The week in wearable tech

All the essential stories from a big week in wearables
The week in wearable tech

After a summer hiatus, the wearable technology industry is back in full swing as it gears up for a bumper Christmas. This week has seen some big name product launches, a major update to the Apple Watch and further evidence that VR is set to explode.

So read on for everything you need to know from this week in wearable tech.

Get watchOS 2 now on Apple Watch

It arrived fashionably late but it's finally here, Apple's big update to its smartwatch is live. The update delivers native apps and customisable watch faces among other improvements, and is available to download for all versions of the Apple Watch.

You can read all about the improvements delivered in watchOS 2 and of course, make sure you bookmark our Apple Watch super guide which is full of tips and tricks.

Pebble Time Round bets big on style

It took us completely by surprise this week, but Pebble has come back with a new, round-faced smartwatch. It's certainly a snazzy piece of wrist wear, but there have been some compromises on battery life, which is now down to just two days.

Without its trademark battery life, Pebble's new round smartwatch is betting everything on style. And stylish it is - just 7.5mm thick with a choice of finish and strap size, this $249 watch is wooing women hard.

Read everything you need to know about the Pebble Time Round and check out the best smartwatches money can buy.

Samsung Gear VR gets serious

Samsung has updated its Gear VR headset, and this time it means business. It now works with more phones - any Samsung phone from the 2015 line-up and beyond in fact. The cheaper headset is lighter, with a redesigned tactile trackpad and a new GamePad accessory. Sales start in November, and it's going to be a hit this Christmas.

The news was dropped at an Oculus event where it was revealed that a tonne of new content was coming to the platform including Netflix, arcade games and more.

Check out the best VR headsets, the best VR kits for smartphones, and most importantly, our collection of top VR games and experiences.

Monument Valley makers create VR game

If there's one story this week to really focus on, it's that Monument Valley creators Ustwo are working on a VR game called Lands End.

The game takes place across a series of islands that you follow along on a set path. Each island features an iconic Ustwo architecture with puzzles hidden inside that you must solve in order to move on. When you have completed the puzzles on one island, you will fly across a virtual ocean to the next location.

Microsoft Band 2 images leak

Microsoft has been gearing up to revamp its fitness tracker, and we could see the finished product at an event on 6 October. However, that hasn't stopped from unverified images hitting the web.

There's no way of being sure if this indeed is how the Microsoft Band 2 will look – but it does seem like a natural evolution. It still looks very chunky to us, but Microsoft seems like its committed to packing in as much technology as humanly possible – and we're looking forward to hearing what the Band 2 has in store.

Be sure to check out our round up of the best fitness trackers to get a top-down look at the state of the market today.


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