IFA 2015 was apparently, at least in Hayato Huseman’s eyes, all about the wearables. We glimpsed into the Samsung Gear S2, the Huawei Watch, the second-generation Moto 360 and quite a few others. This comes after a rather tepid introduction period for Android Wear as a platform and terrific, but not quite analysts’-expectations-terrific sales for the Apple Watch. With all that said, the people at research firm IDC think that timidity to buying a smartwatch might just burn off.
First of all, the growth in the general wearables market continues on with a forecast 76.1 [...]
If you’ve been itching to get into the wearable space, you might find it hard to find out which devices are worth looking into. Smartwatches release less frequently than smartphones or tablets, and even when a new device launches, it just doesn’t see the same type of hype and publicity. Wearables don’t just include smartwatches though, and there’s a certain VR kit that has every potential to be a home run — assuming it’s properly marketed. Find out our top picks for the best wearables in early 2015!
The Pebble Time is one of the hottest new smartwatches to hit the market, and though we’ve already reviewed it and compared it to Android Wear, reviews only get you so far. Sometimes using a product as a normal consumer goes beyond what specs it has or how it holds up against similar products. There are small things that we don’t mention in our reviews, like the strong vibration feedback from the Pebble Time compared to other smartwatches, because they’re minor enough that they don’t necessarily affect the end user experience — but small changes are still worth [...]
Pebble has sort of been the father of all smartwatches. The origin. It was the first of its kind … but certainly not the last. Over the past year, give or take, we’ve watched the rapid growth of a new wearable platform, Google’s Android Wear, and with its rising popularity, the Pebble has begun to feel … dated. But now Pebble has released a new watch, the Pebble Time, and with it came a new interface — what the company is calling Timeline UI. It’s a nice refresh to the tired monochromatism of Pebble past, but Google also recently released an update to Android Wear, version 5.1.1. So [...]