​The week in wearable tech

Your one stop shop of the week's most important wearable tech news
​The week in wearable tech

Welcome to another bustling Week in Wearable Tech – our round up of the most important stories in the world of smartwatches, fitness trackers, sports technology and virtual reality.

This week we have news of another big sports apparel company buying a fitness tech brand, the latest speculative number placed on Apple Watch sales and a brand new project that's been uncovered over at Samsung.

If you've taken your eye off the wearable tech ball this week then let us catch you up.

Apple Watch sales revealed?

When research companies come out with sales figures for companies that refuse to report their numbers, you have to take everything with a big fat pinch of salt. This week Canalys announced that Apple had shipped 12 million Apple Watch units in 2015, which made it the smartwatch market leader.

Are they right? Your guess is as soon as ours. What we can share is our round up of the best smartwatches reviewed and rated by our team and of course our preview of the Apple Watch 2, which looks set to be unveiled in March.

Google working on super VR headset

Rumours are rife that Google could be working on a new VR headset, which could take aim at Samsung Gear VR and Oculus Rift. Reports have surfaced that the company is looking to upgrade from its Google Cardboard experiment – which has sold over 5 million kits – into a proper unit that could work with smartphones and PCs.

We reported on the unexpected success of Google Cardboard and its importance in the burgeoning VR industry, and make sure you check out our early reviews of Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.

Samsung working on new hearable

Samsung is working on a new hearable device, which it's incredibly calling 'Earcle' in an FCC document. The device is designed to connect to the company's Galaxy smartphones, and has a host of amplification options for taking calls anywhere.

There's no word on fitness features like we've seen on the forthcoming Bragi Dash, but it bears some similarity to the Microsoft Clip hearable uncovered by Wareable last year.

Asics buys Runkeeper

Running shoe and apparel maker Asics has bought Runkeeper, as it looks to keep up with the likes of Under Armour and Adidas in the sports tech market. There's no detail on how much the company paid, but it now commands the data of 40 million runners, which isn't too shabby.

Under Armour is already benefiting from its acquisition of Endomondo last year, and has just released the UA Health Box and Under Armour Band.

Samsung Gear S2 features added in update

Samsung has released an update for the Gear S2, which enables users to access a host of new apps and features. World Clock, ESPN and News Briefing and all added, plus new watch face Mendini – as well as the ability to send emoji without using the keyboard.

Check out our review of the Samsung Gear S2, and also read our plea to Samsung to remedy the lack of apps for the Tizen smartwatch.


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