The week in wearable tech

We make it easy to stay up to date with all that's new in the world of wearables
The week in wearable tech

Another seven days have flown by and, yet again, we found ourselves at the dawn of The week in wearable tech; our one-stop shop for getting up to speed with all the goings on in the world of wearables.

It's been a busy week, so let's get stuck straight in...

Xiaomi's Chinese take-away

Chinese technology brand Xiaomi officially launched in the US and UK this week, bringing its budget devices outside of China for the first time. And there was more good news for the company as it was revealed it sold the second most fitness trackers in the first quarter of 2015 - behind only Fitbit.

Check out our guide to the best budget activity trackers to see what Xiaomi is up against.

It's Pebble Time

We really hope that the reports that Pebble is struggling financially, and have resorted to a loan just to stay afloat, aren't true. We'd rather more good news - like the confirmed 27 shipping date for Pebble Time smartwatches - emerges.

If you're considering ordering the next-gen Pebble, make sure you check out our comprehensive guide.

Android Wear maps latest update

It's all go for Android Wear smartwatch users. Firstly, the 5.1.1 update began to roll-out across the range and secondly, full fat Google Maps seems to be landing on certain smartwatches too.

Take a look at our comprehensive guide to all the new Android Wear features the update involves - in a nutshell it's a revamped UI, easier menu navigation, always-on apps, emojis and Wi-Fi connectivity.

Apple Watch bug zapper

The first update for the Apple Watch landed this week, delivering a host of bug fixes, as well as new emojis and some tweaks to the fitness features. The update will take Watch OS to version 1.0.1 (up from 1.0) and is available now.

Read our definitive Apple Watch review and also take a look at how Apple's smartwatch compares to the LG Watch Urbane.

Crowdfund this

We don't usually cover storage devices on Wareable, but ReVault has an interesting twist on the personal cloud idea.

Rather than an internet enabled solution like Dropbox, or a physical hard-drive that syncs to a server like WD MyCloud, ReVault is a storage device you wear; as a watch or a pendant - that's your choice. Read our weekly crowdfund focus for more info.


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