​And finally: Apple Watch sales figures plunge and more

A look at this week's wearable tech rumours, murmurs and titbits
Apple Watch sales figures take a hit

And finally is our round-up of the rumours and tech news you might have missed from the wearable tech world this week.

While we don't speculate on rumours throughout the week, every Sunday we indulge ourselves a little, and report on the half-truths and whispers that make following tech so interesting.

So wrap up the weekend by taking a look at the latest stories, murmurings and headlines to hit the web over the last seven days.

Apple Watch sales nosedive

Sales of the Apple Watch have taken a hit in the second quarter of 2016, with IDC's reporting a 55% drop compared to last year. Apple is estimated to have sold 1.6 million units in Q2 2016, compared to 3.6 million in Q2 2015.

The wider press is hyping this as a sign that the Apple Watch – and smartwatches in general – have run their course, but there is slightly more context to consider. Firstly, the 2016 figure is being directly compared to its launch quarter.

Secondly, the Apple Watch 2's rumoured arrival has undoubtedly impacted sales. Its successor was touted for the company's event in April as well as WWDC in June, and appeared at neither. It's nearing two years since the original Apple Watch's unveiling in September 2014, and the device now seems to be running out of steam.

The problem is that Apple's smartwatch dominance has contributed to the overall sales figures for smartwatches falling, with Q2 features down 32%year-on-year. But it's not all bad news. Figures showed healthy sales increases for Samsung, Garmin and Sony, showing the smartwatch party isn't over yet.

We've been doing our own research this week and have compiled our list of wearable tech sales from all the major names.

Odyssey could be Samsung's Rift rival


Samsung could be set to take on the Oculus Rift with a standalone virtual reality device to run alongside its Gear VR. Pocket-lint reports that brand trademark and logo registration requests in Korea show that Samsung has applied for a mysterious product name called Odyssey. It's also applied for a logo, which feature the letters "VR".

There's no word from Samsung but an expansion of its VR range could potentially be on the horizon.

Check out our list of the best Oculus Rift games and, of course, our head-to-head review of the HTC Vive vs Oculus Rift.

Vive branded PCs incoming


When you think of HTC, the PC market doesn't come to mind. But according to SlashGear that could all change, with HTC reportedly set to partner up with tech giant HP to sell Vive-branded PCs.

It seems the main aim for the partnership is to boost HTC's VR business by selling HP PC bundles featuring the HTC Vive headset. Delivering top quality VR is hugely demanding on PCs, so offering customers certainty that a PC is up to the task could be hugely beneficial.

There has been no word on the rumour from either company.

Pebble designer makes smartwatch hoodie

Drab hoodies are the uniform of Silicon Valley, which is the reasoning behind this hoodie from Pebble's head of industrial design. Tired of trying to catch a glimpse of his Pebble's Timeline interface, Mark Solomon designed the Smarthole Hoodie, with a handy panel in the arm to ensure his smartwatch's screen is always visible. It's a great idea, even if we at Wareable aren't really the biggest hoodie fans. Excuse us while we take a pair of scissors to rest of our wardrobe...


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