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OnePlus to launch its own fitness band and smartwatch

More surprises from OnePlus for 2021

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OnePlus has been dabbling into other product categories lately, launching its own smart TV and wireless earbuds to compete with established brands. However, the company is not stopping there with developments suggesting that it will launch a fitness band and a smartwatch this 2021.

OnePlus smartwatch is coming soon

A recent Twitter post by Pete Lau — OnePlus’ CEO — confirmed that the brand is working on its first smartwatch. This comes after a round-table interview where he said that they are working with Google to improve Wear OS — the Android-based OS for smartwatches. The interview also hinted at improving the functionality of the OS for closer integration between smart devices.

However, detailed specifications are lacking at the moment. Rumors hinted at a rounded smartwatch akin to the recently announced OPPO Watch RX. It is very likely that OnePlus’s first smartwatch will come with Wear OS as hinted by the CEO, but this may still change.

As the tweet suggests, OnePlus will release its smartwatch early this year. It may be released alongside the OnePlus 9 series which rumors also suggest as having an earlier-than-usual launch in March.

OnePlus Band: Competing against the Mi Band 5

Then, there are also leaks about a fitness band being developed by OnePlus. First reported by Android Centralthe fitness band is rumored to offer a feature set similar to Xiaomi Mi Band 5. That includes an AMOLED screen, water resistance, and multi-day battery life.

Sources claim that it will launch in India first for a starting price of US$ 40. This also puts it closely on the selling price of the aforementioned Mi Band 5.

Other details regarding the fitness band are unclear at the moment. However, a tipster recently posted renders of the band on Twitter. The design looks really similar to other fitness bands in the market.

OnePlus hasn’t mentioned anything about releasing a fitness band so take all these developments with a grain of salt. If the brand does release a fitness band, it will be interesting to see how it will differentiate its offering from the rest.


Update: The fitness band has been officially teased by OnePlus India. The teaser supposedly shows the side profile of the fitness band, aligning with the recent renders on Twitter.

Tipster Ishan Agarwal chimed in by further adding that the band will have a 1.1-inch AMOLED touchscreen, 13 exercise modes, 24/7 heart rate with SpO2 monitoring, and sleep tracking. He also added that the band will specifically have 14 days of battery life.

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Globe has first-ever Eco-SIM in Asia

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Eco-SIM

Globe debuted the first-ever Eco-SIM cards in Asia for postpaid mobile customers made from recycled refrigerator waste.

The initiative is part of Globe’s contribution to environmental sustainability in time for January’s Zero Waste Month celebration.

The Eco-SIM card was first developed in 2020, in partnership with the Veolia company; it has a neutral carbon footprint.

100 percent recycled waste

The telecom provider partnered with Thales to employ the said Eco-SIM cards starting from November last year, made from 100 percent recycled materials.

The SIM cards are made from recycled polystyrene recovered from discarded refrigerator interiors.

Thales has a comprehensive carbon offset program that also ensures there is no further carbon footprint during the manufacturing process of the Eco-SIM cards.

SIM cards, while the smallest consumer items, equate to about 20,000 tons of plastic and other polymers as about 4.5 billion cards are manufactured every year.

A global leader in advanced technologies, Thales has presence in the Philippines since 2010.

The company has been a strategic partner for consumers in the civil aviation, defense, digital security, air traffic management, and ground transportation sectors.

From eSIMs to Eco-SIMs

In 2018, Globe was also the first in the country to introduce electronic SIMs or eSIM, as another alternative to the physical SIM cards.

They are basically digital SIMS embedded in compatible mobile phone models, allowing users to manage multiple mobile numbers on just one device.

The eSIM also allows gadgets like smartphones and smartwatches to be connected under one mobile number.

More sustainability

Back in 2019, Globe became a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact, committing to implement universal sustainability principles on human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption in its operations.

While in January 2021, Globe also formally expressed its support to the globally-recognized Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosure (TCFD), supporting the TCFD framework along with more than 1,800 companies worldwide.

Globe strongly supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, particularly UN SDG No. 12, which highlights the roles of responsible consumption and production patterns.

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MediaTek hosts world’s first demo of Wi-Fi 7

Here’s what to expect

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We’ve come a long way from dial-up. Now, the name of the game is Wi-Fi 6. Amid the rise of 5G connectivity, the home internet sector is adopting the current standard for their devices. But, of course, the advance of technology is not stopping. As Wi-Fi 6 tries to take over the entire market, the industry is already working on Wi-Fi 7. With development well underway, what can you expect from the upcoming standard?

Naturally, better speeds. Recently, MediaTek showcased the world’s first live demo of the new technology. In an impressive show, the standard will reportedly achieve speeds 2.4 times faster than what Wi-Fi 6 can do. The technology can maximize uses for the current spectrums available for Wi-Fi at up to 6GHz. The technology can also reduce latency and interference using MLO and MRU features.

According to MediaTek, Wi-Fi 7 will support the ever-growing need for faster internet speeds brought on by emerging uses for online users. These needs include AR/VR applications, cloud gaming, 4K video calling, and 8K streaming. With technology advancing the way it is, high-speed internet — even faster than what’s available today — is turning into a necessity to cope with multi-user households.

MediaTek predicts that products that can support Wi-Fi 7 will start coming out in 2023.

SEE ALSO: Mediatek, AMD collaborate on new Wi-Fi 6E Modules

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Google is working on an AR headset called Project Iris

With its own processor and OS

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Understandably so, a good portion of the world is strongly resistant to Meta’s push for a metaverse based on virtual and augmented reality. However, though people are still hesitant to try on Facebook’s VR-tinted goggles, other companies are more than happy to take on the technology themselves. Google, joining Meta and Apple, is also working on its own AR headset called Project Iris.

According to sources from The Verge, Google is getting back into the augmented reality stage. The company is reportedly working on an AR headset with the current codename. The Project Iris headset is supposedly targeting a 2024 release date.

Inside the mysterious headset, the device will supposedly have its own processor and OS. Given Google’s feats recently, an in-house processor and operating system are within the realms of possibility. Google recently launched its first in-house chipset for smartphones, the Tensor chip. The company is, of course, still the thriving developers of Android, currently tailoring its latest Android version for different form factors.

Plus, it’s not Google’s first time with an augmented reality project. Remember the ill-fated Google Glass? The revolutionary wearable had all the potential but ultimately fizzled out into oblivion. At the time, analysts cited the device’s poor timing. Now, especially with other companies vying for dominance, Google does have more initiative to reestablish itself in the augmented reality market.

SEE ALSO: Facebook changes name to Meta

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