It’s just the start of the year and the biggest Kick-starter funded project-Pebble, is making a big news again! This aint something ordinary, as the biggest automobile juggernaut-Mercedes pairs up with Pebble for a wearable tech device. This news surely gives credence to the fact that automobile and computing technology industries share a very close relationship.
Pebble has teamed up with the automotive giant for a wearable tech device and that is believed to roll-out in this same year. The Mercedes Benz/Pebble product is believed to get unveiled in the upcoming CES event in January 7-10. Mercedes already has its presence in the smartphone world with its application of the Digital Drive Style. What we can assume is that this new wearable tech will surely have its association with this application.
In the past Mercedes has also been in the news for making Google Glass application for its vehicles. We keep all our attention hooked to the CES event which is very close and will eagerly wait for the news to be officially out. It’s time to get the wheels on wrists!
Ever since its launch, the E-paper watch from Pebble is gaining unprecedented levels of appreciation and attention from the global community. Recently, Pebble made a news that it is going to have its own dedicated app store as a one-shop destination for all its smartwatch apps. Now expanding its horizons further, Pebble seems to be making the Windows Mobile OS its new home to stay.
Pebble Smart Watch has gained access to the Windows smartphone through a third party app called as the Pebble Watch Pro. The app is developed by Bad Planet Software and will support all the Windows Phone 8 devices.
However, right now users may not get a full integrated experience on their Pebble Smart Watch, but can surely receive number of alerts on their smartphone like calendar, network, battery and twitter notifications. Users will also be able to control the music on their smartphone via the Pebble music app.
The Pebble Watch pro is priced at a casual 1.99$ on the Windows Phone Marketplace. You can also get the Pebble Watch Life for free that comes with limited functionality.
Check our review on the Pebble Smart Watch here.
Pebble is making every possible move to satisfy its users and give a neck-to-neck competition to the Samsung Galaxy Gear. Recently, Pebble announced that it will have a dedicated app store for its Smart Watch. News are that the Pebble app store will be available in the early 2014 and will have a dedicated Pebble app on the iOS and Android. Thus you will have a single destination to shop for all the apps that your smartwatch needs.
On the Pebble app store, you will get seven different categories which includes Daily, Games, Notifications, Remotes, Tools and Utility, Watchfaces and Sports and Fitness. In each category you will get to see the best apps as well as the newly featured ones.
Thus developers have a new platform to try their hands on and it is believed that they will start submitting Pebble apps that uses recently announced SDK 2.0. Moreover, if the app requires a companion app from the App Store or Google Play, they will include a direct link to it.
The dedicated app store from Pebble is certainly going to pull-up more people filling up their wrists with the Pebble Smart Watch.
In the tech industry and against all odds, the year wasn’t for Google Glass but yet for all the just released Smart Watches by several brands. We’ve chosen the best of them to help you in the buying decision or just for fun! This are of course the Top 10 Smart watches according to our opinion and therefore we are looking to hear from you!
10. Omate True Smart watch 2.0
The Omate Smart Watch is called the “True” Smartwatch because it can work independently from your Smartphone and has all the most known apps you use like Gmail, Facebook and other Social Networks. This is possible as it has its own SIM slot and therefore allowing to make calls without being connected via bluetooth to your smartphone. The watch is still in a pre-order stage and that is why we put it in the 10th place because we really can’t compare a watch that is not yet released with one that is going to be in the market god knows when. Prices range from 249$ to 299$ for Pre-Orders.
9. Burg Smart Watch
There is not a single Burg Smart Watch. The Burg company is recognized to develop and sell “watchphones” that are 100% smartphones with the dimensions of a watch. You can actually buy the Burg 12, 13, 14….up to 18! Different colors and different features, but the question is: Will a Burg Smartwatch fit your needs and relationship with your Smartphone? Eventually not and that is why the company is looking forward to release a new Burg!
8. Qualcomm Toq
This Qualcomm Toq an amazing SmartWatch but has been missing lots of attention from the media. This amazing watch can pair with Smart phones using Android 4.0.3 or higher available in the market and works perfectly. They use the Same Technology as E-Paper from Pebble but it is called Mirasol. If you are looking for performance and speed, this is the watch to chose.
7. Wellograph Smart Watch
A great release this last November. This SmartWatch is still in preview but the heart beat measuring capabilities turn this into a promise for 2014. Have a look at the Wellograph SW preview.
6. Z1 Android Smart Watch
Not many people heard of this Z1 Smart Watch one but it is an incredibly great machine because it is not that beautiful. The Z1 is powered by a Mediatek ARM9 with 426 MHz. The RAM memory is 256MB and holds a 2.0” display screen. It also has 300MB memory expandible to a 8GB. This one is available at Amazon for 229$.
5. MOTOACTV Smart Watch
Motorola worked hard into developing a fitness friendly smart watch. The result is the MOTOACTV. This is not competing directly with the other smart watches but can fit a particulary need of a smart watch user that is help while cycling or walking with high reliability. The MOTOACTV has a virtual competitor that runs with you, fights you and helps you to perform better every new day. This device is available at prices starting on the 250$.
4. Kreyos Smart Watch
The Kreyos team was supposed to be competing with Pebble directly but surprisingly or not the sales are not that high. This one is compatible with iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8. This is the one and only watch really compatible with Windows Phone 8.It is also waterproof and holds a microphone and speaker. We chose this device for this position due to its reliable voice commands and gesture features.
3. Samsung Galaxy Gear
I believe the Samsung Galaxy Gear was the most famous Smart Watch in 2013 because it was being sold by Samsung and Samsung really invested a lot of money in this device marketing, hiring Cristiano Ronaldo to make the promotional video below, but they are not investing at all on having Applications running on the device such as Facebook, Gmail and others. If they don’t release them before CES 2014 the Gear can lose track to the competition.
2. Sony Smart Watch 2
The Sony Smart Watch 2 comes with Android 4.0 and has an astonishing battery life of 4 days under normal usage. We believe the brand behind the phone, the marketing given to this device, the number of apps specifically developed for this machine, the one-touch NFC connectivity and the variants available make it the 2nd place in the podium.
1. Pebble Smart Watch
Because above all is price/quality ratio, the Pebble Smart Watch is the winner of 2013.
Now, tell us your thoughts and opinions on these watches!
According to Android Authority sources, Pebble just spent 600.000$ in Pebble Smartwatches by giving them to omputer Scienge and Engineering students across the United States. According to the source above mentioned this is part of the Pebble Education Project and this, of course, will increase the number of students developing applications for the Pebble Smart Watch.
The Spotlight is on Pebble Smartwatches
In the Smart Watch world, Pebble is being given lots of attention since crasy price reductions in their watches to out-of-stock versions of the machine and now speculation revolves on some big announcement at CES 2014.
The Pebble Education Project
The mentioned source, the Pebble team will offer the watches to the following universities:
- Carnegie Mellon University
- Stanford University
- Massachussets Institute of Technology
- University of Illinois
- University of Pennsylvania
- University of Virginia
- Virginia Tech
- And any other university who is interested in this program and applied at the Pebble website.
We pray that the Pebble SDK gets improved with the interaction in a research environment. Additionally we want to see what Sony and Samsung will be doing to increase the number of apps for their smartwatches – These are bigger and they are sitting on huge piles of cash.
The biggest Kick-Starter project of the year is once again making news and this time it comes with the improved and much more enhanced OS v1.14. With some improvements, cool features and fixes the new OS proliferates the performance ante of the watch.
One of the noticing feature of the watch is its ‘Do Not Disturb’ features that block any incoming notification for a fixed period of time. Here are some of the newly added features and improvements.
- Do Not Disturb feature that will block some notifications for a fixed period of time.
- Alarms app update that allows users to create multiple alarms, toggle alarms on/off and edit existing alarms.
- Improved iOS performance and improved notification control.
- The unwanted entry into “recovery mode” after updating the firmware 1.13 has now been fixed.
- Fixed an issue regarding the caller-ID display after a missed call.
- Fixed an issue when Pebble would keep on vibrating after attending or dismissing a call.
- Fixed Bluetooth data transfer connectivity issue.
With this improved OS, your experience with you Pebble is going to be smoother! You can get the firmware update by simply opening the Pebble App on your iOS or Android smartphone. Take a look at the Pebble Smart Watch here.
In the last week we’ve written about the Pebble being out of stock. It turns out it is back into stores and at a lower price than in the Black Friday. Back then the best deal you could find would be a 149$ Pebble – Now the Pebble Smartwatch is only costing 119.99$, or 87.17€ or 73.6£, making it a nice Christmas deal.
The Pebble is not the only smartwatch available but is one compatible with a multitude of devices and is one loved by consumers. I believe it would make an awesome Christmas gift. This deal is only available at Amazon and Best Buy stores. At Amazon you will find the device in 2 colours: black, and red while at Best buy you will only be able to buy the Black Version. The grey version is still much more expensive.
Here is the deal at Amazon for the Black version:
Here is the red version deal:
And here the grey version, much more expensive:
Many buyers have been trying to get the Pebble Smart Watch and the grey color tends to be a great fit for any type of cloths. Unfortunately and even with a 20$ discount for the last Black Friday on the Pebble, very few buyers were able to purchase the grey color Pebble as it was out of Stock.
If you are looking to know more about the Pebble watch, make sure you read the Pebble Smart Watch review and the comparison with the Galaxy Gear and others.
Is the Pebble Smart Watch Out of Stock or Overpriced?
The out of stock is referred to the main retailers offering the Pebble in the USA like AT&T, but online and in Europe, the Pebble is available in grey color, but it is overpriced as you can check here:
300$ for the Pebble is, indeed, very high and at this value you can get the Samsung Galaxy Gear. The best thing for now is to way a couple of weeks because the grey Pebble is on its way, or get one of the other colors, like these:
When will the Pebble Grey be available again?
Yes. The Pebble team just released a tweet announcing the Pebble Smart Watch in grey will be available in Mid-December in the main stores and in time for Christmas:
There are several projects pledging money on Kickstarter for Smart watches, but none of those have been so successful as the Pebble Smart watch. Have a look at this Pebble Review here and we bet you will be delighted with this watch that easily integrates with iOS and any Android devices. The breaking news are: Pebble is available at Amazon, ready to ship before Christmas.
Why should you get the Pebble Smart watch on Amazon?
If you opt for the Amazon website you can get the lowest price for this watch. Do notice that the Amazon price is 299.99$ but you should get the watch from other sellers such as “The Computer Guy” that offers the watch at 159$ – The characteristics are the same – the watch is brand new, it has full warranty and shipping is made in 24 hours.
Pebble Smart Watch or the Galaxy Gear?
If you have not made your mind yet, then we believe you should check this comparison with the Galaxy Gear. To make the Pebble run with your device only minor tweaks are needed, while with the Galaxy Gear complete roots can be required even if we’re speaking about the Samsung Galaxy S4.
What customers think of the Pebble?
Out of 58 reviews, 36 gave 5 stars to this watch and an average ranking of 4.1 stars. Make sure you visit Amazon and check the 58 comments and only then decide!
The Smart Watch dice has started to roll faster and the competition between various companies is getting stiffer. With plethora of smart watches available in the market, consumers are paying more attention for the essential features that meet their requirement. Different companies are releasing their Smart Watches with a variety of features that could make their smart watch device stand apart in comparison to its competitors. Here is a list of top 5 features in the Smart Watches that fans look while buying the gadget!
1) Style and Display
The design of the device plays a very vital role in attracting its customers. The look of the smart watch is the prima-fascia report of the device that lures the customers to have a further dig into the device. Moreover the display quality is a feature that can grab the viewer’s eye easily. The super AMOLED displays as seen in the Samsung Galaxy Gear or the e-paper display from Pebble has recently been the USP of the device.
2) Flexible interface
The interface of the Smart Watch with various other devices is a deciding factor whether the device will be a hit or not. There are many Smart Watches available that can work with the two famous- Android or iOS interface. Moreover some companies also offer the versatility of having a customizable interface according to users need. Pebble and the Metawatch can be integrated with both iOS and Android.
3) Notification managing functions
It is imperative that the device should notify the users for every new notification on the phone. Mails, texts, calls, social networking all this should be made easy and quick bringing it to customers ease and satisfaction. The actual importance of the Smart Watches get elevated if these features are properly taken care off!
4) Battery Life
Usually the battery life of the smart device is a crucial and highly important function. An inferior or mediocre battery life gets the user annoyed. If the battery gets drained faster it is obvious that your Smart Watch will be your companion for a very short period of time. Usually higher resolution displays are bound to consume a larger part of the battery. Well, in this it can be said that technology comes at a cost!!
5) Additional Feature
Customers usually look for what extra apart from normal functions has the Smart Watch to offer?? Today various Smart Watch comes with features like low energy 4.0 Bluetooth, accelerometer function, motion sensors, water proof feature, and other fitness embedded apps. If the Smart Watch is having such features it will certainly lean the customers to opt for the device.
These Smart Watch features play a crucial role and are the deciding factors, which help the customers to decide what exactly they want and make a smart move while buying the Smart Watch.
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