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Topic: wearables

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Fitbit posts strong third-quarter revenue, says Apple Watch had no 'material impact'

11/03/2015, 09:11 am

The Apple Watch had no "material impact" on Fitbit's sales in the third quarter, which saw revenue climb 168 percent year-over-year to $409.3 million, the company's CEO said in a results call.


Polar announces A360 fitness tracker with heart rate sensor, iPhone notification support

10/20/2015, 12:10 pm

Fitness gear maker Polar on Tuesday annoucned a new fitness tracker, the A360, which offers features like a color touchscreen, a heart rate monitor, and iPhone notifications.


Pebble Time Round smartwatch moves to circular, thin design with two-day battery life

09/23/2015, 03:09 pm

Pebble on Wednesday opened up preorders for the Pebble Time Round, a new smartwatch model that not only changes to a circular face but shrinks the size of the Time to make it extremely thin and light.


Runtastic debuts Moment smartwatch, combining analog face & fitness tracking

09/04/2015, 02:09 pm

Runtastic on Friday launched the Moment, a new smartwatch that employs a traditional analog watch face but with smartphone-connected fitness tracking.


Misfit, Speedo team up for new Apple Store-exclusive Shine swim tracker

08/18/2015, 11:08 am

People who swim for fitness or competition will have a new option for tracking their progress some Sept. 1, when the Speedo Shine swim tracker --a collaboration between wearables firm Misfit and swimwear brand Speedo --will hit Apple Store shelves.


Misfit introduces Flash Link multifunction wearable, releases Misfit Link app

07/16/2015, 09:07 am

Misfit on Thursday announced price drops for its existing fitness wearables --Shine and Flash --to make way for a new model called the Flash Link, and breathed life into older Flash models with the new Misfit Link app for iOS.


Pebble unveils steel version of color Time watch, announces 'smartstrap' accessory support

03/03/2015, 08:03 am

Pebble on Tuesday announced a steel version of its upcoming Pebble Time smartwatch, as well as a new expandable accessory port called "smartstrap" that could add functions such as GPS or heart rate monitoring.


Just 6.8M smartwatches sold in 2014 at an average price of $189

02/25/2015, 08:02 am

In yet another sign that the forthcoming Apple Watch is poised to shake up the wearables market in a big way, the average smartwatch sold in 2014 for just over half of the Apple Watch's $349 starting price.


Microsoft Band adds MapMyFitness & HealthVault support, but still no Apple HealthKit

02/24/2015, 01:02 pm

The wearable fitness tracking Microsoft Band received an update this week adding support for biking, and integration with MapMyFitness and Microsoft's own HealthVault service, but it still lacks compatibility with Apple's HealthKit tools and Health app for iOS 8.


Sony to begin shipping developer-focused SmartEyeglass wearable in March

02/18/2015, 09:02 am

The unspoken failure of Google's Glass has not deterred Sony from forging ahead with its own face-attached augmented reality device, and interested early adopters can now place a pre-order for their own set of "SmartEyeglass Developer Edition" eyewear for delivery in March.