Manufacturers have not waited for the arrival of Apple in the market watches connected to refine their proposals. Overview of the forces involved.
In the shadow of the Apple Watch, competition sharpens his weapons. Manufacturers did not wait the presentation of the connected watch for Apple to offer their own models. For nearly two years, LG, Sony, Motorola or Samsung are competing products. Without ever reaching, however, leave the “killer app”, the feature specific to the smart watch that will make her an indispensable tool.
So well that despite his late arrival in a market more bearer, the Apple brand could well participate in the democratisation of a product that seems so far confined to the role of complement of the smartphone. But its competitors are in do not count. Presentation of the main rivals of the Apple Watch.
The Motorola Moto 360
The former property of Google Watch is a pioneer. She was the first to assume a round dial her bringing guns of traditional watchmaking. Highly anticipated, the bike 360 displays a sleek look and breed which are a discreet subject daily. Made of quality materials, it is water resistant. Its screen displays notifications and reminders of the assistant Google Now.
The bike 360 evolves under Android Wear, the OS for connected objects from Google. It includes a suite of fitness applications to track physical activity and includes a heart rate monitor. She remains so far back from the leaders in bracelets dedicated to connected health that are Jawbone or Fitbit. But it should give its full potential through the development of applications optimized via the API Google Fit, the platform that allows applications to share data of health and fitness of users. Available at the end of September against 249 euros.
The Smartwatch Sony 3 SWR50
The third generation of Sony smartwatch, first great brand of the sector to try to connected watches the beginning of 2013, is distinguished by its sporty look. Its screen can be transformed into autonomous player and its built-in GPS makes it more necessary to ship its smartphone to use a run time. Presented at the IFA last month, it also embeds an altimeter.
Under Android Wear, like the bike 360, the SmartWatch 3 includes Lifelog, an application that allows the monitoring of physical activity (walking, running walk, bike) movements and synchronize data (number of not, pace) and quality of sleep, heart rate… in order to define and track specific goals. Available early October against 229 euros.
Activity sensor without having the air with his leather bracelet and dial to needles, the Withings Activity shapes the image of a traditional watch. By its sleek design and its roundness, this activity sensor arises in horology watches standards. Controllable via an application, it adapts to the activity of its bearer in two modes: active or passive.
It replaces a strap connected to quantify, measure and track the wearer’s physical performance according to the selected objectives of fitness. Its sensors detect movement and evaluate the sleep with the ability to wake up gently (vibrations) at the right moment. An asset in his boot in the face of the Apple Watch, which does not seek to place under the mattress because no sleep app was announced during his presentation. Available this fall against 390 euros.
The Watch LG R
With its round dial needles, the second connected watch of the Korean manufacturer contains the codes of the tocantes of flier. Conversely the Watch of Apple, its touchscreen is resistant to water and dust. More enduring than most of its competitors, up to 1.5 days of autonomy announced, Watch R changes look like bracelet, at the option of the many interchangeable models available on the market.
Under Android Wear also, it incorporates a suite of health and well-being LG Health applications, that allows, as most of its competitors, to perform and to centralize a multitude of data, the heart rate to physical activity. Available before the end of the year, it is expected to cost 299 euros.
The Samsung Galaxy Gear S
As in the early 1980s K 2000flagship series, she is the first shows connected to be able to be used without a smartphone (thanks to a key 3 G). An honor that she owes to Tizen, its interface created specially for her by Samsung. Its tilted touchscreen incorporates a keyboard to respond instantly to incoming messages.
Operating system incorporates S Health, a health and fitness trainer shaped app that offers to follow different fitness exercise programs in shape. Data of circumstances (rhythm heart, activities, temperature, humidity, number of steps, calories…) are collected using sensors and a GPS. It also measures the quality of sleep. Finally, it benefits from the Samsung Store, which advanced the figure of more than 1,000 apps already available for smartwatches. Available this fall in the bittranslators, before Europe against 299 euros.
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