smartwatch

  • Smartwatch shipments drop 32 percent in the second quarter

    Smartwatch shipments drop 32 percent in the second quarter

    According to new numbers posted by IDC, smartwatch shipments are down for the second quarter of this year, marking the first drop of its kind. And it’s not insignificant falloff – moving from 5.1 million a year ago to 3.5 million this quarter. That’s a 32-percent decline. The culprit seems pretty clear for the research firm. IDC lays the blame squarely at the Apple’s feet. Read More

  • Pebble revamps its health software and text responses

    Pebble revamps its health software and text responses

    The weather’s finally starting to look like spring here in New York City, and it’s time to really put those fitness trackers to good use. For those who rely on a Pebble watch to keep track of their paces, health monitoring gets a bit better today, with version 3.12 of the smartwatch maker’s firmware and app. The update marks the arrival of Mobile Health Snapshot, a hub… Read More

  • Huawei’s opulent jewel-encrusted smartwatches are now available in the US, starting at $500

    Huawei’s opulent jewel-encrusted smartwatches are now available in the US, starting at $500

    Perhaps you missed the excitement in amongst the deluge of gadget news that is the International Consumer Electronics Show, but back in January Chinese handset maker Huawei introduced this pair of strange specimens. The incredibly unsubtly named Elegant and Jewel are the company’s shot at appealing directly to female smartwatch owners. That said, the wearables aren’t too large… Read More

  • Smartwatch firm Pebble lays off 25% of its staff

    Smartwatch firm Pebble lays off 25% of its staff

    Smartwatch pioneer Pebble is laying off 25 percent of its staff amid increased financial concerns. This situation has been coming. Last year, we reported the company was in some trouble and had turned to debt funding and loans, as well as traditional investor cash, “in order to stay afloat.” Read More

  • Facer brings its popular watchface customization utility to Apple Watch

    Facer brings its popular watchface customization utility to Apple Watch

    A popular smartwatch customization platform for Android, Facer, has today made its way to iOS and Apple Watch. While there are already dozens of utilities on the App Store that allow users to better personalize their Apple Watch’s home screen, Facer stands out because of its sizable collection of free watchfaces, range of exclusive content, which also includes premium brands and its… Read More

  • Victorinox Announces The INOX Cybertool, A Clip-On Smartwatch

    Victorinox Announces The INOX Cybertool, A Clip-On Smartwatch

    If you need to turn your dumb watch into a smartwatch and don’t mind a parasitic ring of plastic attached to your analog timepiece, then Victorinox and Acer have you covered. The Cybertool offers multiple timezone displays, activity monitoring, and call and message notifications that appear on the ring around the watch. A Help function transmits your current GPS coordinates to a… Read More

  • A Few Days With The Pebble Time Round

    I’ve never worn a Pebble smartwatch for an extended period of time before. In fact, I’ve never really worn a modern smartwatch for an extended period of time, either. So when my colleague Drew Olanoff asked me to give the Pebble Time Round a whirl, I was of course skeptical of my need for a smartwatch. The Pebble watches have been some of the most successful Kickstarter campaigns… Read More

  • Martian’s New Smartwatch Hides The Power Inside An Unassuming Package

    Martian’s New Smartwatch Hides The Power Inside An Unassuming Package

    The Martian Voice Command Envoy tries hard make you think it’s not a smartwatch. The model I tested, a black faux diver with a non-working bezel and quartz movement, looks more like a drugstore Timex than a piece of precision electronics. However, hidden inside the normal-sized case is one of the better notification systems I’ve used. The company has been making smartwatches since… Read More

  • Here’s Samsung’s Answer To The Apple Watch

    Here’s Samsung’s Answer To The Apple Watch

    Last week, Samsung held a big conference in New York. While many anticipated the announcements of the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 Edge+, the company also teased a new upcoming device — the Samsung Gear S2. This new smartwatch looks nothing like the Samsung Gear S. It’s a smaller, more fashionable watch that will go head-to-head against the Apple Watch. Read More

  • Little Labs Raises $3 Million From NEA And Others For Its “Smartwatch-First” App Studio

    Little Labs Raises $3 Million From NEA And Others For Its “Smartwatch-First” App Studio

    With the introduction of the Apple Watch, many believe that smartwatches as a new computing platform now has the potential to explode. One company betting on that trend is Little Labs, an L.A.-based app studio founded by mobile industry veterans that’s focused exclusively on building experiences for the “post-phone” era. The studio today has a small handful of apps for… Read More

  • AmbyGear’s New Smartwatch For Kids Combines GPS Tracking With Educational Games

    AmbyGear’s New Smartwatch For Kids Combines GPS Tracking With Educational Games

    A company called Ambit Networks has just launched its own take on wearables aimed at children with the debut of the AmbyGear Smart Watch, now live on crowdfunding site Indiegogo. The new watch includes built-in GPS and alerts for parents as well as educational content and games for kids. It’s initially available for $99, and will ship later this summer. Specifically, AmbyGear’s… Read More

  • LG’s New Smartwatch Will Support LTE But Won’t Run Android Wear

    LG’s New Smartwatch Will Support LTE But Won’t Run Android Wear

    LG is developing its own software for smartwatches after the company announced that one version of its upcoming LG Watch Urbane will run on its own “proprietary” platform. Read More

  • LG Prepares To Battle The Apple Watch With Its First All-Metal Smartwatch

    LG Prepares To Battle The Apple Watch With Its First All-Metal Smartwatch

    LG was among the first wave of smartphone makers to venture into smartwatches. The G Watch and G Watch R are probably among the best in the market right now — not that this statement says much — but LG has just announced its latest addition, the LG Watch Urbane, as Apple prepares to enter the space. Read More

  • Tim Cook Says Apple Watch Ships In April

    Tim Cook Says Apple Watch Ships In April

    The Apple Watch will start shipping in April to consumers, according to Apple CEO Tim Cook, who revealed that month as the expected target launch date for the company on Apple’s Q1 2015 earnings call. The timeframe for launch was described as “early 2015” when the Apple Watch was originally announced in September of last year. The Apple Watch release date has been the subject… Read More

  • Why The Apple Watch Doesn’t Need More Than A Few Hours Of Active Use Time

    Why The Apple Watch Doesn’t Need More Than A Few Hours Of Active Use Time

    Apple’s upcoming wearable still prompts a lot of questions, not least of which is how long it will last on a full charge of its battery. A new report form 9to5Mac suggests that Apple is looking at a smartwatch that will offer 2.5 hours of continuous use for processor-intensive applications like games, 3.5 hours for continuous use of standard apps and 4 hours of active fitness tracking in… Read More

  • HTC’s First Smartwatch To Launch Alongside The One M9 In March

    HTC’s First Smartwatch To Launch Alongside The One M9 In March

    HTC is said to be prepping a smartwatch for debut in March at MWC alongside its new One M9 flagship smartphone. The new smartwatch will tap into Under Armour’s fitness tracking software service, according to Bloomberg, but little else is known at this time about its design or features. The M9, however, is said to remember the M8 in terms of sign and looks, but will also feature… Read More

  • Sony SmartWatch 3 Review

    Sony SmartWatch 3 Review

    Sony’s new Android Wear-powered SmartWatch 3 bucks a trend of the company releasing devices that use their own wearable platform, opting instead to jump on the bandwagon that includes a host of other Android wearable OEMs. It ends up being a big benefit, when you compare this device against previous SmartWatch models, which have proven overwhelmingly uninspiring. Basics 1.6″… Read More

  • Beauty And The Geak

    The Geak Watch II might have an ugly name but it is one of the most “watch-like” smartwatches I’ve seen in a while. Clad in chromed metal and featuring a dual e-ink/LCD display, the piece supposedly lasts for five days on a charge and can connect with your Android or iOS device. It recently hit $700,000 in funding on crowdfunding site Pozible and will ship in the next few months. Read More

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