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    Well, this is sure unexpected. Google has never been a stranger to Black Friday deals offered directly on its website, but normally, you were looking at free Play credit with sizzling hot new Android hardware, and actual savings only on older or less popular gear. Not today, though. Today and only today, while inventory lasts, Big G shaves a cool $80 off all Nexus 5X configurations, regardless of storage and paint jobs. That means the 16GB LG 5.2-incher costs just $299 unlocked in black, white and mint, whereas the 32 gig model will set you back 350 bucks in the same three color options. ...

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    Buying a wearable these days is not easy. For starters this is one of those markets that has taken for ever to grow out of infancy. As a result we see companies approach the market differently, and bringing a lot of disparity to the offerings that you can choose. Still, we get questions every day on Twitter regarding the best smartwatch for important lifestyle needs like fitness, or simply the usefulness of notifications at a quick glance. The biggest problem is that even with all the offerings out there, you'd be shocked at how few of these products get both of these needs right. The ones ...

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    After playing all coy last month upon the formal introductions of the Q Founder, Q Grant, Reveler, and Dreamer, American designer and manufacturer of jewelry and good old-fashioned “dumb” watches Fossil has finally laid out the specifics of its complete intelligent wearable roster. The Fossil Q Founder is undoubtedly the pack’s headliner, even though it oddly sells for a little more than initially announced - $295 instead of $275. That’s still less than the entry-level Apple Watch, and this bad boy’s main forte is the ability to combine “modern functionality” and “classic ...

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    Never too fond of Black Friday, Lenovo daughter company Motorola always saved the biggest discounts for the Monday after Thanksgiving, colloquially known as Cyber Monday. This year is no exception, although you’re actually looking at “Cyber Week” deals on two of the three Moto items on sale, which are good from November 30 all the way through December 7. But it’s the 24-hour second-gen Moto G blowout that should make the most headlines, given last year’s budget champion will go for a super-palatable $100, 80 bucks off list. Of course, third-party retailers like Amazon have long ...

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    LG was all lined up to do something unique with its Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE, bringing cellular connectivity to the world of Android Wear for the very first time. And while all the pieces looked like they were in place for a healthy start to retail sales, last week we got some news that saw those plans crashing to the ground: LG was immediately putting an end to sales of the smartwatch. At the time, we didn't know much of anything at all, aside that sales were being canceled with no promise that they might ever return. What the hell went so very, very wrong? Now details are just ...

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    Well, that escalated quickly. Just minutes ago we were poking around the Google Store listing for the new LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE, thinking about what Google might be planning in terms of its own sales, and wondering why despite mentioning availability at both AT&T and Verizon, the page made no effort to link to anywhere a shopper could actually order the smartwatch. To our surprise, an LG representative has just confirmed that the company is outright canceling its plans for the smartwatch due to an unspecified hardware issue. We've heard of manufacturers changing their mind ...

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    Back in March, Google split device sales off from Google Play, and brought them instead to the newly launched Google Store. The website offers visitors a convenient place to buy Nexus hardware, Chromecast-series devices, Chromebook laptops, Android Wear smartwatches, and all manner of accessories. At least, most of what it does is selling things, but a new product listing suggests that the Google Store may also start filling a promotional role for certain devices, even when Google's not selling them at all. We recently saw US carriers start sales of the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE. ...

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    The Huawei Watch is by most account one of the better looking smartwatches around, and though there's a lot to like about the Android Wear model, there is at least one major downside: pricing. The least expensive Huawei Watch configuration fetches just under $350, and the prices only go up from there: $500, $450, $700, and even an $800 model. So it should go without saying that when we hear that Huawei is already discounting its wearable, we start to take notice. Earlier this month we learned about a deal that would score shoppers a $50 discount when picking up the smartwatch alongside the ...

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    As I write this, I'm seated at a local cafe with only my smartwatch to keep me connected. And so far, I'm not really sure what to think. I received my LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE on Friday night, and since then I've been using it with a BlackBerry Priv. In many ways, the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE (which I'm just going to start calling the "Urbane 2" because c'mon with these ridiculous brand names) is a typical Android Wear watch on steroids. It's got a big beefy case and a super high-resolution display; it packs 50% more RAM than most of its competition; and it brings a bigger ...

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    LG's latest smartwatch is about to have its retail debut, and it's making a lot of noise in doing so as it brings cellular connectivity to Android Wear. Maybe we shouldn't be at all surprised, but the presence of that cellular radio in the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE brings carriers very much into the retail equation of this wearable, and that means what's turning out to be some incredibly confusing pricing. Overnight we told you about Verizon's plans for the smartwatch, and no matter whether you go on-contract or off, it's not coming cheap: Verizon wants nearly $450 for the smartwatch on ...

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    LG launched the V10 smartphone along with its cell-connected second-generation Android Wear smartwatch called the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition last month. But, in order for sales to happen, we had to wait on an Android Wear update to support LTE connectivity before sales could start. Wait no more. The Android Official Blog has announced that support for cellular connections. And with that, it seems that Verizon is getting a leg up on the competition by offering pre-orders for the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition starting tomorrow for $499.99 off-contract or $449.99 with a two-year, $5/month plan ...

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    You can't talk about smartwatches without talking about the Moto 360. One of the two Android Wear launch devices, the 360 wowed us not just because of the platform on which it ran, but also because of that at-the-time unparalleled circular display. Sure, we've seen the arrival of plenty of round smartwatches since, and Motorola itself has moved on to sales of its second-gen models, but the Moto 360 still holds a special place in our smartwatch-loving hearts. If you think there's room for one on your wrist, now may be a great time to pick up last year's model, as the Moto 360 hits a very ...

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    Knowing what your wrist can tell you can make you quite dizzy sometimes. Your smartwatch is waking you up, telling you that you're late, changing your playlist up and alerting your friends that you're all meeting up at another bar tonight. With the introduction of the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE, there called for an update to embrace the cellular capabilities of such a device. With Android Wear's well into year number two of operations, it started outing a companion app update Friday containing that and a whole lot more. The following information comes from the changelog string, not ...

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    Tag Heuer has been talking about smartwatches for months now, and all the way back in March we saw the company confirm plans to introduce its first such model, an Android Wear device. Over the months that followed, we started to pick up new details about the watchmaker's plans for this model, including a design that would borrow heavily from its existing models, and a price tag that would seem right at home with the the premium prices Apple helped introduce to the smartwatch space. Last month we finally got an ETA for the project, with a big launch event scheduled for today. Now Tag ...

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    Motorola captured the adoration of a tech geek nation with its first Android wearable. The first-generation Moto 360 was a round-faced anomaly in a sea of squares, a distinctive wristwatch that actually looked like a timepiece, rather than a piece of technology. Its sequel updates the original’s underpowered processor and brings additional sizing options and a lot more Moto Maker customization, but leaves other controversial aspects intact. The "flat tire" at the bottom of the display remains, for example, and the screen itself is an LCD panel once again, instead of the better-suited ...

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    Amazon's last move regarding anything Google was a pretty mean one. Not only would it not support sending music from its app over to Chromecast, but it took Chromecast off of its marketplace. But it seems as though while that bad blood is sticking around, the Android ecosystem still needs that Amazon Music support. The big updates in version 4.6.6? Android Wear playback control support. Finally, you can pause, play, and skip between tracks from your Android smartwatch! Interface-wise, we have a couple of new tabs: "New to Prime" and "Popular." Also, artist profile pages are now up. The UK ...

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    Driverless cars are here and you could be buying them soon. How soon that will be, we don't know. So until then, enjoy the ride while you still can. And while you're on the road with a foot to the pedal, keep your hands on the wheel and not your phone. It always helps to get a smartwatch, though. Google has applied for a patent (US009037125) that the Patent and Trademark Office just published that signals a heavy reliance on a so-called "wearable computing device" that can tell if you're in a moving vehicle and, if so, if your wrist and arm movements constitute enough shiftiness to ...

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    A new look for the Google Play Store debuted earlier this week, and ever since, users have been noticing changes Google's been delivering to further refine its app store experience. Earlier today we showed you how Google was providing more useful information about app ratings, implementing a clear numerical system to make fractional ratings more easily conveyable. Now another change is hitting devices, spelling out a glance whether or not an app will benefit from the use of an Android Wear smartwatch. Rather than start a secondary app store just for wearables, Google Play delivers Wear ...

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    It's been two months now since we first learned of Fossil's upcoming wearables, as the company brought along its latest gadgets to the Intel Developer Forum. Fossil had several models with varying feature sets to show off, ranging from simple notifiers, to fitness trackers, all the way up to the company's first Android Wear smartwatch. A few weeks later, we picked up more details still, including a name for the lineup: Fossil Q. Today the rest of the pieces fall into place, and we meet the entire Fossil Q family of products, including the Q Founder smartwatch. Unfortunately, Fossil is ...

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    In 2015, almost every smartwatch maker on the market is emphasizing style over smarts. Both Huawei and Motorola recently told us their new watches were designed as timepieces first and geeky gadgets second, and Samsung's fancy new Gear S2 bears almost no resemblance to its cuff-like predecessor. Further, all these refinements have been round: a quick look at the Android Wear section of the Google Store and even the latest out of Pebble confirms that it's no longer hip to be square. ASUS doesn't seem to care about any of that. The company made headlines earlier in the year by ...

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    One of the biggest challenges that Android Wear faces today, is that just as people debated the need for a tablet until these became affordable, the same goes with wearables. Smartwatches are still a market that struggles to find a purpose, and price tags don't really help in this endeavor. Elephone wants to defy that, and today we learn how. The ELE Watch is the company's solution to a stylish smartwatch that's adequately priced. Elephone teased the watch a few weeks ago, but today we get more details on what will come in the package. To start, let's get the hottest information out of the ...

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    Does Android Wear need a bit of the Apple Watch's luxury appeal for certain wristwatch connoisseurs to start taking it seriously? If so, they're about to get just that in the form of Tag Heuer's first smartwatch offering, with the watchmaker set to introduce its Android Wear model next month. As the company gets ready, it's started a public countdown timer to its November 9 announcement, and has been been offering us a further look at what to expect from the model, sharing the teaser pic you see above. We've known to expect a smartwatch modeled off the company's existing Carrera watch ...

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    It’s the prettiest affordable smartwatch. No, it’s the most affordable pretty smartwatch. The two key selling points of the Asus ZenWatch 2 are likely equally impressive, even though the $150 Android Wear timepiece swims against the current as far as its shape goes, adopting a rectangular form factor instead of a “perfect” circle. But the design works nonetheless, primarily thanks to a super-robust stainless-steel case, as well as your choice of 45 or 49mm bands in an array of materials and colors. Granted, if you want to be an early adopter, Google only lets you pick up a 49mm ...

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    Whether you call it blasphemy or simply Google showing up Apple, using a smartwatch powered by Android Wear on an iPhone just doesn't seem natural or "right", but it's very much possible, though somewhat limited. A fortnight ago I gave up my Nexus 6 for an iPhone running iOS 9 - though only for a week. The experience wasn't nearly as miserable as I thought it would be - Google made sure I had most of the apps I was familiar with on the competing platform. After I set everything up, I strapped on my Moto 360 and came to the discouraged realization that I wouldn't be getting any ...

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    LG's big New York City launch event just wrapped up a little while back, but before it even got started, the cat was already out of the bag: overnight, LG announced both the dual-screened V10, as well as the new LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition. We had the official specs, we had plenty of pics – what else was there to learn about this new smartphone? Well, while the overnight announcement brought word that South Korean sales would get underway later this month, followed by US sales sometime in November, we didn't know much else about specific plans for retail availability. Today at LG's US ...

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