This week in wearables: Fitbit, Oculus Rift, Andy Murray, and more

Written By Allie Quill

There really is no “slow news day” when it comes to the ever-changing wearables industry, is there. From the forthcoming Apple Watch update to the delayed release of the highly anticipated Huawei Watch, we’ll catch you up on the biggest news from this week.

1. The Apple Watch is a mere two-months-old, but it isn’t too soon for Apple to make changes. At the company’s WWDC 2015 developers conference, a wide array of small improvements were announced in the form of watchOS 2, the watch’s newest operating system. Will added capabilities like HomeKit and Apple Pay be enough to keep the technology tycoon afloat in the wearables industry?

2. Custom optics, integrated headphones, and constellation tracking are just the beginning of what Oculus has in store for the final consumer version of the Oculus Rift. Say goodbye to 2D gaming, and say hello to revolutionary entertainment.

3. Tennis pro Andy Murray officially announced his partnership with equity crowdfunding firm, Seedrs. We can only expect that Murray will bring his competitive nature from the court to the office as a new company advisor.

4. FitBit partnered with Parkrun, U.K. fun run organizers, this week. With the introduction of fitness trackers to the Parkrun community, FitBit hopes to teach, equip, and encourage people to get up and get active. (Oh, and to sneak something else in here, Fitbit got hit by a second lawsuit from Jawbone.)

5. Earlier this year, we got a good look at the Huawei smartwatch with hopes of seeing its quality design and functions in markets soon. But with a few compatibility hiccups with Android Wear, you can expect to see the watch release delayed to sometime in September or October.

6. OriginGPS launches the Multi Micro Hornet designed for low power consumption, small form factor, and high sensitivity for location services in wearables.

7. Have no fear because the Pebble Time is almost here! Pebble is teaming up with BestBuy and is preparing for pre-orders from non-backers which start on June 22. Retailing at $199, the wait is nearly over. Ready, get set, go.

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