Just when we thought we’ve seen it all from Fossil this year, the fashion giant unveils a new smartwatch. While style has always been its priority, the Fossil Sport is its first smartwatch designed for people with a more active lifestyle.
What makes the Sport important in Fossil’s lineup is what’s inside — it’s one of the first smartwatches to run Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon Wear 3100 and is the most affordable one at US$ 255.
The new chipset brings new features to the watch including a better ambient mode and longer battery life. With a 350mAh capacity, Fossil promises at least 24 hours of touchscreen use, and an additional two days in automatic low-power mode.
Like its Gen 4 models, the Fossil Sport has built-in GPS, NFC, and heart-rate tracking, plus it’s still swim-proof. The watch comes with the new Spotify app for Wear OS as well as personal safety app Noonlight.
Available in 41mm and 43mm sizes, its casing is now made of aluminum and nylon instead of stainless steel, making it Fossil’s lightest smartwatch to date. It comes in several colorways including blush, light blue, neon, and red.
The Fossil Sport is available today and will hit US retail stores starting November 12.
Fitbit’s special edition of the Ace 3 makes physical activities fun for kids
Time to get them active!
With the advent of smartphones and other distracting technology, keeping kids active might be a challenge — especially if you aren’t the type to engage in physical activities. But starting ’em young can help build a healthy, fit, and sustainable lifestyle.
Fitbit’s kid-oriented smartwatch, the Ace 3, comes with a special edition that will catch your kid’s attention. And it might just make them excited to do a bit of sport and exercise.
Meet the Fitbit Ace 3 Special Edition: Minions. It comes with an engraved band with an embossed Minions design that will make any kid eager to wear it. Built with a kid’s behavior in mind, the watch is comfortable and secure to wear even when using a silicone band and bumper. Moreover, it can be even submerged in water with its swim-proof design!
For those who aren’t keen on having yellow on their wrists, there are two more Minions-themed bands that kids can wear: Despicable Blue and Mischief Black.
Just like every adult’s smartwatch, it comes with nifty features we need. There are hourly alerts to move and reminders to reach your daily goals. More importantly, the Ace 3 Special Edition: Minions ensures there are extensive safeguards to secure a kid’s privacy.
Parents, for instance, can set up a family account to have more control over privacy and protection. The Parent View in the app will let parents track their kid’s activity and manage the kid’s app experience.
Kids, on the other hand, can enjoy Minions-themed activity badges in the app. The badges serve as a reminder for kids to keep chasing daily activity goals. Along with that, the Kid View allows kids to view important data such as their activity and sleep stats, as well as parent-approved friends, clock faces, and avatars.
Price and availability
The Fitbit Ace 3 Special Edition: Minions is powered by eight days of battery life. It’s available in the Philippines at Fitbit.com, Digital Walker, and Lazada for PhP 4,790. Meanwhile, accessory bands are sold exclusively on Fitbit.com at PhP 1,390.
Google launches “Get The Facts” campaign to fight vaccine hesitancy
Will show facts and pertinent resources
Google launches the “Get The Facts” campaign as part of its ongoing commitment to helping build public trust in vaccines by promoting authoritative information across its products including Search.
Upon tapping or clicking “Get the facts” on the Search homepage, people will be redirected to organized information panels to instantly find vaccination updates, trusted news, links to global and local health authorities, and health information among others.
Alternatively, people can also access the same information panels by searching for “covid vaccine” on the Google Search homepage.
Google is activating its other key platforms such as social media channels to lead more people to the vaccine information panels on Search.
“Vaccination will help end the COVID-19 pandemic. To fight vaccine hesitancy, we have launched the ‘Get The Facts’ campaign to further demonstrate our commitment to protecting our platforms from misinformation and connecting people to trustworthy and authoritative information. Globally, more than 700,000 videos related to dangerous or false COVID-19 information have been removed and our information panels on YouTube have been viewed 400 billion times, making them a valuable source of credible information. Google is also part of the Department of Health’s #CheckTheFAQs campaign in partnership with other tech companies to encourage Filipinos to always fact-check information they see and share online. Keeping people safe, informed, and confident about vaccines is deeply important to us and we will continue to deliver on this goal through the best of our products, services, and partnerships,” said Bernadette Nacario, Country Director of Google Philippines.
This is a press release from Google Philippines.
Huawei Band 6: Best of both worlds for the right price
Big splash in the smart band segment
The wearable market has been rapidly growing and Huawei has remained competitive by releasing a large suite of devices. However, it can be argued that the Chinese company hasn’t made its mark just yet in the smart band market.
Enter the Huawei Band 6, the company’s latest attempt at disrupting the game. With a display that’s eye-catching and a price that can only be described as tempting, can the Band 6 finally be Huawei’s big splash in the smart band segment? Can this hybrid serve as the casual athlete’s GadgetMatch?
Sized like a watch, feels like a band
On my first impressions of the Band 6, I immediately mentioned its screen as one of its highlights. Amazing software can be derailed by hardware that’s weak and Huawei didn’t fail on this end. Its bigger screen is capable of making a big difference.
The thing with most smart bands is they’re valuable not as a one-stop hub for information, but as a tracker. More often than not, you go to your phone to check your progress on certain exercises or sleep patterns.
That’s not the case with Huawei’s newest wearable. Viewing time and other important information is a delight, even when faced directly under sunlight. Screen size is incredibly important in bridging that gap between smart band and smart watch. The Band 6 does that extremely well.
Even better is how despite its size, it doesn’t feel heavy when worn. It’s named Huawei Band 6 after all, not Huawei Watch. It’s light, but sturdy. Wearing it while sleeping was far from a burden.
It’s versatile and stylish. Very few products can offer that from this price point and from the smart band segment.
Battery life is respectable
While the Band 6 didn’t live up to the two-week battery life Huawei boasted, it’s no slouch. The battery went from 100 to 10 percent in a matter of a week, which isn’t bad considering it’s housing a large screen, automatic tracking was turned on for heart rate and stress, and workout modes were used five times a week. Using the Band’s full suite of features requires power, and all things considered, its battery holds up well.
Charging was also a breeze thanks to its straightforward setup. It only took the band one hour and 30 minutes to top up to 100 percent, which was quite respectable.
Big screen, big-time features for a band
The problem with most smart bands is how it skimps on features so it’s able to maintain a cheaper price point. Improving hardware can be expensive and it wouldn’t have been surprising if Huawei cut down certain features to keep the Band 6 affordable.
In that case, it depends on which wearable segment you’re comparing. Versus other smartwatches, it cuts down on features. You can’t play music straight from the watch and you can’t reply to texts despite its larger screen size.
But smartwatches are expensive for that exact reason. The Band 6 is best compared to smart bands and against its competition; it shines. It has all the features you’d expect out of a modern smart band.
Casual athletes will be glad to find that the Band 6 houses 96 workout modes such as Strength, HIIT, Jump Rope, and Indoor Run. Having a suite of workouts that wide is extremely helpful if tracking your exercises is important to you.
Assistance over accuracy
SPO2 monitoring is also an awesome feature to have especially given the current pandemic. However, accuracy isn’t this Band’s strongest suit, and it shows with the numbers that come up during workouts and with your oxygen levels. In fact, there was one instance during a HIIT session that the heart rate the Band was showing was lower than what I was experiencing. That’s something to consider when using the device as a measuring tool.
With that being said, it’s important to note that the Huawei Band 6 is best used for guidance and assistance rather than accuracy. Nothing beats medical-grade tools such as a pulse oximeter or coaching from a trainer. However, its wide suite of features is a great jumping point for someone who wants to live a healthier and active lifestyle. Considering that’s the value Huawei wants to promote with this new device, that’s a big win for them.
Huawei Health App provides the basics and some insight
The same statement above applies to the Huawei Health App as well. The app is best used for guidance and not accuracy.
The Health App is straightforward but filled with the right amount of information. Insight regarding weight tracking, exercises, and stress is limited, but useful, nonetheless.
There is one thing the Huawei Health App is very good at: sleep tracking. While insight from its tracking can feel repetitive at times, there’s a lot of substance to the data you’ll get. Aside from the basic Deep sleep-light sleep-REM sleep, the Health App also tracks Deep sleep continuity, breathing quality, and how many times you wake up during your cycle.
Is this your GadgetMatch?
Pricing it at PhP 2,599 may be considered as a risk given the cheaper price points of other smart bands. But the price increase is warranted. The Huawei Band 6 is undoubtedly an upgrade from cheaper smart bands, and it makes the right compromises, so the price doesn’t increase dramatically.
The Band 6 can serve as the bridge between the smart band and smartwatch segments. It’s sized and featured like a smartwatch, while being priced like a smart band. That’s a big win for Huawei and for the consumer.
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