The week in wearable tech

A look back at the top stories of the past seven days
The week in wearable tech

It's Christmas Eve! But it's also a Saturday so, of course, we're going to have a look back at the big news in the world of wearable tech.

If you've been too busy this past week, shopping for those last minute gifts, don't fret - we've got you covered. Read on for all the details on the biggest stories...

Apple Watch Series 2 sells out

The week in wearable tech

If you were looking to pick up an Apple Watch Series 2 for Christmas, you'd have been out of luck: the smartwatch is unavailable through Apple's site until January.

However, Apple has now extended its refurbishment program to the Apple Watch, meaning you can pick up one of the smartwatches for a cut price direct from the online store - if you don't mind not having a 'used' one.

If you are getting one for Christmas, make sure you read our Apple Watch super guide.

Spotify arrives on the Samsung Gear S3

The week in wearable tech

Spotify is rolling out to the Gear S2 and the Gear S3, letting users control playback on their wrist, browse through charts, search artists and scroll through their playlists.

Sadly there's no offline mode right now, so if you're taking it for a run then you'll only be able to use it with the LTE watches, or hope that you'll pick up some free Wi-Fi.

The Gear S3 is great, but is it our favourite smartwatch?

Safilo smartglasses coming to CES

The week in wearable tech

Safilo Group, who makes glasses and sunglasses for designer brands such as Dior, Fendi, Marc Jacobs & Hugo Boss, is bringing its first pair of smart specs to CES in January.

The connected eyewear won't have an augmented reality display or a Snap Spectacles-style camera. Instead, Safilo is interested in measuring the wearer's brainwaves and providing stress biofeedback and meditation exercises in a companion app. Safilo has been working with InterAxon which made the Muse headband.

Google Wear incoming

The week in wearable tech

Google will launch two flagship smartwatches next year; the first devices running Android 2.0.

Android Wear product manager Jeff Chang said the new watches would not have Google or Pixel branding, despite previous rumours of a Pixel smartwatch. Instead Google will be partnering with another manufacturer, but wouldn't confirm which.

Fitbit Charge 2 update lands

The week in wearable tech

The Fitbit Charge 2received an update this week, bringing some welcome new features to the fitness tracker.

Among the new features is a workout pause function, which is something we've really been hankering for and is something Samsung recently added to the Gear Fit2.

The Charge 2 is definitely one of the top fitness trackers available right now.


Shop for recommended fitness trackers on Amazon

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Withings Steel HR
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Moov Now
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