The week in wearable tech

It's been another busy seven days for wearables - here's all the headlines
The week in wearable tech

It seems that a week can't pass without another smartwatch hitting the market. That honour, this week, belongs to Asus who revealed its Android Wear sequel over in Taipei at Computex 2015.

Read on to find out more and to catch up with the other big stories of the past seven days.

Asus ZenWatch 2 to come in two sizes

Asus Zenwatches are like buses. You wait ages for one and then two come along at once. Lazy cliches aside and the Taiwanese company revealed its Android Wear follow-up this week at Computex - and is going down the Apple Watch route of offering its new smartwatch in two sizes.

There's no word on pricing or a release date as of yet - we're told to expect an update on that front at IFA in September. In the meantime, check out our guide to the best Android Wear watch and read our smartwatch buyer's guide.

Apple Watch availability boost

There was good news from Cupertino this week for anyone waiting on delivery of an Apple Watch. If you ordered one during May, you should expect to see it landing on your door mat in the next two weeks.

The tech giant also revealed that some Apple Watch models will go on sale in Apple Stores on 18 June.

Pebble Time playing the waiting game

The Pebble Time Watch app is stuck in Apple approval limbo. Backers of the new smartwatch have begun to receive their devices but iPhone users are unable to set up the smartwatch. Since 23 May the app has been 'in review'.

Better news from Jawbone though, with the UP2 finally available in the UK.

Fitbit leads the way with IPO coming soon

Shipments of wearable tech devices increased 200% year-on-year, with 11.4 million shipments recorded for the first quarter of 2015. For Q1 2014, the IDC states the figure was just 3.8 million, but Fitbit alone has shipped more devices than that in Q1 2015.

The fitness tracking expert leads the way for wearable tech shipments with 3.9 million in the Q1 2015 period - a market share of 34.2% - thanks to the likes of the Fitbit Charge, Charge HR and Surge.

Crowdfund this

This week's crowdfunding subject was the Cogito Fit - a basic notification smartwatch that also packs in activity tracking. Check out our weekly roundup for the full lowdown.

Wearable tech brands want us to build habits towards healthier, fitter goals, stick to these goals, check apps for our progress and turn the act of actually putting on our wristband or monitor into a habit in itself. Take a look at our in-depth feature into the science behind this.


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