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Smartwatch producer Pebble is bringing a function that allows the wearable device to respond to text messages received on an iPhone to more users, both within the United States and outside. Initially launched in a trial on AT&T in November last year before spreading to Verizon, the iOS Text Reply function is going to be available to subscribers of T-Mobile in the United States along with Pebble owners based in the United Kingdom, Australia, and the Netherlands.
Do please let me say this before anything else: I could not design or build a smartwatch, I simply could not. Therefore, I have limitless admiration for anyone, for any company, that does this -- or I did, before this week. After one week with a Ulefone GW01 Smart Watch Pedometer Remote Camera Bluetooth Information Pushing Smartwatch, I'm afraid I found some limits to my admiration -- possibly starting with the length of its name.
Pebble has issued some updates to its current-generation Time smartwatches, as well as the companion apps on both iOS and Android. Version 3.13 of the firmware upgrades Pebble Health to make it more accurate for recording a user's activities, as well as adding the ability to get better weather reports on the mobile device via a new pebble Weather app, among other expected bug fixes and performance improvements.
Smartwatch producer Pebble has revealed three new devices it is adding to its range, with all three having a greater focus on tracking the user's fitness than the previously-released timepieces. The Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2 are updates to the existing models that introduce built-in heart rate monitoring for the first time, while the Pebble Core is a compact device that offers fitness tracking but leaves out the smartwatch element entirely out of the equation.
Garmin's latest fitness tracker has been unveiled as one suited to those preferring to wear an analog watch, rather than a smartwatch with a screen for a display. The Garmin Vivomove appears to borrow the concept of a simply-designed analog face that pushes most fitness tracking functionality to the background from the Withings Activité range, with the Vivomove capable of monitoring the user's physical activity while still appearing to be a fairly normal timepiece.
As with most other products, Apple sold fewer of its Apple Watch wearable than it did in the previous quarter, dropping from about 5.1 million in the December quarter to around 2.2 million units between January and March. As a result, the iPhone maker dropped in smartwatch marketshare from 63 percent share to 52.4 percent, still comfortably ahead of all rivals. Samsung, in second place, saw a drop from 16 percent (an estimated 1.3 million units) to 14.3 percent (about 600,000 units).
After relative silence following a confirmation at CES, Samsung now appears nearly ready to offer iOS support for its Gear S2 smartwatch, based on an unfinished app that appeared on an Internet forum. While the leaked app could be fake, the company did confirm that it planned to offer iOS support for the watch, which launched last August, at some point this year. The Gear S2 is a round-faced smartwatch with a 1.2-inch Super AMOLED 360x360-resolution display, powered by a dual-core 1GHz processor running Samsung's own Tizen OS, rather than Android Wear.
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster's latest survey of American teens shows that the age group are still very interested in Apple's iPhone. Of the teens surveyed in the bi-annual study, 69 percent said that they owned an iPhone, while 75 percent indicated that they wanted an iPhone as their next smartphone. Both key indicators were up by a percentage point or two over the previous survey. Although teens favored the Apple Watch over other smartwatches on the market, only 12 percent of the same group of teens said that they actually owned a smartwatch of any type.
Every so often, MacNN finds a deal that is too big or important to go into our usual deals lists, and is major enough to be highlighted in its own Big Deals post. If you've wanted to get onto the smart watch bandwagon but didn't want to shell out for an Apple Watch, there is a solution, with the MacNN Deals store offering a handy discount on the Pebble Time, the company's second-generation wearable device.
In its latest report, industry analyst IDC has reported that Apple -- with a single product priced well above its competitors -- has already become the third best-selling wearables vendor in the world. As a result, Apple is just barely behind Chinese wearables maker Xiaomi, but presenting little threat to wearables fitness brand Fitbit, which shipped 21 million devices (estimated) compared the figure IDC believes represents Apple's first eight months with the Apple Watch, around 11.6 million units.