New Microsoft Band has Curved Screen
Microsoft today announced a new version of its Band wearable wrist device. The fitness-centric Band sports a curved color OLED display with Gorilla Glass, and a rubber strap. Like its predecessor, it tracks GPS coordinates, UV exposure, and heart rate. New in this version is a barometer for measuring altitude, and better integration with the Cortana assistant. Features include guided workouts, sleep tracking, calorie counting, and smart phone notifications. The Band integrates with the Microsoft Health app, which provides details fitness tracking and stats. The Band also has extensive golf functions, tracking swing information and more. It also supports apps such as Facebook, Twitter, Uber, Starbucks, RunKeeper, and more. The new Microsoft Band can be pre-ordered today and ships October 30. It will sell for $249.
HTC and Under Armour Launch Fitness Kit
Under Armour and HTC today announced UA HealthBox, a $400 box containing a suite of health and fitness hardware designed to work with the UA Record app for Android and iOS. The core device is the UA Band wrist wearable, which tracks basic heart rate and activity.
Review: Jabra Sport Pulse and Sport Coach Headphones
Jabra's Sport series of Bluetooth headphones targets fitness buffs who want music and fitness tracking managed by the same wearable. The Sport Pulse and Sport Coach offer heart-rate monitoring and rep counting, respectively, for runners and crossfit lovers.
Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro Targets Fitness Buffs
Samsung today updated its dedicated fitness band, the Fit2 Pro. This wearable features a 1.5-inch curved OLED display and runs Samsung's Tizen operating system.
FitBit's Ionic Smartwatch Can Make Mobile Payments
FitBit today announced the Ionic, its long-awaited smartwatch. The wearable primarily targets fitness buffs, but it includes a number of features similar to smart devices from Apple, Samsung, and others.
Huawei Fit Adds Heart Rate Monitor to Honor Band Z1
Huawei today announced the Huawei Fit, a watch-like fitness band similar to the Honor Band Z1, but with a heart rate monitor and additional fitness functions. It's designed to work with a companion app called Huawei Wear, available for both Android and iOS.