And finally: Samsung to launch AR and VR headsets "in coming months"

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Welcome to And finally, our weekly round-up of the rumours and whispers that make up the wearable tech industry.

It’s been a big week of news as always at Wareable, as we reported on Apple’s domination of wearables and a new Galaxy Watch 2 in the works.

But there are also some really interesting movements in the industry with some key new products coming to the fore. Read on for more details.

Samsung to launch AR headsets

And finally: Samsung to launch AR and VR headsets "in coming months"

Samsung could be about to launch new VR and AR headsets, as it looks to build on its early success with the Samsung Gear VR, reports Variety.

Over at Augmented World Expo in the US, Farshid Fallah, Samsung director of developer relations for XR and gaming, said that the company plans to launch “multiple AR and VR products” over the coming months.

While it has focussed on the Samsung Odyssey that was built for high end gaming experiences, it seems mobile might be back on the agenda.

The new Galaxy S10 is set to feature depth sensors and Bixby Vision, which can identify real-world objects, which are key augmented reality building blocks for a headset. When will we see it? IFA 2019 in September could be a top bet.

Amazon builds team for hearable launch

And finally: Samsung to launch AR and VR headsets "in coming months"

We reported back in April that Amazon was working on an Alexa hearable, and that seems to be confirmed by a spate of new hires. It seems that staff from the now defunct Doppler Labs, which pioneered the hearable space, are moving over to Amazon’s Lab126 – which is developing the new earbud product.

Dave Kemp, who writes hearables blog Future Ear, noted on Twitter that:

KR was a VP at Doppler labs, and has spent time on boards for the Hearing Loss Association of America, World Wide Hearing and also advised Google on disability inclusion.

She is obviously one of the top names for hearing tech. As Principal Accessibility Lead at Lab126, it seems Amazon’s hearable plans are more advanced than a simple AirPod, as it could bring Alexa to those who are hard of hearing, and of course, master the advanced technology in hearing aid products to bring to the consumer space.

Pokémon Go Apple Watch app pulled

And finally: Samsung to launch AR and VR headsets "in coming months"

Niantic has pulled support for its Pokémon Go Apple Watch app, as it looks to build out its own software experiences, reports 9to5Mac.

The Apple Watch app fed into the fitness tracking and step counting elements of the game – but the company says that supporting the app diverts attention away from its new Adventure Sync app.

Pokémon GO is officially ending support for Apple Watch devices. Trainers using Apple Watch will no longer be able to connect their Apple Watch to Pokémon GO after July 1, 2019,” Niantic said in a statement.

“Because Adventure Sync allows Trainers the option of tracking their steps… we want to focus on building Adventure Sync so that Trainers will no longer have to split their gameplay between two devices.”

Adventure Sync launched in November, and imports health data from Apple Health and Google Fit.

Fitbit Pay heads to NY Subway

And finally: Samsung to launch AR and VR headsets "in coming months"

As the NY Subway stutters into the modern era with contactless turnstiles, it seems wearable users will have plenty of options to tap-and-go, according to TechCrunch.

Along with Apple and Google Pay, Fitbit has confirmed that its payment system will also work on the transport network. The NY Subway is starting with payments for single journeys at first, and will hopefully roll out to all stations by 2021.

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He started his career at Future Publishing, James became the features editor of T3 Magazine and and was a regular contributor to TechRadar – before leaving Future Publishing to found Wareable in 2014.

James has been at the helm of Wareable since 2014 and has become one of the leading experts in wearable technologies globally. He has reviewed, tested, and covered pretty much every wearable on the market, and is passionate about the evolving industry, and wearables helping people achieve healthier and happier lives.

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