After the leak, Fitbit has officially introduced Versa, its latest Fitness smartwatch with a modern, intuitive design. It is one of the lightest metal smartwatches and comes with a new dashboard with easy access to health and fitness data with Fitbit OS 2.0. It has 24/7 heart rate tracking, onscreen workouts, and automatic sleep stages tracking and also offers wallet-free payments on Fitbit Versa Special Edition. It promises 4+ days battery life. Continue reading “Fitbit Versa Fitness Smartwatch announced in India for Rs. 19999”
Last week we had seen the images of the Fitbit’s upcoming smartwatch. The company at the latest earnings call said that this future watch would have “mass appeal.” Today we have the name and it will be called ‘Versa’ courtesy of leakster Evan Blass. Continue reading “Fitbit’s upcoming ‘mass-appeal’ smartwatch said to be named Versa”
According to IDC, the worldwide wearables market continued to grow in both the Q4 and whole of 2017 with the total shipments reaching a new record. Apple moved past Fitbit and Xiaomi to become the leader in the wearable market worldwide. The total volumes of the quarter reached 37.9 million units, which is up 7.7% from the 35.2 million units shipped YoY. Continue reading “Worldwide wearable shipments up 10.3% YoY in 2017, Apple leads with 15.3% market share: IDC”
The wearable market in India is progressively gaining momentum owing to its affordability, thanks to Chinese counterparts. These days, the affordable/basic wearable segment offer array of features including phone notifications, steps taken, heart rate, sleep monitor, and others, which in turn attracts the first time buyers. It is indeed safe to say that the tech, which incorporates health and fitness is on the rise among the Indian youths. It’s been approximately four years since Samsung made its presence in the wearable market and launched more than 6 to 7 wearables till now. Continue reading “Samsung Gear Sport Review”
Xiaomi’s sub-brand Huami introduced its Amazfit BIP smartwatch in China back in August last year. Now the company has launched the smartwatch in the U.S. It has a 1.28-inch always-on color touch display and promises over 30 days of battery life with normal use or up to 45 days with minimal notifications on a single charge. It has GPS, barometer, heart rate sensor and 3-axis accelerometer for activity, sports and sleep tracking. Continue reading “Xiaomi Amazfit BIP smartwatch with 45 days battery life, GPS, multi-sport tracking goes global, priced at $99”
Fitbit today has made it clear once and for all that it will end support for Pebble smartwatches on June 30. Fitbit acquired Pebble along with smartwatch team and assets related to their software platform back in 2016. The company will put an end to most of Pebble’s features including App Store, the forum, cloud development tool, voice recognition features, and SMS and email replies. Continue reading “Fitbit to end support for Pebble smartwatches on June 30”
It’s surprising how long it has taken for Fitbit to launch a smartwatch. Focussing on budget or mid range fitness trackers, we finally got the Blaze in 2016 which had a smartwatch like interface but none of the capabilities. Announced back in August, the Ionic has all the ingredients that you expect in a smart peripheral. Apps, payment capabilities, watch faces and more, it ticks all the boxes. With the abundant options available though, the Ionic will need to be greater than the sum of its parts. Does it deliver? We spent a week with the Fitbit Ionic to find that out. Continue reading “Fitbit Ionic Review”
TAG Heuer announced the Connected Modular 41 Android Wear smartwatch which is the successor to the Modular 45 launched last year. The smartwatch will obviously run on Android Wear platform, but the version isn’t clear. The Connected Module 41 measures 41mm in diameter and come in seven standard models. Continue reading “TAG Heuer Connected Modular 41 Android Wear Smartwatch announced”
Samsung’s Gear Fit2 and Gear IconX were one of the first devices with support for on-device music storage, now Garmin has introduced the first smartwatch that lets you store music for offline listening. It can store up to 500 songs so that you can connect a Bluetooth headset and play them when you are working out, without the need of a smartphone.
Samsung just launched the Gear Fit2 Pro fitness tracker with a new watch-style clasp and the Gear Sport smartwatch in India. Both these were introduced at the IFA 2017. The Gear Fit2 Pro has a 1.5-inch Curved Super AMOLED screen and built-in GPS and runs Tizen OS, similar to the predecessor The Gear Sport has a 1.2-inch Circular Super AMOLED Always On display and comes with GPS, Heart rate sensor and NFC for Samsung Pay. It has easily changeable standard 20mm straps.
Garmin has launched vivoactive 3, its new GPS-enabled smartwatch with 15 pre-loaded indoor and outdoor sports apps. It can monitor running, swimming, cardio or strength training performance, real-time and can also measure the elliptical, yoga, stair stepper, floor climbing, boxing and cardio workout performance.
Hybrid Smartwatches are gradually becoming a trend. They are a good combination of classic analogue watches with activity tracking features. Skagen, part of the Fossil Group, recently launched one such hybrid smartwatch dubbed as Skagen Connected. I had a chance to use this watch for couple of weeks and here are my thoughts in this review.
Apple recently announced the Watch Series 3 that supports LTE connectivity. However, it looks like there the smartwatch is facing issues with connectivity. According to a report from The Verge, the Apple Watch Series 3 struggled to connect to LTE and often linked to an unknown WiFi network instead.
Huawei unveiled the Watch 2 series that includes Huawei Watch 2, Watch 2 Classic and Watch 2 4G at at MWC 2017 earlier this year. Today the company has launched it in India. The Watch 2 features a sportier’ look with rubber bands and there is also a 4G version of it that comes with cellular connectivity that allows users to make and receive phone calls using SIM card.