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HP's smartwatch will be compatible with iOS and Android smartphones

It seems as though everyone is talking about wearables these days. We’ve seen what Google has to offer with the Android Wear mobile operating system, and its partners like Samsung, Motorola, and LG have already displayed smartwatches using the platform. Likewise, Microsoft and Apple are reportedly eyeing their own entries into the growing sector.
 
However, there’s one big name in tech that no one has even thought of when it comes to smartwatches: Hewlett-Packard. Most tech enthusiasts wrote HP off after it squandered opportunities with WebOS, eventually selling off the assets to LG.
 
Now, HP is looking to redeem itself somewhat with a new smartwatch developed in conjunction with designer Michael Bastian and online retailer Gilt. Bastian designed the smartwatch, which is supposed to evoke the interior of a car. It will feature a stainless steel case, circular watch face, and swappable bands that will be available in leather, rubber, and nylon.
 
HP, on the other hand, is handling all the tech/software related to the smartphone. We don’t know exactly what software will be powering the smartwatch (we at least know that it won’t be Android Wear), but it will reportedly be compatible with both iOS and Android smartphones.

 
Windows Phone users will just have to wait to see whatever solution Microsoft comes up with when it comes to smartwatches. As for BlackBerry users, you know the drill.
 
There are no other details known about the device, but it will reportedly launch in the fall.

Sources: Fashionista, via Engadget



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Why so literal?
By maven81 on 8/1/2014 1:40:42 PM , Rating: 2
Keeping the feasibility of these things as a product aside (I just don't see people clamoring to buy them in droves), why is it that everyone's approach seems to be "let's take a watch and cram a screen into it!" ? I don't get it. Why can't it be more like a bracelet with a curved screen covering the entire front of it? Why does it have to be round or square when we're at a point where arbitrary shapes are becoming possible?




RE: Why so literal?
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 8/1/2014 1:52:55 PM , Rating: 3
I think part of the reason is because people want it to look "normal" and classy like a traditional timepiece. I think that's why everyone is shooting their pants over the design of the Moto 360 rather than something like the LG G Watch.

For the people that still wear a watch, I'd say it's not so much a functional need, but one of style -- a visual expression.

To that end, something like this...

http://images.dailytech.com/nimage/Moto360__Metal_...

...is more preferable and is definitely more classy than this:

http://s7.postimg.org/i7t4qg6cr/0204_iwatch_1.jpg

The Moto 360 would look "at home" on the wrist of a man wearing a suit, or loafing around in a polo and khakis. The curved bracelet design looks childish in comparison.


RE: Why so literal?
By maven81 on 8/1/2014 2:06:02 PM , Rating: 2
I agree with you when it comes to the "traditional" audience Brandon. They will definitely be attracted to the classic, and expensive look. Especially if we're talking about the business crowd.
But the percentage of people that still wear timepieces like that has to be pretty small. Smartwatch manufacturers will want to ship them in the millions, and the only way millions of people are going to buy them is not if it's a fashion statement, but rather if it offers them a unique experience.


RE: Why so literal?
By Labotomizer on 8/1/2014 2:51:56 PM , Rating: 3
Perhaps you think the percentage is low but considering the number of watch makers that sell at a huge range of prices it would seem otherwise. They're all doing just fine.

Personally, I hate leaving the house without a watch on. Even if it's just the Casio sports watch. But other times I prefer my Omega or something in between. I own 9 watches and I'm constantly on the look out for another. The Moto 360 and possibly this one are intriguing but only because they appear to be good looking watches. The other stuff is just a bonus.


RE: Why so literal?
By Manch on 8/4/2014 2:53:19 AM , Rating: 2
There is a visual expression to it when I'm not at work. I still wear a watch as a functional need though. Where I work, no phones are allowed. Plus I glance at my wrist vs pulling a phone out of my pocket. It's a simple sports watch with a timer, diff time zones etc which is very useful since it's something I refer to a lot. After work if I'm doing sports, or hunting then it's still function over form. When going out, yeah I want it to look nice. Not wearing a Casio or what not when I'm dressed up. I dont want it to look like a smart phone screen wrapped around my wrist either. I still prefer a watch over pulling out a phone though. Maybe thats just my age though.


RE: Why so literal?
By marvdmartian on 8/4/2014 7:49:02 AM , Rating: 2
WHAT?? No, we want the Dick Tracy video walkie talkie, darn it! Man, if that thing's not as big as Wonder Woman's bullet proof bracelets, it's no good!!

Actually, I'm more than happy with just a good old fashioned Timex analog watch on my wrist. Had this one for going on 10 years now. It doesn't run many apps, but it's never outdated, either!


RE: Why so literal?
By Reclaimer77 on 8/1/2014 1:58:46 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah the smart watch just isn't for me. Don't get it, but I'm only speaking for me, nobody else.

If I have to wear something, I would prefer the Google Glass concept. Where I know everything at all times, without ever taking my eyes off what I'm doing, or having to hold a device in my hand.

Get that to where the battery life is kick ass, and it's miniaturized to the point that it looks "cool", and I'm totally on-board.

Or better yet in kit form where you can simply attach it to any glasses or sunglasses you want.

But a watch? Well....I haven't worn a watch in like 15 years, and I don't see why I would start just because a LCD display is bolted onto one.


Michael Who?
By Argon18 on 8/1/2014 3:23:10 PM , Rating: 1
Never heard of him. Not impressed. A wrist watch that runs on batteries is... meh... no thanks.




RE: Michael Who?
By ritualm on 8/2/2014 3:46:05 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
A wrist watch that runs on batteries is... meh... no thanks.

I've never seen a single wristwatch that does not need batteries or some kind of power storage to operate. Even the solar-powered ones require a battery to tide them over the night.

Fail.


RE: Michael Who?
By SAN-Man on 8/2/2014 4:43:54 PM , Rating: 2
Never seen a self-winding watch or even a winding watch?


RE: Michael Who?
By Manch on 8/4/2014 3:18:58 AM , Rating: 2
Here you go:

https://www.google.no/search?q=self+winding+watch&...

I know, it's like you've seen fire for the first time! ;)


How long before the apps?
By drycrust3 on 8/1/2014 3:25:00 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
We don’t know exactly what software will be powering the smartwatch (we at least know that it won’t be Android Wear) ...

It doesn't really matter what OS it has if it doesn't have apps, but if it has apps, and it should (well, what is the point of a smart-watch if it doesn't have apps), then the OS becomes very important.




RE: How long before the apps?
By Milliamp on 8/2/2014 5:14:55 AM , Rating: 3
Without apps as long as its closely integrated into either Android or iOS you can see who is calling you, read text messages, adjust volume or skip songs, facetime with someone, take someone on speaker from your watch without needing a bluetooth headset, dictate text messages back to your watch, monitor your heartrate like a fitness band, or see GPS directions on a bicycle or motorcycle or something where its harder to take your hands out of your pocket.

Telling time is probably the least useful thing it would do. Almost all those things could be done with native OS support not require 3rd party apps.

personally I don't think I want any 3rd party apps being able to send notifications to my watch by default. it would drive me nuts. Unless I have a text, phone call, alarm that's ringing, or appointment due it should not bug me.


how long
By Souka on 8/1/2014 3:10:39 PM , Rating: 2
how long until I can buy one of these at a BestBuy fire-sale?




But... does it tell time?
By wordsworm on 8/2/2014 11:10:22 AM , Rating: 2
The first smart watch I saw on someone, I asked him what time it was. He had to turn it on and hit a few buttons before he could tell me. I was not impressed.




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