Choosing a smartwatch right now is a decision that’s mostly made based on the mobile operating system you currently favor. The Apple Watch only works with the iPhone, Android Wear devices only support Android smartphones, and smartwatch models running third-party operating system might work with both iOS or Android. However, if you’re still not sold on the Apple Watch – which is shaping up to be the most important smartwatch ever made – and you’re looking at options, then you might want to check out the huge comparison Italian blog MobileWorld has put together. More →
The Apple Watch is the talk of the town when it comes to wearable devices, as Apple prepares to start taking preorders for the smartwatch this week. However, the Apple Watch isn’t the only smart device smartwatch buyers can consider, and CNET offers a comparison between Apple’s latest creation and its main competitors. More →
As the fastest funded project in Kickstarter history, having raised over $1 million in less than an hour, it’s not as if the new Pebble Time Kickstarter needs an infusion of money. As it stands now, the campaign already has over $18 million in funding from over 72,000 backers.
Still, with the Apple Watch dominating the tech news cycle last week, the focus on Apple’s upcoming wearable had a discernible impact on the interest in and funding of Pebble’s already wildly successful Kickstarter campaign.
Apple media events have a pesky way of consuming the entirety of the tech news cycle; sometimes for a day, sometimes for a week. Whenever Apple introduces a new product, other tech companies would be well advised to sit silently on the sidelines and wait for the barrage of media attention to pass on by. Unless, of course, you can add some lighthearted humor into the mix.
That was fast. Three years ago, Pebble took Kickstarter by storm with its first customizable watch. The project broke every conceivable crowdfunding record, and until last summer, it was the most funded project in Kickstarter’s short history. Then the Coolest Cooler came along and knocked it off its perch.
But in 2015, Pebble is primed to reclaim its place atop Kickstarter. More →
Pebble Technology, the company that made one of the best-selling smartwatches to date, seems ready to fight against Apple’s first smartwatch with a brand-new product of its own.
To better compete against Apple’s highly customizable device, Pebble has come up with a new smartwatch design that it first revealed on Tuesday as part of its newest Kickstarter project. And, unsurprisingly, the project is off to a great start, having already hit more than $5 million in pledges, or five times its initial $500,000 funding goal. More →
While more and more companies are starting to take wearables seriously, Pebble appears to be doing all the selling. After launching its smartwatch via a tremendously popular Kickstarter campaign that helped raised over $10 million, the company sold over 400,000 Pebble smartwatches since January 2013, with revenues amounting to some $60 million according to Fortune. Even though the Pebble devices will get significant competition this year, Charles River Ventures partner and Pebble investor George Zachary said the company will make twice last year’s revenue this year. More →
Did you miss your chance to download the inexplicably popular Flappy Bird before its creator unceremoniously removed it from app stores? No need to threaten to murder him — there is at least one way to get your small-birds-avoiding-pipes fix without spending $90,000 on an iPhone with the game preinstalled. Software developer Ural Özden has recreated Flappy Bird in the browser, and since the game uses HTML5, you can play in on your mobile device once again, as if it had never disappeared in the first place. More →
The long-awaited Pebble app store has finally arrived, and with it comes over 1,000 apps and watchfaces for your wearable device. Pebble announced on Monday that the appstore had finally gone live on the iOS version of the Pebble app, with the Android release coming “very, very soon.” The Pebble appstore is the first central location for developers to share their creations with the public and for Pebble owners to install and manage the apps on their smartwatches. More →
2014 is shaping up to be a big year for wearable computers so it only makes sense that Pebble plans to start it off by releasing a new version of its signature smartwatch. 9to5Google has posted some leaked pictures showing the Pebble Steel, the newest Pebble smartwatch that features a metal build that’s an aesthetic upgrade over the first generation’s plastic build. 9to5Google says that the Pebble Steel will have the same internal hardware as the original Pebble but will be made from a sturdier metal and will have a display made from Corning Gorilla Glass. The improved build comes at a cost, however, as 9to5Google hears that it will sell for around $100 more than the first-gen Pebble. Another picture showing the Pebble Steel alongside the plastic Pebble follows below. More →
You knew it was bound to happen, and happen it has. While it apparently still has a ways to go to catch up to Samsung’s Galaxy Gear, a Kickstarter-backed company moving some 200,000 or so units in a matter of months is nothing to scoff at. To wit, Pebble‘s seeing a massive spike in developer action now that SDK 2.0 is in the wild and the watch has added full iOS 7 Notification Center support. In a bid to funnel all of that activity into a central location, the outfit on Wednesday announced that the Pebble appstore will launch “in early 2014,” and interested developers can begin submitting their SDK 2.0 Pebble apps immediately. More →
“I started by strapping yet another notifier onto my wrist, but I came away a far less stressed individual.”
It’s the Kickstarter project that has largely defined what’s possible on the service, and if you’re reading this, you’re well aware of how many millions the Pebble team raised in order to concoct a wrist-worn notification device. A device that just so happened to emerge as the term “smartwatch” was taking hold. It was something of a perfect storm, really; years ago, Fossil and Sony Ericsson tried to bring the Dick Tracy motif to the masses, but the world wasn’t yet ready. Today, we’re all ready. More →