Smartwatch shipments collapse in Q3 2016

Graph - Going down

All is not well for the global smartwatch market. Year-over-year shipment figures dipped for the first time in the second quarter of the year. Things did not improve in Q3 as International Data Corporation (IDC) reported yesterday that the market experienced a “round of growing pains” with another year-over-year decline in shipment volumes. Volumes dropped 51.6% from a total of 5.6 million […]

Samsung Gear S3 to be announced on August 31st

Samsung Gear Launch 2016 invitation

Mark your calendars! Samsung today announced that its next press event will take place on August 31st. Dubbed the New Gear Launch Event, Samsung plans to “talk about 3.” Throw in a circular watch face and it’s almost certain that the company will use the event to announce the Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch. Add in the “timely innovation” mention from the teaser […]

Samsung Gear S3 announcement teased in IFA 2016 invitation

Samsung IFA 2016 invitation

Samsung has begun to send out press invitations for its IFA 2016 press announcement. Set to take place on September 1st, the invitation effectively confirms that the Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch will be unveiled at the event. While the invitation does not make any mention of a smartwatch, the watch hands are a pretty obvious hint. Recent rumours suggest that […]

Samsung Gear S3 to be announced at IFA 2016?

Samsung GearS2 teaser

Samsung last year refocused its smartwatch efforts on what was effectively a single device, the Gear S2 (pictured above). It built a collection around it, including the luxurious Gear S2 by de GRISOGONO. All models featured a round dial with rotating bezel. It now appears that it will use the same approach when it unveils its next generation of smartwatches later this summer. SamMobile reports […]

IDC: Worldwide smartwatch shipments decline for first time

Graph - Going down

While analysts continue to predict a rosy future for wearables, the road there will not be without its bumps. International Data Corporation (IDC) today reported that the worldwide smartwatch shipments recorded their first ever year-over-year decline in the second quarter of the year. Data from its latest Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker indicates that shipments dropped 32% from 5.1 million units in Q2 2015 […]

Samsung Pay on Gear S2 smartwatch now available in public beta

Samsung Gear S2 and S2 Classic

Samsung had originally hoped to put its Samsung Pay mobile payment service on the Gear S2 last year. It missed its goal and was forced late last year to push the release out to this year. Nearly a year after unveiling its NFC-equipped smartwatch, Samsung is finally making good on its promise – albeit as a public beta for the […]

Samsung Solis smartwatch in development?

Samsung Gear S2 and S2 Classic

Samsung introduced its first round smartwatch, the Samsung Gear S2 (pictured above), last September. Rumours about a successor followed a mere three months later, suggesting that it would use a wearables-optimized processor. More recent rumours added that a Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch will be announced at IFA 2016 in September. A new report today indicates that Samsung is indeed working on a new smartwatch. It […]