Google Pixel Watch charging

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😄 Blissful Friday! I’m again on e-newsletter obligation after spending the final month with my child boy. Fortunately, he’s been very straightforward and simply sleeps so much. We’ll see how lengthy this lasts. Anyway, on to the information.

Health bands are out, the Pixel Watch is in

A Google Pixel Watch on a user's wrist displays the watch face.

Kaitlyn Cimino / Android Authority

Based on a report by business monitoring firm Canalys, Google is bucking a serious pattern with the success of its newest Pixel Watch, which launched alongside the Pixel 7 series final 12 months.

  • The report claims that Google shipped 880,000 models in This autumn 2022, representing a 16% progress in its smartwatch shipments in comparison with This autumn 2021.
  • Importantly, these are smartwatches solely, and never fitness trackers.
  • Google, which owns Fitbit, didn’t escape a wider decline within the health band market, which was down a whopping 39% in 2022 total.
  • Smartwatches, however, are up 3%, and primary watches are up 21%.
  • General although, the wearable bands market is down 5% in comparison with 2021.

How did different firms fare?

  • So, how did Apple, Samsung, and others fare final 12 months? For probably the most half, not nice.
  • All main firms noticed declines in This autumn 2022 in comparison with the earlier 12 months.
  • It seems that even Samsung’s newest couldn’t escape wider macroeconomic situations, with the corporate seeing a 35% decline in shipments.
  • That features the Galaxy Watch 5 series, which launched in August.
  • At Android Authority, the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro was our choose for the best wearable of 2022, but it surely looks like the excessive worth and iterative nature of the improve didn’t repay with customers.
  • Naturally, Apple nonetheless dominates the market with greater than 41 million watches shipped in 2022.
  • Led by the Apple Watch Series 8, it was the one main firm to see YoY progress, albeit at a measly 5%.

Friday enjoyable

Lego Hokusai

LEGO has made an enormous effort to cater to AFOLs (grownup followers of LEGO) lately, most notably with the Lego Creator Expert sets (that are at present being rebranded as LEGO Icons, however that’s irrelevant). Nevertheless, there are licensed professionals taking issues to a complete new stage with customized builds that flip these kids’s toys into artistic endeavors.

Working example, Japanese LEGO Licensed Skilled Jumpei Mitsui recreated Hokusai’s iconic Nice Wave off Kanagawa block print as a massive 50,000-piece LEGO sculpture. Because it’s in 3D, it additionally lets you discover angles not seen in probably the most recognizable ukiyo-e woodblock print in historical past. It’s at present on show on the Hankyu Brick Museum in Osaka, though these of you within the US can catch it on the Museum of High quality Arts Boston later this month, or on the Seattle Artwork Museum on the finish of the 12 months.

Preserve constructing 🧱,
Nick Fernandez, Editor.