Posts tagged with: FitBit
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    It should be crystal clear by now that, while it fell short of overly optimistic expectations from ardent iFans, the Apple Watch sold magnificently well during its first eight or nine months in stores, acting as the main catalyst behind the global rise of wrist-worn gadgets. Granted, Fitbits and Xiaomi Mi Bands also helped put wearables on the map, but they’re likely to gradually lose steam in the next few years, not to mention they’re generating peanuts in profits. Back to the “iWatch”, this reportedly accounted for a whopping two thirds of all smartwatch shipments in 2015, namely ...

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    Update: Hopefully you'll forgive the "airport" audio quality in the latter half of the show. Thanks for being patient. Fitbit gets a fancy new band, manufacturers old and new are picking up the Windows Mobile mantle and a phone that'll probably never see the light of day changes up its OS. It must be another week in mobile technology, and that must mean it's time for another episode of our little pow-wow. Join us as we get ready to get techy on episode 186 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the video broadcast from 1:15pm Eastern on February 4 (click here for your local time), or check ...

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    Is there still room for a dedicated fitness tracker in your life? Between widening adoption of full-fledged smartwatches, and all the sensor data our phones are capable of gathering themselves, you might think that traditional activity trackers were at risk of becoming a hard sell, but for a lot of users, their compact sizes, laser-focused feature set, and affordable price tags have continued to make them an attractive proposition. Today Fitbit announces its latest effort, the petite Alta band. Alta tracks steps, computes calories burned, and gathers sleep data. It's water resistant, ...

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    There's no shortage of data wearables can gather about what we do and how we move around, counting steps, measuring heart rate, and even recording how much sleep we get. Tracking all that info and having access to the data can be hugely empowering for users looking to optimize their physical activity and make some smart changes to their daily routine, all in the interest of promoting fitness. But would you be so happy about handing all that personal data over to someone else? That's just what the freshman class at Oral Roberts University is doing, as the school introduces a mandatory ...

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    Finding inspiration in a rival’s best-selling products to develop your own after modifying enough features to avoid copyright infringement trials is one thing, but shamelessly cloning everything about an iPhone, Apple Watch or Samsung Galaxy S6 and trying to pass off your cheap knockoff as the original is an entirely different kettle of fish. That’s actually not only morally wrong, it’s full-on illegal, and the US Customs and Border Protection is cracking down on imports of counterfeit goods from China or Hong Kong. The latest such shipment confiscated and prevented to reach ...

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    Wearables were built to gather tons of data, whether we're talking about full-featured smartwatches or laser-focused fitness trackers. As we turn to apps to crunch those numbers into a more digestible format, giving us detailed information about everything from our sleeping patterns to our aerobic activity, should we be worried about just how accurate all this data is? A new class-action lawsuit throws some serious allegations at Fitbit, accusing the wearable manufacturer of selling trackers that fail to accurately measure their users' heartbeat. The suit claims that Fitbit ...

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    Cellular networks have kept up with some of the smartwatch releases out there, especially the cell-connected variants. It went for the Gear S, the Gear S2 and what was to be the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE ... "was to be" was all it was, though. So, what does Verizon think it's doing selling Bluetooth-only smartwatches? Maybe its product philosophy now includes getting its subscribers fit without XLTE. Verizon announced that it'll be helping to "make those New Year's resolutions a reality" by adding two new fitness products to its inventory. The Moto 360 Sport is a little smartwatch ...

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    Fitbit products are well known for being reliable fitness trackers (depending on who you ask, some might even consider them the best). However, while they do what they do extremely well, they don't look that attractive while doing it. The company is trying to change that with the newly introduced Fitbit Blaze, "its smartest, most stylish, most motivating fitness tracker yet". The tracker itself pops in and out of interchangeable bands (genuine leather, stainless steel and high-performance elastomer) and frames. It features a color display, but, sadly, the GPS module present on the Surge ...

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    You’d be shocked at the amount of requests we get every day of people asking us to recommend a good wearable for fitness. Surely this is the era of smartwatches and fitness trackers, but not all of these products are good enough to address the needs of people who take fitness seriously. As a result, just like we review smartphones and smartwatches, we decided to create a separate segment that only focuses on the fitness capabilities of wearables. This is Pocketnow Fitness. By now Fitbit has reached so much popularity in the fitness tracking business, that almost all of your comments last ...

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    It’s perhaps not fair to lump together basic, ultra-affordable fitness trackers and complex smartwatches priced at over $400, but as long as they all go on your wrist, they’re part of the same rapidly flourishing market. Now, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist or analysis specialist to tell the Apple Watch is single-handedly responsible for the industry’s vast majority of profits, much like iPhones dominate their Android rivals at net financial gains. In terms of pure sales numbers however, the “iWatch” falls behind Fitbits once again, according to IDC, with 3.9 million units ...

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    They say holiday shopping is a marathon, not a sprint. They don’t? Well, they should, and we do. Especially nowadays, with many an electronics merchant hell-bent on taking your money before Thanksgiving, as soon as you wrap up your Turkey Day feast, days after, and then on and around Christmas. Forget the biggest shopping day of the year, as stores, chiefly online, are taken by storm practically throughout November and December. Still, December 1, 2014 was responsible all by its lonesome for a record-breaking $2.68 billion worth of e-sales in the US, and there’s no reason to expect any ...

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    Undisputed fitness band champion Fitbit may not fear the recent rise of the Apple Watch, seeing as how it apparently targets a different audience, but you have to assume Microsoft Band 2’s multitude of sensors, as well as Fossil’s Misfit acquisition, put the Flex, Charge, and Surge makers on guard. And now, they’re retaliating with software updates meant to further improve insights on your health and athletic activities. Right on time for discounted holiday shopping, the Charge HR and Surge score a nifty feature called SmartTrack, which, well, intelligently tracks your various ways ...

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    How black will November get? We're 17 days out from Turkey Day and the previews (even sales) are coming out in advertisements and flyers across stores and the virtual space. Every store continues to battle for that thanksgiven dollar, especially in the mobile tech sector. Membership-centered wholesaler Sam's Club has some of those deals upon a flyer right now. The deals we know about are very much focused on tablets right now. And yes, there's also that pesky membership thing you gotta have, too. But if you do have one, take note and take advantage. The company's discounting its 64GB and ...

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    Just how many Apple Watches are out there, on the wrists of early adopters? Possibly a tougher question to answer precisely than what Donald Trump’s wig is made of. But one thing is clear. Cupertino’s iPhone-compatible wearable isn’t the box-office lemon haters claim. Obviously, it’s not an iPhone 6s-like blockbuster either, yet at “nearly” 7 million unit shipments approximated by market research firm Canalys, it easily dwarfs all Android, Tizen and RTOS-powered rivals. As Fitbit recently indicated, smartwatches and lower-cost, lower-end fitness trackers cater to different ...

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    For a still fledgling and immature market, the wearable landscape is sure open to a lot of device manufacturers with several distinct positioning strategies. Although analysts often combine basic, low-cost fitness trackers and more advanced, premium-looking smartwatches to provide sales estimations and forecasts, it’s important to separate the two classes and grasp there’s room under the sun for both. At least that’s what Fitbit claims, after posting yet another quarterly growth, undeterred by the Apple Watch’s own recent upsurge. Granted, wrist-worn gizmos like the Flex, Charge or ...

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    There’s no question Microsoft checked almost every box it needed to for its highly anticipated Windows 10-centric event to be deemed an overall success, but not all new devices showcased on Tuesday looked like blockbusters in the making. Though clearly an evolved, refined version of last year’s cumbersome original, the Microsoft Band 2 retains this distinct work-in-progress vibe, as it tries too hard to cater to the masses, and appease fans of fancy smartwatches, as well as fitness addicts. You know what’s wrong with a “best of both worlds” product? Those kinds of expectations ...

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    Also in bug news that we've warned you of besides the T-Mobile cell reception issue is a compatibility problem with Fitbit. One of the top posts for the fitness tracker's support forums concerns the disability to sync data off of a Fitbit to your Android 6.0 Marshmallow device. The Fitbit app doesn't seem to recognize the tracker. Fitbit's support team also addressed an Android Central editor's query: @jaduino If it's an official Android 6.0 Marshmallow build, it should be fine as we added support on production. — Fitbit Support (@FitbitSupport) October 6, 2015 But as of 9:30pm ET, the ...

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    If you're Fitbit, Jawbone or Nike, then you know how to make a dedicated fitness tracker. If you know about Global Positioning Systems like Garmin and TomTom, you probably also have a good crack at crafting one. So, would HTC with its partner Under Armour — both well respected technology and fitness names respectively — be able to make a wearable to stand out from the crowd? Probably. All it takes is precision sensor technology, life-resistant hardware and software that's easy to use and can tell a meaningful story. But at this point for the partnership and in the state of personal ...

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    Ready to get serious about fitness? You could win a brand new Fitbit Surge when you enter The Triple Fitbit Giveaway at the Pocketnow Deals Store. The Surge is Fitbit’s newest and most premium fitness tracker. It features GPS tracking, a heart rate monitor, wireless syncing, and more. In fact, it’s such a cool device, three lucky people are going to win one. To enter, just go to The Triple Fitbit Giveaway contest page at the Pocketnow Deals Store, register or log in, and click on ‘Enter Now’.  Then, share the contest among your friends on Twitter for a chance to earn bonus entries ...

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    As wearables continue to catch on, fitness-tracking software's been rising in prominence, with systems like Apple's HealthKit and Google Fit arriving. And while many of us may associate those apps with smartwatches and fitness wearables, it's not like the sensors in those wristbands are unique to that hardware, and the same kind of accelerometers live in our phones themselves. But are you still better off using a wearable, or is your phone good enough? A new study attempts to find out just that. A research letter just published in the Journal of the American Medical Association looks at ...

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    It’s interesting what is going on in the wearables camp. There are two separate factions – fitness bands and smartwatches, both claiming to do just enough of the other to make the other not necessary. FitBits, and Bands, and 360’s abound in the wearables circle. Most of the time, we here at Pocketnow talk about the watches more than the bands, but there is that other camp that keeps hanging around so let’s step aside for a moment and examine. Health and fitness trackers have made a bigger boom in the industry than smartwatches to date. There are a number of factors surrounding that ...

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    A week back, we checked out a leak that suggested a new smartwatch was on the horizon: not a new Android Wear model, nor Apple wearable, and not the rumored Microsoft smartwatch, either. Instead, we were to see Fitbit move beyond more basic fitness trackers to offer a full-featured smartwatch to call its own, the Fitbit Surge. Sure enough, today the company goes official with the Surge, as well as two new fitness trackers, the Charge and Charge HR. Considering how these models build upon the feature sets of each other, it makes sense to start with the most basic, the Charge. The company ...

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    If we take the launch of the original Pebble into account, this would be second year of the modern smartwatch. You'd assume that, just like in the case of smartphones and mobile tablets, everyone would own a smartwatch by now, right? Well, the reality is actually quite the opposite, where fitness trackers enjoy a significantly larger portion of the market at the moment. Still, that only means that there is a lot of opportunity left in the smartphone space, and one of the biggest names in the fitness tracking industry is planning to address it. New reports claim that Fitbit is preparing the ...

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    Platform exclusivity has always been something smartphone users have had to deal with. There's little worse than hearing about a great new game, or powerful new productivity tool, only to learn that it's not out for your OS of choice. In recent years, the situation's gotten a bit better, especially when it comes to high profile apps, but as wearables begin to descend on the scene en masse, we're seeing history repeat itself, and barriers are once again emerging along platform lines. Even there, we've witnessed some early progress, like Nike finally releasing an Android FuelBand app after ...

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    Wearable devices are increasingly popular among technology enthusiasts. However, the smartwatch is just one of the products in the wearables category, and, apparently, it is performing worse on the market than other wearable solutions. According to a Digitimes report based on numbers from ABI Research, the activity tracker is outselling the smartwatch. The ratio is four-to-one in the activity tracker's favor. 2.35 million activity trackers were shipped in the first quarter of the year, meaning that those who bought a smartwatch were less than 600,000. "Activity Trackers are currently the ...

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