This week in our regular round up of the biggest wearable tech stories of the week we focus on the latest Android Wear update, a new HTC wearable and the latest news on the Samsung Gear VR.
Android Wear gets Lollipop update
Google’s smartwatch OS Android Wear got a major update this week, and finally the feature everyone’s been waiting for. Yes, you can now add more watch faces without dodgy apps and epic hacks. Google treated us to 30 new faces and the new API means hundreds more won’t be far behind.
Other improvements include tweaks to battery management and an overhaul of the card notification.
For the full list of updates check out our Android Wear complete guide and if you want to get more adventurous with your smartwatch, try our tutorial on how to install watch faces on your Moto 360 and LG G Watch R.
HTC to unveil wearable at CES
It’s the rumour that just won’t die, but it seems that HTC is going to finally lift the lid on its wearable device at CES. The company’s smartwatch has been long speculated on and the company has repeatedly promised that its device will bring something new to the party.
Insurance companies jump on wearable bandwagon
The inevitable interest in wearables from health insurance companies took another turn this week, as a US firm revealed it plans to give 20,000 Misfit Flash fitness trackers to its customers. If you hit your step target, you get a dollar.
If you’re looking to buy an activity tracker this Christmas, check out our definitive round-up and if it’s for someone else, you need to read our guide to giving a fitness tracker without causing offence.
Samsung Gear VR now on sale
Just in the nick of time for Christmas, Samsung’s Gear VR virtual reality headset has gone on sale in the US. The headset uses the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 as a screen, enabling you to download the best VR apps and games, for an immersive VR experience.
This week we chose one of our favourite Kickstarter projects of the year as our hot tip for the next crowdfunding success story. ReTiSense’s Stridalyzer tries to solve a problem close to our hearts: stopping runners getting injured. The smart insoles can track the way you run, and help you iron out defects in your form that can cause runners knee.