Amazon announces Alexa is coming to headphones, smartwatches and fitness trackers

One of the best voice-activated assistants, Alexa will be implemented in devices other than smart speakers, Amazon confirmed recently. The US giant announced it will soon release the Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit, which will allow developers to bring Alexa to portable devices like headphones, smartwatches and fitness trackers.

According to Amazon, the new kit enables developers to integrate Alexa in portable devices without having to perform serious coding. Apparently, Bluetooth-enabled devices built with the new kit can connect directly to the Alexa Voice Service (AVS) via the Amazon Alexa …


Best smartwatches (January 2018)

2018 is the year when we were supposed to have jetpacks and flying cars. Instead, we got smartwatches, the supposed new category, a beginning of a new niche that has started to form.

Instead of jetpacks and flying cars, in 2018, we get smartwatchesSome devices, however, do stand out in the crowd. The elephant in the room is, of course, the Apple Watch. The smartwatch has seen a lukewarm reception and it is only compatible with the iPhone, but with a rich app ecosystem, an appealing design and accurate fitness monitoring and pulse meter it is one of the best out there. Luckily, …

Deal: Misfit offers 30% discount on all smartwatches, including the Vapor (limited availability)

Misfit is running a promotion on just about all its wearable devices, including its most recent smartwatch, the Vapor. Unfortunately, the deals listed on the company’s website are different in each country. The good news is the 30% discount is available in all regions where the promotion is live.

For example, if you live in the UK, Germany, Italy, or France, you’ll be able to get the Misfit Vapor, as well as other Misfit smartwatches for 30% off by applying the promo code WINTER30. Other accessories are discounted by 30% as well, as long as you apply the promo code.

Apparently, …

Smart speakers are taking sales away from smartwatches and other wearables

A new report from research firm eMarketer notes that wearable technology, including smartwatches, has yet to catch on with the public. One of the reasons, according to the report, is that smart speakers have become the hot new tech product and are much more affordable than an intelligent timepiece. The report notes that consumers have yet to find a reason why they should purchase a smartwatch since in many cases, they can cost as much as a new smartphone.

Wearables growth continues to disappoint analysts. Back in 2015, eMarketer forecast that among U.S. adults, sales of wearables would rise …

PhoneArena Awards: best phones, tablets, and smartwatches of 2017

If you feel like there’s a new smartphone coming out every day, then you’re not too far from the truth. The total number of phones added to our database throughout 2017 stands at 334, and the year isn’t even over yet. 
Of course, some of these smartphones are better than others, and some of these better smartphones are worthy of even greater attention. So before we switch over to “Holiday Mode” for a well-deserved break, we’re going to honor the best phones of 2017, along with the best tablets and smartwatches that we got to check out …

Google confirms all smartwatches eligible for Android Wear Oreo upgrade

Google released a few days ago the so-called Android Wear Oreo update for smartwatches, an update that many customers have been waiting for. The update brings quite a lot of new features and improvements such as notification channels for apps, support for 7 new languages, the option to toggle for manually enabling “Battery saver” mode, and many more.

However, Google did not confirm which smartwatch are eligible for the Android Wear Oreo update that’s currently rolling out to some customers. Today, the search giant rectified that small mistake and published the full …

Nokia Steel Limited Edition hybrid smartwatches launched

Nokia has already confirmed that its smartwatches are selling very well since it acquired French company Withings. In an attempt to further improve sales of the Nokia Steel hybrid smartwatch, the Finnish company launched two new limited edition models: Rose Gold and Full Black.

Neither of the two Limited Edition smartwatches packs any improvements over the standard models, but they have different designs. According to Nokia, they have been designed for “maximum style and ease of use.”

Both Nokia Steel Limited Edition smartwatches come with their default wristband, …

Back to school shopping guide 2017: best phones, tablets, smartwatches and trackers to start the new year with

Are you thrilled by the fact that school starts in just a few short weeks? Yeah, us neither. But shopping – now that’s one thing that can get most people excited. With the 2017-2018 school year approaching, the time seems right to review your school gear and check if anything needs to be added or upgraded. Below are our top recommendations for smartphones, tablets, and wearable gadgets.

Smartphones

Although we all want to own the latest and best device our favorite smartphone maker has to offer, these always cost a pretty penny. And since …

Google's Handwriting Input app now available for smartwatches running Android Wear 2.0

For those who send a lot of texts and messages from their Android Wear 2.0 powered smartwatch, Google’s Handwriting Input app should make it easier to respond to messages and email. Starting today, the Handwriting Input app can be installed from the Google Play Store for smartwatches powered by Android Wear 2.0. And even if your wearable comes out of the box with Android Wear 2.0 running the show, like the LG Watch Style and LG Watch Sport, you are still going to have to install the app from the Play Store. For some reason, the version of the Handwriting Input app that comes pre-loaded with either …