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Microsoft begins retreat from Windows Phone with platform-agnostic Microsoft Health

Software giant Microsoft has formally entered the wearables game with the launch of its Microsoft Health platform and accompanying Microsoft Band fitness band. But the real significance behind this move is Microsoft’s decision to make both products platform-agnostic, implying Microsoft has decided to no longer pin its mobile hopes on Windows Phone.

Apple has first interesting product launch for four years

Apple has been in a holding pattern for the past three years and has finally revealed a bunch of stuff it has been working on for a while. The two new phones feature the first major industrial design overhaul since the iPhone 4 and the Apple watch seems likely to significantly raise the bar in the wearables category. But the most significant announcement is probably Apple Pay, not just for Apple, but for the catalysing effect it could have on mobile commerce on the whole.

LG launches cellular wearable for kids

LG Electronics has launched a wearable device designed specifically to help parents track their young children. In order to do this the KizON has a 2G/3G cellular modem, which sets a key precedent in the evolution of the nascent wearables category.

Smart wearables set to rise five-fold

Shipments of smart wearable are set to rise five-fold over the course of the second half of 2013, according to analyst forecasts. Just over 200,000 smart wearable band devices, such as smartwatches, were shipped in 1H13. However, the number shipped in 2H13 is expected to see an increase of more than 500 per cent, according to analyst firm Canalys.

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