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Wearable News: List of watches getting Wear OS plus some thoughts on Google’s rebrand

Well, it finally happened. This week Google unveiled new branding for Android Wear. The new operating system that powers smartwatches made by its partners is now called Wear OS (See: Android Wear, it's time for a new name). A new tag line is here as well: "Make every minute matter."...
Fitbit Versa smartwatch - a Pebble for 2018?

Fitbit Versa looks a lot like a Pebble smartwatch… and that’s a good thing

This could be a very interesting smartwatch if Fitbit prices it right.
Fitbit Blaze 2 leaked images look like Pebble (2)

Is this the Fitbit smartwatch us Pebblers have been waiting for?

There is hope after all. Leaked images today reveal what looks to be Fitibit's next crack at a smartwatch. And, low and behold, it looks awfully familiar in design to an old lost friend: Thankfully. While the Fitbit Ionic isn't bad, it isn't great either. Unfortunately sales have been lackluster, as...
Fitbit Reports $571M Q4’17 and $1.616B FY’17 Revenue

Fitbit struggles, says will further shift product mix to smartwatches

Fitbit (NYSE: FIT) announced today. Unfortunately, in case you haven't already heard, the news for the wearable maker is not so great. At $570.8 million in revenue and a net loss of $45.5 million Q4 missed expectations. There were some bright spots if you sift through the financials: Fitbit added...
Apple Watch sales report

Report: Apple Watch shipments jump 54% y/y, 18 million sold in 2017

When it comes to wearables it seems Apple is just about the only game in town. At least, if we're talking about market share. Analyst firm Canalys estimates 18 million Apple Watches were shipped in 2017, beating expectations. That represents a 54% year-over-year increase. Which is to say: very impressive. Apple...
Pebble 2 Review

Um, no: “Pebble is dead and hardware buttons are going with it”

"Pebble is dead and hardware buttons are going with it" So says The Verge. Normally I agree with what most of their writers have to say. In this case I politely beg to differ. Being Canadian and all it's just not in my nature to not smile and say something...
Android Wear 2.0

I/O 2018: Will Google finally reveal new version of Wear?

Google's annual I/O developer conference will once again be held at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View. The three day event, per the geekiest of geeky announcements, will take place May 8-10, 2018. Look, once again, for a visionary keynote followed by key product updates covering major product lines such as Android,...
Google Pay replaces Android Pay and Google Wallet

Google Pay aims to simplify mobile, user experiences

Company merges Android Pay and Google Wallet into single Google Pay brand.
Gen 3 Fossil Q Control smartwatch - But what about Android Wear?

Fossil has new smartwatch, but is Google’s Android Wear holding its end of the bargain?

Fossil today released yet another smartwatch. Per The Verge it runs Android Wear 2.0, has a 45mm, water resistant circular case, touch-sensitive bezel, and costs $275 (USD). It's called the Fossil Q Control, is a 3rd gen iteration, and is available from their web site -- I don't yet...
What next for Android Wear?

Google and the Smartwatch: What’s next for Android Wear?

Google launched its wearable OS, Android Wear, in 2014. To much fanfare. All of us early adopters, tech writers, and geeks were fully on board. The future was right there on your wrist. All of a sudden we could all be Dick Tracy. After a few bumps, Wear devices finally...