Google’s Smartwatches Now Let You Leave Your Phone at Home

AS HE SPEAKS, Jeff Chang surveys his kingdom. Android Wear’s product manager, the man most directly responsible for the progress of Google’s wearable platform, is seated at a large conference-room table in Google’s San Francisco office that is fully half-filled with Android Wear devices. No two are alike: seven different models, countless colors and bands. Every color of Sony Smartwatch 3 here, a dozen Moto 360s there. He’s wearing an LG Watch Urbane, and there are two others on the table. There’s a particularly gaudy Huawei Watch, which I can’t stop touching during our meeting. And all this, he says, gesturing around, is just the beginning. … 

 

This $1.5B Startup Is Making Health Insurance Suck Less

IN LESS THAN two years, Oscar Health, a New York City-based health insurance company, has already amassed 40,000 members, with its member-friendly plans and tech-driven approach. Now, the startup has landed another $145 million round of funding at a $1.5 billion valuation, which will help bring Oscar insurance to other cities across the country by the end of the year.

While $1 billion-plus valuations are commonplace in the tech world these days, Oscar is one of a handful of startups that seems to have truly earned it. Oscar, which launched back in 2013, took on one of the country’s most entrenched and hairy markets—health insurance—and infused it with technology and user-friendly design. Now it’s generating around $200 million a year in revenue, according to CEO and co-founder Mario Schlosser. And that’s only in its existing markets in New York and New Jersey. …