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    Still not convinced a second-generation Apple Watch will finally break cover later today, alongside the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, thinking perhaps Cupertino might take even more time to substantially upgrade the rudimentary original model? One look over the International Data Corporation’s global wearable shipment numbers for Q2 2016, and you’ll understand why the Apple Watch 2 needs to launch yesterday. The OG’s post-holiday slump continued, despite a “reduced price strategy” on the Sport variant, with 1.6 million units sold worldwide between April and June, massively down from 3.6 ...

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    Less than 24 hours after Fitbit officially announced a pair of long overdue new entry-level wearable devices at seemingly reasonable $100 to $150 prices, Amazon quietly (and incredibly) decided to undercut the activity tracker manufacturer’s pre-order rates. These are the retailer’s own Fitbit Charge 2 and Flex 2 listings, mind you, and Amazon will take care of delivery when the products arrive, with no shady third-party sellers involved. What’s the catch then? Well, we wouldn’t exactly call it a catch, but while Fitbit expects to start shipping the second-gen Charge “within a ...

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    While Fitbit certainly knocked one out of the park when taking the wraps off its first “smart fitness watch”, the Blaze, which helped the global wearable king retain its crown and beat analyst estimates for both sales numbers and profits, the older, more basic Flex and Charge continued to contribute to the company’s stellar financials. Released way back in May 2013 and October 2014, the two entry-level activity trackers get their long overdue sequels today, though as suspected, the list of major changes is quite small. The Fitbit Flex 2 and Fitbit Charge 2 fortunately take a page ...

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    Fitbit can’t really hope to snatch Apple’s wearable profit crown away anytime soon, as it remains focused on selling activity trackers at between $80 and $150, and pseudo-smartwatches for around $200, but copiously dominating the fledgling market in terms of volumes is no small feat either. To consolidate this leadership position, and keep the likes of Xiaomi or Garmin at bay, a couple of low-cost fall 2016 hardware releases have essentially been confirmed a little while back, and today we get to see the upcoming Fitbit Charge 2 and Fitbit Flex 2 in the flesh. Well, more or less, as ...

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    The smartwatch market is shrinking, with both Apple and Google’s Android Wear hardware-making partners to blame for their delay in renewing last year’s designs, but the wrist-worn tech industry remains kind and giving for at least one key player, veteran and trendsetter. It’s a shame Fitbit seems to be stepping into the limelight only once every 90 days, as its sales results and quarterly earnings scores have yet again beaten analyst forecasts. Surely, the company must now be thinking about building buzz around two mystery products due out at IFA Berlin early next month. Before these ...

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    Technically, Jawbone was never rumored to be giving up on its semi-successful activity tracker business altogether. Still, the recent murmur of the company’s struggles to clear old inventory and its overall delicate financial standing ultimately prompted a representative to issue a full press statement after initially declining to comment. “Speculation that Jawbone is exiting the wearable business or going out of business altogether is false.” begins the somber proclamation, with a full frontal assault then directed at the Tech Insider reporter that spread “this false ...

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    It looks like activity tracker pioneer and wearable market leader Fitbit has much more important things to worry about than declining profits and prospectively stagnating sales, as a class action lawsuit filed a few months ago may end up greatly harming the company’s reputation. We’re probably way past the silently settling phase too, with a lot of fingers pointed at the Charge HR, Surge and Blaze for erratically and imprecisely monitoring heart rate information which can “pose a danger to not only the clinical population, but those population of individuals who may not know that ...

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    Android Pay may be making news as part of Google I/O, but elsewhere in the mobile payments sector, it's wearables that have been making the waves. Fitbit announced its acquisition of assets held by Coin, the mobile payment startup that crowdfunded its debut eponymous product. The maker of fitness trackers said that it will gain personnel, intellectual property and options to implement NFC-based mobile payments into future fitness bands. As the company itself and its products have not been acquired, Coin will continue selling its Coin 2.0 product. Competitor Jawbone has a deal with ...

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    CEO Tim Cook may try to shine a bright light on Apple’s recent financial numbers, spinning them in such a way that sales decline signals forthcoming growth, and weak China penetration beats yesteryear’s even lousier box-office scores in the world’s largest smartphone market. Meanwhile, the Apple Watch is still considered a hit, and future generations will only make naysayers realize how they can’t live without an iPhone-compatible wearable. Then again, it’s impossible to deny the massive sequential drop in global demand, despite discounts seizing the timepiece its fair share of ...

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    Deeming the US this ultimate indicator of brand recognition and even product quality remains a common misconception among tech consumers worldwide, many of which believe Americans put impartial device functionality and productivity above affordability when making an informed buying decision. But while iPhones and high-end Samsung Galaxy handhelds are generally preferred over everything else, despite their extravagant costs, it appears cheap activity trackers command the budding local wearable market. Kantar Worldpanel claims the prevalent US popularity of Fitbits has little to do with the ...

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    However Apple might try to spin the numbers, focusing on profits and margins rather than actual sales, there’s no denying Fitbit continues to reign over the fledgling, slowly growing wearable market with an increasingly diverse portfolio of largely budget-conscious fitness products. Unfortunately, the year-opening fiscal quarter was essentially as bittersweet for the San Francisco-based company as it was for Cupertino, with both unit shipments and total revenue on the rise, but net income in free fall and similarly harsh reactions from Wall Street to earnings calls. Starting with the ...

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    After listing Steve Jobs among the 100 most influential people in the American world five times, and then Tim Cook thrice, including this year, news magazine Time just bestowed the ultimate honor upon the trend-setting, history-changing and money-making juggernaut that is Apple. Credited for ushering in a “new era of flat, touchscreen phones with buttons that appeared on screen as you needed them”, the iPhone has been named the most influential gadget of all time. It wasn’t the world’s first smartphone, but it paved the way for a “family of very successful products” that ...

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    Of course the CEO of Apple would hype up a market-leading product that it makes. That's part of his job. But Fitbit's CEO isn't having any of it. Let's rewind back to yesterday when Tim Cook appeared on CNBC's Mad Money with Jim Cramer. In the face of investors calling it a day for Apple's dominance, Cook insisted that they're all missing a point about what the company does with its products. Customers love Apple products. And the relationship doesn't stop with Apple when you buy an iPhone. It continues — you might buy apps across the App Store, you might subscribe to Apple Music, you ...

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    The currently undisputed but outlook-wary wearable champion of the world is looking to turn the page to a new chapter in the company’s product lineup evolution, with a device that aims to bring the best of smartwatches and fitness bands together. Billed as a “smart fitness watch” rather than a full-fledged smartwatch or basic activity tracker, the Fitbit Blaze rolled on the Las Vegas stage for a glitzy CES introduction back in January, being available for pre-orders ever since. But now it’s time for shipping and actual sales to start, with the US price tag still set at $200. The ...

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    Fitbit has had sustained success in selling electronics designed to keep people interested in exercise. It's probably not going to sustain that success much longer unless there's some inspiration going on. IDC reported wearable shipments for the fourth quarter of last year totaling 27.4 million for the industry, a 127 percent jump from the same time the previous year. Full-year figures amount to 78.1 million devices, besting 2014 by about 172 percent. The fitness tracker manufacturer was deemed the leader for both measurement periods with 8.1 million shipments tallied for Q4 (29.5 percent ...

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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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