Wearable firm Misfit has inked a deal with Pebble to turn the smartwatch into a fitness tracker, allowing users to monitor their steps and activity direct from a new watchface. The free Pebble app, available today, is also joined by an updated Misfit app for iPhone, which pulls in even more information from the smartwatch.
Pebble has rolled out a bunch of updates today, bringing forth new firmware for the smartwatch, as well as updated iOS and Android apps. All of them have just rolled out, with the smartphone app updates being available through the respective app stores, and the firmware update being available through the Pebble smartphone app.
We have been talking about the PonoPlayer since 2012, and in this two-year span we have got to know just about everything about the player, save the tech-specs. The brainchild of musician Neil Young, the player has gone on to become the third-highest grosser in Kickstarter history, lagging behind the Pebble smartwatch and the OUYA video game console. The campaign managed to raise $6,225,354 to be precise.
Smartwatches will be everywhere this year. With Google announcing Android Wear and companies already showing off devices at CES and Mobile World Congress, it won’t be long before a slew of smartwatches are sitting on store shelves.
Of course, smartwatches are already available. In fact, several companies, from Samsung to Pebble, have offered their interpretation of wrist-worn wearables. The trouble for those firms, however, is that so far, those products haven’t taken off. And it’s unclear whether even Android Wear could go a long way in pushing smartwatches onto more wrists.
Well before Flappy Bird was taken offline by its creator (just this weekend), there were plenty of clones to be played by the public. Today it's become a rather lucrative enterprise, potentially, as users have (apparently) gone so far as to buy iPhones specifically because they have Flappy Bird pre-installed. Don't be fooled, though, aside from the extreme ease with which you'd be able to hack your device and side-load the original game for free, there are plenty of alternatives to be had, some of which are better than the original.
Samsung will launch not only the Galaxy S5 later this month but an updated version of its Galaxy Gear smartwatch, insiders claim, a surprisingly early refresh to the wearable which arrived with great fanfare late in 2013 but reportedly disappointing sales. The two new flagship devices will share a stage at Samsung's "Unpacked 5 2014 event", invitations for which went out on Monday, the NYTimes reports, which will open Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on February 24th.
Pebble's appstore for its smartwatches has gone live, arriving in an update for the iOS Pebble app and with an Android version due "very, very soon" the company says. Currently stocked with more than 1,000 apps and watchfaces - though expected to become the main hub for all of the company's third-party developers to release their software through - the appstore is split into six app categories, spanning notifications through fitness and games.