Pebble price drops permanently, gains fitness tracking functionality

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The Pebble smartwatch and its Steel companion are getting permanent drops in price to celebrate impressive growth since launching in 2013. The base model now costs just $99 and the Steel version is $199. Yesterday, these prices were reflected at Best Buy in what was originally believed to be a sale.

The device already has a presence online and in retail stores across the country, but you will start to see more of Pebble. Sam’s Club, Fry’s Electronics, and Sprint are all carrying Pebble. Outside of the United States, prospective buyers can expect the same amount of availability at new locations.


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[Deal] Pebble smartwatches on sale at Best Buy

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The Pebble smartwatches are still among the best available. Through Best Buy, you can pick up the base model or Pebble Steel at a discount. The base model is available in your choice of black, white, or red with a $99 price tag. This is down from $50. The Pebble Steel, available in black or silver with leather bands, has also been knocked down to $199. If the leather bands are not quite your taste, Best Buy has the metal bands for $19.

Let us know in the comments if you purchase a Pebble smartwatch with this deal.

Source: Best Buy [Pebble Link - $99] [Pebble Steel Link - $199]

Pebble officially gets ESPN app for live scores

pebble espnESPN has announced that they are officially bringing their application to the Pebble Smartwatch. The app will cover scores from many major professional games, including the NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL, plus college football and basketball. It’s just in time for football season to kick back up.

The app will be available in the Pebble store and will let you keep up with your favorite teams and sports without having to take your phone out of your pocket. Definitely a must-have for sports fans.

source: ESPN

 

Glympse adds support for Pebble smartwatches

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Hey Pebble wearers, listen up!! Glympse, the best damn location sharing app, is now available in the Pebble Appstore. Now you can quickly and easily share your location and ETA with your friends and family from your Pebble watch. It will only take a few taps, and you can leave your phone in your pocket. You can also increase the sharing expiration time in 15-minute increments from your watch if you run into some traffic.

You will need the Glympse app on your Android phone (iOS users too), which you should already have. If you don’t, you can hit the break below for download links. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to setup favorite Glympses for those friends and family that you regularly share with. This will make it that much quicker when initiating a Glympse from your Pebble. To get Glympse working on your Pebble, just download it from the Pebble Appstore.


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HTC to enter the smartwatch game, according to new leaked photo

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Before everyone starts yelling the F-word, (“Fake,” of course, not ****), it seems that the above picture is of an upcoming HTC smartwatch. The information on the screen, as most of you will notice, is fake, as it appears to have some elements of Sense 6 — the device will feature Android Wear, and Android Wear devices will not have any manufacturer skins.


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Pebble, Samsung smartwatches dominate the United States with more than 90% revenue since October

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Whenever there is smartwatch chatter, two companies are brought up most often: Pebble and Samsung. Pebble started the smartwatch craze with its insanely successfully Kickstarter campaign and has continued to pump out smartwatches to solidify its presence. Samsung, on the other hand, has been the first major hardware manufacturer to release a smartwatch and others have quickly decided to follow. According to a new study conducted by NPD Group shows that the two companies have absolutely dominated the smartwatch space in the United States since October 2013.
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Pebble Steel will come to Best Buy on June 15th for $229

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Pebble’s latest smartwatch, the Pebble Steel, will be going on sale in all Best Buys on June 15th. The watch features a waterproof design, a week-long battery life, and rich notifications, as well as continued updates and access to Pebble’s app store, so it’s definitely a worthy upgrade to the original Pebble Smartwatch.

The watch will be launching in two colors: Brushed Stainless and Matte Black. Both versions come with a leather watch strap, and Best Buy is going to offer matching Brushed Stainless and Matte Black straps later in the year. The Pebble Steel will run $229 when it releases.
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Samsung, Sony still trail Pebble in the ‘smart wearable bands’ category

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Pebble is still leading the way when it comes to ‘smart wearable bands’ (or smartwatches). Research firm Canalys found that, as of the first quarter of 2014, Pebble chimed in with 35% market share while Samsung and Sony followed with 29% and 23%, respectively. As we all know, Pebble has its self-titled smartwatch and Samsung has the Gear line. Sony, on the other hand, quietly maintains its Smartwatch 2. The final 13% is left for others to fight for. These numbers are bound to change with LG and Motorola prepping an entry into the smartwatch game.

Fitness wearables, though, is heavily secured by Fitbit and its 50% market share in that field. That is another field seeing an increasing amount of competition. LG has launched a fitness tracker and Samsung has been doing so with the Gear Fit. Fitbit may have something up its sleeve to combat everyone else, but we will have to just wait and see.

Source: Canalys

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