Welcome one and all to Week in Wearable as we delve back into another busy, busy week in the world of wearable tech.
For starters, we got ourselves a new Huawei smartwatch with a big surprise feature. Apple is making more moves into the health space and there’s a new app for Wear watch owners that’s going to get a lot of love.
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In other news, Microsoft could be planning to make a smart ring, Google is bringing Pixel Buds’ live translation to more headphones, and the makers of a sleep monitoring headband want to make the fight against bad sleep a more personal one.
If you’re only interested in the big stories though, we tuck into those below. Plus, we roundup the latest wearable tech rumors and pick out the best reads from across the site this week.
If you want to check in on all of the news, head over to our latest wearable news section.
Huawei’s new watch ditches Wear OS
Huawei officially launched its new Huawei Watch GT smartwatch this week, and the sporty number is bringing the kind of battery life Apple Watch and Wear OS watch owners surely dream of.
But that’s not really the big news here. The Chinese company has for the first time decided to go with the same LiteOS that runs on its fitness trackers including the new Huawei Band 3 Pro. Huawei claims opting for its own operating system has helped it deliver big battery life and a sleek, elegant watch design.
While Huawei claims that the $199 Watch GT will compliment its existing Wear OS watches rather than replace them, it has to be considered a blow for Google’s own smartwatch OS. Huawei is clearly not willing to wait if it feels it has a better solution to one of the biggest flaws with Wear OS smartwatches. The subject of smartwatch battery life is something that Sophie delves into in this week’s instalment of Charged Up.
You can find out if the LiteOS-packing smartwatch made a good first impression in our comprehensive Huawei Watch GT hands-on review.
Apple Watch gets clinical in new study
With the decision to introduce ECG to the Watch Series 4, it was inevitable we’d see more more examples of Apple’s smartwatch being embraced by the medical industry.
The latest example of the Apple Watch being used for good comes courtesy of medical device company Zimmer Biomet, who’s teaming up with Apple to use its smartwatch as part of a new clinical study.
The study will use the data from patients who have undergone joint replacement surgery. The data collected from the smartwatch will be used to help identify why some patients with knee and hip replacements recover faster than others.
Up to 10,000 people will take part in the study, which Zimmer Biomet will be of benefit to both patients and the surgeons that have had to carry out the complex medical procedure.
Spotify app comes to Wear watches
If Samsung had some sort of exclusive deal with Spotify for its searables, it looks like it might have expired. After the Garmin Fenix 5 Plus got some Spotify app love, Google’s Wear OS smartwatches are next in line for the treatment.
The standalone Spotify app for Wear OS is set to start rolling out over the coming week bringing Wear watch owners a bunch of handy features. That includes playback controls and Spotify Connect support, which means you can stream Spotify music to compatible smart speakers in your home.
But (and it’s a big but), it doesn’t include the most desirable of features: offline music support. Yes, it’s good to finally see some form of standalone Spotify app, but how we would have loved to have taken our playlists on the move too.
If you’re a Wareable regular then you’ll know all about And Finally, the place we reserve all of the other stories that didn’t quite make the cut. But don’t fret, we’re just giving those stories some love here instead. So let’s get into it.
Apple’s USB-C charger for the Apple Watch
Apple is now selling a new Apple Watch charger that plugs into a USB-C port as opposed to the USB-A one. The $29 essential Watch accessory should offer the same charging speed as the USB-A kind, so it really comes down to whether you really need a C one in your life too.
Lenovo Watch S and Watch C unveiled
Lenovo is all about the hybrids again announcing the new Watch S, which offers features like sleep tracking and step counting. The stylish hybrid features sapphire glass, a calfskin leather strap and has been slapped with a 5ATM water-resistant rating. The Watch S was also joined by the Watch C that’s more like a proper smartwatch. It features GPS, a microphone, speaker and an SOS button for emergencies.
Zwift lets you ride (and run) in the Big Apple
The virtual training platform has added a new world for indoor runners and cyclists to explore. The new futuristic vision of New York includes suspended glass roads above Manhattan and the opportunity to race past famous NYC landmarks like the Guggenheim. Perfect if you don’t fancy braving the cold this weekend.
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