Samsung gets sweaty with Gear Fit2 Pro and Sport watches, IconX wireless earbuds

Samsung’s Gear Sport is a cross between a smartwatch and fitness tracker, but it’s not the only wearable the company is introducing. It’s releasing alongside the new Gear Fit2 Pro and Gear IconX wireless earbuds.

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Fitbit Pulls Pebble From Rock, Hard Place


Fitbit on Wednesday announced an acquisition deal with smartwatch maker Pebble. The company clearly has been struggling, having laid off 25 percent of its staff earlier this year, when CEO Eric Migicovsky acknowledged that money was tight. “Fitbit is acquiring certain assets of Pebble, including key personnel and intellectual property specific to software and firmware development,” a Fitbit spokesperson said. “The majority of Pebble employees in the software engineering function … will join Fitbit.”

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Fitbit May Pick Up Pebble


Fitbit, the leader in the wearables category, is close to an agreement to buy struggling smartwatch maker Pebble for up to $40 million, in a move to gain the firm’s intellectual property and software. The negotiations follow several months of financial turmoil at Pebble, which reportedly slashed its workforce by 25 percent in March and has rebuffed several prior offers to be acquired. It’s rumored that Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky turned down Citizen’s $740 million acquisition offer, as well as a $70 million bid from Intel.

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Apple plays catchup with — everyone

Apple didn’t make the first smartphone, the first smartwatch, or the first tablet computer. But there is an expectation that its products will be the best. Now the company is going after its competitors by brazenly imitating their successes.

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Hard-Pressed Pebble Sheds 25 Percent of Workforce


Pebble — once viewed as the little smartwatch company that could — last week cut its worldwide workforce by 25 percent, according to news reports. That’s reportedly about 40 people, but actual figures are hard to come by because Pebble is privately held. The company has raised $46 million, but CEO Eric Migicovsky blamed the layoffs on the difficulty of raising funds in Silicon Valley. “Pebble was an early innovator but always had an uphill battle to take on the big boys of consumer electronics,” noted Cliff Raskind of Strategy Analytics.

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Days after Apple Watch's $50 price cut, competitor Pebble lays off 25% of staff

Article Image Affordable smartwatch maker and wearable device pioneer Pebble announced on Wednesday that it is laying off 25 percent of its staff this week, citing difficulty raising capital in Silicon Valley.

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IDC predicts 14M Apple Watch sales in 2016, growing to 31M in 2020

Article Image The wearable smartwatch market will continue to grow for the foreseeable future, research firm IDC believes, with the Apple Watch forecast to continue earning the most sales through the year 2020.

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With 63% share, Apple Watch pushes global smartwatch shipments past Swiss watches for first time

Article Image Fresh statistics from Strategy Analytics show smartwatch shipments surpassed those of traditional Swiss-made timepieces for the first time ever in the last quarter of 2015, with Apple Watch leading the charge.

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Apple Watch winning as Samsung, Android Wear struggle, says researcher

Apple is winning the watch wars but no smartwatch maker is winning over consumers in a huge way, according to new research.

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Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch to be iOS compatible later this year

Article Image Samsung during a CES keynote on Tuesday announced plans to make its Gear S2 smartwatch compatible with Apple devices running iOS, a surprising feature addition considering the two companies are fierce competitors in the mobile space.

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Study: Dissatisfied Apple Watch owners cite lack of features, but half will buy next-gen model

Article Image A recent study conducted by smartwatch market research firm Wristly found an overall lack of performance the common thread between unsatisfied Apple Watch owners, though roughly half of respondents said they would consider buying a second-generation model.

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Fossil spends $260M on wearables startup Misfit to bolster smartwatch lineup

Article Image In a bid to address the growing smartwatch market, established consumer wristwatch maker Fossil on Thursday announced an agreement to acquire wearables firm Misfit for $260 million.

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Apple Watch raises awareness of wearables as Pebble doubles its sales, CEO says

Article Image Rather than hurting sales of the Pebble smartwatch, the debut of the Apple Watch has actually helped the company, its CEO has revealed, thanks to increased consumer awareness of wearable devices.

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