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TechnologyPuma's first smartwatch was designed for athletes

15:40  05 september  2019
15:40  05 september  2019 Source:   engadget.com

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Puma is launching its first smartwatch at IFA 2019 this week. Puma ’ s smartwatch will include 4GB of storage and 512MB of RAM, which is the standard on most Wear OS watches. As this has the latest Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset, Puma is promising more than 24 hours of battery life, but it will likely

Puma ' s first smartwatch is fitness-focused and powered by Snapdragon Wear 3100. Puma and Michael Kors are both announcing their first fitness-focused smartwatches , and in the Aside from the design tweaks, both models are identical inside, and are built around a larger 1.28-inch display.

Puma has teamed up with the Fossil Group to enter the smartwatch market with a device that stays true to its brand. Like many other new wearables in the category, the company's first smartwatch is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset and runs on Google's Wear OS. It was, however, specifically created to help athletes -- or even sporty non-athlete users who stay active -- train and track goals.

Puma's first smartwatch was designed for athletes© Provided by Oath Inc. Puma Smartwatch

Since it was created as a training and exercise companion like Michael Kors' MKGO, the design has a lightweight construction that uses nylon and aluminum for its casing. It comes with a grippy and breathable textured silicone strap, and it relies on Google Fit to track users' heart rates, workouts and other activities like running and rowing.

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The Puma -branded smartwatch is visually distinguished by the large crown with the Puma logo, which is located on the right-hand side of the watch. Since Fossil and Puma developed the smartwatch with the basic idea of it being " designed for the social runner", one focus might be to let other fitness

The smartwatch for athletes is specialized in training. It is basically the same smartwatch , and has the same health and fitness functions as the normal Ionic, at first glance the only differences are an exclusive breathable sports strap, plus a custom design of the dial in four colors.

The device has several interactive dials to choose from, not to mention the ability to display images from social media on its display. Other features that could sway buyers in its favor are access to Google Assistant, NFC payments and its ability to withstand water when users swim.

Puma's first smartwatch will be available in November from the company's website and from select retailers for $275.

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Fossil's latest hybrid watch is likely powered by Wear OS.
Back in January Google announced its plans to buy Fossil's smartwatch technology. Now, after a report by Wareablerevealed that the deal involved the acquisition of the movements used in hybrid watches, we have our first clue as to what Google might be planning. According to 9to5Google, several online listings have emerged showing the "Fossil Collider Hybrid Smartwatch HR" featuring an E-Ink display, which suggests the watch might be running Wear OS. The images show measures for heart rate, weather, step count and date -- similar to those already found in Wear OS devices -- while some pictures reveal a fitness app not unlike Google Fit's Wear OS system.

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