization based primarily on Mountain View to simultaneously develop more next generation wearable products."
The burden of "many next generation wearables" is pretty exciting and shows that Google is not satisfied with its current number. While Wear OS has had some traction, Google has never created its own wrist-based wearable. And the fact that the company has just paid out $ 40 million for the Fossil smartwatch IP for future technology indicates it's getting pretty serious. Pixel Watch – here we are.
Google Glass is back
It's really 2014! Fast, place a bet on the Seattle Seahawks to win the Super Bowl and put a subtle bet on Google Glass in a subtly way. This is because Google is about to abandon Google Glass Enterprise 2 after it landed at the FCC – according to Android Headlines.
There is valuable information on intelligent specifications, which will only be available for business use. Are we excited? Not really – but take a look at our summary of the smartglass that made us angry.
Strava hits the slopes
Protected by cyclists and runners, Strava has expanded to include skiing and snowboarding as part of its offer. It's actually a partnership with Slopes, which provides an Apple Watch app to track your free time in white things.
Just connect the Strava iPhone app to your Slopes account and you're good to go. It is hoped that this will be extended to Garmin and other sports watches – and Strava can make the data useful and interesting as for the race.