It’s been a leaky week for watches, with 91Mobiles exposing some details about what will likely be Samsung’s next timepiece. The Galaxy Watch 5, as it’s said to be called, will come in two flavors: the plain old Watch 5 and the Watch 5 Pro. The “Pro” name appears to be how Samsung is now branding its pricier model; on the Galaxy Watch 4 it used the name “Classic” for that, which was arguably less clear. The Watch 5 Pro seems to ditch the rotating bezel found on the Classic in favor of a touch-sensitive frame.
Additionally, Twitter tests two-person tweets, Apple adds a maximum security option, and TikTok scales back its intentions for a shop. Apple may soon unveil a more durable model of the Apple Watch, according to Apple insider Mark Gurman. Despite the fact that its screen is only somewhat larger than the Series 7’s 1.9-inch face, it should be the largest Apple Watch ever. It is supposed to be made for fans of extreme sports and to have a sturdier metal frame and more robust screen. The battery life, which peaked at roughly 18 hours in earlier Apple Watch models, may represent the biggest gain. Gurman claims that the super Apple Watch will last longer, although he does not specify by how much. Who knows, perhaps
When either of those new watches might be released isn’t clear, but it’s likely that they’ll emerge in the fall, when both companies tend to announce new products. Volkswagen Would Like to Be Eco-Conscious Now, Please. The German car company Volkswagen has started building the first of six planned battery factories across Europe. This one is in Salzgitter, Germany, and is expected to eventually produce enough batteries to juice up half a million electric vehicles. It’ll be at least 2025 before the plant is actually producing cells, but the process is in motion.
Last week, TikTok was spotted testing out a new Shop tab in its app. Now, that experiment seems to be losing steam. According to the Financial Times, TikTok has decided to slow down its shopping plans, and it won’t be expanding the feature to Europe or the US just yet. The app’s parent company, China’s ByteDance, blamed the reversal on low engagement in the UK, where the company had been testing the Shop feature. TikTok’s presence in the UK has been tumultuous in general, with the Shop feature causing friction among employees at the company’s London office. Though TikTok may have shut up Shop for now in some places, it’s still available in Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, and Malaysia.
The project is a big move for the company, and a dramatic shift toward electric vehicle production. Volkswagen has been perceived as something of an environmental villain since it was caught rigging its vehicles to game US emissions tests in 2015. The trick affected thousands of vehicles, and it resulted in sizable recalls and hefty fines for the company. It also undermined any attempts Volkswagen made to curate an eco-friendly image. There’s a clear financial incentive for the company, as demand for electric cars is growing fast. But if it pulls this off, it may be a way for Volkswagen to try to clean up after itself.