Android and iOS are the best mobile operating systems, but the situation on the smartwatch market is slightly different. While Google and Apple platforms are also present, there are others, equally good solutions for smartwatches, including Samsung's Tizen OS.
Amazon's Alexa digital voice assistant is showing up in some third-party products, the latest of which is a table lamp from GE. The product was announced during a demo on Facebook Live and is described as the "first announced use of AVS embedded within a lighting product."
Fitbit isn't interested in Pebble's hardware and as such, it'll cancel the company's Time 2 and Core wearables once the acquisition is complete. Bloomberg reports the buyout will take place for under $40 million and is occurring because Fitbit wants to use Pebble's assets.
Meizu is offering practically the same features as a Fitbit in its new $35 Band fitness tracker. The Meizu Band counts steps and calories, and it'll track your sleep to give you some insight into how well you're resting. It includes tracking that's specific to certain activities.
Sales of the Apple Watch might have been down significantly in the third quarter, as IDC laid out in its report, but Apple CEO Tim Cook says the device is doing just fine. While speaking with Reuters, Cook said sales of the wearable set a record during the first holiday week.
While Apple might still lead the smartwatch sphere, it is Fitbit who is the wearable leader. According to IDC, Fitbit has increased its market share in the third quarter of 2016, compared to last year and widen the gap between them and the competition.
Apple's wearable isn't doing too well compared to last year, which fits with large sections of the wearable market. IDC reports the Apple Watch's sales were down 71% year-on-year during the third quarter. There were 1.1 million sales in that time period.
Apart from different design and hardware improvements, Samsung's Gear S3 lineup also has better software compared to the Gear S2 family. The company made a lot of improvements to the Gear S3 software and has now decided to implement the same improvements to the Gear S2.
Virgin Galactic's first independent flight with its VSS Unity spacecraft was successful. The craft went on a gliding flight over California's Mojave Air & Space Port after being released from the VMS Eve. It successfully returned to Earth from an initial 15 km altitude.
Lenovo's Motorola Mobility plans to release more Moto Mods for the Moto Z line next year than it has in 2016. The company currently intends to release four Mods per quarter. Some of the add-ons already introduced for the phones are a car dock and a battery.
Apple might stick with its same core design for the next Apple Watch, but it could also switch things up and introduce a round display. Recently filed patent documents from the company cover a wearable with a circular display similar to what exists on some Android Wear devices.
Counterfeit chargers for Apple devices will almost never be safe, according to an evaluation from UL and the UK's Trading Standards. UL collected a number of fake chargers being sold online and subjected them to safety tests to see how they would handle a high voltage.
Google's Daydream View VR headset is now available in a couple extra colors: crimson (red) and snow (white). The models don't cost any more than the previously released slate version, meaning you can pick them up for $79. Google is selling the Daydream View through its store.
Don't expect a new smartwatch to be released by Lenovo's Moto division in the near future. It previously confirmed it would not release a new model this year and now it says it's not coming out with a smartwatch to coincide with Android Wear 2.0's release early in 2017.
Apple hopes to improve its navigation app by utilizing drones to quickly update its information. Bloomberg reports the company has been building a team who will help with drone-based data capture. It is already using traditional vehicles for mapping purposes.
The next phone-based virtual reality headset from Samsung might come with face and eye tracking technologies. Those features are part of a recent patent filing from the company, which explains how sensors could be used to detect eye and mouth movements.
Apple still hasn't attached an exact release date to its wireless AirPods, but an email allegedly sent by CEO Tim Cook says they'll begin shipping "over the next few weeks." The email was shared by Mac Rumors, but its legitimacy hasn't been verified.
The NES Classic Edition is in high-demand even though many users say its controller cable is far too short. To fix that problem, 8Bitdo has launched the Retro Receiver, a Bluetooth adapter. It'll be sold with a controller from Analogue, but you can use other controllers.
Images of the Kamuthi Solar Power Project in India have been released, marking the plant's official unveil. It's the largest solar power plant on Earth, containing 2.5 million solar panels spread across 10.36 square kilometers. The setup is located in Kamuthi.
By altering some of the headset system's components, Valve hopes to reduce the cost of the HTC Vive. Road to VR reports it is looking for ways to update the SteamVR Lighthouse Base Stations. It believes changing some of their internal components is possible.