I’ll Get Excited About Hublot’s New Smartwatch When Jay-Z Actually Wears It

“New watch alert: Hublot.” The timepiece maker made famous by rapper and Tidal owner Jay-Z in a shout-out on his track “Otis,” is releasing a smartwatch powered by Google’s Wear OS. It’s called Big Bang Referee 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. Cute name. Call me when Hov puts one on. Read More >>

Google’s Smartwatch Programme Is a Mess, and a Name Change Won’t Fix That

Recently, Google announced it would rename its four-year-old smartwatch operating system from Android Wear to Wear OS. Ostensibly, the purpose of this rebranding is to prevent scaring off iPhone owners from purchasing smartwatches running Android Wear, which for a long time has supported pairing with both Android and iOS devices. As Google puts it, Wear OS is “a wearables operating system for everyone.” Read More >>

Fitbit Did What You Wanted and Basically Made a Pebble

I haven’t asked for a lot from Fitbit over the years. Really only one thing. I would like another Pebble—a gorgeous smartwatch that lasts for days, has a healthy selection of apps, and isn’t sized to fit the wrist of a seven foot tall, 300-pound football player. Finally, I think, Fitbit might be giving me what I wanted. Read More >>

Another Study Says Fitbits Aren’t So Great at Tracking Heart Rate

Activity trackers, whether standalone devices like the Fitbit or as a feature of other wearables like Apple Watch, are a popular health and fitness trend among consumers, and scientists and doctors have increasingly been using activity trackers in their research or to monitor patients away from the office. But a new study published last week in PloS-One suggests—not for the first time—that these devices aren’t as reliable as they claim. Read More >>

New Leak Suggests Fitbit’s Next Smart Watch Will Actually Be Attractive

Fitbit may make some of the best, and easiest to use fitness trackers out there, but when it comes to smartwatches the company makes big bold eye sores. However, according to images acquired by Wareable, the next Fitbit smartwatch, expected early this year, could be.... not ugly? Read More >>

Fitbit Is Killing Off Pebble in June, For Real This Time

What began as one of the original Kickstarter success stories, Pebble quickly matured into one of the most beloved smartwatch brands, years before Apple found its groove with the Watch. But after being bought out by Fitbit, it was only a matter of time before Pebble’s endeavours came to an end. Read More >>

German Regulators Ban Smartwatches for Kids, Urge Parents to Destroy Them 

Saying the technology more closely resembles a “spying device” than a toy, German regulators have banned the sale of smartwatches designed for kids, urging the parents who were dumb enough to buy them in the first place to destroy them. Read More >>

This Smartwatch Is Powered by Body Heat, and That’s Cool as Hell

What if, instead of frantically trying to find a power outlet when your smartphone is about to die, you simply had to hold it in your hand and scroll through Instagram for a while? That’s the future the Matrix PowerWatch teases, because it’s able to charge itself using nothing but the warmth of your body. Unfortunately, there’s a bit of a trade-off I’ve noticed in my limited use, and infinite power comes with the need for some exceptional vision. Read More >>

Samsung’s Gear Sport Is Easier to Use Than the Apple Watch, But Where Are my Damn Apps?

The Apple Watch might be the most popular smartwatch, but its controls and interface don’t hold a candle to what you get on Samsung’s watches. The problem is that because Samsung has been trying to start its own watch ecosystem with Tizen OS, its watches never received the rabid support that Apple’s got from day one. But with new partnerships with some of the biggest workout app makers around and a tighter focus on fitness, it feels like Samsung and the new Gear Sport could be inching its way towards a critical mass. Read More >>

Smartwatches for Kids Are a Total Privacy Nightmare

Kids’ smartwatches are usually intended to help parents feel at ease that their children are safe when they’re not around. But as it turns out, a number of these devices may do more harm than good. A 49-page report on smartwatches for children (with the unfortunate title of #WatchOut) details all the ways in which they are a security nightmare. Read More >>

‘Safety’ Smartwatches for Children Are Easy to Hack, says Watchdog

Stop me if you've heard of a scenario like this before. Someone releases a product designed to make life easier or more secure, in this case a smartwatch for kids, but under closer scrutiny it turns out its full of serious security holes. Read More >>

The Apple Watch Is Good Now

The Apple Watch Series 3 is crazy expensive for a smartwatch—£100 more than its closest competitors. Many of the third party apps are still slow enough to drive sane people to the brink. It also only lasts a day on a charge. I should hate this watch and everything it stands for, but after three weeks of wearing it, I’m so enamoured I’m actually encouraging others to buy this silly little square. The Apple Watch Series 3 is the first smartwatch actually worth buying. Read More >>

Apple Watch Vs. Fitbit Ionic: What’s the Best Smartwatch for You?

After years of flailing mediocrity, smartwatches have gotten good enough to be mainstream. Two devices released in the last month, the Apple Watch Series 3 and the Fitbit Ionic, are the best we’ve seen. Not only are they both very, very good at telling time, they’re also capable of myriad other things your Rolex or Timex is not. I’ve worn the wristables for the last two weeks, testing their functions and trying to find and answer to one big question: Which smartwatch is best? Read More >>

The Fitbit Ionic Might Be the Smartwatch That Unseats Apple

After months of leaks and hints, Fibit has finally revealed its newest wrist wearable: The £300 Fitbit Ionic. Fitbit claims up to four days of battery life, a refined OS that pairs nicely with devices running iOS, Android, and Windows, and a brand new sensor for tracking your heart rate. This smartwatch, which visually calls to mind the lovechild of an Apple Watch and a Fitbit Surge, is a natural progression for the huge wearable company. Just last year, it snapped up notable smartwatch makers Pebble and Vector for a reported £29.4 million. And between the almost-perfect Surge and the incredibly unattractive Blaze, Fitbit has been interested in the smartwatch sector of the wearable market for a while. This is the culmination of that interest. It’s profoundly ugly—like every Fitbit that’s come before, but it could be technologically cool enough that you might not care. Read More >>

Fitbit’s Smartwatch Will Apparently Arrive in Time for Christmas

Do you care about smartwatches? Does anyone you know care about smartwatches? Fitbit really hopes so because it's still moving ahead with its previously announced smartwatch, which is now due to arrive in time for Christmas. Read More >>