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.
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. » Read the rest
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. » Read the rest
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.
It’s a big day for Pebble smartwatch owners. Pebble announced today that they are rolling out a new firmware, as well as a new Android app update. The new firmware, version 2.1, includes enhancements like the ability to clear notifications in the Settings menu, improved consistency of battery monitoring and better Bluetooth reliability when connecting. The Android app update includes a hot fix for a crash-on-boot issue.
You can find a full changelog past the break for both the firmware and Android app.
If you frequently listen to Pandora on your Android smartphone and also happen to own a Pebble smartwatch, you’re in luck. Pebble has made a new app for their smartwatch available that pairs with Pandora to enhance your listening experience. Unfortunately, you can’t listen to music through the smartwatch by itself, but the companion app will allow you to change stations, play, pause, and skip songs, and thumbs up or thumbs down whatever you’re listening to. Definitely handy to have to keep you from having to take your phone out of your pocket whenever you want to skip a song.
The app is available to download now, and you can grab it from the Pebble’s settings page.
Any Pebble users planning on testing this app out?
Expanding the network of retailers offering the Pebble smart watch, Pebble has announced Target will be carrying the devices for $149.99. As part of a special promotion, Target will be the exclusive retailer for the Arctic White version of the smart watch for a limited time. Jet Black and Cherry Red versions of the device will also be available.
In making their announcement about availability at Target, Pebble highlights some ways the smart watch can be used to help “Pebblers” stay fit. These include apps like the Couch to 5K running app or the 7-Minute Workout app.
If you are interested in a Pebble, you can head on down to the closest Target location or visit them online at target.com to place an order.
Music Boss allows you to control the playback of the various media apps on your Android device directly from your Pebble or Pebble Steel smartwatch. That said, you can add you favorite media/audio apps to Music Boss and then control a media app via your smartwatch such as play/pause, adjust volume, go to next track and much more.
In addition, you can also launch and switch the media apps on your Android device via your Pebble smartwatch without having to touch your Android device. But that’s not all, the app recently received an update that brings a host of new features. Now you can easily control the volume and playback of your Chromecast media right from your Pebble. » Read the rest
While Google garnered a lot of attention earlier this week with the release of Android Wear for wearable devices, especially smart watches, one company is a bit of an “old hand” in the smart watch category. Pebble is coming off a successful 2013 that saw them sell over 400,000 smart watches and they expect revenues to double in 2014. Despite this success, Pebble’s CEO Eric Migicovsky knows Google’s entry into the market is a potential game changer and will force his company to be “laser-focused on creating the very best user experiences we can.” » Read the rest
If you’re thinking about buying a Pebble Steel, you might want to consider the version without a metal band. The leather band watch, in both black and stainless steel are currently on sale for $229. That’s a $20 discount from its normal price. They’re currently on back-order for few weeks, but if you’re interested, head to the source link below and order one that’ll ship as soon as it’s available.