Posts tagged with: smartwatch
  • by | April 11, 2014 6:46 PM

    For those of you who don't know, I'm a smart watch guy. When I saw Pebble on Kickstarter, I knew I had to have one. I backed the project right away. Since then I've been a beta tester for the 2.0 firmware and the new version of the app, I've had to RMA my original watch, and I'm still wearing my Pebble proudly on my wrist. We'd all heard rumblings that Apple and Google were looking into the possibility of releasing their own wearables, and we saw Samsung's Gear line was shown off in the meantime. Then we were all amazed when Google announced Android Wear. Android Wear Android Wear is ...

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  • by | April 8, 2014 3:55 PM

    Of the Android Wear watches we've heard confirmed so far, there's little denying that the Motorola Moto 360 is the star; the round, seemingly bezelless design is unlike any smartwatch we're familiar with. But while the Moto 360 may be the flashier option, we'd be doing ourselves a disservice to let that model distract us altogether from LG and its G Watch, the company's own Android Wear offering. So far, we haven't really had many opportunities to get a good look at the hardware, but today not only do some great hands-on pics of a G Watch prototype arrive, but we get to hear a little about ...

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  • by | March 31, 2014 7:23 PM

    Last summer, we saw Pebble take the success it found with direct sales of its smartwatches online and transition that over to the brick-and-mortar retail world, bringing the first-gen Pebble smartwatch to Best Buy stores. At first, only the black option was available, but we soon saw that joined by red. Fast-forward to 2014, and Pebble Steel may be the new hotness, but its very limited availability means that the classic Pebble design may be the smarter choice for users who don't want to wait. Today we learn of the latest way to get your hands on a Pebble as quickly and easily as possible, ...

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  • by | March 28, 2014 7:11 AM

    (Updated to include Pebble's official comments at bottom and a more precise timeline of events.) I'm a watch guy... okay, I'm a smartwatch guy. From calculator watches to Microsoft SPOT, and finally now with the Pebble smartwatch, if you find me out in public, check my wrist -- you're all but guaranteed that I'll be wearing some kind of technology on it. Before I found my current smart watch I went through quite a few Bluetooth watches. None of them did what I wanted. Then I was pointed to a Kickstarter campaign: an e-paper smart watch with real potential. Just two hours after its ...

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  • by | March 25, 2014 7:06 AM

    Those who know me have heard my smartwatch story before. How I went from Casio calculator watches to Microsoft SPOT watches that got data updates over the FM airwaves, made my way through various Bluetooth connected timepieces, until I ultimately landed on the Pebble that's on my wrist right now. Even still, smart watches are still in their infancy -- no, perhaps they've made it beyond that. Let's say they're in their awkward adolescent phase. We're still trying to find out exactly what a smart watch is supposed to "do". Most of us agree that they need to be a watch first. If they can't ...

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  • by | March 24, 2014 8:37 PM

    The wearable space has greatly matured since this time last year. Pebble, for one, grew from the gauche, all-plastic smartwatch behind the most successful Kickstarter campaign of all time, to a finely machined luxury watch made of marine grade stainless steel with a blossoming ecosystem of applications and a dedicated development community and fan base. But that's hardly the only wearables development of the past year. The idea of wearables and, more specifically, smartwatches became more mainstream; Google Glass started spreading about the tech space; Google purchased WIMM Labs; Sony ...

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  • by | March 19, 2014 4:19 PM

    The wearables we have today generally fit into three camps. We have the activity trackers, which may or may not have displays of their own, but generally require a connection to a phone or computer to analyze the data they capture. Then there are the smartwatches like the Galaxy Gear or Pebble that offer a lot of interactivity and can run their own apps, but still rely on a smartphone for data and other needs. Finally we have models like the Neptune Pine that are self contained systems, able to operate independently out in the world thanks to their cellular radios. A new rumor suggests ...

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  • by | March 19, 2014 3:34 PM

    Shortly after hearing about Motorola's Moto 360 Android-Wear-powered smartwatch yesterday, we shared with you news that Motorola would be holding a Google Hangout this afternoon to give you a little preview of what to expect. The event wrapped-up last hour, so now we can bring you a rundown of just what Motorola had to share. Despite this very public discussion of the Moto 360, Motorola isn't revealing all of its secrets just yet. Instead, we get a few answers (even if sometimes partial ones) to some select questions, but it's still a lot more than we had yesterday. For instance, we get ...

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  • by | March 19, 2014 8:01 AM

    Inbox Zero. It's become something of a myth in the Pocketnow Weekly recording studio ever since we started actively courting listener feedback all those months ago. Skip a listener-mail section here, another one there, and before you know it you've got a mountain of mail it'd take a whole episode to get through. So that's just what we're doing. Just like we did on episode 076, we're devoting an entire podcast to your missives. We'll hear from people concerned about dual-SIM stigma, people worried about the future of Apple, and people writing to remind us that the automated home isn't as ...

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  • by | March 18, 2014 1:41 PM

    My preorder of the original Pebble came after a lot of pause and skepticism. I explained in the prelude to my Pebble Steel review that I was a backer of the immensely successful Pebble Kickstarter campaign, but I had my doubts about the company after learning it was essentially round two from the Allerta team, which didn't have the best time releasing its first smartwatch, the inPulse. While promising, inPulse suffered a handful of timely delays and only arrived in the hands of buyers upwards of a year after it was supposed to arrive. Alas, I gave Pebble the benefit of a doubt. I figured ...

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  • by | March 18, 2014 1:24 PM

    This afternoon's announcement of Google's developer preview for Android-powered smartwatches brought a lot of scintillating video to our eye sockets. We had young hip dads checking sports scores while bathing their kids; young hip bicyclists getting directions on the fly; and young hip surfers getting jellyfish warnings (those exist?) at the beach – all using wrist-mounted devices that, like the actors, looked almost too hip to exist. In fact, that's what Stephen Schenck reported when Google's announcement went live: the devices on display in these videos were's actual hardware, but more ...

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  • by | March 18, 2014 1:22 PM

    Google just made its biggest move into wearables since we first heard of Glass, revealing the Android Wear project and making an early version of the SDK available to developers. The news also brought with it word of a number of companies interested in manufacturing wearables that would plug into this Android Wear system, giving users a consistent, familiar Android experience across devices. But who will be first to deliver? LG is shaping up to be an early adopter, and a smartwatch called the G Watch is reportedly in the works. We don't have any specifics about the watch's hardware, but ...

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  • by | March 18, 2014 12:55 PM

    Early last week, we heard that Google was about to really step up its wearables game, and was planning to introduce a new SDK focused specifically on bringing Android to devices like smartwatches. Word was that we'd be seeing the SDK arrive in about two weeks, but today, just over a week later, we find ourselves caught a bit by surprise, as Google announces its Android Wear project, while making available the developer preview of that SDK. Now keep in mind: this isn't a Google smartwatch (at least, not yet). What we're seeing in these videos should be treated more as generic mock-ups; this ...

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  • by | March 18, 2014 11:37 AM

    Last month, we checked out a patent application filed by LG, describing a very unusual wearable. Instead of something easily recognizable as a smartwatch, or even an activity tracker, the product described was more along the lines of a wearable stylus, going flat and wrapping around the user's wrist like a bracelet. Still, the patent described some ways of giving the band some smartwatch-caliber features, like the ability to see notifications from your phone. Today we get our first look at this product in the flesh, but it's not everything we were hoping for. Notably absent is even the ...

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  • by | March 13, 2014 5:09 PM

    Smartwatches have been dotting the mobile device landscape for a while now, slowly adding functionality, refining designs, and becoming more and more tempting to pick up alongside your next smartphone. This year we could finally see some of the companies behind our favorite platforms start releasing smartwatches of their own, and rumors have been giving a hard look at Apple and Google in particular. Last we heard, Google was likely to tap LG for production of its smartwatch, with the aim of introducing the wearable at Google I/O in late June. Today, we hear a little bit about what we might ...

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