And finally: Google working on Android VR and more

The news murmurs and blips from a packed week in wearables
And finally: Google working on Android VR

MWC 2015 stole most of the headlines this week, with the likes of the Huawei Watch, the HTC Grip, the HTC Vive and the Pebble Time Steel dominating the wearable news agenda.

But it was an incredibly busy week and you might have missed a juicy news blip or two. But fear not, And finally, is where you can catch up...

Android VR platform incoming

Google's already part of the new VR movement, courtesy of its Cardboard mobile platform and the plethora of VR apps in Google Play but, if a WSJ report is to be believed, then the Big G also has an internal team working on a dedicated Android VR system.

The report states there is "tens of engineers" working on an Android version that would power VR and AR apps.

Take a look at our guide to the best VR headsets, the competition is really heating up.

Gear VR consumer edition landing later this year

A second version of Samsung's Gear VR headset launched over in Barcelona at MWC, one designed with the new Galaxy S6 smartphone duo in mind, but a proper Gear VR consumer model could land before the year is up.

John Carmack, Oculus' CTO, was speaking at GDC 2015 this week and said that the Gear VR headset, for which Oculus and Samsung collaborated, will make its debut in the Korean company's next product cycle.

Check out our review of the Gear VR Innovator edition.

Moto 360 2 in production

The next smartwatch from Motorola will be a Moto 360 2nd generation and not an entirely new model - that's what Android Pit reported in the week.

The Pit story quotes Motorola's Adrienne Hayes as confirming that the next Moto 360 will be smaller than the original.

Will it be cool enough to land in our best smartwatches round-up?

Fitbit boosted with FitStar acquisition

Fitbit confirmed the acquisition of fitness training app creator FitStar on Wednesday.

"With this acquisition, FitStar members will be able to seamlessly publish their FitStar workouts into Fitbit to see how their personal training or yoga practice impacts their overall health," read a post on the Fitbit blog.

"We'll also soon be rolling out the ability for Fitbit users to set up a FitStar account using their Fitbit account login."


Check out this week's biggest wearable tech news stories and also remember to bookmark our dedicated news page.


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