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    Android users who are shopping for a smartwatch are faced with a tough decision: Android Wear or not. OK, there's a lot more to it than just that, but the arrival this year of a cross-device smartwatch framework in Android Wear made some of the more limited alternatives start looking a bit less attractive. Sure, Samsung's got some interesting hardware, like watches with built-in cameras, but you can only use those with Samsung phones. And Pebble's been a favorite if you want a cross-device, cross-platform option, but will developer interest in Wear ultimately draw focus away from the ...

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    Last Wednesday, Google announced that a big update was on its way out to Android Wear users, with an Android 5.0 Lollipop release coming to give Wear new accessibility features and lay the groundwork for a new generation of watchfaces. Google expected the update to hit smartwatches everywhere within a week, and Motorola reached out to 360 owners to confirm an even speedier timetable, intending to update its hardware by yesterday. If you're still looking at a 360 with no update today, you're not alone, and Motorola has now responded to the delays with a revised ETA. Instead of that missed ...

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    It's time for Android Wear to join the first wave of Android phones on the journey to the latest and greatest system software; yesterday we heard a rumor that an Android 5.0-based update for Wear would start hitting smartwatches today, and Google's just gone ahead and made that news official, announcing the distribution of updates beginning today and continuing over the week to come. You won't need Android 5.0 Lollipop on your smartphone to take advantage of this new Wear software; anything 4.3 or better, and you're golden. And whether you've got an old Samsung Gear Live or the latest Sony ...

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    A few weeks back, a leak surfaced that attempted to reveal the next evolution of Android Wear, previewing some of the changes coming to the OS in the forthcoming Android 5.0 release for smartwatches. Those included some handy accessibility features, as well as the much-needed ability to recall previously-dismissed notifications. It all sounded great, but we didn't have much of an idea for just when we could expect Google to release it. There's still no official word, but a new rumor claims that distribution could begin as soon as tomorrow. So says the team at Phandroid, having heard from a ...

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    “But it's going to kill the battery. But I don't want to pay for a second cellular plan. But I always carry my smartphone on me, anyway!” Listen, not everyone's going to dig the idea of a smartwatch that pulls down its own cellular connection. And yes, there are a bunch of new issues that such products introduce. But as our experiences with the Samsung Gear S taught us, there can be a lot to love about models like this for the right users. We've already talked about the idea of LG joining Samsung with a cell-enabled smartwatch of its own, having spotted such a model at the FCC a couple ...

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    We're still months away from seeing the start of Apple Watch sales, but one thread that's been a pretty consistent part of rumors concerning how Apple intends to sell its first smartwatch have been this high-fashion, luxury angle: with all the different sizes, materials, and band options Apple intends to offer, to say nothing of the rumored multi-thousand-dollar price tags for the higher-end versions, it certainly looks like it would fit right in with such a market. While we don't yet have the full picture on Apple's intentions, new reports are doing their best to reinforce this idea, as ...

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    Tomorrow is December 6. And while that date may not mean a lot on its own, it marks the one month point from the official start of CES 2015, taking place in Las Vegas from January 6 through 9. Smartphone companies have already been getting their PR machines running, announcing plans for their respective CES press events: we heard from Sony a few weeks back, and earlier today we were talking about Xiaomi's plans. But now it's time for one of the biggest brands in mobile tech to schedule its own CES event, as Samsung clues us in to its pre-CES press conference. Samsung's event will start the ...

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    Samsung's Gear S is a very interesting smartwatch – there's little denying that much. From its curved screen to its integrated 3G radio, it clearly stands apart from the vast majority of its smartwatch competition. In a new blog post published today, Samsung attempts to remind us just how unique the Gear S is, talking about the decisions that led to its design. And while all that's very interesting, it also reveals a bit of tunnel vision wherein Samsung can't seem to see past its own product lines. Let's touch on those design choices first, because there really is some neat stuff here. ...

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    The thing about smartwatches in 2014 is that they're mostly all function-over-form. Just take a look at entries like LG's G Watch and even Sony's SmartWatch 3, and the first thing that pops into your mind is probably "smartwatch," not "fashion statement." As one can imagine, OEMs are hoping to change that as soon as possible, and it looks like Sony could be leading the charge. If a report from Bloomberg citing anonymous sources inside the company is correct, that change may come in the form of a Sony e-paper smartwatch next year. Whether the device would be a success or failure is ...

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    It's that time of year again: bargain-hunters bundle up for a long night out in the cold, armed with a vacuum flask full of coffee and a checklist of the stores they'll be hitting. Retail employees let out a resigned sigh as they prepare to begin a single shift that starts somewhere around Wednesday afternoon and lasts through Saturday morning. And if you're anything like us, you're staying warm at home, probably watching way too much Netflix, and hoping to snag a few good deals online. That's right – it's Black Friday time. What used to be a single day of retail hedonism has mutated ...

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    Well this was inevitable: owners of smartwatches are eager to configure their wearables to reflect the latest styles, and watchface galleries have been quick to spring up and offer users a broad selection of options. But where do all these designs come from? Plenty are full-on originals, but you won't have to look hard to find faces mimicking designs from TV, movies, and video games, as well as those copying the style of popular “dumb” watches. And while Rare might be cool with people rocking a Goldeneye 007 watch layout, luxury brands like Omega aren't being so accommodating, and have ...

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    With autumn very much making its presence felt, and the last days of 2014 looming ahead, the mobile electronics market is about to make another of its regular shifts, temporarily moving away from a time dominated by launch after launch, and instead focusing more on getting these products into our hands. We've just come off a couple big months of launches, led in by IFA in early September, and peppered with iPhone, iPad, and Nexus announcements in the weeks that followed. But now with the holiday season arriving as an unavoidable juggernaut, we're about to see the steady flow of new devices ...

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    Pebble's facing some of its stiffest competition ever, as new challengers on the Android Wear front continue to arrive, and the Apple Watch looms menacingly in the distance of 2015. It's not facing this fight sitting down, and has already been hard at work in recent months to deliver firmware updates aimed at giving its watches new functionality. That trend continues today, as we see Pebble release not just a new firmware for the Pebble and Pebble Steel smartwatches, but updated apps for Android and iOS, as well. The big news on the firmware side is language support: if you're often ...

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    The start of Apple Watch sales is still a long way off, giving us plenty of time to play our favorite new game: predict how strongly Apple's smartwatch will sell. After all, this is a product very unlike anything the company's given us before, and while it has its excellent reputation to rely on, as well as its crack marketing team, convincing shoppers to go out and try something new can be a tricky maneuver. One week back, we looked at rumors coming out of Apple's own supply chain that suggested the company was planning to sell something like 30-40 million units. Now a new analyst report ...

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    Motorola's Moto 360 still feels like a relatively new smartwatch: it only went up for sale a couple months ago, and new variants continue to arrive. But it's easy to forget that this guy's been official since all the way back in March, over eight months ago. In that light, is it too soon to start thinking about what Motorola might be planning for a second generation Moto 360, maybe one that could launch sometime in the spring of next year? That's the talk emerging out of Russia this week, as comments from a Lenovo exec make it look like a new Moto 360 could be right around the corner. ...

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