Just like the Prodigal Son, you’ve returned. And to celebrate, we’re ready to unleash some of the lighter wearable tech stories from the week. That’s what we do here at And finally, we give.
And, you guessed it, there’s been plenty of twists and turns in the space over the past seven days. The Huawei Talkbandlooks set to make an unlikely return, while Jawbone devices are being pulled from UK stores due to service complaints. Meanwhile, we’ve been horsing around with the DreamGlass AR headset and helping you uncover the best smartwatch and fitness tracker deals ahead of Amazon Prime Day.
But you’re here for the gossip, aren’t you? Aren’t you? Well, continue your browsing journey below to find four pulsating wearable tech news hits. Go on.
Lenovo Watch X sells out in 15 seconds
Let’s kick things off with a bit of a mad one, hey. According to GizmoChina, Lenovo’s new hybrid smartwatch, the Watch X, sold out within 15 seconds of hitting the sale in China this week.
That’s right, 15 seconds. Fifteen. Seconds. It takes this writer literally 15 days to work up to any kind of significant purchase — 15 minutes to pick the right playlist for the gym. 15 seconds? I’ve never done anything in 15 seconds – anything.
So, anyway, what makes the hybrid so wildly popular? Well, perhaps the biggest selling point of the Watch X is the low price, with it clocking in at the equivalent of $45. And from a features perspective, Lenovo says it offers a 45-day battery life, while the OLED mini-screen below the mechanical hands features information on the likes heart rate.
There’s no word, naturally, on whether the smartwatch will be making it outside of Lenovo’s native China, but our minds and bodies will be in training and ready to make a lightning-quick purchase, should the opportunity arise.
Google patent points to AI fitness feature
While we await the potential Google Pixel Watch, things are relatively quiet with regard to Wear smartwatches.
But that doesn’t mean treats aren’t being cooked up by Google behind the scenes, as a fresh patent unveiled by MySmartPriceshows that a new AI-driven fitness feature could soon be coming to users of the company’s wearable operating system.
By collecting information on location, movement progress and calendar information, a Google-powered smartwatch may soon offer exercise suggestions to users – essentially acting as an advanced version of the reminders to move already found in many wrist-based wearables.
It’s not the biggest feature potentially sitting on the horizon, granted, but it is encouraging to see Google continue to think about improving the experience of Wear.
England fans receive heart rate warnings
Forget what happened in the England vs. Sweden game for a second – let’s just travel back to the euphoria of Tuesday’s win over Colombia. And before the dancing in the streets, chants of “It’s Coming Home” and your horrific hangover, you may remember a certain nerve-wracking penalty shootout.
Well, if you scour Twitter, it appears plenty of England fans saw their heart rate spike to above 120bpm during the final moments of the game – enough to trigger the Apple Watch’s heart rate warning notification.
For those who aren’t aware, if the user’s heart rate spikes above this level when considered inactive (i.e. not exercising), an option exists to receive a notification highlighting the reading. The hope, of course, is to detect any heart abnormalities before they become a more serious problem. However, all serious problems were avoided in this instance, since Eric Dier slotted home the winning penalty.
Facebook shutters ‘Moves’ fitness tracker
After acquiring Moves way back in 2014, Facebook has announced in a blog post it will be shutting down the fitness tracking app due to low usage.
While not necessarily ever catching fire and linking up with wearables in the same way as popular options such as Strava, Endomondo and MyFitnessPal, Moves did have a small audience before falling by the wayside.
“We regularly review our apps to assess which ones people value most,” Facebook said. “Sometimes this means closing an app and its accompanying APIs. We know some people are still using these apps and will be disappointed — and we’d like to take this opportunity to thank them for their support.”
Pour one out, then. And while you’re at it, check out the best fitness apps to fill the Moves-sized hole left in your heart.