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Fitbit's new Versa Lite smartwatch is all about the fitness basics • Engadget
Chris Velazco:
<p>At $160, the Versa Lite is about $40 cheaper than the original, and the company hopes it'll be enough to sway people who have never wanted a smartwatch before.

Thankfully, the Lite provides almost everything that made the original such a great workout companion. It's rated for the same four-ish days of battery life as the standard Versa, and should track steps, heartbeats and calories burned with the same level of precision. It uses the same 1.34-inch display and will show you your notifications without any fuss. It can handle prolonged swims as well as its more expensive sibling, too, and it packs all the same exercise modes. All of the Versa's accessories can attach to the Lite, and vice versa. The Lite is even fully compatible with the female health tracking services Fitbit launched last year (even if they still leave some of Fitbit's users wanting). For newcomers to fitness and smartwatches alike, the Versa Lite has the basics nicely taken care of.</p>

If you nail fitness and messaging, you pretty much have 75% of the functionality needed from a smartwatch down. The other 25%, though, is harder: app control, weather, even two-factor (I use Authy on Apple Watch a surprising amount).
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13 days ago by charlesarthur
Apple Watch captures half of 18 million global smartwatch shipments in Q4 2018 • Strategy Analytics Online Newsroom
<p>According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global smartwatch shipments grew an impressive 56% annually to reach a record 18m units in the fourth quarter of 2018. Apple Watch maintained first position with 51% global smartwatch marketshare, while Samsung jumped to second place, overtaking Fitbit and Garmin.

Steven Waltzer, Industry Analyst at Strategy Analytics, said, “Global smartwatch shipments grew an impressive 56 per cent annually from 11.6 million units in Q4 2017 to a record 18.2 million in Q4 2018. Global smartwatch shipments hit an all-time high of 45.0 million units in full-year 2018. Smartwatch growth is soaring, as consumers seek to accessorize their smartphones and bring digital connectivity to their wrists.”

Neil Mawston, Executive Director at Strategy Analytics, added, “Apple shipped 9.2 million smartwatches worldwide in Q4 2018, rising 18 per cent from 7.8 million units in Q4 2017. Apple’s global smartwatch marketshare slipped to 51 per cent this quarter, down from 67 per cent a year ago. Apple Watch is losing marketshare to Samsung and Fitbit, whose rival smartwatch portfolios and retail presence have improved significantly in the past year.”

Steven Waltzer, Industry Analyst at Strategy Analytics, added, “Samsung shipped 2.4 million smartwatches worldwide and captured 13 percent global smartwatch marketshare in Q4 2018, rising strongly from 5 per cent marketshare a year ago. Samsung is once again the world’s second largest smartwatch brand."</p>

I love how increasing your shipments by 1.4m units so that you're still outselling everyone else put together is presented as "losing market share". It's a bit like a race where you've lapped everyone, so the scorers aggregate the distance everyone else has run and suggest they're catching up. Phrases like "Samsung is once again the world’s second largest smartwatch brand" seem tailored to attract the eyes, and hence spending, of companies' marketing departments ("let's put that on the poster").

And still no sign of Google's WearOS making any impact here. It's Fitbit, Samsung, Garmin; "others" are less than 20% of the 2018 market.
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19 days ago by charlesarthur
Ultra-marathon Runner Reviews the Garmin Instinct Outdoor GPS Smartwatch
The Garmin Instinct retails for SGD 499, yet claims to have many of the features of Garmin’s flagship outdoor wearable Fenix series. It’s marketed as a rugged outdoor adventure watch, built to US Military Standard 810G, to endure high and low temperatures, impact, and immersion. You’re here because you’ve heard of the Instinct, and want...

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29 days ago by vrzone
Download Free Smartwatch Faces for Moto 360, LG G Series, Samsung Gear, Sony SmartWatch 3 and Asus ZenWatch - FaceRepo is a repository of watch faces for Android Wear devices, including the Samsung Gear S3, Fossil, Moto 360, LG G Watch, LG G Watch R, LG Watch Urbane, ASUS ZenWatch, Sony SmartWatch 3 and Samsung Gear Live, as well as Apple Watch.
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4 weeks ago by tranqy
Sony's smart watch strap is now available in the UK
“Wena Wrist is a smart strap designed to be worn with existing mechanical watch faces. You can use it to turn any classic or fashion watch into a smart bit of kit.”
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4 weeks ago by mbrubeck
Dollar sales of smartwatches in the US are up 51%, totalling nearly $5bn • NPD
<p>While Apple is the clear market leader, the new Smartwatch Total Market Report reveals that the top three brands (Apple, Samsung, and Fitbit) made up 88% of smartwatch unit sales during the timeframe. However, traditional watch manufacturers, like Fossil, and fitness-focused brands, like Garmin, are working to grow their share of the market, as they continue to expand into the smartwatch category.

“Over the last 18 months smartwatch sales gained strong momentum, proving the naysayers, who didn’t think the category could achieve mainstream acceptance, had potentially judged too soon,” said Weston Henderek, director, industry analyst for NPD Connected Intelligence. “The ability to be truly connected via built-in LTE without the need to have a smartphone nearby proved to be a tipping point for consumers, as they now recognize the value in being able to complete a wide range of tasks on the device including receiving notifications, messaging, accessing smart home controls, and more.”

Sixteen percent of US adults now own a smartwatch, which is up from 12% in December of 2017, based on NPD’s Consumers and Wearables Report. The younger 18-34 age demographic is currently carrying the overall growth in the smartwatch market with 23% penetration.</p>

Android/Wear OS has, at best, 12% on that basis (Samsung has its own GearOS). The modular approach just doesn't work for smartwatches at this stage of the platform - if it ever will.
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4 weeks ago by charlesarthur

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