Boy, it’s been a busy week in the world of wearable tech. We kicked things off with Fitbit’s heart rate data accuracy coming under scrutiny once again. Then more images of the Samsung Gear Fit2 surfaced and then there was Pebble with not one, but three new wearables. Oh, and Jawbone might be killing its UP tracker as well.
While those stories were the ones to grab the headlines, we’ve picked out the other wearable news blips and murmurs of the past seven days that you might have missed.
Xbox VR coming in 2017
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This could be our most concrete evidence yet of Microsoft’s virtual reality ambitions. A developer has confirmed to Arstechnica that it is working on a VR title that’ll launch in 2017.
The Xbox VR game is set to be shown off at this year’s E3 gaming expo, which is only a couple of weeks away and adds to the speculation that Microsoft is working on a new console that’s set to be more VR friendly.
Sony’s PlayStation VR headset is launching later this year in October, so it looks like an Xbox rival could be joining the party in the not too distant future.
Samsung Android Wear dream is not over
Don’t give up on another Samsung Android Wear watch just yet. The Korean company responded to a report this week that unnamed Samsung executives revealed there were no Android Wear watches in the works and no plans to develop new ones either.
Samsung was quick to respond saying, “Samsung has not made any announcement concerning Android Wear and we have not changed our commitment to any of our platforms.”
We haven’t seen an Android Wear smartwatch from Samsung since the Gear Live. Since then it’s focused on its own Tizen OS, most recently with the Gear S2. With all of the big changes happening with Android Wear, it’s good to hear Samsung might not be giving up on it entirely.
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Jawbone’s clinical grade wearable
If the rumours are true, Jawbone is going to end production of its UP fitness trackers. According to the Verge and its sources, the company will instead focus on building a clinical grade wearable with heart rate monitoring said to be the key feature. It’s not clear whether it will carry the same UP branding but it sounds like it could launch this summer.
Jawbone has previously spoken about the idea of working on clinical grade wearables, so it looks like its software may live on inside another body.
Samsung S Health gets social
After Microsoft upped it social and hiking game with the Band 2, Samsung has decided to spruce up its own S Health app bringing some handy new features to make it work even closer with your wearable tech.
It’s going to improve step count accuracy by combining the step counts from any wearable device with the step count from your smartphone’s accelerometer. On the social front, there’s now new leaderboards and the ability to compare step count to people in the same age bracket as yourself.
Diabetics can now export data to other software to be reviewed by by healthcare professionals while a new Quick Measure feature now speeds up taking heart rate readings from the built-in sensor integrated into Samsung’s newest smartphones.
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