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A new report from industry analyst Canalys reports that the Apple Watch has established itself as the industry leader in smartwatches, shipping around 12 million units since its debut last April and accounting for two-thirds of all smartwatch shipments. In part the confirmation of what many analysts already suspected came about because of a strong holiday quarter, with Apple selling around five million Apple Watch units during that period. Separate from full-blown smartwatches, basic fitness bands exceeded 37 million units for calendar 2015.
Gaming peripheral manufacturer Razer's latest attempt at the wearables market is a watch, though the company claims it to be a "watch with smart functions" instead of a typical smartwatch. Following after the Nabu fitness tracker, the Razer Nabu Watch borrows many of the traits of its predecessor, combining it with a digital watch that includes a second screen, one that can display notifications from a smartphone connected over Bluetooth.
Samsung is going to be adding support for iOS devices to its Gear S2 smartwatch in the future, the South Korean electronics giant confirmed at CES. The smartwatch, launched last August, is currently only able to work with Android smartphones, both Samsung's own and those from other manufacturers, with VP Alanna Cotton advising on stage during a keynote that iOS support for the smartwatch will be arriving sometime later this year.
Fitbit has added another device to its wearable fitness tracker range, one that is more like a smartwatch compared to previous releases. The Fitbit Blaze has a color LCD touchscreen, a first for the company, which can be used to show a variety of smartwatch notifications, remotely control music, and reject incoming calls, as well as other fitness tracking functions usually included in fitness trackers, making it a more functional all-purpose device usable outside of activity monitoring.
Huawei has unveiled a pair of Android Wear smartwatches at CES, unusually aimed at women. Similar to the earlier Huawei Watch releases, the Huawei Watch Jewel and the Watch Elegant each have a 1.4-inch 400x400 screen protected with a sapphire crystal lens for scratch protection, though while the Elegant has a patterned edge circling the round display in cold-forged stainless steel, the Jewel adds 68 Swarovski Zirconia stones measuring 1.5mm each around the rose gold-plated edge.
Garmin has expanded its Fenix 3 multisport smartwatches with a trio of new fitness-tracking devices for the wrist. The updated models all include sapphire glass to protect their displays, with versions including a premium variant with a titanium bezel and band, one with easily changeable leather and nylon straps, and a third "HR" model that uses Garmin's Elevate wrist-based heart rate monitoring system that can be used to improve and optimize the wearer's exercise routine.
Pebble has announced it is bringing updates to all devices in its smartwatch range, upgrading the capabilities of both the original Pebble and the more recent Pebble Time collections. Pebble users will soon get to use the Timeline interface introduced with Time devices, while Time owners will benefit from the addition of activity tracking in the form of Pebble Health, bringing the smartwatch more in line with others on the market.
Pebble has added the ability to respond to text messages on an iPhone via the Pebble Time smartwatch range, but only to a limited number of users. US-based owners with a post-paid AT&T account are able to beta test iOS Text Reply, a feature that lets users either select a pre-defined text reply to incoming messages appearing within the iOS Messages app, or respond with a voice reply by speaking directly into the smartwatch.
Tag Heuer has launched its own attempt at a smartwatch, one that is partly constructed by Intel in the United States. The Tag Heuer Connected, priced at $1,500, is a round-faced Android Wear smartwatch inspired heavily by the premium watch producer's popular Carrera watch, with a 1.5-inch 360x360-resolution touchscreen LTPS display housed in a premium grade 2 titanium casing with IP67 ingress protection and a sapphire crystal face.
Pebble is shipping the circular-faced version of its smartwatch on the 8th of November, starting with those who preordered the wearable device when it was first announced in September. On the same day as shipments begin, the Pebble Time Round will be available at retail in the United States, with the smartwatch appearing in Target and BestBuy stores from Sunday onwards, priced at $250.