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    Samsung might skip the naming of its next phablet, jumping to the Note 7. Pebble smashes Kickstarter goals. Should companies be allowed to use Kickstarter as a "pre-sale" platform? We get a better look at the OnePlus 3, and our own Jaime Rivera went to China to check out the ZTE Axon 7! Of course we'll also be tackling your questions and comments. Make sure you're charged and ready! It's time for episode 202 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the video broadcast from 2:00pm Eastern on May 27th (click here for your local time), or check out the high-quality audio version starting this weekend. ...

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    Several days ago I stepped into the Pocketnow family with a heartfelt piece on Pebble and how I thought that their future might be a little murky. Despite my intense love for the simplistic wearables that arguably kicked off the trend, I truly feared that the “big dogs” in the industry would end up forcing this scrappy underdog out on their keasters. With the recent news of the Pebble 2, Pebble Time 2, and the Pebble Core hitting the interwebs, I gotta say that Pebble may have changed my opinions on their potential future. So sit back and prepare yourselves to watch me eat a feast of ...

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    The phrase "make or break" is tossed around often in the world of consumer electronics. With that editorial trope acknowledged, we could be looking at a make or break product release from Pebble. Unveiled today, the smartwatch pioneer showed off the new Pebble 2, Pebble Time 2, and Pebble Core on Kickstarter. This company has been facing challenges of late, recently dealing with some layoffs, but the market for wearables remains strong. Is Pebble back in the game with these new products, or have consumers moved on to more visible brands? Fans flocked, Kicstarter funded Whether you agree ...

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    While we’re certainly a little disappointed to see Pebble once again ask its fans for financial support before commercially launching a new product (or three), the advancements of the Pebble 2 and Time 2 smartwatches guarantee them a spot in the same league as most Android Wear heavyweights, making everything else feel irrelevant. Both the Pebble Time 2 and Pebble 2 feature 24/7 heart rate monitors, built-in microphones, activity and sleep tracking, water resistance up to 30 meters, and multi-day battery life. Oddly enough, although the Pebble 2 seems to sport the smaller, more frugal ...

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    Although Pebble’s hardcore fans seemed to relish the opportunity of once again throwing their weight behind a smartwatch prototype on Kickstarter early last year, many neutral observers of the wearable phenomenon felt the fundraiser was unnecessary and even somewhat tasteless. The Time and Time Steel should really have been developed, mass-produced and distributed without the help of the actual buyers, and the “normal” release of the Time Round in the fall of 2015 did little to fix Pebble’s strategic mistake. It’s all about perception at the end of the day, and after so much time ...

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    The little startup that essentially laid the foundation for your Apple Watch, Samsung Gear S timepieces, Android Wear gizmos and so on appears to be going through an identity crisis of sorts, as many rivals undercut its prices and build quality, with substantial layoffs prompted by flagging sales and profits. Ironically, the healthy future of Pebble might be in the hands of not just its own engineers and developers, but software and especially hardware partners working on ways to squeeze the last possible drop of functionality and productivity out of the Time and Time Steel. Partners like ...

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    I’d like to start this out by stating clearly that I am a diehard Pebble fan of epic proportions. No, I did not fund their original Kickstarter campaign BUT I was one of the first in line to purchase one from the store. Well to be fair, it was my wife that was first in line to buy one for me as an early Christmas present that year as I hadn’t shut up about wanting one for months. From that point forward you’d have been hard pressed to find me without the chunky plastic watch strapped to my wrist. I worked with it on, swam with it on, showered with it on, and pretty much did ...

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    Summer's coming, and for a lot of us that means lots of opportunities to find ourselves separated from our hard-earned cash: vacations, concerts, dining out – hell, even air-conditioning bills. So if the looming season has you thinking that you should try and save some money while you can, we may have just the deals for you. After all, living on a budget shouldn't mean that you totally deprive yourself of some techy toys, and today we've got a couple of deals that can hook you up with that tech without breaking the bank. If you're looking for the lowest price in town on the Nexus 5X, ...

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    When it rains, it pours. And spring feels like a perfect season for constant precipitation, combined with just as frequent rounds of sunshine. Pebble is sure going to warm you up by rolling out a deluge of updates for both its cross-platform watches and their respective iPhone and Android apps. Cheaper than ever before, Time-series devices gain new vibration settings, snooze timeline reminder functionality and improved sleep tracking accuracy, among others. Once you bump up your firmware to version 3.11, you’ll therefore be able to select your favorite vibration pattern for ...

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    The iPhone SE is officially official! We're answering your questions about Apple's new mini powerhouse, taking a look at a smaller iPad Pro, and we finally have the full scoop on LG's Friends for the G5! We've been hard at work covering news stories and producing the next generation of phone reviews. We recently started a new series of videos delving deeper into camera performance and photography term definitions, and of course we'll be tackling your questions and comments. Make sure you're charged and ready! It's podcast time on episode 193 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the video ...

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    Pebble beat some of the biggest names in mobile to the smartwatch party, setting crowdfunding records when it first introduced the original Pebble smartwatch. Over the past three years, we've seen Pebble grow from selling that first-gen model to introducing the Pebble Steel, and later the color-screen Pebble Time, Pebble Time Steel, and Pebble Time Round. That new hardware's been joined by a redesigned software experience, to say nothing of Pebble's own app and watchface ecosystem, and while this growth has been great to see, competition from major smartphone companies has only gotten ...

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    It’s no big secret Apple got off to a flying start at the global smartwatch box-office, at least compared to its direct rivals, and industry estimates suggested at one point the “iWatch” may have gobbled up as much as two thirds of the market last year. That’s a remarkable feat by any standards, especially given the lack of availability during 2015’s first three or four months, and Samsung, Pebble or Motorola’s pre-existing intelligent timepiece experience. But while IDC (the International Data Corporation) forecasts the Apple Watch will retain its dominance in 2016 and beyond, ...

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    Today's wearable market is a pretty darn competitive one, and it's not surprising to see manufacturers get very aggressive with smartwatch pricing. That means the availability of lots of sales looking to capture consumer attention – but for as much as we love getting a good price, constantly chasing the latest sale can be tiring. Thankfully, Pebble's ready to throw us a bone, today announcing some low prices that aren't just some temporary promotion, but represent new and improved value for both the Pebble Time and Pebble Time Round going forward – and back. Those two Pebble Time ...

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    Wearable devices are slowly finding their groove and utility, acting like more than glorified pedometers or classic, dumb watches incapable of quickly telling the time when distanced from a smartphone. Still, the Apple Watch remains essentially the only mainstream wrist-worn gadget endowed with mobile payment functionality, at least until Samsung Pay support is finally added to the Gear S2’s bag of tricks. And until Pagaré materializes, which should happen around July, if FitPay can raise at least $120,000 by March 9. Currently at almost $70K, the “smart strap” concept is endorsed ...

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    Smartwatches are a super-attractive gift this holiday season, and manufacturers are doing everything they can to make sure it's their models we're putting under the tree. Pebble's been really standing out over the course of the last few weeks, both thanks to some great deals on various models – including an only very recent price cut on the new Pebble Time Round – as well as promises of a major software update about to hit first-gen models, with public beta testing of the new timeline interface getting started just under a week ago. It turns out that Pebble's not wasting any time in ...

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    Pebble's latest wearable has been out for about a month, with shipments of the Pebble Time Round beginning in early November, following the smartwatch's launch all the way back in September. Perhaps by nature of it being so new, the company's Black Friday and Cyber Monday promotions skipped the Pebble Time Round, only discounting the Time Steel, Time, and Classic. If you've been holding out hope that some of these holiday-season sales would eventually come to Pebble's first round smartwatch, you're in luck, as today Pebble knocks 20 percent off the price of the Pebble Time Round. As of ...

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    With the introduction of the Pebble Time earlier this year, Pebble unveiled a new look for its smartwatches. We're not just talking about the color screen on the Time, either, as the model debuted running version 3.0 firmware, complete with support for a new timeline interface. Every since, we've been wondering when Pebble might get around to bringing the same interface to older Pebble models, and about a month back we learned that the manufacturer was preparing to get a beta test going sometime in December. Today, Android users get their chance to participate, as sign-ups open to test ...

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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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    Purchasing mobile gear of any kind around Turkey Day is always wise. Waiting until the last minute to score the best possible Black Friday deals is the complete opposite. Granted, the temptation may feel irresistible, but unless you want to risk getting body slammed by a fellow desperate bargain hunter for that coveted final discounted Apple Watch, it’s good to know beforehand what to expect from every retailer and how to avoid the holiday shopping frenzy. Luckily, many electronics merchants, actual device manufacturers and carriers included, have either already kicked off early Black ...

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    The built-in microphone of the Pebble Time, Time Steel, and Time Round smartwatches has been one of the trio’s most underused features since day one, especially when paired with iPhones. On iOS, you couldn’t even answer to text messages using your voice without pulling the iDevice from your pocket, an uncomfortable situation that’s about to change, at least for postpaid AT&T subscribers. Yes, our Ma Bell-loving readers and friends, you can now update your Pebble Time firmware and Time iPhone app to finally activate voice and text communication straight from your wrist. How does ...

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    Updated December 9: The Nexus 6 has been dropped from the Google Store. Step back from the food court, I repeat, step back from the food court. Move away from the deals. Seriously, though, you might be on a sales safari come this weekend or a cyber chase on Monday. If you're the type of person to give away phones and smartwatches for the holidays, though, it helps to actually consider what you're getting and how it fits the person you're getting it for. Like a sommelier does with wine, we're given you our suggestions on what phones to look for when you're talking about your dorky cousin ...

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    Did you know you could purchase Pebble smartwatches directly from the manufacturer? Probably not, seeing as how they’re everywhere, from Amazon to Best Buy to Target. But this week, you have all the reasons in the world to take your business to Pebble, not third-party retailers. As part of yet another early Black Friday sale offered by a tech company fearful it may not make many waves come November 27, the Pebble Time Steel is already marked down from a starting price of $250 to $200 and up. The relatively new rectangular wearable piece is encased in robust stainless steel, and can be ...

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    This week's proving to be a surprisingly busy one for fans of Pebble's cross-platform wearables, and following news of a nice discount on this year's Pebble Time smartwatch, and an update on availability of the timeline UI for first-gen models, it's finally time to check back in with Pebble's latest design, as we get word of the arrival of the Pebble Time Round. The Pebble Time Round, you may recall, launched back in late September as the manufacturer's first smartwatch with a circular screen. We knew that shipments were slated to start heading out to users pre-ordered sometime early this ...

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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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    If you haven't tried a Pebble smartwatch just yet, the company’s looking to introduce you to the world of wearable tech with a nice discount on this year's color-screened Pebble Time, knocking $50 off the watch's price. And while that's a great offer, what if you're already rocking a Pebble smartwatch – and specifically, one of the older models? Pebble hasn't forgotten you, and a few months back during the warm days of summer the manufacturer promised that owners of the Pebble and Pebble Steel could look forward to a major update coming to their wearables before the end of the year, ...

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