The week in wearable tech

A look back at what has been a mega busy week for Android Wear
The week in wearable tech

Some weeks, when rounding up the week's wearable tech headlines for this column, we'll admit that it's lacking fireworks.

Not this week though. No sir. We've had an abundance of big wearable tech news - dominated by that big Android Wear 2.0 update.

Here's what you need to know...

LG Watch Sport leads the way

The week in wearable tech

Rumoured months ago as a couple of fishy sounding Nexus devices, the LG Watch Sport and Watch Style arrived this week, bringing Android Wear 2.0 kicking and screaming into the real world. Our US editor Hugh says the OS is now all-grown up and ready to go toe-to-toe with Apple.

Before you consider ditching your existing Android Wear smartwatch though, hold up, because the vast majority of the current Google watch crop are in line for an Android Wear 2.0 update.

Surprise entrants

The week in wearable tech

We knew the LG duo were incoming, but a Verizon Android Wear device dubbed Wear24 (pictured) and a ZTE one called Quartz - those were news to us. The former is due to land in March, but we've no launch date for the ZTE entrant just yet.

Android Wear 2.0 brings in a whole host of new features, with one of the standout additions being standalone apps. Make sure you take a look at our updated best Android Wear apps list.

Swatch wants a piece of the action

The week in wearable tech

Swatch doesn't want the current status quo to continue to dominate the best smartwatches lists. The Swiss watchmaker is taking steps by announcing that it is developing its very own smartwatch operating system.

Being dubbed Swiss OS, the platform is being built in partnership with research and technology company CSEM and is designed to be used for smartwatches and IoT devices. We can expect the first Swiss OS-running smartwatches in 2018.

Gameband embraces retro charm

The week in wearable tech

If you fancy a smartwatch to help you return to the golden days of retro gaming, the folks over at FMTwo Game have you covered. They announced the Gameband this week, a device that will allow you to play on-the-go through its Android-based OS.

The watch is Qualcomm Wear 2100-powered and will launch with co-branded editions from Atari and Terraria.

Zuck gets hands-on (in?) new Oculus tech

The week in wearable tech

Oculus is working on a pair of gloves that put your hands into virtual reality, as revealed by Mr Facebook himself, Mark Zuckerberg.

The Facebook CEO posted some Oculus lab pictures on the social network and said: "We're working on new ways to bring your hands in virtual and augmented reality. Wearing these gloves, you can draw, type on a virtual keyboard, and even shoot webs like Spider Man."


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