Posts tagged with: Wearables
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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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    They say seeing is believing, so although we’ve heard an awful lot about the surprisingly advanced specs and features of the upcoming “entry-level” Samsung Gear Fit 2 wearable lately from rock-solid sources, it’s certainly nice to also get some visual confirmation. The activity tracker is once again pictured in black, blue and pink, with a much more ergonomic design than its predecessor, comfortable apparent fit on any wrist, curvy body, and a sharp screen that feels like a smooth continuation of the strap instead of two different puzzle pieces not able to come together very ...

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    Who says we don't cover pockets at Pocketnow? Google's Advanced Technologies and Products unit — you know, the one that'll make sure Project Ara gets out to consumers next year — is working on another little ditty called "Project Jacquard". It is essentially trying to work with denim crafting company Levi's to make one of its signature Commuter trucker jackets, but with a cuff woven with touch sensors and a Bluetooth-enabled band embedded within. The band connects with your phone and allows you to swipe up or down on calls and notifications and even trigger actions — if third-party ...

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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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    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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    "VR should be mobile, should be approachable, should be for everyone." It's why at Google I/O the company is improving upon everything it had in its earlier Cardboard solution. The Daydream experience on Android N to bring higher framerates, lower latency, better motion quality and processing. Smartphones must have minimum specifications for Daydream. Samsung, HTC, LG, Xiaomi and several other manufacturers already have Daydream-ready specs in current phones or in ones coming soon. Manufacturers working on headsets already have a more comfortable reference design while a new controller ...

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    Infrared keyboards were going to be a thing, right? Type a bunch of stuff on a countertop and have it appear on your phone! Well, sadly, it's a pretty safe bet to say that you're not using an infrared keyboard. That said, interactive projection displays could still have a practical use in smartwatches or so Samsung believes. It has applied for a patent to implement a projector that displays a user interface onto the back of your hand. The watch can pick up input via a camera pointing at your hand. So, what are the possibilities? Well, for one, we might not need a screen on the next ...

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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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    Similar to how many of today’s non-flagship smartphones forgo fingerprint recognition, fast battery charging or optical image stabilization, fitness addicts continue to be dealt GPS-lacking cards in both the smart band and smartwatch game. While these are generally capable of the exact same things as their location-identifying cousins and rivals, they need to tap into a handheld’s navigation system to decently monitor your runs and outdoor training sessions. Even then, data precision can suffer, so if you have the choice, always go for a wearable with built-in GPS functionality. Like ...

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    After failing to thrill in the low-cost wearable space with the slightly-too-pricey, not-sufficiently-ergonomic-or-sensor-packed Gear Fit back in 2014, Samsung pressed the pause button on prospective sequels and spin-offs, instead throwing its weight behind the Gear S2 smartwatch. But now it’s (also) time for a fitness tracker resurgence, as Fitbits, Jawbones and Xiaomi Mi Bands prove you don’t need the heftiest of profit margins to be considered a success story. Before the Gear Fit 2 and Gear IconX can go official however, Samsung wants to tap into the fashion sense of the thriftiest ...

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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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    In addition to entry-level Vivofit-series activity trackers meant to compete directly against low-cost Fitbits and Jawbones, as well as slightly pricier Vivoactives and Vivomoves that blur the lines between fitness bands and full-blown smartwatches, Garmin has been slowly building itself a reputation in the intelligent wearable décor thanks to the Forerunner family of “multisport” products. These currently range in price from just $50 or so to as much as $450, with the 735XT introduced the other day at the highest end of the spectrum. While not exactly a smartphone for your wrist, ...

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    We had the feeling Samsung wouldn’t hold off on the announcement of its intriguing next duo of activity-tracking wearables until fall ever since the Gear Fit 2 and IconX were first pictured and fleshed out by prominent leakster Evan Blass. After all, it makes a lot more sense to unveil the Galaxy Note 6 alongside a full-blown Gear S3 smartwatch in advance of IFA 2016. Also, the original Gear Fit is in dire need of a hardware upgrade, and the Gear IconX is the first hybrid device of its kind, thus escaping typical release cycles and timeframes. Last but not least, with so many of the ...

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    Exactly like Xiaomi, Huawei gave priority and put the spotlight first on its newest remarkably affordable phablet before also talking entry-level wearable releases at a Beijing press event yesterday. But unlike its domestic arch-rival, the world’s third largest smartphone manufacturer was ultimately open about the full specs and capabilities of the Honor Band A1, which will begin shipping on Chinese shores in exactly two weeks. As the name suggests, the A1 isn’t a series pioneer, though it really looks nothing like the Honor Band Zero fitness watch. The new guy is an extremely ...

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    When it rains, it pours. The old saying checks out as far as Samsung Galaxy Note 6 gossip goes, including recent word of an unexpected, unusually powerful “Lite” derivation, and it’s especially true for Gear Fit 2 rumors and visual leaks, which have been flooding the interwebs for the past ten days or so. Pictured next to the innovative 3-in-1 Gear IconX activity tracker/stereo earpiece/digital music player the first couple of times, this long overdue follow-up to the 2014 Gear Fit wearable finally flies solo today to reveal a trio of snazzy paint jobs. There’s no reasonable doubt ...

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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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    With all its R&D, advertising and distribution resources invested in the Gear S2 smartwatch of late, Samsung disregarded the thriving low-cost fitness tracker market for a little too long, leaving Fitbit and Xiaomi to share worldwide domination, while Garmin and Jawbone battle for scraps. Then there’s also Microsoft, which continues to struggle turning its sensor-rich Band 2 into a mainstream box-office hit, as the design and price feel somewhat lacking. But Samsung apparently sees a lot of potential there, working on a very similar Gear Fit 2 activity tracker. Almost too similar. ...

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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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    A few years probably still need to pass for the immature wearable market to reach a point of stability, where someone other than Apple can make real money too, and Fitbit and Xiaomi’s budget-focused rivals can realistically target similar shipment numbers. For the time being, you got a host of smartwatch manufacturers that seem to only want to be recognized as industry pioneers when wrist-worn gadgets finally take off, and possibly even more fitness specialists that have trouble finding the right advertising angle for their often too simplistic products. Let’s not forget about luxury ...

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    For Android devices, it's almost a badge of honor getting listed for sale in the Google Store. It's not like Google sells just any hardware, so you've got to be something special to make it into this exclusive club. Beyond Google's own Nexus lineup, that includes some third-party Android TV boxes, but maybe the easiest way to get your hardware in the Google Store is to launch an Android Wear smartwatch. Today we've got big questions about the fate of one of those wearables, as Google appears to have shut down sales of the Moto 360 Sport. As you may recall, the story of the Moto 360 Sport's ...

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    It used to be that Samsung was king of the wearables market, cranking out new models faster than most of us could keep up. But lately we've really seen the company start slowing things down: last year's Gear S2 is still coasting along steadily, and sometimes it feels like Samsung's let VR's rise distract it a little from other wearable pursuits. But we've still heard whispers about where Samsung's efforts could be headed next, and today we score a major breakthrough as a leak outs a pair of upcoming wearables from the manufacturer: the second-gen Gear Fit tracker and the all-new wireless ...

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    Smartwatches do so many things differently from your standard “dumb” timekeepers that it's difficult to know where to start, but there's undeniably one big thread that runs through the whole experience: personalization. From the watch style you choose, to the apps you load on it, to the watchface you turn to dozens of times throughout the day, smartwatch users have plenty of opportunities to really make their wearables their own. That customization extends to straps, but as anyone who's struggled to swap one out for another can tell you, they're not always so easy to work with. ...

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    Not exactly an adherent of the “strike while the iron is hot” philosophy, Nokia continues to take its sweet time before unveiling concrete smartphone-designing comeback plans. In the meantime however, the Finnish multinational communications and information technology company didn’t hesitate to spend some of that Microsoft-obtained money on Alcatel-Lucent and Withings. The latter acquisition is expected to close in “early Q3”, subject to “regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions”, and will see the past makers of Asha and Lumia handhelds cough up EUR 170 million ...

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