Adidas is taking the smartwatch craze and running with it. The popular sports brand announced today that it is coming out with a smartwatch of its own, entering the increasingly competitive and crowded arena of wearable devices.
Apple’s design focus is about as sharp as it comes, with pretty much every aspect of the company dominated by how the final product will feel in a customer’s hand. That’s the secret to Apple’s success — and that’s the strategy competing businesses have to avoid, said Fuseproject founder and industrial designer Yves Béhar.
Despite a good chunk of the newest applications pulling features from existing applications, there is still an enormous amount of interest in app development that will continue for the foreseeable future, according to a number of venture capital investors. The ideas were kicked around by a panel of investors at the GigaOm Mobilize conference in San Francisco today.
(Update: We’ve received a clarification from a Nokia spokesperson regarding Ojanperä’s comments about Ovi developers. More than 70 Ovi developers have seen more than 1 million downloads, rather than $1 million in revenue, with a handful of them seeing 10 million downloads.)
The best feature of Windows Phone 7, Microsoft’s mobile operating system, is one that will differentiate it from the rest of the smartphone platforms on the market: Xbox Live integration. This feature will help players carry their online persona into the real world, said Matt Thompson, general manager of developer and platform evangelism for Microsoft. Thompson made the comments at the GigaOm Mobilize conference in San Francisco today.