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Louis Vuitton’s Tambour Horizon Is a $2900 Android Wear Smartwatch

Louis Vuitton’s Tambour Horizon Is a $2900 Android Wear Smartwatch

Louis Vuitton has partnered with Google and Qualcomm to come up with a super expensive Android Wear smartwatch, known as Tambour Horizon. The wearable will set you back by around $2,900 if you’re getting the top-end variant.

Xiaomi Mi Band 2 Launched with 0.4-Inch OLED Screen, 20 Days Standby Battery Life for $22

Xiaomi Mi Band 2 Launched with 0.4-Inch OLED Screen, 20 Days Standby Battery Life for $22

After a month long delay, Xiaomi today announced the Mi Band 2, its newest and greatest fitness and sleep tracker. Compared to previous Mi Bands, the latest Mi Band 2 comes with a 0.4-inch OLED display that displays the time, steps, and your heart rate.

Building Google Cardboard and enjoying Virtual Reality (VR) on an Android smartphone

Building Google Cardboard and enjoying Virtual Reality (VR) on an Android smartphone

Google’s announcement of Cardboard a year ago introduced an era of Virtual Reality using little more than the smartphone already in your pocket. But with screen sizes and resolutions increasing, the VR experience is now much better than it was – it seems we really do have a reason to want QHD screens after all! Here I investigate how easy is it to put together, check out the quality, and look at any tweaks needed for smartphones that don’t quite fit.

Sony releases SmartBand 2 companion app into the Play Store

Sony releases SmartBand 2 companion app into the Play Store

It’s been a stretch of time since Sony officially unveiled the SmartBand fitness tracker in 2014, so the company is due for an upgrade any time now.

Alcatel Onetouch Watch goes up for pre-order at $149

Alcatel Onetouch Watch goes up for pre-order at $149

The Alcatel Onetouch Watch, which made its debut at this year’s CES 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada, is now available to pre-order.

Olio Model One is a round, premium smartwatch that’s compatible with Android

Olio Model One is a round, premium smartwatch that’s compatible with Android

A new start-up has just unveiled its first product, and it’s a premium, round smartwatch called the Olio Model One.

Xiaomi could launch a new smartwatch and more at March 31 event

Xiaomi could launch a new smartwatch and more at March 31 event

Chinese gadget maker Xiaomi has scheduled a media event for March 31, which is expected to see the unveiling of a number of new devices. In addition to a new midrange smartphone, recent reports have indicated that Xiaomi’s first smartwatch could be on the way.

HTC Grip is the company’s first wearable fitness tracker

HTC Grip is the company’s first wearable fitness tracker

Beside the One M9, HTC also unveiled its first wearable that it has developed in partnership with Urban Armour — the Grip. The wearable is aimed at fitness enthusiasts and comes with a dedicated GPS chip and a bunch of other sensors.

Sony’s SmartWatch 3 stainless steel variant launches this week with Premium Todoist included

Sony’s SmartWatch 3 stainless steel variant launches this week with Premium Todoist included

Sony’s original SmartWatch 3, with its rubber band, went up for sale near the end of 2014. In early January, though, the company unveiled a stainless steel variant.

The post-2013 commoditisation of Android phones and the future

The post-2013 commoditisation of Android phones and the future

The climb in terms of size and specification was bound to plateau, of course. Long time Android watchers will remember giddy excitement this time four years ago, in 2011, over the appearance of the Samsung Galaxy S II, with enormous 4.3” WVGA screen, an astonishing 8MP camera and a dual core processor. At the time (I was there) it was almost the Second Coming. Yet in 2015, this same set of specs would be derided on all but the most budget of budget handsets. Huge progress was made in the next two years, but I contend that these were followed by two years of commoditisation.