Fitbit on the up after IPO

Wearables maker Fitbit saw strong growth in its share price following its Initial Public Offering (IPO), indicating that concern about its position in this competitive market is not dampening investor sentiment. Shares were initially priced at $20, above the range …

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Xiaomi now second largest maker of wearables

Less than a year after moving into wearables, China’s fast-rising Xiaomi emerged as the world’s second largest maker of wearable devices in Q1. It shipped 2.8 million units during the quarter compared to Fitbit’s four million, according to IDC. Xiaomi, …

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Intel inks smart glasses deal

Intel announced a partnership with fashion brand Luxottica Group to “fuse premium, luxury and sports eyewear with smart technology”. However, the alliance is currently described as a “multiyear R&D collaboration”, although Intel also said that the first product with Luxottica …

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Smartwatches to dominate wearables market after 2018

A new report by Juniper Research has found that use of fitness wearables will almost treble by 2018, compared to an estimated 19 million in-use devices this year, although they will be overshadowed by smartwatches in the long run. The report …

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Microsoft begins retreat from Windows Phone with platform-agnostic Microsoft Health

Software giant Microsoft has formally entered the wearables game with the launch of its Microsoft Health platform and accompanying Microsoft Band fitness band. But the real significance behind this move is Microsoft’s decision to make both products platform-agnostic, implying Microsoft has decided to no longer pin its mobile hopes on Windows Phone.

Apple has first interesting product launch for four years

Apple has been in a holding pattern for the past three years and has finally revealed a bunch of stuff it has been working on for a while. The two new phones feature the first major industrial design overhaul since the iPhone 4 and the Apple watch seems likely to significantly raise the bar in the wearables category. But the most significant announcement is probably Apple Pay, not just for Apple, but for the catalysing effect it could have on mobile commerce on the whole.

LG launches cellular wearable for kids

LG Electronics has launched a wearable device designed specifically to help parents track their young children. In order to do this the KizON has a 2G/3G cellular modem, which sets a key precedent in the evolution of the nascent wearables category.