Google has officially announced just this week that its operating system for wearable devices, Android Wear, will now henceforth be called Wear OS. Many will no doubt notice that the name change involves basically just the removal of the word Android. The tech giant has made it clear that this move is by design, which will be explained shortly.
No doubt due to the steadily increasing popularity of its Apple Watch offering, Apple has surged to the top of the global wearables market, comfortably leading over its rivals, which include former industry leader Fitbit and Chinese tech giant Xiaomi, at least according to new information provided by research firm IDC.
According to new information from Canalys, it appears that the Apple Watch has surpassed the record previously set by Fitbit, in terms of the total volume of shipments in a single quarter for a wearable device. Back in the holiday season of 2015, Fitbit had shipped 6.1 million units in a three month period. Exactly a couple of years later, Apple’s smartwatch offering has since bettered Fitbit’s record by shipping 8 million units during the final quarter of 2017.
Just this week, Fitbit has announced through its official blog that it is extending support for Pebble services only until the end of June this year. Fitbit had originally planned to end Pebble support until the end of last year, but has since decided to extend the deadline for an additional six months.
WatchOS 4.1, the newest version of Apple’s operating system for wearable devices, is expected to be rolled out before the start of November. Fans of the iPhone maker’s wearables have every right to be excited -- this latest update comes with loads of new enhancements, including the addition of music streaming over a cell network and Wi-Fi by way of Apple Music and iCloud Music libraries plus a new Radio streaming app (more on these later).
According to the results of Piper Jaffray’s latest survey on the consumer habits of teenagers, 82 percent of teens fully expect their next smartphone to be one made by Apple. Piper Jaffray’s survey also show that 78 percent of those attending high school already own an iPhone device. Moreover, despite the fact that there is only a minority of teen users that own smartwatch devices, those who do are likely to possess an Apple Watch, with 12 percent of the total number of teen smartwatch users owning an Apple Watch.
A number of reports are surfacing recently, stating that the Apple Watch Series 3, specifically the LTE compatible edition, is encountering issues related to connectivity. Because of this, Apple’s shares were reported to have dropped about 2.5 percent today. 2.5 percent may seem like a small percentage, but considering that the iPhone maker’s worth is valued at over $800 billion, that dip is equivalent to about $20 billion.
The preorder period for Apple’s iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus devices, as well as its Apple Watch Series 3, has officially started. Not surprisingly, it appears that the demand is comfortably outpacing the supply. The iPhone 8 models and the latest version of Apple’s smartwatch are supposed to be made available next week, specifically on September 22nd, but as recently reported by CNET, the shipping schedule of specific editions of the iPhone 8 devices are now listed as one to two weeks.
Introducing the Apple Watch Series 3, which will likely be known to future generations as the first Apple Watch model to come with LTE connectivity. Technically speaking, this latest edition of Apple’s smartwatch offering is not only LTE ready but also happens to have support for Universal Mobile Telecommunications System wireless technology. The Apple Watch Series 3 will officially launch launch later this month to 15 countries across the globe, with prices starting at $399 for the cellular edition and then $329 for a unit with no cellular connectivity. Apple will start accepting preorders for the latest Apple Watch this coming Friday, September 15th.
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