The arrival of Android Wear and its devices might have turned the world's attention towards the new generation of smartwatches, but pioneers in that field still have a thing or two to say about the matter. In time for its first anniversary, Omate, creator of the TrueSmart watch, is launching the Omate X, a smartwatch that is designed to be worn all the time.
This week the folks at Pebble have made official their hiring of two new professionals to their design team. Both Itai Vonshak and Liron Damir will join Pebble as Head of Product/UX team and Head of Design respectively. This moves comes after the reveal of Pebble Steel earlier this year and Pebble Fresh, Hot, and Fly earlier this month.
Glympse is bringing its location-sharing app to Pebble's smartwatches, allowing wearers to quickly allow their contacts to see where they are for a limited time, all from the wrist. The app, already available for iOS and Android among other platforms, lets the user's position be revealed to others for up to a four hour period.
Pebble is getting its Swatch on, with a new trio of limited edition smartwatches - dubbed Fresh, Hot, and Fly - for those who want something more vibrant on their wrist. The lime green (Fresh), bright pink (Hot), and baby blue (Fly) versions have exactly the same functionality as the original Pebble, but get new face colors and matching straps.
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.
Honeywell's new Lyric isn't the only smart thermostat system the HVAC company offers, with its evohome Smart Zoning Thermostat gaining support for Pebble in a new update. Wearers of the smartwatch will be able to remotely control each individual thermostat from their wrist, among other things.
In a crowded wearable market, Fitbit reigns supreme. In Q1 2014, research firm Canalys says Fitbit occupied 50% of overall shipments, leaving the rest of the market searching for a foothold. When it came to smartwatches, though, another tried-and-true leader in Pebble is outshining the rest.