Lenovo today launched or rather introduced a new round smart watch, the Lenovo Magic View, but failed to mention anything about Motorola and the long-awaited Moto 360 2015 successor. Although we don’t believe it, rumor has it there will be no Moto 360 2015, as Lenovo is going to focus more on their own products, even though the Lenovo brand name does not work with U.S. customers, especially when it comes to wearable devices.
The Magic View smart watch from Lenovo was introduced at a press conference today, and while the watch looks amazingly like the Moto 360, it doesn’t bear the name and thus people will not be as interested in it. The Magic View is still in production, and a release date is still not confirmed, but hands-on video make it seem like the actual Moto 360 2015, at least to outsiders. But we’re not even sure that Lenovo is going to launch this Magic View smart watch anytime soon, as it’s not exactly… practical.
The Magic View name is not just a gimmick, it actually symbolizes that the watch can use virtual reality to make the users’ experience that much better. But the technology that Lenovo is using in the watch is ahead of its time, so to speak, as using the Magic View is rather cumbersome and disorienting. It’s a prototype that the company demonstrated at their tech world show, so we’re not sure if they are planning to actually launch it anytime soon. Nonetheless, some people in the industry are saying that the Magic View is at fault for the already late Moto 360 2015.
There was and still is enormous interest in the Moto 360, but Motorola and Lenovo have been quite mum about the issue. Lenovo is clearly busy, with all the new tech that introduced at the conference today, but Motorola is unusually silent. That can mean two things: there’s no Moto 360 2015 or there’s a very impressive Moto 360 2015 being developed. Some of our company insiders tell us not to lose faith, because Motorola is going to surprise us sooner or later, while others say that the Moto 360 was a gone and went deal.We are inclined to believe the former.
Moreover, Lenovo CEO did confirm that some products are coming this Summer and mentioned watches, so there’s a lot of excitement about the next Moto 360 2015 still there. Even if those statements cannot be perceived as confirmation of the Moto 360 2015, they do point us in the direction of Motorola clearly. As such, we’re looking forward to official information about the new smart watch to be revealed in the following two weeks. You can check out what we know about the new device in our rumor round-up piece.
In the meantime, we’re still excited about the virtual-reality inspired Lenovo Magic View, which uses a panel to project a screen in front of you, not using the actual smart watch display. Since it’s just a prototype, it doesn’t work well and you need to be but a few inches from the screen to actually see what’s going on, but there’s a lot of potential there, too. It might even turn out more interesting than the upcoming Moto 360 launch.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Return to All-Time Low Price at Best Buy, Grab a Pair for $80 Today
Samsung’s Galaxy Buds Live may be the better option if earbuds with a stem design, like Apple’s AirPods, feel unpleasant or frequently fall out of your ears. These bean-shaped true wireless earbuds are among our top picks because of their cutting-edge design and excellent sound, which we found to be even better than the original AirPods Pro. And right now, Best Buy has the opportunity to get them for less than half the regular cost. Only today, you can save $70 and get a pair of Galaxy Buds Live for just $80, which matches the lowest price we’ve seen thus far.
One of the most affordable pairs of earbuds you’ll find in this price range is the Galaxy Buds Live, which retail for about $80. They have three microphones for active noise-cancellation, as well as a 12mm speaker that has been adjusted and improved for bass for rich, immersive sound. Although they still let in a good bit of background noise because of their open-ear design.
The Buds Live feature an IPX2 water-resistance rating, making them safe to use during workouts and resistant to sweat and splashing, but you shouldn’t use them in the rain. They can operate for up to 29 hours on a single charge, including top-ups from the charging case, which doubles as a wireless charger for your phone. There are smaller reductions on other colors as well, but this offer is only valid on the white and black color options.
Read more in the 2020 Galaxy Buds Live review by David Carnoy. He gave them an 8.2 out of 10 and stated, “They’re quite unique-looking, inconspicuous, and not only do they fit securely, but they’re comfortable to wear for long periods of time.”
In the upcoming fall, Sony’s wireless earbuds will support multipoint connections
Sony is not just using environmentally friendly materials to upgrade its wireless earbuds. Now, the business claims that multipoint audio functionality will be added to its LinkBuds, LinkBuds S, and WF-1000XM4 models this fall. This allows you to switch between the audio on two Bluetooth devices, just as other competing earbuds. For instance, while watching a video on your tablet, you can switch to a call on your phone.
Sony’s Headphones Connect app offers fresh firmware that is necessary for the enhancement. The multipoint update for the LinkBuds family should be available by November, while the WF-1000XM4 should follow suit this winter.
The WF-1000XM4 upgrade is fairly unexpected, as The Verge noted. Midway through 2021, when Sony first began to market that device, it had not even hinted at a multipoint update. The news won’t help you much if you have cheap headphones like the WF-C500, but at least you won’t feel left out if you spent a lot on wireless audio last year.
Sony now has a competitive advantage over some of its rivals, at least. While competitors like Apple’s AirPods offer smooth audio switching, you’re typically constrained to a single brand’s environment. If you don’t want to be restricted to specific platforms or goods merely to avoid slogging through Bluetooth device menus, Sony’s multipoint functionality might make more sense.
At $250, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 reaches a new low.
If you’ve had your eye on the brand-new Galaxy Watch 5 from Samsung but were awaiting a discount, one is now available. The 40mm model in three hues (Grey, Pink Gold, and Silver) is available for $250 on Amazon’s Woot site, saving you $30 or 11% off the list price.
In our previous review, the Galaxy Watch 5 received a strong 85 points, and we once again dubbed it “the greatest non-Apple smartwatch.” Over the Watch 4, Samsung concentrated more on improving it, giving it a longer battery life (up to 80 hours), stronger Sapphire Crystal glass, and an inactive temperature sensor.
The design and features are otherwise unchanged, which is a good thing. With a touch-sensitive ring surrounding the screen and a snappy 5-nanometer Exynos processor, it runs Wear OS and employs Samsung’s bezel-based navigation. This offers you access to a variety of apps, sleep tracking and coaching, health and fitness tracking, and countless other features. The body-impedance analysis tool allows you to take ECG scans, reply to messages, control music playing, and more. It also allows you to acquire a reading of your body composition.
The sensors are kept in contact with your wrist by the slightly curved underside, which is rated IP68, 5ATM, and MIL-STD-810H for durability (water, dust and pressure resistance). The biggest drawback is that, in comparison to the Apple Watch 7, battery life is significantly reduced with the always-on display. Even so, it’s the greatest Android smartwatch currently on the market, and discounts on such a brand-new product are uncommon. Remember that Woot’s offers have a shorter expiration date and a different return policy than its parent company, Amazon.
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