Fitbit has been busy the past few weeks buying smaller companies. The fitness company acquired smartwatch maker Pebble back in December and bought smartwatch startup Vector earlier this month. So it's fair to assume that we may soon see a Fitbit smartwatch.
The company's Blaze and Charge 2 fitness trackers are capable of displaying notifications from an iPhone or Android device, but they don't run apps like the Apple Watch or Android Wear watches. Fitbit has one of our favorite fitness platforms, and the idea of a full-blown smartwatch is exciting, but it's all just gossip right now. Fitbit hasn't hinted at any new products, although the company's GPS-equipped Surge "superwatch" is due for an update.
The Apple Watch Series 2 is a worthy successor to the original. We love the addition of GPS and its swim-proof design. Battery life has also improved, although it could be better. That's why we're excited for the next model.
The latest rumors suggest the Apple Watch Series 3 will focus on improving battery life and overall performance. It may also include LTE connectivity, which would allow it to function independent of your iPhone. We will likely see the Apple Watch Series 3 sometime in September or October.
The Fitbit Alta HR, according to Fitbit, is the world's slimmest fitness tracker with continuous heart rate. It also measures steps, distance, calories burned and sleep, and can display notifications for calls and texts from your phone.
The Alta HR will be available in early April for $150, £130 or AU$250.
With its sleek and stylish design, it's no surprise that the Huawei Watch was one of our favorite Android Wear watches. The Chinese company took the wraps off two new models at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. We saw the sportier Huawei Watch 2 and more traditional Huawei Watch Classic. Both watches run Android Wear 2.0, and include Wi-Fi, GPS and NFC for mobile payments. There is even a model with LTE cellular connectivity, although this specific model won't be coming to the US.
The Huawei Watch 2 and Huawei Watch 2 Classic will arrive in early April.
Garmin showcased three new high-end multisport watches at CES. The company unveiled the Fenix 5 and Fenix 5X, as well as the Fenix 5S, the first high-end Garmin watch designed for women.
All three watches include GPS and GLONASS to measure pace, distance, speed and other metrics when running, biking and performing a variety of activities. They also feature an optical heart-rate sensor, all-day fitness tracking (steps, calories burned, active minutes and sleep), and the ability to show notifications from an iPhone or Android phone. The larger Fenix 5X even comes preloaded with topographic US maps and routable cycling maps.
What really won me over was the design. In addition to being featured-packed, Garmin's Fenix line is known for being big and bulky, but the new watches were lighter, slimmer and more stylish than earlier models.
The Garmin Fenix 5, 5s and 5X are slated to arrive in March for between $600, £550 or AU$$950 and $700, £650 or AU$$1,050.
Misfit's upcoming smartwatch, called the Vapor, looks to have it all. The watch features a bright and circular display and is equipped with GPS and an optical heart-rate sensor. It can also be worn in the shower or while swimming. Other features include Wi-Fi and the ability to store music right on the watch.
The Vapor was merely a prototype when we saw it earlier this month. It remains unclear how it will function and whether there will be third-party app support. Regardless, it still has us excited.
Misfit has said the Vapor will arrive later this year for $200. That converts to about £165 and AU$265.
Garmin has been on a roll lately. Not only was it one of the few companies to see shipments increase in 2016, but it continues to crank out some of our favorite sports watches.
The Forerunner 235 was our top choice for both casual and serious runners, while the Forerunner 735XT was our pick for triathletes. Both watches featured long battery life, all-day fitness tracking, phone notifications and GPS and GLONASS.
What could be next for Garmin? We expect to see a new Forerunner this year with a slimmer design and some new features. The 235 will be two years old in October and could see a refresh. There's also the Forerunner 920XT, a high-end triathlete watch that hasn't been updated in almost three years.
Priced at $1,500, the TAG Heuer Connected Smartwatch was one of the first premium smartwatches on the market. Despite the high price, the watch turned out to be a success for TAG Heuer. The company's CEO Jean-Claude Biver revealed that the company sold 56,000 watches, which is more than double the 20,000 it had projected.
The executive also hinted at a second-generation model with NFC for mobile payments, GPS, longer battery life and an improved display. The TAG Heuer Connected Smartwatch 2 is expected to arrive sometime in May and run Android Wear 2.0.
Movado Connect will be the company's first Android Wear smartwatch. The watch, which will cost $495 (converted, that's about £407 and AU$656) when it debuts this fall, promises five "unique, customizable" watch faces based on designs of Movado watches. While details are slim, the company did say the watch would include NFC for mobile payments.