Deal: Fitbit starts sale on Amazon, save up to $50 on various wearables

Fitbit has just kicked off a sale of wearables on Amazon, which includes gadgets like Fitbit Charge 2, Fitbit Blaze and the most recent Fitbit Ionic smartwatch.

The discounts aren’t that big for the most expensive Fitbit wearables, but you can definitely score some great deals on the cheaper ones. For example, the Fitbit Charge that usually sells for $150 is now available on Amazon for just $100. Also, the Fitbit Blaze is $50 off as well, so you can not buy it for $150.

The the other tier, the Fitbit Ionic smartwatch costs $270, only $30 cheaper than usual. The same discount applies …


Smart speakers will be the fastest growing new category in 2018, outpacing wearables, AR and VR

Smart speakers will be the fastest-growing new category of technology in 2018, according to research by analytics firm Canalys.
Smart speaker sales will beat sales of wearables, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) devices, three of the commonly named technologies previously said to grow fast in a maturing smartphone market.
Total smart speaker sales are expected to reach a whopping 56.3 million units in 2018, with Google and Amazon expected to lead the way with their Google Home and Alexa speakers. …

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 …

Huawei kicks off holiday sale on smartphones, tablets and wearables

Samsung, Motorola, Apple and other smartphone brands have already kicked off their sales, but there are a lot of other companies that want to sell you their goods at low price. Huawei has just announced that some of its smartphones, tablets, and wearables are no on sale in the United States.

If you’re looking for an Android smartphone, Huawei doesn’t offer you too many alternatives at this time, but there’s plenty to choose from if you want to buy a smartwatch. Amazon, Best Buy, and Newegg are the main retailers that offer Huawei’s discounted devices.

Smartphones

Huawei …

Target Black Friday deals are out: big savings on Galaxy Note 8, iPhone 8, wearables

Black Friday 2017 is right around the corner: this year, it falls on Friday, November 24th, and all the major stores will be offering some huge discounts on the hottest gadgets around.
And we’ve just gotten a hold of Target’s Black Friday booklet and all of its phone and tablet deals.
At Target, doors open at 6pm on Thursday and close at midnight, then re-open at 6am on Friday. And here is what you can get:

Phones and Tablets

iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus with $250 gift cardSamsung …

IFA 2017: best phones, wearables and mobile devices

As the dust settles down, we take a look back at the best new phones and wearables announced at Europe’s largest mobile tech show: IFA 2017.
This year, Samsung, LG and Sony stepped up to show their A-game as the three companies are gearing up for the busy holiday season 2017. And while we already knew about some of the devices thanks to countless leaks and rumors, you can’t beat real-life impressions and finalized, official information.
And that’s what we have here: the best new phones and wearables from IFA 2017, …

Strategy Analytics: Xiaomi sells more wearables than Apple or Fitbit

For the calendar second quarter that started in April and ended in June, Xiaomi took over the top spot and now is the leading seller of wearable devices on a global basis. Over the last year, Fitbit’s top-ranked share of the global wearable market has plunged to 15.7% from 28.5%, a stunning 45% decline. Xiaomi now has 17.1% of the market putting it on top for the very first time. Last year at this time, Xiaomi had 15% of the wearable market.

While Fitbit is known for its fitness trackers, it is working on a smartwatch project and thus far, it has not been a success. Fitbit has had to lay …

Bluetooth speaker and wearables maker Jawbone is officially dead

The writing has been on the wall (and ceiling, and floor) for quite some time, but it’s now official: Jawbone, maker of various wearables and Bluetooth speakers, is dead. Well, mostly.
Sources of both The information and The Verge have independently confirmed that the company has entered liquidation proceedings, and will be shutting down. Meanwhile, its switch to vaguely described health products has shifted to a new company, called Jawbone Health Hub, along with its CEO, Hosain Rahman, and an unknown quantity of existing Jawbone employees. The …

Qualcomm launches new Snapdragon Wear 1200 platform for wearables and IoT

Chipset makes Qualcomm made quite a few announcements at MWC Shanghai earlier today, which revealed the upcoming availability of new platforms for smartphones, wearables and IoT (Internet of Things).

Since we’ve already reported about the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 chip, let’s take a look at what the U.S. company has to offer for the wearable market.

The new Snapdragon Wear 1200 complements the existing Snapdragon Wear 1100 and Snapdragon Wear 2100 platforms but brings a couple of new features into the mix.

First of all, the platform includes an LTE system-on-chip (SoC), …

Apple is trying out flexible display ideas for next-generation Apple Watch and wearables

It’s called the Apple Watch, but it’s going to be more of an Apple Bracelet if these newly unearthed patent drawings are anything to go by! They imply Team Cupertino is fooling around with “wearable, rollable, and foldable displays,” exploring the possibilities of OLED technology while searching for the next big thing.

Apple’s vision allows for unconventional approaches, including bezel-free designs and units with embedded communication modules for wireless connectivity. For now, though, the company is focused on interchangeable smart bands, such as one with a built-in …