Android Wear market share surpassed by Samsung's Tizen, Apple Watch still king of the hill

In a surprising twist, Samsung’s Tizen OS for wearables – prominently featured in the Gear S3 and S2 smartwatches – has surpassed Android Wear’s market share. This has been revealed by a Strategy Analytics report where global smartwatch shipments and share for the past four years have been tracked. Granted, Tizen (19%) only has a 1% headway over Android Wear (18%), but it is what it is.

While Samsung smartwatches are clearly selling better than any Android Wear ones, Apple has more than half of the market for itself with a 57% share for watchOS, exclusive to the …


Amazon has over 70% of the U.S. smart speaker market; call capable models coming?

Considering that the Amazon Echo was the first device in the category, it really is no surprise that Amazon has a huge share of the smart speaker market in the U.S.. For those of you not familiar with the product, the smart speaker combines, well, a speaker with an AI personal assistant. The Echo combines its speaker with the Alexa virtual assistant. Google Home includes a speaker that integrates with Google Assistant. Microsoft’s upcoming Invoke will match a premium Harman Korman speaker with Cortana. And Apple is rumored to be prepping one for introduction at WWDC next month that will feature …

LG G6 finally makes its way to the European market

LG has rather a tough time competing in the premium smartphone marketplace, such is the dominance of Apple and Samsung. In an attempt to break the duopoly on higher-priced, feature-laden handsets, LG recently unveiled the new G6. Over the next few days, consumers in Europe will finally be able to get their paws on it. 

As we noted in our initial review of the G6, there’s not much about the device that can be faulted. However, with Samsung’s Galaxy S8 duo breathing down its neck while breaking pre-order records in both firms’ native South Korea, it’s clear that …

Google Areo is a new food delivery and home services app aimed at the Indian market

Quiet launches are typically not Google’s thing, but the company’s latest app seems to be an exception. A new Google-developed app by the name of Areo has popped up on the Play Store without any notice whatsoever, and it aims to provide a wide variety of home services for the Indian market under one roof.

Areo lets users order food from local joints, get in touch with service providers from their area (e.g. plumbing and cleaning companies), and schedule appointments in-app. Users can currently checkout by making a payment in-app (using netbanking or card) or opt …

Following the Galaxy S8 reveal, does the LG G6 actually stand a chance on the market?

It’s fair to say that last week was pretty much dominated by news about Samsung’s latest flagship offering, the Galaxy S8. But now that the dust has settled a bit, let’s take a second look at the other spring 2017 flagship out there – the LG G6.

Following the failure of the modular G5, LG’s mobile division desperately needed a winner, and its successor clearly proves it: the G6 is, for all intents and purposes, a conventional flagship, opting to offer a good all-around experience rather than rely on gimmicks like its predecessor. But is it, perhaps, a bit too conventional? …

BlackBerry KEYone market release delayed, now shipping after May

BlackBerry fans must have been disappointed to learn that the new KEYone smartphone, teased back in January at CES 2017 and introduced one month later at MWC 2017, will not be shipping within a month since the official announcement.

Chinese company TCL announced back in February that the BlackBerry KEYone should be available globally starting April. Unfortunately, the market release timeframe of the smartphone has been moved to May.

BlackBerry’s CEO John Chen confirmed during the company’s earning calls that the KEYOne will be in production at the end of …

Market analyst: iPhone 8 to be more attractive than Galaxy S8

We are in the last days before the launch of the much-anticipated Samsung Galaxy S8 and all kinds of speculations are being thrown across the mobile tech forum. From spec rumors to sales count predictions, we are flooded by a number of leaks, and honestly, we can’t wait! 

However, a recent statement, coming from Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, a respected Apple-leaker, suggests that the Galaxy S8 “lacks sufficiently attractive selling points” and will most likely lag behind the also much-talked-about Apple iPhone 8. Kuo put emphasis on the OLED screen the next iPhone …

Garmin's Vivosmart 3 looks like every other fitness tracker that's already on the market

When it comes to fitness trackers, room for innovation is quickly dissipating. All devices in this category serve the same general purpose of tracking your physical activity throughout the day, and while there’s nothing wrong with this, it does create for a lot of similar-looking and feeling products. The folks over at Wearable claim to have gotten their hands on newly leaked renders of an upcoming Garmin Vivosmart 3, and if these pictures are anything to go by, we’re in for somewhat of a snoozer.

Wearable doesn’t say where it obtained these photos from, and while there are some …

No promo left behind: Samsung cornered 72% of the VR market last year

By now it’s clear that Samsung’s Gear VR is one of the most popular headsets around – so much so that, when consumers start thinking of a VR headgear, they almost automatically imagine Samsung’s bundle offerings. The company made it a deliberate strategy to put its Gear VR in as many hands as possible by giving it away with its flagship handsets in many cases, and has been doing this for a while now. The end result?

Well, according to the latest estimates, Samsung controlled more than 70% of the consumer virtual reality market last year. Yep, its virtual …

Apple's AirPods have taken 26% of the online market for wireless headphones

After a two-month delay while Apple was ironing out some problems with the product, the wireless Bluetooth powered AirPods finally launched on December 13th. Already, AirPods own 26% of the online wireless headphone market, cementing what Apple CEO Tim Cook has called “a runaway success.” The data comes from Slice Intelligence and is generated from actual receipts. This means that the figures should be very accurate.

In December 2015, wireless headphones accounted for half of the entire online U.S. headphones market for the first time. Last month, three out of every four headphones sold …