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Worldwide Developers Conference 2014

wwdc14The WorldWide Developers Conference or WWDC has been announced for the 2nd June 2014 in San francisco. At a glance WWDC 2014 will open its doors on the 2nd June with a keynote speech from Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. OS X 10.10 is overall the mostly likely focus of the event, but there are also a number of other possible topics, including the upcoming iOS 8 and the slight possibility of some new hardware however the new Apple TV and the iWatch are reportedly not yet ready for production.

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iOS 8

There is very little information currently available on any of the topics to be discussed at WWDC however a new operating system for mobile devices is almost a certainty. healthbookleakedscreenshotThe update is said to focus on refining the major visual updates that were introduced with iOS 7 and adding new functionality to the operating system, of which the biggest new feature seems to be the new HealthBook app which appears to track all sorts of biological information from heart rates to oxygen saturation and blood sugar, presumably there may also be some new hardware linked to this which will be required for some of the functionality. Rumours have also surfaced which suggest that Apple may be looking into the mobile payment industry with the use of TouchID verification when performing NFC enabled transactions at supported contactless outlets. iTunes Radio may be moved out of iTunes Music and into its own app with iOS 8. Apple is also said to be preparing a new song naming feature for iOS in partnership with Shazam who currently have an app in the app store which performs this task. Such a service would be built directly into iOS 8, integrating with apps and Siri to allow users to identify songs playing on the radio or via other sources.   [ad 1] Minor improvements to integrated features may also be included such as improvements to Siri by enabling an API style integration with third party apps and Maps getting the upgrade to include public transport directions have also been rumoured to be included in this update although as always, nothing has been confirmed.

OSX 10.10

There is even less information available on this subject than there is on iOS 8 however what we do expect is a lot of new features or possible a complete redesign as the last update (OSX Mavericks) introduced only a handful of features compared to previous releases. Hopefully apple wont make the same mistakes Microsoft did with Windows 8.0 and alienate a large number of their users by making the design “too” flat!

Unlikely Announcements

According to a recent interview with a source who has insider knowledge it seems we are unlikely to see a new Apple TV or the iWatch being launched this year.

Tim Cook will not use WWDC to unveil Apple’s mythical wearable device. Nor will he use it to show off a new Apple TV, or even preview the new software the company is developing for it. Which makes perfect sense, really. There’s little point in Apple unveiling a new OS in advance of a significant hardware update.

As always apple may be planning a big surprise and trying to catch everyone out but usually there are some inevitable leaks and this seems to be one of them, disappointing for all of us who are looking for a new SmartWatch with real style!

The Kreyos Meteor SmartWatch

The new Kreyos SmartWatch is the first in the line up of SmartWatches that may actually be worth parting with your hard earned cash for. Yes i know the Pebble has a smart energy saving screen you can read your texts on, and sony are trying out a new model of their SmartWatch technology however none of these devices really do that much other than letting you read messages and display alerts, this is all about to change.

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Unlike the first-generation SmartWatches that only provide one-way notifications, the Kreyos Meteor is the first and only interactive smartwatch to let you use voice and gestures to control your smartwatch. Built into the operating system of the smartwatch itself, this technology is far beyond the capacities of the first-generation watches prepping for the market today.  In fact, voice and gesture control cannot be easily added to other watches because adding voice and gesture control requires hardware, rather than software, integration.

Kreyos describes the watch on their website as

The Kreyos Meteor is a hands-free, two-way communication system that you wear on your wrist. On your belt. On your bike. Or even on a lanyard around your neck.

Because it is light and portable, it’s easy to wear while on the move – whether you’re on a long bike ride or a short-trip to the grocery store.

For the first time ever, you now will have hands-free control over the powerhouse mini-computer that sits in your pocket.

The watch is currently only available via a Indiegogo project which you can visit and must donate $100 in order to get your own Kreyos watch when they are launched. The project has already raised over $1.4million () and so they are sure to start hitting shelves soon at a considerably higher price.

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Let us know what you think about this and all the other SmartWatches we have talked about, are they a waste of money? Will anyone actually use them in public or will they flop like Bluetooth hands free headsets leave us your opinion in the comments below, we love to hear from you!

Samsung S9110 - "The World's Slimmest Watchphone"

Samsung confirms its working on a SmartWatch

Samsung has confirmed that they are indeed working on a SmartWatch project which would be similar in concept to the Apple iWatch as we previously wrote about.

Samsung S9110 - "The World's Slimmest Watchphone"

Samsung S9110 – “The World’s Slimmest Watchphone”

We’ve been preparing the watch product for so long,” Lee Young Hee, executive vice president of Samsung’s mobile business, said during an interview in Seoul. “We are working very hard to get ready for it. We are preparing products for the future, and the watch is definitely one of them.”

Lee had no comment on what features the watch may have, how much it would cost and when it would go on sale.

Both watches are scheduled to be released later on this year and it appears as if the two rival companies will be going head to head on this one with both expected to be around a similar price mark.

Lots of rumours are flying around at the moment with two of the largest handset manufacturers now going head to head in a new market however it is generally thought that Samsung will be able to produce a cheaper device as the company own’s its own chip set and display manufacturing facilities which are thought to be two of the most expensive components inside a SmartWatch.

[ad 1]Apple has been quoted to currently have around 100 employees working on the SmartWatch project looking into features such as a curved glass screen, integrated bio-sensors such as pulse or temperature, and GPS mapping functionality. The watch is said to be running a full version of iOS rather than a stripped down version like on the iPod nano which means app development should be a lot better for this device.

Samsung to beat Apple to the smart-watch marketplace?

Some images have surfaces on a Korean website of what seem to be Samsung’s take on the Pebble and the upcoming iWatch, its currently unclear weather the device will function as a stand alone watch or weather it will rely on a bluetooth connection like the other devices we have seen recently.

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The current rumour believes that the project is codenamed Altius however this doesn’t quite match up as this is also reportedly the codename for the Samsung Galaxy S IV expected to launch mid April, however this handset has also had different code names so it may just be a coincidence!

The device itself appears to be running an OS called AltiusOS beta2 and the interface is nearly identical to the new Windows Phone and Windows 8 tiles. The screenshots are also 500 x 500px and so this may be an indication of the resolution of the display.

[ad 1]Its also worth noting that Sony have also got a upcoming product similar again to this concept with their Android compatible SmartWatch.

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Pebble smart-watch is due at the end of the month

The Pebble Kickstarter project which broke records when it was announce has finally set a date out for its official launch, the 23rd January 2013. The “Pebble” is a futuristic watch which connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth 4.0 and is capable of displaying texts, alerts and notifications on its low power consumption e-paper display along with features such as a magnetic compass and vibration on alerts.

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The pebble has broken records before it was even officially started by generating a massive $10 million on the start up capital generating website KickStarter with contributions from over 85,000 separate individuals who are interested in investing in the product.

One of the main advantages of this watch over the competition is that is has an open API meaning that app developers can easily integrate their apps with this device and display information on the watch face relevant to the activity the app performs, for example a Nike+ running tracking app may display current pace and distance on the watch face, meaning you no longer have to fumble around in your pockets to look at your phone to see how far you have gone!

[ad 1]Pebble is actually compatible with iOS and android devices equipped with Bluetooth 4.0 and iOS 5 and 6 however for most features iOS 6 is required. This is actually due to iOS 5 not allowing devices access to the text messaging system on the phones rather than a hardware issue, however with iOS6 apple granted Bluetooth devices access to the phones SMS alerts, along with anything else you may expect to find in the notification center of your device.

 

The product is said to currently be shipping to customers with a pre-order within 7-8 weeks after its official launch on the 23rd January, and then after that time it will be available to the general public.

Apple is rumoured to also be working on an iWatch which will be similar in appearance to the ipod nano when paired with the optional watch strap case.

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