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    Motorola looks practically guaranteed to introduce its second-gen Moto 360 smartwatch at IFA next week. Leaks have been running wild in recent weeks, with a growing body of evidence pointing towards the imminent arrival of this new model, finally available in both large and small sizes. And while Motorola itself has yet to confirm that a new Moto 360 is about to drop, that's the easy inference to draw as we see the company halt sales of the first-gen Moto 360 through its website. Head to the general Motorola website, and the “wearables” tab up top no longer directs you to the Moto 360 ...

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    We're coming up on it being half a year now since Huawei first revealed its Huawei Watch smartwatch at MWC, and so far, shoppers have yet to be able to buy the wearable. Earlier this month, though, it finally looked like Huawei was ready to get the retail phase of the Huawei Watch started, posting a new webpage promising that the smartwatch was “right round the corner,” and today we finally see some motion to that end, as pre-orders for the wearable open on Amazon. Amazon, accepting pre-orders now, and indicates that shipments of the Huawei Watch will commence on September 2. We've ...

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    Rumors about a new Motorola smartwatch have been heating up for about a month or so now, suggesting that the company's nearly ready to announce it second-gen Moto 360. We've seen evidence from official sources, heard that Motorola could be planning an IFA 2015 launch, and even had the opportunity to look at some in-the-wild pics that seemed to reveal the wearable undergoing some last-minute testing. Today we add to that collection of images of actual hardware with a new shot comparing this year's Moto 360 to last year's model, and appearing to confirm the existence of a new, smaller size ...

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    One of the biggest questions left on the table at this year's Google I/O was the future of Android Wear. We expected Google to at least make some updates to the platform given its lukewarm reception, but instead the folks at Mountain View decided to remain quiet. At a time when the Apple Watch is controlling 76% of the Market, and Samsung another 7.6% with its Tizen offerings, it's about time that Google does something about it. Today we hear that Google and its partners are preparing something big for IFA when it comes to Android Wear. We hear that ASUS, Huawei, LG and Motorola are all ...

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    Motorola is almost certainly about to introduce a new Moto 360 smartwatch, a model we've already seen pop up in leaks, featured in regulatory paperwork, and even spotted out in the real world. But for as imminent as the new wearable feels, there are still a good number of details we've yet to see fleshed out for the smartwatch, including the the full picture on size options and retail pricing. It may take us until Motorola's official launch announcement to see all our questions answered, but this week we get an early inkling of what we might expect, as one retailer publishes pre-order ...

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    Back in May, Google launched a new version of Android Wear, one that would enable smartwatches to function in a smart way via Wi-Fi, without the need of a constant Bluetooth connection to your smartphone. The first watch to sport this feature was the LG Watch Urbane, but Google (and some OEMs) promised that Wi-Fi capabilities will be enabled on smartwatches already present in the market. The LG G Watch R (which is basically the Watch Urbane, and vice versa) was left out and LG promised a refresh to enable Wi-Fi will be rolling out sometime in Q3. Well, that time is now, as, according to ...

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    The LG G Watch and the Moto 360 caught my eye when Google introduced Android Wear. The G Watch beat Motorola to market, I bought it so I could go hands on with the new platform and the new OS. I didn't mind the squarish face, but I was really enamored with the round face of Motorola's watch - despite the "flat-tire" that so many complain about. As soon as the Moto 360 was available, I bought it. To this day, I haven't regretted the choice. The flat-tire doesn't even bother me like I thought it would (it's there to house the ambient light sensor, just in case you didn't know). There are, ...

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    When I wear a timepiece on my wrist it's got to do something more than just tell the time. My daily tasks are almost identical and I easily lose track of the day of the week. (Those of you who don't have that problem don't know the struggle which those of us who do go through on a day to day basis.) Nonetheless, today's watches generally solve that problem, displaying not only the time, but the day of the week and the day of the month. Smartwatches, on the other hand, display much, much more than that - if you want them to. In addition to all that, I also get notifications from my apps, I ...

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    The past couple weeks have proven to be surprisingly busy ones for wearable tech, and that's especially true over in the Android Wear camp. The biggest news there may be about the growing body of evidence surrounding Motorola's plans for a new Moto 360, but we've also heard about new hardware from other manufacturers, including the first Android Wear model from Fossil, and a possible high-res option from LG. While we're still waiting for all those devices to land, Google's already looking to distribute its next system-level update for Android Wear, today announcing a new release that ...

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    Fossil's been making wearables since, well, since before we really had smartphones. We've been following the company's work with such devices going back well over a decade at this point, and even with the mobile landscape having changed as much as it has, Fossil's still at it. At this year's Intel Developer Forum, Fossil has taken the opportunity to introduce a range of new wearable devices, including a basic phone-connected watch, a connected bracelet, and a full-blown Android Wear smartwatch. Much like the upcoming Tag Heuer smartwatch, this Fossil model features Intel silicon, though ...

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    New smartwatches from major manufacturers are just around the corner, as we look forward to the debut of a second-gen Moto 360 from Mototola, as well as Samsung's inaugural round-screened effort, the Gear S2. And while it's been quite a while since we saw a new smartwatch from either manufacturer, other companies have already brought us fresh models in 2015, companies like LG. But a new rumor suggests that LG isn't about to sit back and let these other guys take all the spotlight, and claims that the company is prepping a new smartwatch of its own, one that could offer one of the ...

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    Motorola's latest product launch came and went without any sign of a new smartwatch, but evidence continues to mount in favor a next-gen Moto 360. As we wonder if Motorola will end up following in Samsung's footsteps and saving its new wearable for IFA, the manufacturer may have just given us an early look at the model, publishing a short Moto 360 promo video that appears to feature brand-new hardware. While Motorola's initial post has since been deleted, the video it oublished was archived before that could happen, and it's retained for your viewing pleasure below. In it, we see a ...

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    When checking out the latest leak of the BlackBerry Venice yesterday, we thought a little about the lengthy waits that can stretch between when we first see a product officially revealed, and the day it finally arrives. And at least while BlackBerry brought along Venice to show off at MWC, it didn't really give the phone the full launch treatment. The same can't be said for Huawei, which very much formally announced its round-screened Android Wear Huawei Watch at the expo. And while the company held up its wearable for all to see, it wasn't yet ready to share details about how sales would ...

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    I've owned two smartwatches powered by Android Wear, the LG G Watch and the first-generation Motorola Moto 360 - the latter of which is on my wrist right now. Both are great watches, but both leave a lot to be desired. Before we jump into what those are, keep in mind that this is just about the hardware. Things I want in the next version of Android Wear, the operating system that runs on the Moto 360, is an entirely different article. Having gotten that out of the way, let's move on to the 800 pound gorilla in the room, shall we? Battery Life Initially, battery life on the Moto 360 was ...

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    This morning's Motorola event brought us three new phones and two new Bluetooth accessories... and that's it. And while that was ultimately more hardware than we were necessarily expecting, there was one other device lingering in the back of our minds that we were holding out hope might make an appearance: a new Moto 360. After all, we've been anticipating new hardware for a while now, and recent price cuts sure seemed to suggest that Motorola was clearing stock of its first-gen model. While we didn't get a new smartwatch today, some new evidence sure makes its eventual arrival seem almost ...

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    We're still scratching our heads trying to understand Apple's motive for not sharing specific Apple Watch sales on yesterday's conference call. That said, Tim Cook kind of teased the figure with specific revenue information, and that has led to some interesting speculation. Analysts are already predicting how the smartwatch market has evolved after the Apple Watch, and the changes are significant. Strategy Analytics is already predicting that the launch of the Apple Watch represented a 457.3% growth in the smartwatch market when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm speculates 4 ...

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    No, I'm not talking about their sound. I mean, sure, developers can definitely help relating voice assistants' with the average user by fine-tuning their voices to sound like people and not cyborgs. I think, though, that they should retain some robotic quality so that users clearly know what they're interacting with as opposed to who. How Google Now, Siri, Cortana, or any other voice service interacts with you is more important. Important to you, the person who wants data from the internet. It's most important to the companies behind the services which gain income off of you via data ...

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    I wasn't really expecting much of the Apple Watch when it first came out. That is, in terms of sales. And while plenty of analysts took their turns at blowing the bubble (only to pop it themselves), the market at-large was still in discussion on what the hell wearables are. I mean after all, I can just use my phone to do that, right? Slice Intelligence dialed back expectations with a report claiming average daily sales in the US have fallen below 10,000 units. A sales curve like that will naturally continue to go down unless Apple can retool what it has right now or relaunch with the ...

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    An Android Wear platform update should have been officially introduced on July 28, claims a recent report which also mentions that this alleged date has been now purportedly moved to a so far unknown date in August. However, the same report claims knowledge of some of the features coming to the next Android Wear iteration, including interactive watch faces, as well as Together, a new watch to watch communication method. The report claims that Android Wear watchfaces will gain single tap interaction functionality. Some watchfaces out there already support this (thanks to a workaround), but, ...

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    If you've been itching to get into the wearable space, you might find it hard to find out which devices are worth looking into. Smartwatches release less frequently than smartphones or tablets, and even when a new device launches, it just doesn't see the same type of hype and publicity. Wearables don't just include smartwatches though, and there's a certain VR kit that has every potential to be a home run — assuming it's properly marketed. Find out our top picks for the best wearables in early 2015! [embed width="780" height="439"]http://youtu.be/zEJQ3MeOIK0[/embed]

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    Have you ever looked at your Android Wear smartwatch and thought to yourself "Gee, wouldn't it be great if I could watch a YouTube video on this tiny wrist-mounted screen?" Neither have I. But just in case you're the adventurous type and are wondering what it really is like to watch a YouTube video on a low-res, circular (or square), and underpowered device, you're in luck. A new third-party Android Wear YouTube app has been released today that'll allow you to do just that, if that's what you're into. The free app flies under the long-winded name Video for Android Wear & Youtube. ...

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    The time is summer 2015, and what that means is that we're easing slowly into a period of very high-profile mobile releases. The IFA 2015 trade show is incoming, we're gearing up to see what Apple has to announce separately, and a couple Android manufacturers are also expected to hold their own events, including Motorola. It was last summer when the Moto 360 was first announced, so it's about time that we look forward to a sequel to the device... which means Moto 360 price drops. At three different retailers – the Google Store, Amazon, and Motorola's own web store interface, specifically ...

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    Pebble has sort of been the father of all smartwatches. The origin. It was the first of its kind … but certainly not the last. Over the past year, give or take, we’ve watched the rapid growth of a new wearable platform, Google’s Android Wear, and with its rising popularity, the Pebble has begun to feel … dated. But now Pebble has released a new watch, the Pebble Time, and with it came a new interface — what the company is calling Timeline UI. It’s a nice refresh to the tired monochromatism of Pebble past, but Google also recently released an update to Android Wear, version ...

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    If you've been following along for the past few weeks, you know I've been a little busy – too busy to focus on the latest Android Wear developments, in fact. But that doesn't mean I've been oblivious to the goings-on in Google's wearable world: during my review period with Pebble Time I took all kinds of mental notes on how the new smartwatch compared to Android Wear. During that time, I watched our editor-in-chief's LG Watch Urbane review video ... and all I kept coming back to was this: You don't have to feel bad if this is making you laugh. The first time I saw it, I too took a ...

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    The launch of the first Galaxy Gear back in summer 2013 marked the beginning of what would prove to be a major wearables effort from Samsung, ultimately bringing us models like the Gear Fit and Gear S. And while the manufacturer's been on a bit of a smartwatch hiatus lately, we've got big hopes for what the future might bring, especially with the round-screened Gear A (aka Orbis) on the horizon. But when it comes to a prolific smartwatch maker like Samsung, how do we really quantify its interest in the market? Counting the number of models it's released? Looking at sales totals? Today ...

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