Apple vs. Android: HTC Rumored to Reveal Smartwatch Next Week
Your Droid must have been suffering from a case of FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) with all of those Apple smartwatch rumors, because it looks like HTC is working on not one, not two, but THREE different versions of their own. Tick, tock!
Don’t get too excited by these HTC smartwatch concepts from designers Eliott Copier and Hasan Kaymak, while we don’t have a peek at the real deals just yet, we do have some suspected deets on the three wearables. To rival Samsung’s Galaxy Gear and other wearable wrist candy like Pebble, HTC’s first smartwatch might get demoed next week and, rumor has it, will have Qualcomm’s Mirasol display technology, connect to your smartphone using Bluetooth and feature a music player. Watch #2 will work with Google’s Now applications: serving up info on weather, maps, travel and even suggestions based on your location right to your wrist. The third wearable sounds like it is eyeing Apple’s suspected iWatch as its main competition. It will be a smart wristband with a thin touchscreen display, music player and activity-tracking features. Sounds familiar, sounds awesome.
HTC’s chairman has confirmed that the company will launch a smartwatch before the end of the year, but we’ll stay tuned to see if one of the three is revealed at next week’s Mobile World Congress tradeshow in Barcelona.
Android vs. Apple: which smartwatch would you strap on? What do you think of the mockups?
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!