smartwatches

  • Misfit shoots for simple with the Phase hybrid smartwatch

    Misfit shoots for simple with the Phase hybrid smartwatch

    I’ve been mostly enjoying my time with the Phase, thus far. It might be all the time I spent with the Gear S3 of late, but it feels good having a relatively reasonably sized watch on again. Something that’s not flashy like the Apple Watch Nike+, something that, honestly, you forget you even have until you need it. The Misfit Phase isn’t a groundbreaker. That path has already… Read More

  • U.S. wearables market is doing much worse than expected

    U.S. wearables market is doing much worse than expected

    Apple may still be claiming that sales of its Apple Watch are “doing great,” but overall, the wearable device category is failing to grow at the rates forecasted earlier. According to a new report from eMarketer, wearables like Apple Watch and Fitbit were expected to grow more than 60 percent year-over-year from 2015 to 2016. However, the firm is now cutting that estimate down to… Read More

  • Samsung’s Gear S3 goes a little too big

    Samsung’s Gear S3 goes a little too big

    Samsung’s never shied away from going big. Big phones, big TVs, big watches. In fact, that was one of the defining characteristics for the first few generations of the Gear line, the first few of which were really more wrist-worn tablet than smartwatch. Things thankfully mellowed out a bit last year with the introduction of the S2, a more minimalist approach to wrist-worn computing… Read More

  • Google picks up the team behind an Alexa-powered smartwatch for Android Wear

    Google picks up the team behind an Alexa-powered smartwatch for Android Wear

    Google has acquired the company and team behind CoWatch‘s software, an Android-based smartwatch OS that differed from most in that it also offered Amazon Alexa access on your wrist. Cronologics announced on its site that it will be joining Google, working on Android Wear, after having developed its Android-based OS for the CoWatch hardware. It’s a time of consolidation for the… Read More

  • Pebble’s story, from Kickstarter sensation to Fitbit acquisition

    Pebble’s story, from Kickstarter sensation to Fitbit acquisition

    Pebble has had a long, one might say rocky road. As one of the earliest and biggest crowdfunding successes, it showed the potential and perils of hardware startups that were increasingly having to scale from back-of-napkin idea to a global operation almost overnight. Read More

  • Pebble confirms it’s shutting down, devs and software going to Fitbit

    Pebble confirms it’s shutting down, devs and software going to Fitbit

    RIP Pebble… The wearable maker that pioneered wrist-based notifications before Apple and many others waded into the smartwatch space has confirmed it’s closing its doors as an independent entity. Read More

  • Running with the Apple Watch Nike+

    Running with the Apple Watch Nike+

    I’m not trying to brag or anything (I am), but I comfortably ran a half marathon wearing the first version of the 42mm Apple Watch with a classy, stainless steel band. So, when I heard about Nike’s version of the Apple Watch, it’s not like I thought, “Finally! I totally need this because running with the regular Apple Watch sucks.” That’s not to say I… Read More

  • Smartwatch sales are tanking

    Smartwatch sales are tanking

    Maybe not everyone is convinced they need a smartwatch? According to a new industry report from IDC out this morning, smartwatch shipments experienced “significant” declines in the third quarter, as total shipments were down 51.6 percent from the same time last year. Just 2.7 million units were shipped in Q3 2016 versus 5.6 million in Q3 2015. While IDC offers several explanations… Read More

  • The Skagen Hagen smart watch keeps tabs on your minimalist life

    The Skagen Hagen smart watch keeps tabs on your minimalist life

    Skagen is a Danish watch company famous for its minimalist designs and affordable prices. Now, for $215, you can add a little smarts to your minimalist wrist, a welcome bit of news for those who think the flat black slab of an Apple Watch is too flamboyant. The Skagen Hagen is basically an activity watch similar to the Withings Activite and the watches containing smart movements from MMT. Read More

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