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Topic: wearables

How Apple Watch went from rumor to shipping product on April 24, 2015

04/24/2019, 08:04 am

It feels like we've always had Apple Watches, but it's only a very few years since the first ones were shipped to customers. Yet if it's still really a new product, you can trace rumors of Apple's work on it back to at least 2010.

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Editorial: Another F for Alphabet: Google's Android Wear OS still 'half baked' after five years of trying

03/22/2019, 07:03 am

A decade ago, Google's Android platform targeted the stars: first swaggering into Apple's iPhone market, then aggressively following iPad into tablets, and more recently jumping into wearables well before Apple Watch was even announced. What has stopped Android from succeeding anywhere apart from replacing Symbian, Windows Mobile, or Java on lower-end phones?

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Apple Watch forecast to hit 27.5 percent of all smartwatches by 2023

03/18/2019, 03:03 pm

The Apple Watch has become so popular as a wearable that it could account for 27.5 percent of all smartwatches of any kind in 2023, research firm IDC argued on Monday.

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Apple Watch continues wearables market domination with 10.4M holiday shipments

03/05/2019, 10:03 am

Apple is continuing to lead the rest of the wearables market, according to data from IDC, with sales of the Apple Watch, AirPods, and Beats headphones helping the iPhone maker maintain its position in a market that grew 31.4 percent in the fourth quarter of 2018.

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Google pays Fossil $40M for smartwatch IP to compete with Apple Watch

01/18/2019, 08:01 am

Google's attempts to take on the Apple Watch in the wearable devices market with Wear OS may receive a boost, after the revelation the search giant will be paying watch maker Fossil $40 million to buy the company's smartwatch-related intellectual property.

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iPhone users can get ECG readings from the Withings BPM Core cardiovascular monitor, Move fitness trackers

01/06/2019, 08:01 pm

Withings is expanding its range of health-related devices by introducing the BPM Core cardiovascular monitor, while its wearable fitness tracking range grows with the introduction of the Move collection, including one that is the first analog watch that has on-demand electrocardiogram capabilities.

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Withings Steel HR Sport is firm's first release opposing Apple Watch after Nokia sale

09/18/2018, 08:09 am

Withings has returned to the wearable device market with its first new product since being sold by Nokia, launching the Steel HR Sport, a revival of an earlier smartwatch that discretely hides its fitness-related features behind an analog watch face.

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Apple Watch surges to top of global wearables market with 'market-beating growth'

09/04/2018, 10:09 am

Apple has jumped past Xiaomi to claim the top spot in wearables worldwide, and is on the cusp of a product refresh in the Apple Watch "Series 4" that should grow the lead even more.

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Fitbit launches $150 Charge 3 fitness tracker with new design

08/20/2018, 10:08 am

The latest "swim proof" version of the fitness tracker is set to launch in October at a $149.95 price point

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Apple Watch leads wearable device market with estimated 3.8M unit shipments in first quarter

05/23/2018, 01:05 pm

The Apple Watch is continuing to dominate the wearable device market, analytics firm Canalys claims, marginally beating Xiaomi in terms of wearable band shipments in the first quarter of 2018 at a time when shipments in the market grew by 35 percent compared to the same period last year.

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Fitbit preparing second foray into smart watches with new model having more 'mass appeal'

02/28/2018, 09:02 am

Just a few months after the release of the Fitbit Ionic, the company is preparing another smart watch, to further compete with the Apple Watch.

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Apple Watch, AirPods drive Wearables rev 70%, outpacing size, growth of Amazon ads, Google Cloud, Alphabet Other Bets

02/02/2018, 08:02 am

Apple is criticized for making much of its revenues from one hit product: iPhone. However, its newest foray into Wearables has not only become its fastest-growing revenue source behind iPhone, but is also larger and growing more rapidly than other top tech firms' hyped future growth segments, such as Amazon's ads business, Google's Cloud and Alphabet's Other Bets.

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Running Microsoft 'Xbox Watch' discovered, is no Apple Watch killer

01/22/2018, 04:01 pm

An "Xbox Watch" prototype has been unearthed and brought back to life, showing what Microsoft had in mind for its first, true smart watch after a failed effort in the beginning of the century.

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Apple Watch shipments in Q3 estimated at 3.9M units, including 800,000 Series 3 with LTE

11/14/2017, 10:11 am

Apple has regained its position as the biggest producer of wearable devices in the world, analytics firm Canalys claims, with the release of the Apple Watch Series 3 and the cellular model said to help overtake Xiaomi in the third quarter, despite a small contraction in the marketplace.

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Misfit launches Phase Hybrid smartwatch, with some Apple Watch-like connectivity

10/18/2016, 09:10 am

Misfit is advancing its wearables line to compete with the Apple Watch, and has introduced the new Misfit Phase Hybrid Smartwatch using a small color display and watch hand position to alert the user.

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Samsung announces Gear S3 iOS-compatible smartwatches, one with LTE

08/31/2016, 04:08 pm

On Wednesday, Samsung updated its Tizen-based smartwatch offerings with the LTE-connected Gear S3 Frontier and wi-fi Gear S3 Classic, promisimg iOS compatibility for both at some point.

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Smartwatch users rank Apple Watch best in class in new JD Power survey

07/12/2016, 01:07 pm

Wearable device customer satisfaction rankings released by J.D. Power on Tuesday place the Apple Watch at the top of the heap, edging second-place finisher Samsung as the best smartwatch on the market today.

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Fueled by Apple Watch, smartwatch prices surge as basic activity trackers tumble

06/23/2016, 10:06 am

Though prices on activity trackers continue to drop, average selling prices on wearable devices still saw a major increase in the first quarter of 2016, boosted in large part by the availability of the premium-priced Apple Watch, according to new research.

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Proposed Pebble Time smart band could add standalone GPS, double battery life to 14 days

05/18/2016, 12:05 pm

While patents reveal Apple has explored the possibility of adding new functionality to the Apple Watch with connectable smart bands, a new Kickstarter campaign hopes to beat it to the punch with a GPS-connected, battery-equipped smart band for the Pebble Time smartwatch.

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Apple Watch raises awareness of wearables as Pebble doubles its sales, CEO says

11/04/2015, 10:11 am

Rather than hurting sales of the Pebble smartwatch, the debut of the Apple Watch has actually helped the company, its CEO has revealed, thanks to increased consumer awareness of wearable devices.

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