Watch out Intel, Qualcomm-powered wearables to hit stores before 2015

Qualcomm TOQ face angle

Qualcomm effectively rules the smartphone processor market, and as the demand for wearable companion devices grows, it’s apparently keen on making a similar impact in the burgeoning market too. According to Qualcomm Taiwan’s President Eddie Chang, the company is ready to produce chips suitable for wearable devices, and that we won’t have long to wait until they go on sale.

“Qualcomm has all the technologies needed,” he is quoted as saying, before adding, “This year, you will see wearable devices carrying Qualcomm chips.” We’re approaching the mid-way point through 2014 already, so if Chang’s estimation is correct, we could see these products launch over the next few months.

Wearable mobile devices, smartwatches and fitness bands in particular, have been capturing headlines for the past year or so. However, we’re about to see several important and exciting new models released – the Moto 360, LG’s G Watch, and potentially, the Apple iWatch – which could bring the market more mainstream attention. Qualcomm isn’t about to let its rivals gets a head start.

Intel is a particular threat. It has been talking about wearable devices for some time, and has introduced several reference devices showing what’s possible with Intel technology. It also recently acquired Basis, the company behind the Basis smartwatch, bringing considerable knowledge and adding key personnel to its forces.

Up and coming processor firm MediaTek also has its own chip, codename Aster, ready to ship sometime during the summer, plus one of its dual-core processors can already be found inside the Omate TrueSmart smartwatch. Qualcomm hasn’t been dragging its heels though. It produces the Toq smartwatch, which primarily showcases its own Mirasol screen technology, and runs a low power Cortex M3 chip.

The report suggests Qualcomm won’t introduce a new, wearable-specific chip this year, and the products Chang expects to launch will run a version of an existing processor. Apparently, a dedicated chip may come in the future, if the market picks up.

Product Review

The TicWatch Pro 4G/LTE is the Wear OS smartwatch you’ve been waiting for

Mobvoi has launched a 4G version of its TicWatch Pro, which has seen some slight changes from last year’s model. The LTE connectivity only works on Verizon, but it opens a world of possibilities with the Wear OS smartwatch.
Computing

This iPad Pro is at its lowest price ever thanks to Amazon Prime Day

On the lookout for a new iPad Pro on Prime Day? Look no further, because we’ve found the mother of all deals. You can save $430 on an iPad Pro, bringing its price down to a super-low $699.
Mobile

The Asus ROG Phone 2 may launch as the most powerful phone in the world

Asus will launch the ROG Phone 2 (that stands for Republic of Gamers, for those new to the company's gaming brand) on July 23, and rumors of its specification and more have been leaking for a while.
Computing

Alright, Apple. It’s time to bring Face ID to the Mac

Apple has long touted its devices as being among the safest and most secure on the market, yet the Mac still relies on Touch ID -- if it even has that. Come on Apple: Where's Face ID for the Mac?
Deals

The best Prime Day smartphone deals: Samsung, Motorola, Google, and more

Amazon Prime Day 2019 is here, and there are a ton of great deals on smartphones worth looking into. Whether you're looking for a new iPhone or an Android device, there should be a Prime Day 2019 deal for you.
Deals

Apple Watch Series 4 smartwatch now just $360 in Amazon Prime Day deal

Amazon Prime Day is a fine time to buy a new smartwatch. The Apple Watch Series 4 is the cream of the smartwatch crop, and now in an Amazon Prime Day deal, the 44mm model can be yours for just $354, down from its original $429.
Product Review

Samsung's $99 fitness tracker takes on Fitbit. Can it keep pace?

Samsung’s going toe-to-toe against Fitbit’s Inspire HR with its own $99 fitness tracker -- the Galaxy Fit. It also has a heart rate monitor, can automatically detect six workouts, and has a battery that can last for days.
Deals

The futuristic Samsung Galaxy S10 5G just got a price cut on Best Buy

Amazon Prime Day 2019 is finally here, bringing with it some of the best smartphone deals you're likely to see all year. In particular, there are some amazing deals on Samsung Galaxy phones, including the much-loved Samsung Galaxy S10.
Apple

Missed out on Amazon’s Prime Day Apple Watch deal? Walmart has you covered

Amazon's deal on the Apple Watch was pretty good, but it sold out within the first 24 hours of Prime Day. As an alternative, we'd suggest you shop Walmart, which has the Apple Watch Series 3 available for $80 off its normal price.
Mobile

Having issues with iOS 12? These fixes will help you get back on track

Apple's iOS 12 has a lot going for it, but it's not perfect and several issues have cropped to annoy people. Here are some of the most common iOS 12 problems we've heard about, with some advice on how to fix them or work around them.
Deals

Amazon cuts up to 40% off on Moto G and Z smartphones on Prime Day

Today at Prime Day, Amazon is exclusively offering selected items on the Moto G and Z family at a discounted price of up to 40%. Take this chance and check them out as we’ve gathered them all here.
Deals

There’s still time for Prime Day iPad deals, even without a Prime membership

Prime Day ends soon but there’s still time to score before the clock runs out. Shoppers looking for a new tablet should strike while the iron's still hot, and this might be your last chance before to snag an iPad deals before summer's…
Mobile

HMD’s Nokia 2.2 is now available in the U.S., and it’s slated to get Android Q

HMD Global's Nokia 2.2 is yet another ultra-affordable phone from the company that's making its way to the U.S. The device offers a modern bezel-less design, and HMD Global said it will get Android Q.
News

AT&T accused of selling customers’ location data to bounty hunters and stalkers

AT&T was hit with a lawsuit Tuesday accusing it of selling customers’ real-time location data to third parties like credit agencies and bail guarantors, along with bounty hunters and stalkers, without having customer consent.