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How the Apple Watch compares to Android Wear and Pebble

Today was the big day: Apple announced its smartwatch, unimaginatively named “Apple Watch”- not iWatch or  iTime, simply “Apple Watch”. Perhaps that’s the best summary of Apple Watch: unimaginative. While the rest of the world is losing its mind over Apple’s new timepiece, let’s take a minute, step back from the hype, and see how Apple’s new competitor stacks up against the already saturated smartwatch playing field.

Features & Functionality

Apple Watch has a big grid of icons, tooWhen it comes to features and functionality, there are a few differences between what Apple offers and what everyone else does. Apple’s product includes two new input types: a twistable crown button for scrolling and zooming without blocking the display, and a touchscreen than can tell the difference between a tap and a press. Just how useful either of these features are will remain somewhat of a mystery until we get our hands on the device, but they’re worth mentioning, nonetheless.

As far as features go, it looks like Apple Watch is much more in-line with Samsung’s Gear lineup and devices powered by Google’s Android Wear. There are a few additions, of course, but their utility are hardly worth mentioning.

What does deserve recognition is the fluidity of the OS running on Apple Watch. I’m not, nor have I ever been, a fan of the “big grid of icons”, and a circular grid, as we’ve seen demonstrated here, doesn’t seem much more user friendly. Why Apple hasn’t abandoned this for something more useful, we may never know. The rest of the UI, however, looks amazing! It blows everything else away, hands down, no questions ask, no argument. Period. Google, Sony, and Pebble have their work cut out for them.

Apple Watch includes a feature that no other smartwatch currently has: mobile payments. Mobile payments via your watch certainly sounds like something the masses could get behind. No more credit cards. No more fishing your wallet or phone out of your pocket either! Just tap your watch and get on with life. Hopefully Android Wear will get some NFC support and enable this functionality through the Google Wallet and ISIS Softcard apps. Time will tell.

Size & Shape

Apple made the Apple Watch in two sizes, which is a bit interesting, but will attract more users, that’s for sure. Women and small-wristed men will flock to Apple’s watch over any other simply because it’s available in a smaller size. We assume, of course, that concessions had to be made, probably in the battery, to make up for the size difference, but until we see (and tear-down) the two in person, we’ll have to deduce.

What’s especially surprising is that if you want a round smartwatch you’ve got to go with either the Moto 360 (which is already available, if you can find it in stock) or the LG G Watch R (which is coming out next month). Prior to Apple’s announcement, almost every comment I read that was critical to the first round of Android Wear devices commented that Apple would never make a rectangular watch, they’d do it “right” and make it circular. Sorry to disappoint you, folks, but even the engineers at Apple couldn’t build a round smartwatch. They let you down. You can head back to those forums and post your apologies now. Go ahead. I’ll wait.

Form & Function

iwatch-goldThat leads us to the Apple Watch’s build. Here’s one area where literally every other smartwatch on the planet has just been lapped. Everything about the Apple Watch screams “high-end” and “attention to detail”.

Although all we’ve really seen is renders and a few samples, if Apple Watch lives up to its promises, it’s going to function very, very well.

Motorola and Pebble make smart watches out of metal, but Apple’s has a sapphire screen and various types of metal bodies – including gold. Yes, actual gold. Compare that to the LG G Watch and pretty much anything from Samsung and – well, there really isn’t any comparison, so we’ll just stop there.

Apple’s wristbands are very interesting as well! No, you can’t use a standard 22mm watch band like you can with many of the other smart watches. You have to buy Apple’s special bands. Looking at them, and the way they connect with the watch, makes me think this could be a feature rather than a drawback. I’m quite impressed with the several ways Apple has apparently reinvented the watch band!

Battery & Power

Apple Watch ChargerWe don’t know anything definite about battery life on Apple Watch, but we expect that it’ll last a day or so, just like everything powered by Android Wear , but it probably won’t come close to the 5+ days that Pebble users enjoy. Charging, on the other hand should be exciting! Similar to the Moto 360, Apple Watch will have wireless charging. Unlike the Moto 360, the charger looks like it uses a proprietary format, not the Qi-standard that Motorola opted for.

Limitations

Now for the bad news. In addition to starting at hundred dollars more than pretty much every other smartwatch available today (including the Moto 360), the Apple Watch is not available yet – and won’t be until next year. When exactly next year? We don’t know.

Like we mentioned before, charging the Apple Watch will require a proprietary charger, and is not compatible with the Qi or PowerMat standards. This doesn’t bode well for when Apple includes wireless charging in its phones and tablets, since it will likely go with the non-standard type of charger it will be using for Apple Watch.

What about compatibility? Android Wear is only compatible with Android-powered devices, and Apple Watch will only be compatible with the iPhone 5 and above. Pebble, on the other hand, works just fine with Android or iOS.

Although Apple Watch looks pretty neat, it’s going to have a hard time competing with the Moto 360, but Pebble and the rest of devices powered by Android Wear have some catching up to do.


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Pebble updates watch firmware, apps on iOS and Android, adds Pandora watch app

As the launch of Android Wear draws closer, Pebble (the manufacturer of undeniably some of the best smartwatches on the market right now) is continuing to step up their game. Today, they’ve announced updates for the watch’s firmware, the companion Pebble apps on iOS and Android, and have announced the debut of the Pandora Internet radio app on their app store.

The watch’s firmware has received a couple of minor, but indeed welcome, changes. First of all, you can now hop into Settings and then Notifications to clear your notifications. The rest of the update brings bug-fixes and improvements for battery monitoring, Bluetooth, and the like.

The Android app no longer crashes for some users, while the iOS app has seen more JavaScript apps available in the app store.

Pebble’s other news from the day comes on the front of adding new apps. The latest major addition to the Pebble app store is the Pandora app. The app works with Pandora’s latest iOS app, and lets users “view and change stations; see track info; thumb songs up or down; and skip, pause, or resume tracks.” Download the app by clicking on the second source link.

The Pebble updates are most certainly welcome, and the Pandora app is also nice to see. Pebble users, feel free to update everything — it should all be live at this point.

Source: Pebble 1, 2


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Pebble releases app with official appstore to Google Play, announces three more partners

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It’s been over a month since iOS Pebble users received an update to the Pebble app with the new appstore baked in, but starting today, Android user can finally do the same.

The updated Pebble app is now available in Google Play. All of the app’s bugs are fixed so Pebblers on any platform can enjoy the same seamless and delightful experience of downloading from “a whole new universe of apps and watchfaces.”

Pebble took to its official blog today to give special thanks to the users and developers who tested its Android beta builds, whose help and feedback was said to have been “invaluable.” One of the last betas was released just two days ago, so it shows how hard the Kickstarter funded start-up has been working.

Now that Pebble for Android 2.0 is available, all you have to do is update the app, then not only is your smartwatch automatically updated, but you also get the store, which is laid out in different sections for apps and watchfaces, and has subsections under apps for Tools & Utilities, Notifications, Remotes, Fitness, Games, and “Daily” applications.

The appstore makes it much easier to find and install apps than before, when you had to sideload or use third-party app stores.

In addition to this announcement, Pebble also welcomed three new partners launching apps on the Pebble appstore: eBay, Evernote, and Time Warner Cable, who join not only Mercedes-Benz, Yelp, and Foursquare, but the many independent developers as well.

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The eBay app lets users quickly and easily access their eBay Feed and discover products on their smartwatch, Evernote gives Pebble users the power to check their notes when away from a computers or if checking their smartphone is difficult, and Timer Warner Cable’s app allows Intelligent Home subscribers to control their home right from their wrists.

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All of these apps continue to prove what is possible with such a minimalist smartwatch. For complete notes on the 2.0 release, hit up the source below.

VIA Pebble

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Pebble releases app with official appstore to Google Play, announces three more partners

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It’s been over a month since iOS Pebble users received an update to the Pebble app with the new appstore baked in, but starting today, Android user can finally do the same.

The updated Pebble app is now available in Google Play. All of the app’s bugs are fixed so Pebblers on any platform can enjoy the same seamless and delightful experience of downloading from “a whole new universe of apps and watchfaces.”

Pebble took to its official blog today to give special thanks to the users and developers who tested its Android beta builds, whose help and feedback was said to have been “invaluable.” One of the last betas was released just two days ago, so it shows how hard the Kickstarter funded start-up has been working.

Now that Pebble for Android 2.0 is available, all you have to do is update the app, then not only is your smartwatch automatically updated, but you also get the store, which is laid out in different sections for apps and watchfaces, and has subsections under apps for Tools & Utilities, Notifications, Remotes, Fitness, Games, and “Daily” applications.

The appstore makes it much easier to find and install apps than before, when you had to sideload or use third-party app stores.

In addition to this announcement, Pebble also welcomed three new partners launching apps on the Pebble appstore: eBay, Evernote, and Time Warner Cable, who join not only Mercedes-Benz, Yelp, and Foursquare, but the many independent developers as well.

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The eBay app lets users quickly and easily access their eBay Feed and discover products on their smartwatch, Evernote gives Pebble users the power to check their notes when away from a computers or if checking their smartphone is difficult, and Timer Warner Cable’s app allows Intelligent Home subscribers to control their home right from their wrists.

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All of these apps continue to prove what is possible with such a minimalist smartwatch. For complete notes on the 2.0 release, hit up the source below.

VIA Pebble

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Pebble releases app with official appstore to Google Play, announces three more partners

test2-870x362

It’s been over a month since iOS Pebble users received an update to the Pebble app with the new appstore baked in, but starting today, Android user can finally do the same.

The updated Pebble app is now available in Google Play. All of the app’s bugs are fixed so Pebblers on any platform can enjoy the same seamless and delightful experience of downloading from “a whole new universe of apps and watchfaces.”

Pebble took to its official blog today to give special thanks to the users and developers who tested its Android beta builds, whose help and feedback was said to have been “invaluable.” One of the last betas was released just two days ago, so it shows how hard the Kickstarter funded start-up has been working.

Now that Pebble for Android 2.0 is available, all you have to do is update the app, then not only is your smartwatch automatically updated, but you also get the store, which is laid out in different sections for apps and watchfaces, and has subsections under apps for Tools & Utilities, Notifications, Remotes, Fitness, Games, and “Daily” applications.

The appstore makes it much easier to find and install apps than before, when you had to sideload or use third-party app stores.

In addition to this announcement, Pebble also welcomed three new partners launching apps on the Pebble appstore: eBay, Evernote, and Time Warner Cable, who join not only Mercedes-Benz, Yelp, and Foursquare, but the many independent developers as well.

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The eBay app lets users quickly and easily access their eBay Feed and discover products on their smartwatch, Evernote gives Pebble users the power to check their notes when away from a computers or if checking their smartphone is difficult, and Timer Warner Cable’s app allows Intelligent Home subscribers to control their home right from their wrists.

pebble-blogimage

All of these apps continue to prove what is possible with such a minimalist smartwatch. For complete notes on the 2.0 release, hit up the source below.

VIA Pebble

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Pebble releases app with official appstore to Google Play, announces three more partners

test2-870x362

It’s been over a month since iOS Pebble users received an update to the Pebble app with the new appstore baked in, but starting today, Android user can finally do the same.

The updated Pebble app is now available in Google Play. All of the app’s bugs are fixed so Pebblers on any platform can enjoy the same seamless and delightful experience of downloading from “a whole new universe of apps and watchfaces.”

Pebble took to its official blog today to give special thanks to the users and developers who tested its Android beta builds, whose help and feedback was said to have been “invaluable.” One of the last betas was released just two days ago, so it shows how hard the Kickstarter funded start-up has been working.

Now that Pebble for Android 2.0 is available, all you have to do is update the app, then not only is your smartwatch automatically updated, but you also get the store, which is laid out in different sections for apps and watchfaces, and has subsections under apps for Tools & Utilities, Notifications, Remotes, Fitness, Games, and “Daily” applications.

The appstore makes it much easier to find and install apps than before, when you had to sideload or use third-party app stores.

In addition to this announcement, Pebble also welcomed three new partners launching apps on the Pebble appstore: eBay, Evernote, and Time Warner Cable, who join not only Mercedes-Benz, Yelp, and Foursquare, but the many independent developers as well.

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The eBay app lets users quickly and easily access their eBay Feed and discover products on their smartwatch, Evernote gives Pebble users the power to check their notes when away from a computers or if checking their smartphone is difficult, and Timer Warner Cable’s app allows Intelligent Home subscribers to control their home right from their wrists.

pebble-blogimage

All of these apps continue to prove what is possible with such a minimalist smartwatch. For complete notes on the 2.0 release, hit up the source below.

VIA Pebble

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Pebble releases app with official appstore to Google Play, announces three more partners

test2-870x362

It’s been over a month since iOS Pebble users received an update to the Pebble app with the new appstore baked in, but starting today, Android user can finally do the same.

The updated Pebble app is now available in Google Play. All of the app’s bugs are fixed so Pebblers on any platform can enjoy the same seamless and delightful experience of downloading from “a whole new universe of apps and watchfaces.”

Pebble took to its official blog today to give special thanks to the users and developers who tested its Android beta builds, whose help and feedback was said to have been “invaluable.” One of the last betas was released just two days ago, so it shows how hard the Kickstarter funded start-up has been working.

Now that Pebble for Android 2.0 is available, all you have to do is update the app, then not only is your smartwatch automatically updated, but you also get the store, which is laid out in different sections for apps and watchfaces, and has subsections under apps for Tools & Utilities, Notifications, Remotes, Fitness, Games, and “Daily” applications.

The appstore makes it much easier to find and install apps than before, when you had to sideload or use third-party app stores.

In addition to this announcement, Pebble also welcomed three new partners launching apps on the Pebble appstore: eBay, Evernote, and Time Warner Cable, who join not only Mercedes-Benz, Yelp, and Foursquare, but the many independent developers as well.

140307.eBay_

The eBay app lets users quickly and easily access their eBay Feed and discover products on their smartwatch, Evernote gives Pebble users the power to check their notes when away from a computers or if checking their smartphone is difficult, and Timer Warner Cable’s app allows Intelligent Home subscribers to control their home right from their wrists.

pebble-blogimage

All of these apps continue to prove what is possible with such a minimalist smartwatch. For complete notes on the 2.0 release, hit up the source below.

VIA Pebble

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Pebble releases app with official appstore to Google Play, announces three more partners

test2-870x362

It’s been over a month since iOS Pebble users received an update to the Pebble app with the new appstore baked in, but starting today, Android user can finally do the same.

The updated Pebble app is now available in Google Play. All of the app’s bugs are fixed so Pebblers on any platform can enjoy the same seamless and delightful experience of downloading from “a whole new universe of apps and watchfaces.”

Pebble took to its official blog today to give special thanks to the users and developers who tested its Android beta builds, whose help and feedback was said to have been “invaluable.” One of the last betas was released just two days ago, so it shows how hard the Kickstarter funded start-up has been working.

Now that Pebble for Android 2.0 is available, all you have to do is update the app, then not only is your smartwatch automatically updated, but you also get the store, which is laid out in different sections for apps and watchfaces, and has subsections under apps for Tools & Utilities, Notifications, Remotes, Fitness, Games, and “Daily” applications.

The appstore makes it much easier to find and install apps than before, when you had to sideload or use third-party app stores.

In addition to this announcement, Pebble also welcomed three new partners launching apps on the Pebble appstore: eBay, Evernote, and Time Warner Cable, who join not only Mercedes-Benz, Yelp, and Foursquare, but the many independent developers as well.

140307.eBay_

The eBay app lets users quickly and easily access their eBay Feed and discover products on their smartwatch, Evernote gives Pebble users the power to check their notes when away from a computers or if checking their smartphone is difficult, and Timer Warner Cable’s app allows Intelligent Home subscribers to control their home right from their wrists.

pebble-blogimage

All of these apps continue to prove what is possible with such a minimalist smartwatch. For complete notes on the 2.0 release, hit up the source below.

VIA Pebble

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Pebble 2.0 Beta App updated to version 11

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The Android Beta App for the latest Pebble 2.0 has just been updated to version 11 and it seems a lot of the teething issues that users were originally experiencing have been ironed out.

Changelog:

  • PebbleKit JS localStorage is now sandboxed for each app
  • Many improvements to onboarding and FW installation
  • Issues with sideloading apps in some circumstances have been fixed
  • Some issues with loading JS configuration views after the app has been quit have been addressed
  • JavaScript app logs printed via ADB are cleaner
  • MyPebble now loads faster

Pebble are saying there is still one known outstanding issue which is yet to be fixed:

  • Pairing a Pebble during onboarding may not succeed. If you run into problems, exit the Pebble app. Remove the pairing entry from Android BT settings & your Pebble. Then pair manually using BT settings.

Pebble are advising that you’ll need to uninstall version 10 of the App before you install this one, and also any javascript-based Apps will need to be manually reinstalled after upgrading.

You can download the latest version 11 of the Android Beta App here.

[via Pebble]

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Pebble vs Huawei TalkBand B1: hands-on comparison (Video)

Yesterday morning, Huawei let us in on the secret behind why it’s rumored “smartwatch” was so unabashedly thick-looking, and revealed the TalkBand B1, whose thick screen suddenly starts making a lot of sense when you see it pop out to become a Bluetooth earpiece. Wearables are one of the most promising markets right now, primed to explode; will Huawei’s effort have what it takes to become a serious contender? In order to help you make sense of its place in the grand scheme of things, we compared the new wristband to one of the most familiar wearables around, the Pebble smartwatch.

But isn’t comparing a glorified fitness tracker to a smartwatch that can run proper apps a bit like apples and oranges? Well, maybe, but not everyone’s going to need every feature either one of these devices offers; so long as the one you choose does what you need it to do, you’re set. So just what do these feature sets look like? Click below do start getting your answers.


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